Labels are so 20th century, so why do we still put them on haircuts? There’s no rule to say a shaved head won’t suit you just because you identify as a certain gender, and it’s also true of a whole host of hairstyles from the modern mullet to classic curtain bangs. Here are our favorite gender-neutral haircuts that everybody in your life will want to try.
From Viola Davis to Tyler Perry, the afro is a natural, androgynous style with historic, cultural, and bold fashion roots. People with curly hair know it’s not easy to rock this gender-neutral look. If you want to give your 'fro some extra bounce and health, get the benefits of Lu’s Freedom Collection. Made with moringa seed oil, Freedom contains phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins that add visible hydration and volume to your curls, waves, or coils.
Buzz cuts, traditionally a military cut, is now one of the most popular gender-neutral styles around. Keke Palmer, Cara Delevingne, and Michael B. Jordan have all been seen rocking buzz cuts for various roles, which goes to show that even the most masculine haircuts have been adapted as we broaden our understanding of gender identity.
Short and Shaggy
What do Timothy Chamlet and Millie Bobby Brown have in common? Sure, they’re two of the hottest actors in Hollywood, but they’re also known for sporting a shaggy short haircut. This natural shaggy look was once considered long for men and short for women, but it’s actually just the right length for whoever wants to try it (Selena Gomez has owned this look many times). The key to unlocking your shag is to use the right post-shower product. Lu's Free To Be Styling Cream defines curls and waves, prevents frizz, and helps create a defragmented look, all while nourishing your hair.
Short Back and Sides
Once upon a time, a “short back and sides” was the request of every man of a certain age who entered a barbershop. In fact, it dates all the way back to being the regulation haircuts for legionaries in the Roman empire. Nowadays, this classic look is being reclaimed by just about everybody who’s daring enough to try it. Elliot Page and Natalie Portman have both embraced the short back and sides recently. This look is all about keeping it slick and sleek, which you can do with Lu's Control collection.
Long and Wavy
Leaving your hair to flow down to your shoulders is a bold statement and takes commitment, but it’s a strong look if it’s treated right. Check out Jonathan Van Ness for an example of how beautiful waves can look incredible on anyone. Long and wavy hair like Jonathan’s requires special care. If you need a new way to wash your locks, try any of Lu’s conditioners, and use it as you would a shampoo. Co-washing still removes dirt from the scalp, but it can add more hydration to your hair than stronger shampoos, leading to better moisture retention in color-treated hair.
The French Crop is so "in" right now, it might even be the new "short back and sides" in salons across the land. From Bieber to Peaky Blinders, it’s time to ditch the fade for a harsher contrast between the top and sides of your head that leaves your face and your cheekbones to do the talking.
Pixie Bowl Cut
The pixie cut is a timeless and sexy style that has serious staying power, but what happens when you combine it with the sharp lines of a bowl cut? Surprisingly, you’re left with a seriously edgy look that will turn heads on the catwalk, at the gym, or the office. The angles and sharpness of this cut also accentuates your facial features, especially for people with round faces.
Inspired by the '70s shag and the '80s mullet, this eye-catching androgynous cut actually originated from South Korea in the mid-2000s, where it was quickly adopted by K-Pop stars and actors of both genders. Popularized recently by Jenna Ortega, the Wolf Cut blends more smoothly than a traditional mullet, and is an especially stylish look for people with thin hair, as its choppy layers add plenty of texture.
Have you ever gotten compliments on your bad hair day? If the answer is yes, it might be time to embrace the bedhead bob or tousled look. We can all get behind a look that screams "I woke up like this," when all you have to do is get out of bed and apply a few spritzes of salt spray. The best part is that everybody looks great when they strip it back and go simple with the bedhead bob.
The undercut is for anybody, and we mean anybody, who has grown out their short hairstyle but still wants something edgy on top. The look incorporates a shaved back and sides near the temple, leaving longer hair to flow over the top. Look no further than Miley Cyrus for an example of how women can make this look work for them.
Our definitions and expression of beauty change and evolve as we do. Today, hairstyles and cuts are more about hair textures, face shapes, and individual styles instead of gender. And we are here for it!