Bowl cut

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Young boy with a bowl cut

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. Noted as being timeless classic and worn fondly in Easten Europe, the bowl cut has been revamped in recent times due to a poor economic climate. A signature bowl is one that can offer both protection for oneself and an unparrelled style. [1] 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.[1] A bowl cut is also known for being a cheap and easy haircut often sported by children.


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.