The C-Cut Is the Nostalgic Haircut Trend That's Making a Chic Comeback

As a beauty editor, I've seen many hair trends come and go, then subsequently come back around again. Right now, we're officially in our bob era. Of course, the bob is a timeless haircut, but it's hard to ignore how many celebrities are going for the chop right now. From the Italian bob to the box bob and just about every type of bob haircut in between, it's a hair trend that's going strong in 2023. And every hairstylist I speak to in salons says it is one of their most requested haircuts right now. But it begs the question: What's the next big hair trend?


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It's been hard to ignore one nostalgic hairstyle that has been doing the rounds on my social feeds lately. We all know The Rachel, Jennifer Aniston's iconic '90s haircut, and the flicky layers that accompanied so many hairstyles into the early '00s. Well, I'm here to tell you this trend is back in a big way and has a modern update: the C-cut hairstyle.

What is the C-Cut Hairstyle?

The C-cut gets its name from the layers that form a flattering C shape around the face. To achieve that feathery flick, some hairstylists like to use a razor, which results in plenty of texture, shape, and volume (that's what Aniston's hairstylist Chris McMillan did when he created The Rachel). I'm obsessed with the bounce.

The good news is the C-cut (or the curve haircut, as it's also been coined) suits all hair lengths. I've been seeing it on every hair length, from bobs with sleek C-shaped layers to longer strands that get so much bounce and shape with this haircut. On curly hair, this cutting technique allows the curls to fall in a C-shape, with volume at its peak at the sides of the face before curving back inwards.

If you're looking for some C-cut hairstyle inspiration, scroll ahead for the chicest styles I've found and the best products to style the curve haircut.

C-Cut Hairstyle Inspiration


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Pair the C-cut shape with a bob for a look that's so 2023. 


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Note the voluminous C shape that gives curly hair a beautiful look.


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I still think about Laura Harrier's sleek style.


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I love the volume those flicked-under layers give this bob cut.


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She may have since opted for a box bob, but Hailey Bieber really pulled off those nostalgic flicks layers on her long hair.


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If you already have a bob, try blow-drying the ends of your hair in and under for an easy update.


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Those flicked layers work beautifully with a fringe too.


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Yup, the C-cut hairstyle looks great on mid-length hair too.

How to style the C-cut hairstyle:

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.