Gender-neutral haircuts are styles that anyone can wear. They challenge the notion of what it means to have a traditionally female or masculine haircut and can be incredibly empowering. Do you want to rock a blue pompadour? Then nothing should be stopping you. Do you love short or long hair? Well, there are styles to suit all hair textures. Gender-neutral haircuts can be bold and bright, they can benefit from a wide range of fringes and partings, and they are adapted to suit your preference. If you want to ditch stereotypes, one of these hairstyles can inspire your next haircut.
1. Curly Bob
The bob is a classic short hairstyle traditionally cut at jaw level. It is incredibly flattering and versatile, working with all hair types and textures and complementing most face shapes. On straight hair, the precision of the cut is noticeable and can create a dramatic and edgy appearance, whereas, with curly hair, the bob haircut feels more laidback and effortlessly cool. It is also a great way to style curly hair, as the short length makes it easier to handle and is often healthier. The bob is appealing for people of all ages and can be worn with a fringe for a more youthful look.
2. Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are one of the best fringe styles and have a gender-neutral appearance, making them the perfect addition to any haircut for anyone. The bangs are parted down the middle, which helps frame the face and get their name because the appearance is similar to that of a curtain on a window. These bangs can be added to all hairstyles and done in varying lengths, from small, barely-there curtains to long ones. It will also complement all face shapes and will highlight your features while creating a youthful glow.
3. Blunt Bangs
One of the most versatile fringe hairstyles is blunt bangs. They can be worn by anyone and adapted to suit a wide range of hairstyles. It is a standout feature of any haircut and is cut straight along the face. They can be created with most hair textures but makes the biggest impact with straight hair, which highlights the precision of the cut. Bangs can give you a youthful appearance and will also hide problem skin on the forehead or fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, bangs are incredibly flattering and an excellent way to draw attention to your face, particularly the eyes and cheekbones.
4. Edgar Haircut
The Edgar haircut is a modern version of the classic Caesar hairstyle and has become a go-to choice for individuals who want a cut that is effortlessly cool and relatively low-maintenance. Like Caesar, the Edgar haircut has the same length all over on the top of the head, but it also features a high skin fade. The fade is fantastic for giving the hairstyle structure and creating contrast. It can also create a contrast with the hair on the top of the head, making it look fuller and thicker. The cut works with all hair textures and complements those with oval, angular, and long face shapes.
5. Bowl Cut
The bowl cut is a gender-neutral haircut that is expressive and fun. It gets its name because of its bowl-like appearance and features the same length throughout and straight bangs. The cut was popularized in the 80s but has been adapted in recent years with modern twists to make it more wearable and versatile. The traditional mushroom shape can be changed up, and you can experiment with varying lengths to create the look that best complements your face shape and reflects your preference. It can also be paired with a fade to give the haircut more structure and make it look edgy and cool. For those who are truly daring, why not try a bold and bright hair dye?!
6. Long Straight Hair with Middle Part
Straight hair is a texture that often looks sleek and glossy and fantastic for blunt haircuts. It is also a texture that complements the middle part, making it more defined than it would be on curlier hair. Men and women can wear long hair, and embracing longer hair can be an empowering experience, challenging outdated notions of what is traditionally female or male. The middle part is ideal for drawing attention to the face and can highlight your facial symmetry. However, it is also challenging to pull off and is unforgiving to any imperfections or unbalanced features. The middle part is also practical with long hair, letting you tuck the hair behind your ears and keeping it out of the face.
7. Buzz Cut
The buzz cut is an effortlessly cool hairstyle that is low-maintenance and versatile. The short cut works with all hair textures and types and is incredibly flattering, complementing most face shapes. The haircut will also draw attention to your face, highlighting your features. You can also experiment with varying lengths, keeping the hair slightly longer on top. Or pair it with a line up, a fade, or a hair design if you want to give the cut a modern update.
8. Curly Mop
The mop hairstyle is a youthful haircut that is cut on long or medium-length hair. The defining feature is the fringe, which typically covers the forehead and part of the eyes; however, the mop can be adapted from the 60s version to create a more modern finish, which lets you experiment with different fringes or partings. The mop hairstyle can be adapted to suit all hair textures. This includes curly hair, which gives the cut a softness, with the curls falling against the face. It can be an incredibly flattering hairstyle that will draw attention to the face and highlight your best features.
9. Blue Pompadour
If you are looking for an expressive and fun hairstyle, consider a blue pompadour. Brightly colored hair demands attention, but it also lets you show the world your playful side. There are various shades to choose from, from vivid blue hues to soft, pastel shades; this makes it a color that can be adapted to suit every complexion. Pairing blue hair with a pompadour will ensure that your hair gets noticed; this hairstyle is defined by the hair being kept longer at the front of the head and brushed backward to create volume. It can be adapted to suit your hair texture and desired length. However, it is often paired with short hair on the back and sides, which creates a subtle contrast with the hair on top.
10. Buzz Cut with Hair Design
The buzz cut is a classic short hairstyle that has often been thought of as traditionally masculine; however, this idea is changing, and gender-neutral styles prove that anyone can wear these haircuts. The buzz cut features short hair of the same length all over the head. It is appealing because it is low-maintenance, works with all hair textures and types, and can also be adapted to suit your preference. This includes adding a hair design, a fun way to express yourself and inject your style and personality into your haircut. Hair design can be of anything, including geometric shapes, unusual angles, and interesting line art.
11. Curly Fringe
Curly hair is one of the most sought-after textures because it makes everything look more voluminous and full. Curls can be challenging to style and difficult to care for as they can be prone to dryness and damage. But there is a lot of versatility in how you can wear them, including opting for a curly fringe. The way the curls fall against the face will create softness and give you a youthful look. The front of the hair also appears fuller and thicker as the curls create natural volume. Fringes are a great addition to most haircuts and can be worn with long hair or paired with short back and sides for a look that creates contrast.
12. Medium Length Natural Hair
Medium length hair gives you the best of both worlds; hair that is long enough to style in a wide range of ways and not so long that it is high maintenance. It is a great length for all hair textures, and many gender-neutral hairstyles are cut at a medium length. It is an excellent way to show off the hair texture and can be worn with pride on natural hair. There are several ways to style it, including braided looks. Or it can be worked into an afro hairstyle if you want to create a look that is all about volume and fullness.
13. French Crop
Simple and effortlessly cool are two ways to describe the French crop. The hairstyle is defined by the hair being relatively the same length on the top, back, and sides and complemented by a fringe. The fringe is usually longer than the rest of the hair, and it is the standout feature of the haircut. A French crop can be achieved with all hair textures but looks especially great with naturally textured hair, giving it a deliberately messy and disheveled appearance. The cut is low-maintenance and can be versatile, allowing you to style it to suit your preference; this includes a blunt fringe or a side-swept one; the choice is yours.
14. Mermaid Mullet
The mullet haircut is a controversial one, and it can be tricky to pull off, but it makes a statement and will get you noticed. The cut is defined by hair that is kept short on the top and sides, with a longer length in the back. Despite the unusual cut, the mullet is incredibly versatile and can be achieved with all hair textures and types. You can also experiment with different lengths, and it can be paired with shaved sides or a fade if you want to give the hair a modern update. If you are an individual who is not afraid to take risks or has a playful nature, opting for bright, bold hair colors, like mermaid hair, will guarantee you stand out from the crowd. Dyeing your hair in unnatural colors will highlight the cut.
15. Half Up Half Down Hairstyle
The half up half down hairstyle is an excellent choice for hair of all lengths and can be styled in various ways, from sophisticated and elegant to deliberately messy and relaxed. It is also a hairstyle that works with all textures. There are some versions of the look that would be considered traditionally feminine, but it can also be gender-neutral. It is achieved by pulling the hair on the top of the head away from the face, opening it up, and drawing attention to your eyes. The rest of the hair is left loose. The half up half down hairstyle is a great look for someone who wants to experiment with their hair by growing it longer. Plus, it’s an effortless way to style it.
16. Pixie with Choppy Fringe
The pixie cut is a short hairstyle that is considered androgynous. It is kept relatively the same length all over the head, with a slightly longer fringe. The style is loved because it is incredibly versatile and flattering on most face shapes. The pixie cut can also be created in various ways, letting you experiment with different lengths and finishes, including your fringe. A choppy fringe is fantastic for giving your hair texture and creating volume and movement. It can also make the hair appear thicker and fuller. A fringe can give you a youthful appearance and hide forehead lines or wrinkles.
17. Hard Part
The hard part is achieved by cutting a line into the scalp, either with a razor or trimmer. The clean line makes a parting and gives the hair structure, making it look neat and polished. It can be done with hair of all textures but is often created on short hair and hairstyles that are combed over or slicked back, creating a sleek finish. However, you can experiment with the hairstyle you pair with the hard part, but often the simpler, the better. Add a fade or an undercut to add sharpness to the haircut and give the hair a slight contrast between the top and the back and sides.
18. Quiff with Undercut
The quiff hairstyle is all about volume and is a great gender-neutral look. It is achieved by brushing the hair at the front of the head upward and backward to create volume. The quiff can be done with most hair textures, and you can experiment with the length on the top, depending on how dramatic you want it to be. To give the hairstyle structure and create a contrast, you can pair it with an undercut. Compared to the hair on top, the short back and sides will make it look even more voluminous.
19. Long Curly Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are an excellent addition to any hairstyle and have a gender-neutral appearance. They can be adapted to suit all hair textures and can be created in varying lengths, including keeping them long. Long, curly curtain bangs can add a softness to your appearance. They are fantastic for framing the face and drawing attention to the eyes. You can keep the rest of the hair the same length to let the curtain bangs blend in naturally, creating a subtle finish, or opt for something bold and daring. This can be achieved by cutting the backs and sides short and leaving the bangs long, which will create a contrast and a high impact.
20. Shag Haircut
The shag haircut is a 70s favorite worn by musicians but has been since modernized to feel fresh, youthful, and fun. It is a haircut defined by the heavy, choppy layers, which create a deliberately messy and unstructured appearance. The layers are heavier at the crown, thinning out toward the ends and giving the hair movement. It is a cut that can be adapted to suit all hair textures and is incredibly flattering for most face shapes. It can be styled short or long and benefits from a fringe or bold color to make it feel unique and personal.
21. Low Ponytail
The ponytail is one of the simplest and most effortless updos. It can be created with little skill and complements all hair textures. There are also various ways to wear a ponytail; high ponytails are ideal for formal occasions and create a more dramatic finish. Low ponytails are for those wanting a more laid-back and relaxed aesthetic. It is also easier to wear on short hair and much more comfortable than a high ponytail, as it does not pull on the scalp. You can pull the hair back and keep it away from the eyes. Or opt to keep a few strands loose to frame the face.
22. Shaggy Bob
The shaggy bob creates a textured haircut and features choppy layers that boost volume and movement. It is the ideal cut for someone who wants to make their hair appear fuller and thicker. It can add texture to short hair and complement most face shapes, and can be worn with various fringes or partings. The deliberately messy and undone finish gives the haircut a stylish yet laid-back vibe that feels youthful and effortlessly cool.
23. Curly Modern Wolf Cut
The wolf cut is an interesting blend of the mullet and the shag, taking the best features of both hairstyles and meshing them together. It feels edgy and rebellious and consists of choppy, heavy layers at the crown and gradually thin toward the ends. Depending on your desired finish, the hairstyle can be cut at varying lengths and worn with different hair textures. Curly hair complements the volume of the layers and has a more subtle, blended appearance. The wolf cut can also be paired with bangs and looks especially striking with curtain bangs which frame the face and highlight the features.
24. Short Comb Back Hair
The comb back is a classic short hairstyle done by brushing the hair back from the hairline. This creates volume and texture and is a look that is often considered ideal for professional environments. The hair is kept away from the face, which can open it up and highlight your features. The comb back can be achieved on the hair of varying lengths but looks best when kept short. Hair is slightly longer on top than on the back and sides to give your hairstyle structure and produce a subtle contrast. Plus, it will complement most face shapes.
25. Messy Two Block Haircut
The two block haircut is a Korean haircut that has been trending on social media because it is expressive and fun. It can be created in various ways, but the defining feature is that it is cut into two distinct blocks; the top of the head and the bottom. The hair on the top of the head is kept longer, while the bottom, which is the back and sides, is shorter. This style is youthful and lends itself well to various colors. You can also experiment with the finish, including trying out different lengths, partings, or fringes.
26. Short Natural Hair
Embracing your hair texture is empowering while keeping it short is practical and low-maintenance. With natural hair, it can make caring for your hair and the grooming time a much simpler process, and hair is often in a better condition and less dry when kept short. Short hair gives you a break from braids and heat styling and can be styled in various ways, including keeping it the same length all over the head or trying an undercut. You can also focus the volume toward the front of the head by brushing it forward and upward.
The traditional mohawk is edgy, rebellious, and favored by the punk movement to rebel against anything considered mainstream. The haircut is defined by a long strip of hair in the middle of the head, with the sides clean-shaven. It was colored with bright hues and styled to stand up with rigid spikes. This version of the mohawk is still appealing to those who want an expressive hairstyle that lets them stand out from the crowd; however, the cut has also been modernized to become more wearable and versatile. Often paired with a fade instead of clean-shaven sides, the mohawk can be created shorter for a look with less contrast and is instead about achieving volume.
28. Slick Back with Hair Design
The slick back is a classic hairstyle that is excellent for achieving a neat and polished look. The hair is brushed upward, away from the hairline, creating volume, and the back and sides are often kept shorter to give the haircut structure. It is secured with a gel or wax product. The hairstyle can be paired with different finishes, including a fade, undercut, or hair design, which lets you add your personality to an otherwise timeless style. A hair design is expressive and fun and is done by adding patterns, shapes, or images onto the scalp with a razor or trimmer.
29. Short Back and Sides with Comb Over
Short back and sides are an effortless look in grooming and styling. As the name suggests, the hair on the back and sides of the head is kept short, and the hair on the top is slightly longer. This can be styled in many ways, including a comb over. The comb over is done by brushing, or combing, the hair over onto one side of the head. This is a great way to add volume to the hair. It is also beneficial for those with thinning hair or a receding hairline as it can help disguise these things. The comb over works with hair of all types; but can be easier to style with straight or lightly textured hair.
30. Swooping Fringe
For those who want a statement hairstyle, the swooping fringe will give you just that. The long fringe sweeps across the face, creating a fashion-forward finish and drawing attention to the features. The defining feature of this look is the fringe, and as such, it works best when the rest of the hair is kept short and simple. You can experiment with the fullness of your fringe, depending on how dramatic you want the finish to be; a full fringe is much higher maintenance and will need to be regularly adjusted throughout the day, while a wispy fringe feels more natural.
31. Short Messy Hair
Styling the hair to look deliberately messy is an excellent choice for those who want to achieve a laid-back and effortlessly cool vibe. The messy hairstyle is easier to achieve on naturally textured hair but can also be created with styling products or by adding choppy layers to the hair. This look can be achieved with various lengths but is easier to do on shorter hair, giving you a simple, versatile, and voluminous finish.
32. Undercut with Top Bun
The top bun or top knot is a great updo for medium and long hair. It is simple and easy to do and ideal for pulling the hair out of your face but also creates an interesting finish with the bun sitting at the top of the head. To add structure to the look and create a contrast, you can pair it with an undercut. The undercut features shaved hair on the back and sides, making the hair on the top appear fuller and thicker. It is an edgy and cool look and is also gender-neutral.
33. Side Part
The side part is one of the most versatile and universally flattering partings. It can be added to most hairstyles and will often soften the face and complement the features. Depending on your chosen hairstyle, the side part can also be added to create a neat and polished appearance. A side parting works on hair of varying lengths and textures, looking more subtle and blended on curly hair and defined with straight hair.
34. Wolf Haircut
The wolf haircut is a heavily layered hairstyle that blends the mullet and the shag. The layers are concentrated on the crown, gradually thinning toward the ends. This creates a cut that is voluminous and full of movement. The wolf cut can be done with all hair textures and cut at varying lengths. It can be created to look edgy and rebellious or can be a softer haircut; your hair texture will often play a role in the finished effect, and the wolf cut looks more subtle and blended on curly hair. You can also experiment with the finishes, for example, wearing it with curtain bangs or trying different colors.
35. Two Braids
Braided hairstyles are stylish and practical; they look good, but they are also a way to keep the hair in place and prevent friction and breakage. There are many braided styles to choose from, but two braids are one of the most versatile and easy to create. As the name suggests, this look is defined by two braids, one on either side of the head. They can be made in varying lengths, and you can experiment with the pattern you want on your scalp or simply part them in the middle. This hairstyle can be achieved with medium or long hair and most textures.
What is the most gender-neutral haircut?
A gender-neutral haircut is a style that anyone can wear and is not considered male or female. There are several hairstyles to choose from, including a curly bob, a shag haircut, wolf cut, buzz cut, and braids. With that being said, you can choose anything, as your hair is an extension of your personality and is a way to express yourself and challenge outdated ideas on what is traditionally masculine and feminine.
What is a non-binary haircut?
Non-binary is the term used to describe individuals who do not classify themselves as a man or woman; it goes beyond this. This is a broad term covering the topic of gender identity, describing those who feel that gender binary terms cannot describe them. Hair should not be gender-specific; you can choose anything, as your hair is an extension of your personality and used to express yourself.
Is pixie cut androgynous?
The pixie cut can be androgynous and can be worn by men and women. There are different versions of the pixie cut, depending on the look you wish to achieve, and it can be styled to be more traditionally feminine, should you want to.
What makes a haircut androgynous?
Androgynous refers to characteristics that are male and female. For a haircut to be considered androgynous, it would combine elements of what is considered traditionally masculine and feminine.
Cailyn Cox holds a degree in journalism and has been working with The Trend Spotter as a writer for over ten years. She has worked with some of the most prestigious women’s and men's lifestyle publications. For her, writing is not just a job; it’s a passion, which is why each article she writes is approached with such enthusiasm and dedication. She has extensive knowledge of hairstyles, tattoos, and beauty and has made a career out of creating informative articles that appeal to women and men of all ages.
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