The Bowl Haircut Is Back

The Bowl Haircut Is Back.

Every season at Fashion Weeks around the globe, there is always a new hairstyle that stands out as the trend of the season.  This season, it is obvious that The Bowl Haircut Is Back.  Back in the 70's the bowl haircut was initially created by legendary Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who was always an innovator when it came to shapes within the hair.  Everything comes back around, and the bowl haircut has once again made its way to the forefront of the the fashion world.


Key Takeaways: 

  • The bowl haircut is a popular trend in hairstyles for both men and women, with modern variations that are customizable and versatile.
  • The bowl cut is a practical and low-maintenance hairstyle that can work for all hair types and face shapes, making it a popular choice among those with thick, straight hair.
  • When getting a bowl cut, it's important to choose a skilled hairstylist who can customize the cut to your face shape and hair type, and regular maintenance appointments are crucial to keeping the cut looking fresh and polished.

 The Bowl Haircut Is Back by ILes Formula

Alexander Wang

To begin, Alexander Wang is always at the forefront of cutting edge fashion and trends, and this season it was no different.

Hairstylist Guido Palau set the scene for the new trend of the bowl cut, and we just love it.  These photo images cut by Guido Palau are of Model Iriska Kravchenko for the recent Alexander Wang show.  An avant-garde haircut, can  be manipulated to have different vibes.   Simply by changing up the way it is styled. Polish the style to a lustrous sheen with Iles Formula Finishing Serum. No other products needed.

The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula

The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula 

Model Iriska Kravchenko, for The Row

The Show

First, lets talk about the show and where it took place.  Alexander Wang's show for New York Fashion Week took place in the up and coming Harlem neighborhood. Celebrities definitely came out to see what was in store.  What they witnessed was a standing room only show, that was a party in and of itself.  Party girl 90's punk was the vibe, and all of the models were dressed head to toe in all black.  Thus, Guido Palau's inspiration was developed.


The Haircuts

Next up are the haircuts.  Guido Palau cut about 12 models hair into this bowl inspired style. In addition to those having their hair cut, Models such as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and others, were styled to coincide with the 90's punk vibe of the show.

On the other hand, model Catherine McNeil (@catherine_mcneil) was cut into this Linda Evangelista inspired shape.  The Bowl Haircut Is Back and we are ready for it!

Take a peek at the amazing before and after transformation of Catherine, plus the image of the side view, especially the wispy side burns.

 The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula

The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula

Model Catherine McNeil  for Alexander Wang. Photo and hair Guido Palau

Furthermore, model Nina Milner, who is a newbie to the Alexander Wang shows was also given the bowl haircut, and the results are fierce.  Guido Palau was also responsible for this cut.

We love the androgynous feel of the cut paired with minimal makeup. More texture can be created using our Iles Formula Finishing Serum by adding it liberally to dry hair .

The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula

The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula

Meanwhile, away from the fashion shows and onto the pages of glossy magazines we see  legend Stella Tenant in the recent Lanvin adverts sporting her most noteworthy bowl cut, one that she been very partial to throughout her  20+ year modelling career.

The Bowl Haircut Is Back by Iles Formula

Stella Tennant photo Paulo Roversi

Overall, we are pretty excited to see that The Bowl Haircut Is Back,  it is such a powerful haircut that makes a bold statement.  There are many variations, from Avant Garde to subtle and classic if you have a desire to give it a try.

Which version is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments.  Are you already wearing the bowl haircut?  Tag us into your selfie on social media @ilesformula_hair and #ilesformula .



Was the bowl cut ever in style? 

In the 1960s, the mop-top became popular due to The Beatles. However, in the 1970s, the bowl haircut was created by Vidal Sassoon. Over the years, the bowl cut has come and gone, but the versatility and uniqueness of the cut certainly draws attention no matter the period. 

Who brought back the bowl cut? 

Hairstylist Guido Palau set the scene for the new trend of the bowl cut, and over the years, it has come and gone. It can now be seen as an avant-garde haircut, with the ability to be manipulated and restyled. It is no longer seen as a limiting hairstyle thanks to the varied tools, products, and techniques we now have. 

Why is the bowl cut popular? 

According to Palau it has become so popular because people like changing it, and it's a continuing evolution." He says, "People like it to imitation of becoming like [the stars]." There's not much to the bowl cut. It's the look after your parents place a bowl on your head as a kid and trim the hair around the edges. 

However, hairstylists are constantly reworking our framework of what is ‘in’ style. Today we see the bowl cut as a representation of pushing the limit to craft a unique style that transcends tradition. 

How old is the bowl cut? 

The origins of the bowl cut extend far beyond Moe Howard. The style was common among European men in the 12th through 15th centuries as well as Russian serfs in the 18th century. 

The appeal was simple: it was a style that could be achieved with no skill, no brushing, and at virtually no cost. We can take a lesson from the past to see how hairstylists today are constantly reinventing the norm. 

Why is it called a bowl cut? 

Bowl cuts are so named because they give the appearance of an upside-down bowl on the head and are often created by placing a bowl on the head and cutting around it. This distinctive bowl shape distinguishes the bowl cut from other short haircuts.

Bottom line, there’s no mistaking a bowl cut for another short haircut!

How do I choose the right length and style for my bowl cut? 

Consider your face shape and hair texture to choose the right length and style for a bowl cut. For example, a shorter bowl cut with longer layers on top can add height to a round face, while a longer, more layered bowl cut can soften a square face. It's also important to consider your personal preferences and styling abilities. 

If you’re looking to grow out your bowl cut, or short hair, we suggest you check out our journal: Tips From The Pros For Growing Out Your Hair.

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