Haircuts That Are Longer on One Side

Updated April 17, 2017

Haircuts that are longer on one side, also called asymmetrical haircuts, first gained popularity in the 1980s. This style has been revived in the early 21st century by famous figures such as Rihanna and Victoria Beckham. Asymmetry was originally associated with more "alternative" and "punk" hairstyles, but it has now gained mainstream popularity.

Asymmetrical Bobs

The most popular version of asymmetrical haircuts is the asymmetrical bob, in which one side is longer than the other. When choosing this hairstyle, think about how long you want one side to be and how short the other. Also, consider how dramatic you want the asymmetry to be. Many hairstylists recommend one side of the bob at chin length, the other at shoulder-length for a more gentle, feminine look.

Asymmetrical Long Hair

Asymmetrical long hair can allow you to create a more dramatic style while retaining the more feminine characteristic of long hair. When deciding on an asymmetrical cut, determine how much of a length difference you want between each side. A dramatic difference between each side of the cut can create a "punk" look.

Asymmetrical Short Hair

Asymmetrical short hair can look very edgy. Often, short asymmetrical cuts feature sweeping fringe. These haircuts can be difficult to grow out, so ask your stylist about upkeep and how to keep your haircut looking fresh.

Asymmetrical Bangs

If you do not choose to make your entire hairstyle asymmetrical, uneven fringe can often add an interesting edge to your style. Consult with your stylist about how to incorporate asymmetrical fringe into your current look.

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Ann Trent has been publishing her writing since 2001. Her work has appeared in "Fence," the "Black Warrior Review" and the "Denver Quarterly." Trent received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Ohio State University and has attended the Macdowell Colony. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in counseling.