40 V-Cut on Long Hair Ideas for That Trendy V Shape Look

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

V-cut hair is a type of haircut that is heavily layered at a sharp angle, forming a “V” shaped point at the ends. It’s the option to choose when you want to add a bold dimension and a natural body to your haircut without much effort!

A smart choice for ladies with a thick mane, the V-cut hair lets you have as much length as you want without all the weight. Plus, the angular haircut not only frames your face with its layered pieces but also gives the illusion of a slimmer waist!

See how it worked for Hollywood fashion icons Jessica Biel, Shay Mitchell, Jennifer Aniston, and Kim Kardashian! Virginia hairstylist Sonny Nguyen finishes his balayage creations with long layers and a V-shape point, and they couldn’t look more phenomenal!

Also, having texture is fine. Shaping wavy hair into this cut results in a loose, cascading layered effect that gives an extra feminine and carefree aura.

Are you up for trying this timeless haircut? Keep on reading for the most popular V-cut hairstyles below!

V Shaped Haircut with Layers and Face-Framing with Ombre Ends
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#1: V Shaped Haircut with Layers and Face-Framing

A haircut with layers and face-framing could be for you! Ask your stylist for medium-length layers that are shorter, framing your face. Ask your stylist to blend into longer lengths throughout the back. Round brush with a 2-inch brush or throw in curls if your hair needs more hold.

Long layered V-cut hairstyle with natural-looking beach waves and blonde gradient

#2 Natural and Effortless Beach Wave

This long-layered V-cut graces past the shoulders, creating an airy feel while maintaining lush volume. Its fine strands benefit from the subtle beach waves, offering movement and a carefree flair. The rooted blonde transition to a lighter end adds a gorgeous depth, perfect for those looking to add dynamism to their look without losing length. Ideal for fine hair, it brings out fullness. Caution: Over-layering may thin out already fine ends, so balance is key. This cut is a charm for a visual volume boost, yet may require regular styling to maintain the waves’ shape.

#3: Golden Brown for a V Layered Haircut

Try a golden brown for a V-layered haircut to preserve length, and try out a new exciting shape. My favorite thing about a V haircut shape is the framing around the face this shape creates. This is the perfect cut if you want to grow your hair but want to maintain the length. Try styling your hair with an inch-and-a-half curling iron for soft, effortless waves.

Mid-Length V Haircut with Bumped Ends and Soft Waves for Dense Tresses
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#4: Mid-Length V Haircut with Bumped Ends

Ask for a mid-length V-cut with bumped ends. A V-cut works great with medium to thick hair textures if you want to add shape and movement. Try a middle part hairstyle if you have a round, oval, or heart face shape to create an elongated look. Use a curling iron through the mid-shaft down to create bumped ends for movement and texture.

Thick Angled V-Shaped Haircut for Long-Length, Dark Hair
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#5: Thick Angled Haircut

Opt for a thick, angled haircut. Thick hair creates a full shape to the perimeter of a v-haircut. Adding medium-length layers will give movement and texture to the hair. And it will look beautiful, curled or straight. Remember that a v requires the front to be significantly shorter than the back. So ask your stylist to frame your face with your face shape in mind and then work your way to the back length.

Jagged V-Shaped Cut for Waist-Length and Straight Hair Type
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#6: Jagged for Waist-Length Hair

A jagged textured cut for waist-length hair is stunning. A v-cut allows you to maintain length with movement and short layers around the face. Ask your stylist to soften the perimeter with a razor or texturizing sheers, especially if you want more jagged ends and movement.

#7: Blonde Wavy V-Cut with Fine Ends

You should try a blonde wavy v-cut for your fine hair. To make your hair big, add soft curls to create depth and weight around the perimeter. Ask your stylist for crown or concave layers to create lift and texture.

Bright Red and Dark Burgundy V-Shaped Hair with Waist-Grazing Length
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#8: Bright Red and Dark Burgundy Hair

V-shaped hair makes bright red and dark burgundy look amazing, as these tones make hair color pop! Ask your stylist for a cut and style after having them apply these two shades in blocks. Splitting down the middle and one color on each side is bold and will make a statement.

Long and Sleek V-Cut Brunette Hair with Black Ends and Swoopy Ends
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#9: Sleek V-Cut Brunette Hair with Black Ends

Opt for a brunette sleek v-cut with black ends. A fabulous perimeter shape is a V cut haircut that frames the face and tapers longer in the back. Bring attention to hair with black-colored ends. They create an effect in the hair to make it look voluminous. Ask your stylist for a reverse ombré if this technique looks like something you’d like to try.

#10: Auburn Cut with Straight Layers

A cut with straight layers will make your hair feel light and soft. Asking for a v-cut is perfect to keep your length but reduce bulkiness. Adding highlights to the cut can bring lightness as the layers decrease weight.

#11: Sleek V-Cut Hair with Platinum Blonde Color

Sleek v-cut hair with platinum blonde color will add dimension to hair and cause heads to turn. A v-shape is an excellent choice if you have medium to thick hair and want to reduce bulkiness. Perfect for wearing up or down, the shape will always look attractive no matter what you choose.

#12: Long Textured Wavy V-Cut with Blonde Balayage

Ask for a long textured wavy v-cut with blonde balayage for your next style. Beautiful on medium to thick hair, highlighting layers can give hair more body and movement. A v-shape is an excellent choice if you wear your hair up or down. Try this trend today!

Blonde V-Cut with Feathered Layers on Thick-Haired Ladies
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#13: Blonde V-Cut with Feathered Layers

Ask for a blonde feathered v-cut. If you want a style to flatter all face shapes, ask your stylist for v-cut and shaped layers. They will frame your face. For fine hair, do fewer layers if you want to preserve thickness. For thick hair, more layers and texturizing will remove weight and create movement. Think of a soft shaggy Farrah Faucet.

Long V-Shaped Black to Bronde Ombre Hair with Curled Ends
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#14: Long Black to Bronde Ombre Hair

Change your long hair into a black to bronde ombré. The pointed bottom is an interesting visual that can be created easily. Ask your stylist to curve the sides into the back, automatically giving you a v-shape. The black to bronde ombré will give your long style an extra punch and a lot of compliments.

Curly Layered V-Cut with a Middle Part on Black-Haired Ladies
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#15: Curly Layered V-Cut with a Middle Part

Uplift your curly hair into a layered v-cut with a middle part. Adding layers to your shape will make your hair feel lighter and fuller. Ensure the layers are kept longer to maintain the integrity of the bottom. The chic middle part is trending for long hair. Try defusing your hair with a curl-enhancing product to get the most out of your strands.

#16: Long Wispy V-Cut with Soft Balayage

There is nothing prettier than a long wispy v-cut with a soft balayage. Natural hand-painted blonding, achieved by balayage, is definitely on trend. A strong side angle with long layers will give you a wispy v-cut. You’ll want to get a trim regularly to reduce split ends and keep your hair healthy.

#17: Very Long Sleek Black V-Cut Hair

Add style to your very long hair with a sleek black v-cut. To achieve a v-cut with super long hair, your stylist will have to hand-cut the shape of the hair. Make sure you are standing up to execute the v cutting hairstyle. Otherwise, the chair will inhibit the shape. You can make your hair shine with a dark color that will reflect the light and apply an oil, such as Redken Oil For All.

Long Layered V-Cut Hair with Soft Waves and Warm Shade
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#18: V-Cut Hair with Soft Waves and Warm Shade

Add soft waves and a warm shade to your v-cut hairstyle, and you’ll feel like a million bucks. Have your stylist angle the sides and add subtle layers to create a great shape with soft movement. You’ll want to curl your hair with a large 1 to 1-1/2 inch iron, sectioning as you go. Pay attention to the ends, and try to keep them healthy by using a heat protectant, such as Redken’s Thermal Spray 11 Low Hold. Comb through your curls once they are cooled for smooth and gorgeous waves.

#19: Long V-Cut Straight Hair Spicy Dark Copper Ombre

Long v-cut straight hair with a spicy dark copper ombre might be your next edgy look. Perfect for all occasions, V-cuts are great in a ponytail or styled straight. Adding color, such as dark copper, lays beautifully on long straight hair styles.

V-cut on waist-length hair with subtle waves
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#20: On Waist-Length Hair

A V-cut on waist-length hair is a fun way to keep length while removing a lot of heaviness. Having less hair around the face can add framing to your facial features. But having a v-cut makes you feel still like you have long hair. If your hair is thicker, adding many layers to your v-cut can help take weight out of your long hair.

Wide V Cut on long and wavy hair
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#21: Wide V Cut with Waves

Ask for a wide V-cut with waves to bring movement and elegance to your style. A V-shape looks great in a ponytail or curled and styled. Either way, the length and body are sure to turn heads. I love adding a few layers in the cut to help the waves lay better.

V-Cut Choppy Hair
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#22: V-Cut Choppy Hair

As shorter chops create layers and body, these straight v-cut strands achieve a thicker look and are easier to style.

#23: For Super Long Hair

This haircut is the perfect way to end thick, full hair! The loose waves add an organized texture that keeps everything bouncy.

#24: Gorgeous Blonde V-Cut Layers with Curled Ends

If your hair tends to grow fast, the best way to maintain a blonde canvas is to request a V-Cut with layers. In between salon visits, styles like curled ends extend the wear.

#25: Sleek Long Layered Blonde V-Cut

A long layered blonde V-cut is one of the best ways to change your style. With a V-cut, your hair is cut into a V, or when I cut this style, I split the hair in half from nose to nape, then pull each half in front of the shoulder and cut a straight line. This will give you that V without having to physically cut a V. You will have to clean it up, but the shape is there. If you can cut a straight V, go for it, and use your longest shears.

Mullet-Inspired Curly V-Cut Hair
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#26: Mullet-Inspired Curly V-Cut Hair

Curly hair, when cut into a v-shape, is similar to a mullet haircut. It’s a unique hairstyle you don’t see often. Having layering throughout removes bulk and adds volume by helping the natural curls spring up and bounce beautifully.

#27: Soft Mid-Length Wavy Hair and Blonde Balayage

The waves highlight the blonde balayage in this even more! The cut also gives a nice fringe that can soften your face.

#28: Simple Ponytail for V-Cut Hair

Timeless, like your favorite jewelry or that nostalgic movie you continuously watch. That’s what a ponytail is.

#29: Cute V-Cut Hairstyle For Thick Hair

Thick tresses could use an angular cut for building layers and volume. Ask your stylist for balayage to enhance the layers even more.

Trendy medium-length curly hair with v-cut
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#30: Trendy Medium-Length V-Cut Curly Hair

Take it back to the ’70s! The curls are the life of the party, while the v-cut is the dancefloor!

#31: Layered V-Cut with Wispy Ends

This layered haircut partners well with a v-cut, making for a tousled look and great for minimal styles like a ponytail.

V-Cut with Graduation For Thin Hair
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#32: V-Cut with Graduation For Thin Hair

Because of the cut, graduation is created, giving a whole look a thicker appearance.

Modern-Looking V-Cut with Bangs
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#33: Modern-Looking V-Cut with Bangs

Layers can be created while having v-cut ends. The bangs give it a friendlier look.

Ultra Layered
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#34: Ultra-Layered Long V-Cut

I love this cut for women who have a lot of hair. With many layers blown out, it’s my favorite haircut because of how the hair stacks (it’s a smooth transition without being too choppy). It can also work for women with straight hair, but I’d only recommend it if they like layers close to the face. I would only do this on hair about mid-back length or longer.

If you tend to go a long time between haircuts or braid your hair at all, I wouldn’t advise getting this kind of cut due to all the different lengths, either poking out or splitting and making your locks look more damaged overall. It’s also not the best for thin hair, as it will make the ends look very wispy.

#35: Fun and Edgy V-Cut For Short Hair

This cut is a pixie for wavy, dense hair. One of my favorite things about this haircut is the difference in movement. It’s fun, edgy, and super cute! It’s the perfect cut for a woman with a natural curl or wave and looking for a little edgy change while still wanting a low-maintenance style. The “V” gives you a nice clean, sharp look while still having that stylish wavy texture on top! If you’re a lady who likes diversity in your haircut, this is the perfect balance of movement, allowing an easy flow into that nice, clean shape.

This shape is best for dense hair! The weight of their hair will hold that nice “V” in place with minimal styling. I suggest either using a curly hair product while it’s wet, then scrunch and go or blow-dry it and style it with a wand, so you still have that wavy texture!

#36: Medium V-Cut Hair with Layers

This cut features a long layered shag, lots of texture, and a V-shape baseline. Most of the layering occurs around the crown and apex of the head to create volume and movement with very little effort. Shags are awesome! They will suit many face shapes and can be altered in several ways. In any case, it’s good to consider how you wear your hair daily.

This is a great cut full of style potential. However, the layering and texture can sometimes make braids, up-dos, and “conservative” styles more difficult though not impossible. Keeping in mind the length of your current hair and how much length you are willing to lose to the layering process will play a major role in the outcome of your desired look.

#37: Slight V-Cut For Shoulder-Length Hair

The goal was to create lots of movement in the hair with texture. I used a razor to achieve this with lots of details. In this picture, she tilted her head to the right for me to capture some of the layers better. The perimeter is a slight V-shape cut.

Heavily Layered V-Shaped Hair
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#38: Heavily Layered Hair

This look was inspired by the greats of our industry, Chris Baran & Sam Villa. I aspired to have their precise melting technique and eye for the “V” shaped layered cut. It propels your hair away from your face creating a fantastic and easy, loose curl effect if styled with a wand or 11/4 inch curling iron. It’s important to mention that the point or the longest perimeter will tend to lack density by the second to the third appointment, especially if we want to leave the perimeter and take up the movement (layers) on top.

Second, the density within the top of the head can become bulky and unmanageable with textured hair. For my textured hair clients, I like to leave the length longer throughout to prevent a Christmas tree look with a tail. For fine hair clients, the shorter the layers, the thinner the hair appears. There are often better designs than this for fine hair, but they can be customized for every head.

#39: Classic V-Cut For Straight Hair

This look is a very classic and clean V-cut. The best part about this haircut is its versatility! This haircut is amazing because you can wear it curly, wavy, sleek, straight, or natural, and it’ll still look good! Go for a nice V-shape haircut that will be easily maintained no matter how you decide to wear it!

I love this haircut best on longer hair, as it still gives it shape but doesn’t lose any length. It’s a great alternative for the woman who doesn’t necessarily want layers but needs something to give it life. However, anyone can have this cut if their hair is shorter and they love the V shape cutting. Just know that it requires angles around your face; if you have a longer face shape, consider that!

#40: Waist-Length Deep V-Cut

This is a sleek, rich style. The charm of the haircut comes from the V, which makes the waist appear thinner, exaggerating the hips. It’s an illusion of an hourglass figure with a haircut.  This haircut is for women with longer hair who wish to keep their length yet add layering and plenty of face-framing. If women with shorter hair tried to achieve this haircut, it would not look like a V but a U.

I advise clients with finer hair to refrain from this haircut due to the massive amount of seamless layering. Finer-haired women need the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. Therefore, I recommend a cut leaning towards the blunt side.