Pixies! Bobs! Shaves! Ombres! Pinks! The vast number of short and/or colorful hair statements being made these days can call even the healthiest long locks into a state of envy. What to do, in this case, if you are jonesing for a change but aren't ready to part with any length or tinker with your color? How about a 'do that involves little actual cutting and zero foil? Meet the Blunt Cut.
Or the "non-haircut," as hairstylist Joey Silvestera at Blackstones (the man behind Alex Wang's enviable mane) describes it. By slicing a bit off the bottom and letting your layers grow out to a single, uniform length, you'll feel like you're doing something new, Silvestera says. You keep your hair long, and gain a hard, sleek edge that feels equally classic and current (i.e., equal parts Françoise Hardy [14-16] and Alexa Chung ).
“Today, you see a lot of girls with very unique look-at-my-hair hairdos that become a style focal point. Well, this is the opposite of that,” adds Silvestera. “This is the 'anti-hairdo'; it’s just an accessory to everything else you've got going on. And it works for men just as well as women.” Take Wang, who was recently photographed for Vogue’s July issue  sporting this exact slept-in, lobbed-off style, blowing in the Parisian wind.
Here, Silvestera's rules for the blunt, “nothing” cut:
All 4 One (Length): “First, minimize the layering by bringing everything up to one length. This will create a really clean line. But you can’t just cut a straight line and say, ‘OK, there it is. I’m done.’ There’s a fine line of overdoing simplicity. If it’s done right, it has to be personalized. Once it’s dry, I go back in and do what’s called 'back cutting'—twisting individual sections of the hair and cutting backwards to create small, intermittent lengths within each twisted section—which creates just enough texture to take weight out of the right places, while keeping the cut blunt and simple.”
Better Suited: "For people with thick or wavy hair, your stylist should release more weight to make the hair appear like it’s fine or medium hair—this will maintain softness."
Bang Away: "If you’ve never had bangs before, this can be a good opportunity to get them. Bangs definitely aren’t for everybody—for example, they can can make round faces look even rounder, but longer foreheads and broad features work really well, because bangs kind of break up the face. Also, bangs are really good wrinkle-hiders—they’re a great alternative to Botox. [Laughs]"
Be Cool: “With this cut, your styling at home is really easy and minimal. Everyone’s different, but people with fine to medium hair should only wash their hair every other day and possibly integrate dry shampoo, to control oil. For medium to thick hair, people should go at least two to three days between washes. As far as styling products, we love creams like Bumble and bumble Grooming Cream, because you can use it on wet hair or air-dried hair to eliminate frizz, and it takes you to the second- or third-day look with a single application. Your hair will literally just fall into place and look super natural and cool."
Minimal effort and fewer salon visits for Balenciaga-appropriate hair? We're into it.