The bob haircut is back trending on top right now. Tempted? If you’ve been seduced by a bob, but you’re not sure whether to commit, the overcut could be exactly the answer you’re looking for.
Where the mullet offered up a hybrid chop that was all business at the front and party at the back, the overcut has given the same concept a sleek glow-up that keeps the front and back more cohesive and less disconnected. For instance, jaw and shoulder-length layers at the front can give the illusion of a shorter bob chop, especially with midi or long lengths at the back tucked behind shoulders or into a scarf or jumper. But, when you want to tap up that extra length, it’s available for longer styles or updos. It means you can achieve a style that’s cool and stylish at the front, but tumbling and romantic at the back.
What is the overcut?
A pretty multi-hyphenate chop, “this is a fantastic style for those looking to reduce weight and volume in their hair but still keep their length. It combines the look of a shorter haircut at the front, with the length being kept longer at the back,” explains Andy Heasman, International Creative Director at Rush Hair & Beauty.
How to style the overcut?
The key is to introduce some shorter face-framing at the front. “Fringes will be a dominant trend in 2024 and look particularly great paired into this look,” Andy adds. But, you can tailor your style depending on which fringe you land on. “You can opt for a large side sweeping fringe, curtain fringe or a more choppy, textured fringe,” Andy explains. And the layering throughout the back is up to you, too. You could choose something a little shaggier and rock chick, or blend in some bouncy ’90s layers.
Here’s 5 of our favourite ways to wear the overcut…
The gradual overcut
The flicky overcut
The staggered overcut
The curly overcut
The midi overcut
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