The curve cut is the flattering haircut you need to know about this autumn

If you’re looking for new-season hair inspiration, consider the curve cut. Experts share exactly what it is, and how to get the look

Three celebrities who have the curve cut, including jennifer aniston, priyanka chopra and jennifer lopez
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Looking for a new hairstyle? The curve cut could be the ideal option, suiting all face shapes and most hair textures.

Picking the right hairstyle for your face shape can be a tricky task, but this style seems to be a bit of a crowd-pleaser. Similar to the C-shaped haircut, the curve cut is all about layers, and using them as face-framing finishing touches. 

Hairstylist Laura Elliott has noticed the rise in demand for the flattering cut. “It's one of the most popular hairstyles we’ve seen this year," she says. "After the comeback of Jennifer Aniston’s iconic ‘Rachel' cut, we've seen a rise in layered haircuts. First with the butterfly haircut, the wolf cut and the U-shape haircut, and now the curve cut."

Intrigued? Read on for the full low-down on the curve cut. 

Laura Elliott
Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott is head stylist and educator at haircare specialists Neäl & Wølf. She has worked alongside hairdressing celebrities including Akin Konizi, Bruno Marc, Darren Ambrose and Josh Wood.

The curve cut: The expert guide to everything you need to know

What is the curve cut?

The curve cut is quite simple – it's a cut that curves layers all throughout the hair, focusing on the front pieces to frame the face. According to award-winning hairstylist Jonathan Andrew, "The curve cut takes inspiration from the classic Rachel cut but gives it an updated twist. It has a more natural but groomed finish to amplify the face shape, jawline, and cheekbones.”

Elliott explains further “The curve cut features a softer ‘U’ shape through the length, layers and face-framing pieces and is all about soft lines," she says. "These feathered layers curve in to cup the cheek, chin and collarbone creating a gentle, flattering style. It's a great way of adding volume, making it one of the best hairstyles for fine hair. Really, it's an excellent haircut for most hair textures and face shapes"

Jonathan Andrew
Jonathan Andrew

Jonathan Andrew is an award-winning haistylist with years of experience in the industry. He is Fudge Hair's Global Brand Ambassador. 

Who does the curve cut suit?

Pretty much everyone, says Andrew. "The great thing about the curve cut is that it suits almost everyone and can be tailored to fit the individual," he says. "It uses the curves to contour the face and accentuate your best features."

Elliot agrees. "The good thing about this cut is that it suits all hair lengths, from bob hairstyles to long hairstyles." She also recommends working with your hairstylist to ensure it's a cut that works for you and the look you have in mind. "Take in reference pictures to show your stylist – they'll be able to work out what works best for you –communicate exactly what you like about the haircut so they can work that in. Be clear where you want the shortest and longest layer to go - a lot of the trending looks hug the chin for a subtle face frame, but this will vary depending on face shape."

How to style the curve cut

"For me, the key to styling this is to be relaxed with it," explains Andrew. "It takes inspiration from the 90s when hair had soft movement and would be styled more in the blow-dry than with heated tools after. Brush up on your blow-dry skills and wrap the hair around the brush to create soft waves and curls."

"When it comes to styling the curve cut it’s all about framing the face, making sure those curved layers hug your bone structure," says Elliot. "A good way to style and to really show off the cut and length is with a blowout that levels at the ends. Always use a heat protection spray and a volumising mist before styling to create a strong long-lasting but flexible hold for a gorgeous glossy finish," she recommends.

If you're in the lazy hair club (me too), don't fear. One of the curve cut's biggest plus points is that it requires very minimal styling. "For those looking for a low-maintenance cut, this look is ideal," says Elliott. "It's a great one for air-drying hair," she says.

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Andrew recommends this range, explaining that healthy hair is key for helping the curve cut to look its best. That's because of the layering, there's more focus on the ends - so you want them to look smooth, not bedraggled. 

7 curve cut styles we love 

1. The classic curve cut

Jennifer Aniston's curve cut

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Of course Jennifer Aniston had to be at the top of the list for the best curve cuts – the whole style is inspired by the classic Rachel cut, after all. Her curved cut is textbook - flattering, light layers frame her face for a style that's easy to wear and style. 

2. The mid-length curve cut

Priyanka Chopra's curve cut

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The curved cut works so well on Priyanka's medium hairstyle, as well as her rich brunette tone. She's styled her layers outwards, so instead of cupping the face, it flicks out, adding a '70s-inspired feel to the look.

3. The long curved cut

Jennifer Lopez' curve cut hair

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54-year-old JLo shows why the curve cut is one of the most youthful hairstyles for over 50s. The layers around her face stop the long hair dragging her face down. Instead, they frame her face beautifully. 

4. The curly curved cut

Thandie newton with a curly curve cut

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Not just a hairstyle for straight hair, Thandie's styling shows why the curve cut is a great option for curly hairstyles too. Layers help frame voluminous curls – hers are subtle, but you can see there are shorter pieces around the chin, to give her hair a more curved shape. 

5. The all-over curved cut

Eva Longoria with a wavy curve cut

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Mastering two hair trends in one, Eva nails the maxi bob alongside her curve cut. She has layers all throughout her mid-length hair, which gives it extra movement and body. Hers has been styled with extra texture, for a stylish, tousled look. 

6. The subtle curved cut

Sienna Miller's curve cut

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The curve cut doesn't have to be super literal – adding some subtle layers will have the feel of the style without having to go for a whole new look. Sienna's peeking curtain bangs, as well as the layers, add more movement to her fine hair.

7. The wavy curved cut

Diane Kruger has the curve cut

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The curved cut doesn't have to be super-sleek and precisely styled – Diane shows why the style looks just as good when air-dried. Wavy hairstyles will find that the layers add more movement to their texture, while also adding volume in the mid-lengths. 

So, if you're a fan of layers, or still harbouring an un-tapped desire to finally embrace 'the Rachel', see the return of the curve cut as your cue.  

Rhiannon Derbyshire
Senior Beauty Editor

Rhiannon Derbyshire is the Senior Beauty Editor for Woman & Home and other publications. 

She started interning for glossy magazines while working alongside her Fashion Journalism degree. There, she was lured to the beauty desk, seduced by matte lipsticks, posh shampoos, and every skincare product imaginable. 10+ years into her career, she can confidently tell you why the best mascaras are always high street, and why SPF is a non-negotiable all year round. Ask her about her curly hair routine, skincare minimalism, and how to find the exact right red lipstick