Bowl cut

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Young boy with a bowl cut

A bowl cut, also known as a mushroom cut, is a haircut where the hair is cut short on the sides and back and long on the top.[1] It is named so 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 short length.[1]


Historically, the bowl cut was popular among common people of various nationalities as an easy and relatively neat cut by a barber. It was also popular during the 1990s.[1]

The popularity of the bowl cut faded in the early-mid 2000s.

Since the 2010s, the cut is often ridiculed by many and mocked in internet memes.[2][3][4]

The Anti-Defamation League now considers it a hate symbol[5][6], claiming that it has been adopted by white supremacists as an homage to Dylann Roof, who opened fire in a predominantly black church on June 17, 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bowl Haircut at". Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Singh-Kurtz, Sangeeta (September 25, 2019). "Charlize Theron's Bowl Cut Speaks". The Cut.
  3. ^ "The Bowl Cut Your Mom Gave You Is Back".
  4. ^ Deabler, Alexandra (September 3, 2019). "Charlize Theron among celebs bringing back the bowl cut". Fox News.
  5. ^ Dickson, E. J.; Dickson, E. J. (September 26, 2019). "How a White Supremacist's Haircut Became a Symbol for Hate". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ "Bowlcut/Dylann Roof". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2019-12-11.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Bowl cut at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of bowl cut at Wiktionary