For so many of us for so long now, long layers have been almost a given. Whether we take our hair shorter or grow it longer, they’re part of the equation. With good reason—they can lighten up thick hair and add volume and movement to thinner hair, and they facilitate those swooping, face-framing sections that flatter every face shape.

BUT. There’s a new haircut in town (Hollywood-town), and it’s all about not layering—at least not noticeably. We’re referring to the blunt cut. Perfectly even ends just look so fresh right now. Or even, as Lena Dunham put it on Instagram last week, poetic. “I miss @zoe.kazan so I am sharing this photo I took of her blunt ends, which are so poetic to me,” she captioned this photo (below it, a front view of her friend Zoe Kazan’s trendy blunt cut).

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:01pm PST


While growing out her short hair, Dunham herself has been wearing blunt ends, according to the man behind her most recent cut, Marcus Francis, who happens to have given Julianne Moore a blunt cut just last night. He says both his clients and fellow celebrity hairstylists are definitely feeling the straight-edged vibe right now. “It’s a departure from the scraggly undone hair that was around for a while,” he explains. “Blunter and undone looks healthier and more enviable.”

A photo posted by Marcus (@marcusrfrancis) on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:26pm PST

Then there’s how modern and polished even a simple pony can look with sharp, ironed ends. We saw this when Natalie Portman wore a blunt ponytail to the screening of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, on January 26. Sophia Bush wore a similar style to the Golden Globes on January 10.

On Portman:

On Bush:

And because a cutting-edge beauty trend can’t exist without some Kardashian-Jenner love, we have to shout out Khloe Kardashian’s versatile lob haircut, which the world’s been obsessing over as of late. We love it tousled and wavy, but when she wears it sleek, one can fully appreciate the impact of its bluntness. “Minimal layering makes it easier to pull back into a ponytail or even a topknot,” her stylist, Cesar Ramirez, told us.

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Jan 13, 2016 at 5:30am PST

And who can forget Kylie Jenner’s “dope blunt haircut” by Priscilla Valles in October? This video clip made it instantly iconic in the Kardashian beauty archives.

A video posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:59am PDT

Want to try a blunt cut for yourself? Here are a few talking points to mention at the salon. To create the look on Moore, Francis trimmed one section at a time to the new length by fine-point cutting it. “This gives the top layers subtle movement, and with thick wavy hair [like Moore’s], keeps it from going triangular,” he says. Once all the hair was cut to the new length, he took vertical sections and feather-cut internal layers on the ends—or as some stylists would say, “took the weight out.” “It’s a very subtle way to give body to the cut without traditional layers and while keeping a blunt-cut look,” he says. Or, if you don’t feel like you can remember all that, you can also pull up this article and show your hairstylist the photos too. That way he or she can see exactly what you’re aiming for, and make suggestions based on your hair type and texture.

We’re so ready to try this. How about you?

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