A bowl cut, or bowl haircut, is a simple and plain short haircut where the hair is cut with a straight fringe on the front and the rest of the hair is the same length all the way around or is cut short on the sides and back. It is so named because it looks as though someone put a bowl on the head and cut off or trimmed short all the visible hair. A bowl cut is also known for being a cheap and easy haircut often sported by children.
Historically, the bowl haircut was popular among common people of various nationalities as an easy and relatively neat cut by a non-professional. Indeed, it was done by putting a cooking pot of a fit size to the level of ears, and all hair below the rim was cut or shaved off. In some cultures it was a normal type of haircut. In other cultures the bowl cut was viewed as an attribute of poverty, signifying that the wearer could not afford to visit a barber.
In popular culture
- During the 1930s, the bowl cut was the signature haircut of comedian Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, Jim Carrey and Eric Christian Olsen sported one when portraying Lloyd Christmas in the Dumb and Dumber film series.
- "Bowl Haircut at FashionEncyclopedia.com". Retrieved May 6, 2013.