Move over, graduated bob cut! The blunt bob has arrived, and she's the style of the moment. If you've been keeping tabs on Paul's top hair trends for 2022, you'll be familiar with this haircut — a shoulder or chin length style with impeccably straight ends, worn softly tousled or silky and straight.
Paul is here to tell you all about this polished yet effortless style. He shows you how to choose a blunt bob to suit your face, style it depending on your hair type, and maintain the look over time.
The DNA of a customised Paul Edmonds blunt cut bob
The great thing about blunt cut hair is that it can be tailored to suit anyone and everyone. Paul and the team start appointments with a consultation where they'll examine your hair and scalp, listen to your artistic vision, and ask how you like to wear your hair. Once they've got all the info, they can recommend a blunt bob length and style that'll work perfectly for you.
"The length is optional — collar bone length that swings just off the shoulder, to a coquettish jaw length," says Paul. "Each length is determined by your face shape, hair thickness, and what you prefer."
Paul and the team can create texture in a blunt cut bob for thin fine hair or make thick hair more manageable by tailoring the layers and other similar details.
"The blunt bob can be cut with or without a smattering of chunky layers or hidden layers that add texture and versatility. The main thing with all these techniques is we still keep a strong blunt outside edge," says Paul.
Styling: Paul's blunt cut product picks
"To get a sleek blunt cut look, I recommend using Shu Uemura Overnight Serum after your appropriate shampoo and conditioner," says Paul. "This helps with air-drying by controlling fluffy hair, and it's great to blow-dry with due to its ultra-light, deep conditioning properties. For extra gloss, add a couple of pumps of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue to the mid-lengths and ends."
Want to style a blunt bob with beautiful, tousled waves? Paul recommends using tongs or straighteners to shape the hair, being sure to apply a heat protector before styling with heat.
How to maintain a blunt cut bob: aftercare guide
The blunt cut is a precision hairstyle that relies on excellent condition to look its best — not easy if you're changing your look during the summer months when the sun is hot and the salty beach beckons. Here are Paul's top aftercare tips to keep your blunt cut looking salon-fresh long after you leave us.
"For hair on holiday, UV protection is a must — especially if you plan to spend a lot of time in the sun. I'd recommend Shu Uemura Essence Absolue because it's not greasy and will protect and nourish the hair."
"For on the beach, I'd use either Heliocare Advanced Spray or the Brush On Block powder mineral sunscreen. Both are designed primarily for the skin but are great to use on the scalp and hair, especially for those with finer hair prone to scalp burn."
Processed and dry hair
"Hair should look touched by sunny days, not burnt and scorched by over-colouring," Paul says. To maintain a healthy blunt cut bob, he recommends moisture after every wash.
"You can get long term benefits without spending loads more time treating your hair by simply replacing your conditioner with a mask each time you wash your hair."
Paul also recommends Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Treatment to maintain the condition and colour of blondes and silvers. Its unique combination of lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and edelweiss flower help to control frizz and smooth the hair fibre.
Ageing hair and frizzy hair
"As one gets older, the texture and hair density change. Even when colouring it, Grey hair tends to be frizzier and fluffier, with less shine and less flowing movement," says Paul. "To keep a blunt bob looking pristine and on-trend, we'll need to ditch the stiff hair."
We recommend our Signature Smooth treatment to get that touchable, shiny, flowing look that all blunt bobs need. It lasts between 3 to 4 months and calms the frizz without making the hair dead straight or reducing its body.
To keep thinning hair in good enough condition to encourage growth, we recommend sticking to a home-care routine that'll strengthen your tresses and improve the condition of your scalp.
"The Kérastase Genesis product family is excellent for maintaining a sleek blunt cut when you have thinning hair," says Paul. "It stops breakage and helps promote a healthy scalp and stimulates hair growth." He also recommends styling with Shu Uemura Netsu Design to boost body and texture in finish styles.
Ready to take the plunge and book your blunt cut? We'd be delighted to help you customise the look — make your appointment today and let Paul and the team refresh your summer style.