Asymmetrical haircuts are the kinds of haircuts that, from the front (if you're looking at someone's face) aren't even— or symmetrical. You may have seen someone with an asymmetrical haircut. Perhaps it was just the bangs that, rather than cut evenly straight across, were at an angle or unbalanced; or perhaps you saw a bob hairstyle with one side longer and more angled than the other.
There are all sorts of asymmetrical haircuts. Pretty much anything goes, and if you put a pair of decent scissors in the hands of a professional hairstylist they can add a bit of cool asymmetry to any length hair. Asymmetrical haircuts began as punk hairstyles, and later were a popular choice among the emo crowd, but as you can see from our hair gallery below they're popular hairstyles now for all age groups. Asymmetrical haircuts don't have to be too radical but they can still look pretty eye-catching.
Before you check out our hairstyle gallery and try some haircuts on using our Virtual Hairstyler, bear in mind that a small downside to asymmetrical haircuts is they can be a little limiting. Why? Because you can really only wear your hair in the asymmetrical style of its design; also, regular trims are essential for keeping these haircuts looking fresh. If you're the kind of person that stays away from the hair salon until the last minute than avoid an asymmetrical haircut. Also, if you feel like it too, ramp up the daring factor of your hairstyle with some creative hair coloring!
Asymmetrical Haircut Gallery
The Asymmetrical Bob
Perfect for those who want to add some flair to the classic bob look, this haircut has one side longer than the other and creates a gorgeous shape.
Rihanna's asymmetrical bob is dramatic and sophisticated thanks to the sharp pieces falling towards the front. There's no doubt this sleek look is striking, and you can achieve similar-looking bob hair yourself with a good blow-dry and the best hair products.
Pairing a sleek and straight asymmetrical bob with a bright and bold color like this fiery red tone instantly adds an edgy and stylish look to the hair. Our model goes for a shoulder-sweeping length and a blunt fringe for a fashion-forward finish.
Have wavy or curly hair? You can still rock an asymmetrical bob! Portia De Rossi goes for a beachy look here with a short bob that lets her windblown waves cascade forward on one side while the other is tucked behind the ear.
The Asymmetrical Layered Haircut
The asymmetrical length through the sides of this haircut complement the layers through the sides and crown. Some extra “attitude” is created by cutting the sides wispy and, if desired, adding a splash of color.
Keri Hilson rocks a stunning layered asymmetrical cut here that frames her face with loads of texture and volume. Her side-swept bangs blend flawlessly with this cut and the streak of jet black makes a stunning contrast with her golden blonde base color.
BC Jean shows us how to work this look on a longer hair length here. Her hair has been cut to shoulder length with the bottom longer on one side and then added tons of layers throughout, including the bangs, to create a textured, wispy look. This cut is an instant volume-builder and is ideal for fine hair.
Here our model is flaunting a layered asymmetrical 'do that features a gorgeous, sleek shape and lots of layering throughout. One side is short and cut to the ear while the other is left long to create wispy pieces to frame the face. Her layered bangs have been incorporated nicely into this hairstyle for a stylish finish.
Pixie cuts look great when some asymmetrical pieces are added, giving it a modern and dynamic finish. Our model's hair is cut short and layered all around except for thr top layers at the front which are left long to skim her eyes. Paired with a baby pink tone, this hairstyle is ultra stylish.
Asymmetrical haircuts don't always have to be dramatic and bold. For those who prefer a softer look, you can opt for a style like Aya Cash's layered bob. The side that has her long side-swept fringe has been left longer for a subtle asymmetrical effect. Layers throughout the ends gives this 'do a soft and sophisticated finish.
Cropped on One Side
Whether your hair is long or short, you can create the ultimate asymmetrical hairdo by clipper cutting one side and leaving the other long.
Katy Perry goes for an edgy two-tone hairstyle here for a funky look. Her hair has been shaved on the side with the top layers flipped over to the side to create an asymmetrical finish. This 'do can also be styled down across the forehead for a smooth and sleek finish.
Our model's ultra violet locks look futuristic when paired with her sassy cut that is jagged cut on the long side and cropped on the other. The front features a side-swept fringe which creates a sexy peek-a-boo effect and completes this 'do fabulously.
Cassie works the one-cropped-side look on long hair with fabulous results. Her jet black curls tumble to one side while the other side has been shaved for a futuristic, strong look.
And for those ladies who love to turn heads, check out this duo-tone wavy asymmetrical hairstyle that features one shaved side, and one side that is full of waves and texture. Paired with a layered fringe, this cut is full of style and versatility. It can be worn flipped over to the side for a cascading look, or parted in the middle to cover the shaved side for a more balanced bob. The choice is yours!
As you can see, there are many options for rocking an asymmetrical haircut regardless of your hair length or texture. Asymmetrical haircuts are a great option if you feel like something a little radical without necessarily going overboard. Don't forget to also check out our hair articles on "Trendy Hairstyles" and "Alternative Hairstyles."
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