Haircuts That Are Longer on One Side

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The singer Rihanna famously had an asymmetrical haircut.
The singer Rihanna famously had an asymmetrical haircut. (Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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.

Victoria Beckam wears an asymmetrical bob.
Victoria Beckam wears an asymmetrical bob. (Image: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

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.

Victoria Beckam wears a longer asymmetrical cut.
Victoria Beckam wears a longer asymmetrical cut. (Image: Junko Kimura/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Asymmetrical Short Hair

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

Rihanna sports a short, asymmetrical haircut.
Rihanna sports a short, asymmetrical haircut. (Image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Asymmetrical Bangs

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

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