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Woman with C-shape haircut. | Source: Getty images
Woman with C-shape haircut. | Source: Getty images

C-Shape Haircut – Advantages & Nuances of Styling

Manuela Cardiga
Apr 03, 2023
03:00 P.M.
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The C-shape haircut is one of the most flattering styles around and is showing up all over the Internet and is being flaunted by celebrities on red carpets and runways.

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The C-shape haircut is blowing up the Internet and being worn by influencers, singers, models, and movie stars -- but the look is familiar. It's a throwback from the 90s that is enjoying a well-deserved revival.

Actress Jennifer Aniston has been seen sporting the C-cut, and the look has caught on, just like 'The Rachel' did back in the day when she starred in the cult sitcom, "Friends."

Woman cutting her hair. | Source: Getty Images

Woman cutting her hair. | Source: Getty Images

Nostalgia is in, from Y2K-inspired looks to the 90s vibe, and at the forefront of hairstyling trends is the amazingly up-to-date and versatile C-shape haircut.

What makes the C-cut different is how eagerly so many women have adopted and adapted it to their own style, making it, once again, one of the most popular cuts ever. Stylist Suzie McGill revealed:

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"One of my favorite benefits of this cut is that, if you prefer, it can be carried off with little to no styling. The layers add instant volume to the hair and look naturally beautiful without using heated styling tools."

It is also easy to maintain and looks great with minimal styling and fuss, making it particularly suitable for on-the-go women who don't have time for hours of primping.

Jennifer Aniston flaunts a C-cut at the premiere of Netflix's "Murder Mystery 2" on March 28, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston flaunts a C-cut at the premiere of Netflix's "Murder Mystery 2" on March 28, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

What Is the C-Shape Haircut and What Are Its Advantages?

Some current hot looks, like the Botticelli Bob, are only suitable for a specific hair length, but the C-cut looks equally impressive in shoulder-length or long hair.

Unlike the V-shape or U-shape haircuts, which are named for the effect of the back, the C-cut is about how the layers are cut and fall around the face.

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"This curved shape gives the impression of longer hair because the hair appears to flow smoothly and seamlessly, without any harsh lines or choppy layers that can make the hair look shorter."

Woman with grey hair in a C-cut. | Source: Getty Images

Woman with grey hair in a C-cut. | Source: Getty Images

What Do You Need to Consider before Getting the C-Cut?

Most haircuts are suitable for some women and not for others, from hair type (straight or curly) to age to face shape, but the C-cut looks great on everyone, which is why it's become viral so quickly.

Once you have the C-cut, the trick is to keep that just-left-the-salon look.

The look is easy to maintain with minimum home styling as long as the hair is kept in top condition with adequate hydration. The secret is in the quality of the original cut.

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In the hands of a skilled stylist, a C-cut is a masterpiece that falls naturally and easily into the famed smooth curves around the face -- the C-cut is less successful and harder to achieve at home.

Woman at the hairdresser. | Source: Getty Images

Woman at the hairdresser. | Source: Getty Images

How Do You Explain at the Salon What Kind of Haircut You Want?

Since we've all experienced the frustration of walking out with a look different from what was desired, communicating with the stylist is one of the most fundamental steps to getting the C-cut. Hairstylist MicheO'Connornnor advises:

"Ask for lots of soft layers that start at your chin and round in at the bottom to curve towards your face. A visual reference is always great to provide your stylist with, especially since there are many variations of the cut."

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The Nuances of C-Shaped Haircut Styling

Once you have the C-cut, the trick is to keep that just-left-the-salon look, and here are some tips to keep it looking great all day, every day.

1. Start working on the styling while the hair is wet, applying styling products like a root booster or a volumizing mousse.

2. Protect the hair from heat damage with a heat-protectant spray before styling to achieve that smooth curve without frazzled, heat-damaged ends.

3. Use a diffuser in your blowdryer and start with the hair around the face. The diffuser ensures a no-frizz result.

4. Curl the ends of the hair towards the face with the help of a big curling iron or Velcro rollers. An alternative is to sleep in rollers, take them out in the morning, and run your fingers through the hair and go.

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