Sharp Style: The Chapel's guide to geometric cuts

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Sharp Style: The Chapel's guide to geometric cuts

13 Sep 2016

Geometric haircuts remain as popular today as Grace Coddington's five-point cut back in 1965. His signature angular bobs have become staples for salons and stylists around the world, with celebrities still wearing their hair in sharply cut styles. But what actually is a geometric cut, which type should you go for, and how can you achieve an on-trend style to make a statement this summer? Here's our guide everything you need to know about this retro revamped style.

What is a geometric cut?

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Geometric haircuts follow a rule of precision: cutting in defined triangular, diamond, circular, or rectangular lines. This kind of cut relies more heavily on the stylist's skills, rather than the finishing touches usually used to give shape, such as blowdrying or setting hair. Cuts can be adapted to suit face shape based on the angle of the cut. Leaving longer pieces at the front, and cutting closer to the nape of the neck can give a sleek, sophisticated finish. Geometric cuts are far from soft, tousled styles, and require super styling to keep it looking sharp. Wear straight to show off the angles and shape: working best for naturally straight medium to thick hair. But if your hair is slightly more difficult to manage, use a straightening iron with a couple of drops of serum, this will perfect your cut no matter what your hair type.

Geometric inspiration

Massimiliano Marino
Image credit: Massimiliano Marino

From the catwalk to the red carpet, there are plenty of places to seek inspiration for you geometric haircut. Take inspiration from the beautiful Keira Knightley with her sharply cut short bob, or Jennifer Lawrence's multidimensional harsh crop.

For those with longer hair look toward Elle Saab's AW/16 catwalk models, who wore their long hair with a blunt fringe and poker straight finish. Still following the geometric rules, but with a softer finish, this style is incredibly wearable. For those looking for a more drastic change, you can pair your new cut with an on-trend colour palette: candy. Adding pale rainbow colours to the hair will give a playful end result, perfect for the end of summer partying.  

Achieving a sharp finish

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Image credit: Featureflash Photo Agency

Because of the precision of the cut, the hair should be ready to wash and wear. A consultation with your stylist will ensure the cut chosen has the ability to flatter, and be something that can be styled easily at home. Your cut should be precisely chosen on the basis of your bone structure, and figure according to Sassoon's ethos. So each cut, whilst following the geometrical ideals in place, will be tailored to an individual: offering a unique statement style.

Not keen on taking the plunge with a full cut? You can still achieve a geometric look with clever styling. Go for super sharp partings, splitting the hair into triangle and rectangular subsections with kirby grips for a dynamic finished look. Slick through some pomade and use a pintail comb to achieve defined parts, with no hair out of place. Alexander Wang and Osman models used this geometric technique to create a Geisha inspired look with sharp lines and twists. A more modern take on geometric cuts can sometimes combine the softer elements, with the 80's bringing a more textured finish on the angled cut. This makes the style much more wearable for those with naturally curly hair, however, won't show off the precision of the cut.

Often colouring with geometric styles will be left as uniform, but it's not unusual to see panelling techniques being seen with flashes of bright against a rich colour. Bobs with fringes highlighted with copper against a darker auburn can look incredibly fashion forward and frame your face beautifully.

Styling to suit your cut

Sharp tailoring can work incredibly with geometric cuts,  giving a chic overall look. Following the rules of angles and precision, 1970's flared trousers with long lapel shirts sit perfectly alongside the sharp hair style. Pinafore dresses worn with striped cropped tees and heavy clogs give a nod to the swinging 60's and Mary Quant, another of Sassoon's famous snips. To pare down this sharp cut, wear with denim and a casual tee for an off-duty weekend style.

When it comes to your makeup, keep things simple. Go for matte foundation finish with kohl-lined eyes to give a 1960's doe-eyed look, reminiscent of Twiggy. Nude lips with a hint of gloss will balance the heavier eye. For a more dramatic evening look, maybe take inspiration from Cleopatra (perhaps one of the earliest geometric styles worn) and wing out your eyeliner, adding false eyelashes to finish.

So there you have it, The Chapel's guide to geometric cuts. Want to take the plunge with a geometric cut this summer? Get in touch with one of our expert stylists who can help you achieve the perfect style for you.