Summer is right around the corner – and that means one thing: It’s time for a new hairstyle (and maybe a new bikini, or 10).
A fresh haircut is hands down the best way to embrace the warmer weather, and with 2019’s impressive crop of trendy cuts – curtain bangs, curly lobs, the modern shag, ‘70s layers – we’re spoilt for choice.
But according to Creative Director of Headcase Hair, John Pulitano, there’s one particular hairstyle everyone is going to be after this season: the solid cut. If you’re looking to switch up your hair for summer, this is THE style to ask your hairdresser for. The best part? It suits almost all hair types and is pretty easy to maintain, which is always a win.
What is a solid cut?
Not sure what a solid haircut is? It’s basically a one-length haircut with no layers. “A solid haircut is a shape that appears solid in structure, even though hair is fluid,” explains Pulitano. “It gives a stronger, sharper and more linear look, whereas layers give a much softer, more lived-in feel. A solid cut could be a bob, a bowl cut or a bob with a solid fringe.”
Can you picture it now? It’s kind of similar to a blunt cut. “They are basically the same thing,” says Pulitano.
We’ve spotted the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid, Jennifer Lopez and Naomi Watts all rocking brand new solid haircuts lately, so we know it’s officially a thing. And it’s giving us major inspo to jump on board with the trend, stat.
Why it’s trending
You can’t really go wrong with this kind of look – it’s sophisticated, chic and flatters nearly every face shape. “I feel that fashion is making such a statement at the moment, with retro looks, bold patterns and prints. A blunt haircut such as a bob is balancing the retro look to make it modern and clean. It’s also adding strength, confidence and simplicity to the total look,” says Pulitano.
Which hair types does it work best for?
Pulitano says this kind of hairstyle works best on lengths from the jawline to collarbone. As for hair types, he says almost anyone can pull it off. “The great thing about a solid haircut is that it works well on most hair types - from fine to medium and thick, straight to wavy and soft curly hair.”
However, if you have thick curly hair, Pulitano says you may want to consider adding some layers. “It can be a little tricky for very thick, curly, unruly hair as it could look too triangular. I would recommend some sort of soft layers to soften the triangular line.”
What’s the best way to maintain a solid cut?
For this kind of cut, Pulitano says you’re going to need to visit the salon for a touch-up once every six to eight weeks at the very longest. And don’t be afraid to dip your toes into a new colour, because it’ll only accentuate your cut even more. “This can be anything from a very subtle colour to something stronger, which can add framing around the face and also create added texture for those people wanting more movement without compromising the shape. It is a bit like contouring and gives it more of a wow factor!”
In terms of tools, Pulitano recommends having a good heat styling tool in your kit as this will help you create soft waves or movement in your new cut. “I really like the True Me Hair Straightener, as I can do more than one look with this. With a solid haircut I love a really straight, shiny bob, and I also love movement and texture - you can play with it according to the style you are going for.”
Want to switch up your hair look for summer, but don’t want to do anything too drastic? Check out four trending hairstyles that don’t require a chop or colour.
What do you think of the solid cut trend? Would you try it? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.