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 2024. And every single 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 biggest trend?

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

What Is the C-Cut Hairstyle?

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

The good news is that 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 lengths that have so much bounce and shape with this haircut. And 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 on ahead for the chicest styles I've found, as well as the best products to style the curve haircut.

C-Cut Hairstyle Inspiration

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Team the C-cut shape with a bob for a look that's so 2024.

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

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I still think about this sleek style on Laura Harrier.

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

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She may have opted for the box bob now, 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 inwards and under for an easy update.

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Those flicks 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:

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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.