Going to the salon is a relaxing and almost cathartic experience. But sometimes it can be very stressful. Especially when you have to explain to your stylist what you want and you just don’t know how to say it. Or when your stylist asks you whether you want this or that but uses industry terms you don’t know. Like V cut and U cut.
With that in mind and because we’ve all been through that type of experience, we’ve decided to dedicate a whole piece to the famous V cut and U cut. What do they actually represent? How can you get them and who are they suited for? Let’s dig into it!
What Is a V Shaped Haircut?
This style of haircut is often used to showcase layered hair. That is also how you get a V shape – by layering the hair. You start with shorter pieces in the front and end with the longest ones in the back. The whole design creates a V. Hence the name.
You can get a V cut for any type and length of hair. It all depends on your personal preference. In fact, many women who have fine hair actually prefer a V haircut because it creates the illusion of volume. The hairstyle makes it seem as if they have much more hair then they do in reality.
Even though it is possible to do it at home, the fact that all the action, so to say, takes place in the back recommends you see a professional hairstylist. It’s the best way to ensure you are getting a great V shaped haircut.
When you do visit a salon, there is no need to explain to them what a V shaped haircut is. The hairstyle is extremely well-known. In fact, it’s one of the most common in the world. A simple mention will be enough and your stylist will know what you mean. Extra points for this haircut for being so easy to handle!
What Is a U Shaped Haircut?
You can think of a U shaped haircut in the same way you think of a V shaped one. That’s because they are fairly similar up to one point. Just like the V shaped one, this hairstyle as well requires the middle portion of your hair to be longer than the hair in the front and on your sides.
Apart from that, the U cut also has layers, even though they are far more subtle than with the V cut. The length is also more even which makes the cut a little more classic looking than the V cut.
So what is the main difference? The middle portion, of course. Instead of being shaped like a sharp V, it’s rounded out until it resembles a soft U. That’s where it gets its name from.
Just like its sister hairstyle, the U cut can also be used if your have short or medium hair, even though it won’t show off as much as it does with long hair. It’s a perfect style for both thick and thin hair and it basically has no cons. This is one of the main reasons why women all over the world choose it, along with the fact that it’s cheap and very low maintenance.
The Best V Cut and U Cut Hairstyle Ideas
Now that we’re all clear on what the V cut and U cut represent, let’s take a look at some of the best styles you can wear. This is all for inspiration of course, because the V cut and U cut will allow you to get as creative as you want. That’s the beauty of these two haircuts!
Magenta Medium V Cut
Since both the V cut and U cut are such classic hairstyles, a good idea would be to try and find ways to breathe a little life and freshness into them. For example, here is a traditional, medium V cut. It might have been a little too easy too overlook if the color wasn’t this loud magenta.
However, by choosing such a neon, non-natural color, you can actually give yourself a makeover without getting a haircut. It’s a makeover in a box, on a budget. And who doesn’t want that?
Here’s a tip – if your hair is too dry, use a leave in conditioner or some organic oil. This will take care of the problem and make your pink hair shiny and glossy.
Purple Curly V Cut
To be more specific, this is a grape purple, long and curly V cut. But once again, the thing that truly makes it stand out is the color. Grape purple is a simply delicious color that will turn heads wherever you go. The purple family is absolutely gigantic and you will have plenty of options to choose from if you want to take this route. But we do advise you to go for grape because it’s that special blend between sweet and rebellious.
It’s also important to note that this hairstyle was most likely achieved with the help of extensions or a wig. Therefore, if you can’t pull it off with your natural hair, don’t panic! You can try buying and wearing extensions yourself or you can simply wear and love your natural hair!
Copper Blonde Layered Hair
Say hello to your new autumn hair color! This is copper blonde on a classic V cut. The color is warm and rich, very reminiscent of the shades you can see in nature during the fall. The inspiration has clearly been falling and drying leaves as well as pumpkin spiced lattes.
Here’s a tip. Make sure to treat your hair to a bit of organic oil or to some glossing agent. This will really make the color stand out and shine even more.
Of course, this gorgeous copper blonde can also serve as a transition shade from autumn to winter if you’re wearing a V cut and a U cut. For example, you can go for an ombre and add some vanilla blonde tips.
Or you can go the other way around and choose some darker roots. Mushroom brown is always a good alternative. Both these options will transform this look into one fit for winter.
Short Hair with V Cut
As mentioned previously, you can wear a V cut and U cut on all types of hair, including a short haircut. This is a long pixie cut with a taper fade and a hair design at the back. The hair on the top is styled in a pompadour which ends in the back with a V cut.
We are also super in love with this hair color. It’s a very light and powdery lavender shade. You can wear it if you love pastels because it will balance perfectly the harsh, geometrical lines of the haircut itself.
U Cut with Space Buns
Space buns were a major trend a few seasons ago. They started at Coachella where every influencer, celebrity, and Jane Doe who participated seemed to be wearing space buns. And glitter hair, of course. But outside of the festival and in your day to day life, you can wear space buns if you pair them with a V cut and U cut.
This will make them a bit more approachable, especially if you work in an office. The color is, of course, all up to you. This is the galaxy trend, which was also a big thing a few seasons ago. But you can wear you natural hair color if you want. Your space buns will still look cool!
Blonde Ombre U Cut
V cut and U cut are both gorgeous, especially when you mix them with modern elements. A great example is this U cut that has received the blonde ombre treatment. And you know how much girls love their ombre!
It starts off as a lovely, light hazelnut brown which slowly descends into a vanilla blonde toward the tips. Of course, when it comes to the V cut and U cut, you can choose any color you want for your ombre. But this combination of hazelnut and vanilla is simply delicious. Not to mention that it works in all seasons and as a transition color!
Red Velvet Straight V Cut
A classic V cut will be showcased the best if you have long, straight hair. Even if your hair is naturally straight, we recommend that you still work on it a bit with your hair straightener. This will make it look glossy and sleek. Apart from that, it will really show off the sections of the V cut and just how gorgeous it is.
Remember always to use the hair straightener on low heat. Spray your hair with a protectant before every use and don’t go overboard with this technique! Most stylists today are warning that girls and women are, in fact, over styling their hair.
In other words, they are stating that women don’t really need to style their hair every single day, especially not using heat tools. This is damaging to your scalp and strands, not to mention that it’s not empowering. Stylists recommend to go natural most days and only style your hair on special occasions.
Peekaboo Highlights on U Cut
Peekaboo highlights are slightly hidden highlights under your top layer which add a pop of color to your base shade. You can barely see them, but they add a lot to the general effect of your style.
When it comes to a V cut and a U cut, peekaboo highlights can be a great way to upgrade both of these traditional hairstyles without changing them too much. They can also be a great way to test a particular hair color that you’re not so sure about.
Get a few peekaboo highlights in the shade you want and see how they look against your skin and how you feel about the change. If you like it, go for the full head. If not, call them peekaboos and act all cool about it!
These, for example, are burgundy peekaboo highlights on chocolate brown hair. You can see them right at the bottom.
Vanilla Blonde V Cut
Do you love this color just as much as we do? Because you should! This is a vanilla blonde with chai blonde roots and ice blonde tips. We could even call it a bit of an ombre job since it’s clear that the color goes from a darker chai blonde on top to the absolute white on the bottom.
If you want to replicate this look, there are a few things you need to know apart from the V cut and U cut. The first thing is that you will have to bleach your hair. Even if you already have blonde hair, it won’t be enough to achieve this look. Bleaching will take you to an almost white non-color base that will act as a blank canvas. You can then use it to color your hair with these amazing shades of blonde.
If your hair is darker in color, namely brown or black, it might be more difficult to reach this type of white to blonde ombre job on a V cut. The reason is that your hair has a lot of pigmentation that needs to be lifted. It can happen, but it will take a lot of time, patience, and many trips to the salon.
In between bleaching sessions, make sure you wait a few weeks to protect you hair. Use a toner or a purple shampoo to cancel out the yellow tones in your hair. Please do not attempt to bleach your hair to this degree at home.
What do you think?
The V cut and U cut are some of the most beloved and common haircuts used by women around the world. We’re quite sure that a lot of your scrolling through this piece are wearing a V cut or a U cut right now. So we would love to hear your opinions on these lovely hairstyles.