15 Haircut Terms To Know Before Going In For A Chop

Ayushi VermaAyushi Verma  |  Jan 11, 2022
15 Haircut Terms To Know Before Going In For A Chop


Clavicut. Dusting. Invisible layers. Lob. The sheer number of haircut terms being thrown around these days could warrant its own appendix on Urban Dictionary. Confused? Well, we’ve got the most commonly used buzzwords that can actually be helpful in explaining what kind of chop you’re looking for. While a picture may be worth 1,000 words, being able to talk to your hairstylist in concrete terms is probably more useful.

From a comprehensive bang breakdown to the many different variations of the bob – here we have curated your very own hairdressers encyclopedia to ensure you step out happy with the results, every time. Because bad hair days? You don’t have to know her!

Welcome To Your Very Own Hairstylists Encyclopedia

Bangs aka Fringes

Bangs can have varying lengths and styles, but generally, the hair is cut from the outer corner of each eye and the ends just graze the edge of or right below the brows. Below, we are breaking down a few of the most common subcategories. 

Baby Bangs

This super short fringe falls somewhere between the brows and the hairline. Another perk? The haircut looks flattering on folks with round face shapes. 

Curtain Bangs

Curtain bands were everywhere in 2022 and trust us, it’s here to stay. The one thing about curtain bangs that we’re fully sold on is how low-maintenance and easy they actually are to style. A more modern update would be to make the bangs a little shorter and textured in the center, so they can be worn as a full textured fringe on days you want to switch it up. 

Blunt Bangs

Blunt Bangs are typically cut straight across from the outside corner of each eye. It can be made softer by cutting more into it and using smaller sections.

Swoop Bangs

Also known as side-swept bangs, this kind is cut from a side part at a downward angle. Swoop bangs work on any hair length.

Bob Haircut

The bob cut has lived many lives- first in the 1920s as a symbol of rebellion for women. The haircut itself falls just under the chin, but there are many different versions to explore, from blunt and A-line to asymmetrical and more, depending on what you’re after. 

A-line Bob

The A-line bob, also known as inverted bob features hair that is longer in the front and shorter in the back, with a V-line that hits the nape of the neck. 

Asymmetrical Bob

An asymmetrical bob is exactly as it sounds: the cut is slightly shorter on one side than it is on the other. 

Blunt Bob

Here’s a bob where the hair is cut without layers, making the hair the same length from all angles. This haircut works best on peeps with naturally straight hair. For folks with thinner hair, the cut can actually make it look thicker if it’s one length. 

French Bob

Here’s a slightly shorter take on the bob trend, the French bob haircut just skims your cheekbones, which then gives them a more pronounced look. It works on all hair types and instantly elevates your style. 

Soft Blunt Bob

If so-blunt-they-might-cut-you ends don’t suit your style, try the soft blunt bob with less texture at the bottom.

Clavicut Haircut

The clavicut basically gives the best of both worlds: It’s short enough to pass as a long bob but long enough to wear in a ponytail. It’s a collarbone-grazing style that looks good on all hair types and face shapes. The hairstyle is edgy and sophisticated, all at the same time. 


Layering is a haircutting technique in which the hair is cut into many different lengths. Invisible layers can be cut if you want something more subtle, it can also create an illusion of more volume for hair that is flat and long. Layers are a popular way to achieve the tousled, shaggy style. The length of your layers depends on your face shape, length, and hair type. 


The long bob hits just above the collarbone. As it grows down the neck it’s still a bob, but once it gets to a certain point where it bounces off the shoulders, that’s when you’ve reached lob territory. 

Shaggy Cut

The shag haircut is a nod to the ‘70s but there are different variations. The two popular shag styles are the ultra layered, ultra curly, and then straight with long curtain bangs and sweep. 

Which one of these haircuts is more your style? Let us know in the comments section below!

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