Summer Style: The 'Nothing' Haircut
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Sometimes not making a statement speaks volumes — especially when it comes to hair.
By Lorena O'Neil
Nonchalance is totally taking over fashion and beauty this summer, and women’s hair is no exception.
A midlength blunt cut — and sometimes a blunt bob — is one of this season’s most popular haircuts. Joey Silvestera from New York City’s Blackstones Salon refers to it as the “nothing” haircut or the “anti-hairdo.”
The cut is one that looks like it is all one length, with no layers. It can hit anywhere from just below the shoulders above the collarbone to an inch or two below. Bangs are an option, but not necessary. It is popular for a variety of reasons, the first being that the ’do is flattering on multiple people regardless of hair texture or face shape.
“It’s having a resurgence in popularity in so many people,” says Maura Burns, a stylist at Blackstones. “It’s such a simple, effortless look. The picture everyone shows me is Alexa Chung’s hair. Really easy-going, low maintenance, super chill.”
…giving the appearance of ease even if the scissors put in overtime at the salon.
The “nothing” hairdo is in the same vein; it shouts “I don’t care, I just look like this naturally.” Burns points out that if head-to-toe normcore isn’t your style, this hairstyle can make your outfit the star of the show, without distracting big hair. Still, she cautions, the shorter you go with the blunt cut the more bottom-heavy the hair can look, especially if it has any wave in it. A stylist needs to know how to cut the hair so that it sits properly, giving the appearance of ease even if the scissors put in overtime at the salon.This hairstyle mimics the new hipster trend called “normcore,” characterized by an extremely casual, ’90s-inspired feel: clothes that “normal” people would wear, like stonewashed jeans and socks with Adidas sandals. New York Magazine describes the fashion like this: “Mall clothes. Blank clothes. The kind of dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld, but transposed on a Cooper Union student with William Gibson glasses.”
Go ahead, try it. Bonus points for Seinfeld-style gear accompanying your anti-hairdo ’do.In a way it’s a sharp break from the extra-long, layered, wavy hair seen for the past few years, and it takes far less maintenance. In fact, Burns says it is “wash and wear hair” that only needs a little cream on the ends with a dash of dry shampoo added in to “give the hair that second- or third-day feel.” Naturally straight hair can be worn sleek, naturally wavy hair can look tousled and bedhead-y.