Bowl cut

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Process of cutting
Young boy with a bowl cut

A bowl cut, or bowl haircut, is a simple, plain, and 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.[1] It is so named because it looks as though someone were to place a bowl on the head and cut off or trim all of the hair to a very short length.[1]


Detail of a 1920s Soviet Ukrainian poster

Historically, the bowl haircut was popular among common people of various nationalities as an easy and relatively neat cut by a non-professional.[1] Indeed, it was done by putting a cooking pot of a fit size to the level of the 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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Bowl Haircut at". Retrieved May 6, 2013.