16 Chic Asymmetrical Short Hair Ideas You’ll Love

asymmetrical short hair cuts

Asymmetrical short hair is a short haircut where one side of the hair is cut shorter than the other. If you’re the type who loves to break the rules then you’ll definitely have a ton of fun with this haircut!

With a side longer than the other, you’re guaranteed to grab attention without effort just like how Gabrielle Union, Willow Smith, Emma Roberts, and Ellie Goulding stunned everyone with their own versions of the asymmetric cut!

Whatever style you have in mind – a pixie, a bob, for dense or for thin hair, with or without bangs – it’s always a unique look you’ll get! What’s key is to work with your face shape, so you’ll have the right balance and highlight for your facial features.

Short haircut specialist Rebecca Dorsey from Baltimore works with all kinds of face shape and hair type, and her angled creations are all far from boring! Whether it’s just the bangs or the tips of your tresses that you plan to get askew, be sure to go to a pro to achieve a remarkable result!

Get outside of the box and try out a look from this updated collection of asymmetrical short haircuts!

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Asymmetrical Bangs

Asymmetrical bangs on short hair
Instagram @artheads24

An uneven bob also calls for some uneven bangs! The choppy bangs, along with the cut, draw the eyes to a diagonal direction which elongates the face.

Side Swept Hair

Asymmetrical side swept short hair cut
Instagram @elizabeth_at_vain

Parting your hair to the side creates some side-swept bangs and cuts your face area. This asymmetrical short hair is great if you want a softer look.

Short Curly Hair

Asymmetrical short curly hair
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Loose curls like these already boast texture but can be a bit messy if left unkempt. Good thing a curly pixie cut styled to one side greatly helps in keeping the look clean and attractive at the same time.

Asymmetrical Layered Cut

Short hair with Asymmetrical layered cut
Instagram @hairlabprovidence

Instead of the usual shorter layers that lie underneath longer layers, this asymmetrical short hair cut stylizes short layers on top that allows the texture to be its statement. That side-swept tail gives a more dynamic look.

Shaggy Cut

The untamed manner that this cut was arranged compliments the uneven cut of the bob. It is all about texture and rowdiness that makes the look so neat!

Q&A with style creator, Jillian White
Master Hairstylist @ Studio 54 Salon in Lakeside, NS

How would you describe this look?

This look is modern and chic – a sassy twist to the classic bob. My favorite thing about this asymmetrical bob is the versatility. You can go from straight to curly/wavy, and the balayaged highlights add depth and dimension for a low-maintenance, stylish look!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It really is great for most hair types and lifestyles. My client pictured is a busy mom of two and has very fine and thin hair, but you’d never know it.

It’s very versatile. Use a bit of volumizing mousse and you can wash and go if need be, blow dry straight for a smooth sleek look, or use a 1-inch curling iron to add some wave and texture (like the picture).

Shaved Side

A choppy cut works best for fine hair, building the layers and texture up. What makes this cut unique is its gradient surgical line on an undercut.

Q&A with style creator, Jessy Jin
Hair Artist @ Pomp and Proper Salon in Vancouver, BC

How would you describe this look?

This is an asymmetric undercut with design.

I like the simplicity of it. It has details but does not look too busy. It looks especially great on thick and dark hair because the design looks more contrasting.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love asymmetrical hair cut, as it creates an interesting factor. My client with this cut in the picture has very thick and dark hair, but it can be done on lighter hair or finer hair. Also, if you have a light hair and want the design to look more contrasting, you can consider getting a low-commitment demi-permanent color (my favorite is Dia Richesse from L’Oreal Professionnel) for styling.

I like to prep on wet hair using volume and texture products like the wild styler “Beach Wave” by L’Oreal Professionnel and blow-dry in all directions to get good movement. Once the hair is all dried, use a molding paste such as the Tecni.Art Density material by L’Oreal.

I always apply on my hand and warm up the product first and then apply to hair. Once the product is everywhere in your hair, then you can start to shape however you like it to sit and create a texture of your own taste!

Asymmetrical Pixie Cut

Short Asymmetrical pixie cut
Instagram @karidoesmyhair

Side parting would work for this disproportionate cut. Longer strands remain on top to cover short trims of the pixie with a visible undercut.

Q&A with style creator, Kari Pace
Hairstylist @ Earth Head Salon in Rogers, AR

How would you describe this look?

This cut is an edgy, asymmetrical pixie with an undercut. The top is left long enough to style with waves or wear it straight, and the undercut keeps it current and edgy. My favorite thing about this cut is the versatility. It can be styled to be super edgy, or it can read a little more conservative depending on how you are feeling that day!

Any advice for someone considering it?

An undercut is great for people that have thick hair or have a lot of density to their hair and they want a softer look. It is definitely a bold look so be prepared for attention! This client says she gets compliments just about everywhere she goes from men and women.

This cut does require styling, but once you get the hang of it, it can be done in just a few minutes thanks to the length. I recommend using a mousse or balm depending on your hair texture before blow-drying and then a heat protectant (I like Joico Ironclad) before using a wand or flat iron to create waves. Break up the fresh waves with a texture spray (I like Joico’s body shake), and you’re good to go!

Asymmetrical with Undercut

Short Asymmetrical hair with undercut
Instagram @hairbyhelen_d

The uneven angles on this cut shape the face to lessen rounder edges. The undercut, along with the magenta hair and the asymmetrical cut all looks like from the future and so fashion advanced!

Q&A with style creator, Helen Demakis
Hair Stylist @ Salon Luna in Cambridge, MA

How would you describe this look?

Describing this hair might be as complex as the cut and color itself. I would say it’s a contemporary, deep mauve, asymmetrical bob. My favorite thing about this cut and color is the process and of course the finished product.

The client and I really have to communicate and work together. From her undercut to her short bangs, I’m always checking in. This look is the full package for me personally. I felt connected to the client and was creatively so satisfied with this color and cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

With this exact look, you will definitely have to style your hair every day. Have fun with it and try using some wax! You should also consider this cut will lose its shape fast as will the color. Be ready to maintain it about every 4-6 weeks.

Also, use color-safe shampoo (invest in your hair) and cool water while rinsing. The neat thing about an asymmetrical bob is that you can tweak it to work with almost any face shape and hair texture. This cut could be longer, not have a bang, or even on someone with curly hair!

For Thick Hair

Short Asymmetrical for thick hair
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Those girls out there enjoy a nice, clean-cut across with a short angled bob. Easy to maintain, upbeat, and functional, this is the hairstyle to try-and die- for!

Q&A with style creator, Patricia Ricciuti
Hair Stylist @ DeCola Salon in Exton, PA

How would you describe this look?

Asymmetrical short cuts are perfect for most face shapes and hair textures. For this client, I cut in the overall shape, then went in with a texture shear to lighten up her hair density. I finished with a razor for soft edges.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I added my favorite mousse Rodeo by R+CO. Next was a blowout, slightly disheveled for that undone look. Add a bit of texture paste to the fringe and you are ready to go.

This cut is very versatile – can also be worn sleek or curled. A great asymmetrical cut adds instant style plus interest to your overall look. This cut works for women of all ages.

Short Haircut with Bangs

Short Asymmetrical hair with bangs
Instagram @cutbyleslie

A take on your pixie cut but is much longer due to the swoop bangs. This gives the asymmetrical effect and shapes your face in a flattering way. Style this in such a way that form is kept, with layers and layers of ruffled texture.

Q&A with style creator, Leslie Chin-Schmitt
Hair Stylist @ Cowboys and Angels SF in San Francisco, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is sexy, sophisticated, and edgy. It’s perfect for someone who wants a look that is fashion-forward and can seamlessly work in a variety of occasions be it work or play.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To wear a cut like this takes some confidence, however, texturing and adjusting the length allows us to cater to the client’s features. By doing so, most people can wear a variation of this style. The asymmetry is a great way to customize the look and can be a great detail to use on people who want a little face coverage in addition to adding a little more edginess.

Wavy Hair

Asymmetrical short wavy hair
Instagram @raenikole

Thin-haired ladies can really enjoy adding volume to their cut by adding waves on layered hair. This long bob enjoys such features which add a natural effect to your appearance.

Q&A with style creator, Rae Steele
Master Stylist @ Hair by Rae in Covina, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is sophisticated, chic, and flirty. There’s an effortless quality to this classic haircut and color. Her highlight application was done with an organic placement about a year ago, and they’re made to grow out soft and smooth. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s made for a wash-and-go kind of lifestyle but can be easily done up.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The asymmetrical bob can be tailored to suit all face shapes and textures. I love how universal this cut can truly be.

The right hairdresser can assess your face shape with you to create the best look for your face, texture, and body shape. I achieved this cut with a razor, which leaves the most beautiful texture in the hair. I know the razor has gotten a bad rep over the years, which is why it’s important to make sure your stylist is trained to use it.

For this look, I washed her with a cleansing cream from Hairstory Studio. I love cleansing creams, as they’re gentle on the scalp and tough on dirt and build up. I sprayed salt spray at her root and used Hairstory’s hair balm through her ends. I then diffused her hair to really expand it and enhance her natural wave. I then detailed with my one-and-half-inch curling iron using one-inch sections. The key to this is to make your passes quick and to alternate in different directions to avoid looking too uniform. I then finished with a spray wax that to add slight definition and a touch of hold.

For at-home care, it’s truly meant to be air-dried. My client is a busy professional with a fashion-forward edge to her and doesn’t have much time to style. I chose to diffuse to see what it would look like at home when she air-dries her hair, so after your hair has dried at home you can choose to curl with a larger curling iron to give detail and definition where you’d like to see it. Salt sprays and leave-in creams are something all of my clients have in their cabinets, as they’re what I use and love. Not all salt sprays are created equal, so talk with your stylist about which would be best for your texture.

For Over 60

For Over 60
Instagram @bladesalon

Q&A with style creator, Jay Roberts
Owner/Stylist @ Blades International Salon in Rocky Hill, CT

How would you describe this look?

My guest, after many years of wearing a very traditional haircut, wanted to throw the rule book out the window, asking me to create something unique and chic for her.

I began by looking at her face shape and hair texture. I used a razor for the cut, taking “U” shaped partings at the apex and vertical sections to reduce weight at the sides and nape. I then took diagonal sections on the top and over directed to a stationary guide at the top!

The color was created with foils placed on a diagonal in the back and on top. Her hair was lifted to pale yellow. I toned with Redken Shades and EQ Gloss 09N was also used in the glaze and equal parts processing lotion.

The look was styled with Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 and Redken Triple Dry 15. My favorite thing about this asymmetrical cut and color is how flattering it is to my guest’s face shape and skin tone!

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Any advice for someone considering it?

Before offering advice, I would ask the following questions to the guest. The answers will help me determine if this type of haircut is suitable for my guest!

When was the last time that you liked your hair? What do you like about your hair? If there is anything about your hair that you could change, what would that be?

What is your daily “hair routine”? What products are you currently using and are you happy with how they work? How frequently are you able to return to the salon to maintain your look?

I would then explain what effect an asymmetrical haircut has on the various face shapes. It’s ideal for oval-shaped faces. It softens the line of the face height in the crown and creates length and minimizes the fullness of a round face.

Textured Cut for Fine Hair

Textured Cut for Fine Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Vaida Murinaite
Hair Stylist @ Care Hair & Beauty, in Galway, IE

How would you describe this look?

I’ve chosen to do a very formal, straight-lined haircut with a little bit perk up because back then such asymmetry was on top of hair trends. Now, it’s definitely coming back!

This type of look best to be styled as smooth straight hair. I have chosen to do subtle, warmer, more natural-looking shades with some babylights throughout that blend in well. My favorite thing about this style that asymmetrical haircuts never go out of fashion and it’s unique.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A well-executed and designed asymmetrical haircut can certainly suit any face shape hair texture. In order to pull this look off you need to put together not only clothes, makeup, and hair, but to have this sassy element.

A good hairdryer, hairbrush, and your favorite styling product are needed to make it look chic! However, for an extra sleek look or flip edge, you would need to use straighteners, and for a softer line look, curling tongs/wand would be a go-to tool.

Cut for Round Faces

Choppy, tapered layers help give round faces some edges. This short asymmetrical hairstyle enhances the face, complete with the side bangs that cut the width to lengthen the face.

Q&A with style creator, Wade Bennett
Colourist & Hair Designer @ Garbo’s Hair in Southsea, UK

How would you describe this look?

The look is a futuristic textured bob. Carolina came to visit me at Garbo’s Hair and had colored her own hair which looked nice but had left it feeling very damaged.

The cutting techniques used included back cutting and freehand curving for weight removal. Her natural texture is very thick and has a natural wave. A moisture treatment was applied with thermal protection before straightening and dry cutting to create the desired texture.

I cut the fringe and graduation freehand with the intention of creating an open and fresh look around her face. The professional products used include Potion 9, Trilliant, and Micro Fibre web. Carolina is from Portugal and works very hard as a nurse for the NHS. She wanted a contemporary style that was light and easy to deal with.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this to clients with thick hair who want something easy to maintain. The cut also works well when dried with a natural wave.

Asymmetrical Bob

Q&A with style creator, Nicholas Burns
Hair Stylist @ Bombshell Brazilian Waxing and Beauty Lounge in Las Vegas, NV

How would you describe this look?

This cut is an exaggerated asymmetrical cut through the means of multiple dry cutting techniques. I would have to say my favorite part of this process was the sculpting of the hair through point cutting and dry-stroking techniques, which I feel make it 100% customized for this client’s look. I have to say I love watching my idea come together through my hands, a comb, and a set of shears.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Rock it! Analyze your hair type and face and see if it would be possible and or flattering for you. I would adjust things like moving the weight line to decrease the angle to better fit their face as well as give them general tips on the daily styling to better achieve this same look at home.

She has thick wavy/frizzy hair, so I recommended to her the Saints and Sinners Divine shampoo and conditioner then follow that up with their Divine styling potion for the blow-dry. I recommend the Unite thermal glossing spray before smoothing with an iron. Then after all that, I use the Saints and Sinners Illuminati serum to add gloss and to lay down any flyaway hair.

For Thin Hair

Creating an uneven cut can make thin hair appear to be thicker. The side parting lumps all the volume to one side and can also be enhanced with layers and fly away ends.

Q&A with style creator, Beth Vermillion
Hair Stylist @ Evolve Modern Hairdressing in Pittsburgh, PA

How would you describe this look?

This is a modern interpretation of the classic bob. I worked with her hair weight and texture and created an asymmetric shape. Then, I boosted her already naturally light hair with some perfectly placed balayage.

This was her very first time getting color and wanted to give her something that would amplify the dimension in her hair but would be low-maintenance. I love the ease of wear of this cut and the versatility – it can be styled so many ways to give her plenty of looks.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut works great with medium density hair and textures ranging from straight to curly. The layering would be different depending upon the hair texture, of course. Styling can be as low maintenance as adding Evo’s salty dog salt spray plus Shebang A Bang spray wax and air drying for a matte, textured look.

I wrap dried her hair with a paddle brush, using only Evo’s happy campers wearable treatment for thermal protection, UVA/UVB protection, and style support. Then finished with Shebang A Bang spray wax for a flexible piecey look on her dry hair.

She could also wave this with a wand or iron and create a braided look. There are tons of styling options, so this cut is great for the low maintenance at heart who loves the option of looking chic. I think any face shape can work this cut, as it is all about confidence! Adding some depth and/or lightness color-wise really makes this cut eye-catching.