V Shaped Haircut

I’ve had several trims over the years that I’ve shared on the blog and I get a lot of questions about the V shaped haircut. I have shared this info before on the blog, but here it is again.

What we are discussing here is what your hair looks like from the back. There are three basic shapes: the U shaped haircut, the V shaped haircut and the straight haircut. If you’re looking for a step-by-step tutorial on the different haircut shapes, see this website.

Now, here are all the haircut shapes on me.


V Shaped Haircut


V Shaped Haircut


U Shaped Haircut


U Shaped Haircut



Straight Haircut


Straight Across Haircut

Now, the straight haircut is best if you want to have hair that is the same length. Most people don’t grow straight across, so you will be loosing some length if you opt for a straight haircut or trim.

The U shaped haircut is typically shorter around your face and comes to a subtle U curve in the back.

Finally, the V shaped haircut is dramatic and sexy. If you have a great waist and rear, it’s like an arrow saying ‘Hey, look at me!’ My favorite thing about the V shaped haircut is that my hair seems to grow faster in the back so I can appreciate longer hair faster. If I was trying to keep my hair all one length, like in the straight shape, it would take me months and months to reach my longest point with the V shaped haircut.

When I’m looking for a fresh start, I usually go for the straight shape. I know that I’ll lose at least 2″, but I’ve done that a couple of times over the course of growing out my hair. Lately, I’ve been rocking the V shaped haircut because that’s how my hair grows. I actually haven’t trimmed my hair in a few months.

My goal for 2012 is to reach the 15″ mark that you see on my tape measure, so I’m trying to hold off on any big trims or haircuts. That said, I did do a little trim/dusting a couple of weeks ago. I’ve said that 15″ was my ultimate goal and that I’d start maintaining my length at 15″, but now I don’t know. That 15″ mark on my tape measure is my natural waist. (I have a long torso.) Today I measured, and I am about 14″ or a little over. I don’t get into the .25 or .345… that’s much too much. It’s odd enough that I measure my hair. Ha! I really just do whole inches or .5 inches. So unless I get scissor happy… it looks like I’m on schedule to reach my 15″ goal (give or take .5″) by the end of the year.

Now, the original plan was to grow my hair to natural waist length (that 15″ mark) and then maintain that length by doing straight haircut every few weeks at that 15″ mark. That would allow my hair to get thicker and look stronger and healthier at the ends. Well, if you’ve been keeping up with the blog, then you might recall that I was considering changing my goal. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop growing it. I’m not satisfied; however, I’m not obsessed with it. I also have to say that I’m grateful for the length that I have been able to maintain. My hair used to be one of my top passions or obsessions and although, I still want to reach my goal… I’m calmer and more patient about the process. I think the perfect length for me would be in the middle of waist length and hip length. Of course, it’ll probably always look shoulder length or bra strap length when it’s in a natural state.

What’s your favorite haircut shape? What are your length goals? Please share in the comments.

  • Ashley

    how does the V shaped haircut look when your hair is curly?

    • Tina

      I was wondering the same! Great, and much needed,

  • miele

    Your hair looks healthiest in the straight cut, but that could be from other factors. Your hair color looks amaaazing! What did you do? Also, was this when you tried the Brazilian Treatment? (This whole comment relates to the straight cut picture.)

  • angelarose

    I think I prefer the U shape, its a little softer than the V and looks a little thicker.

  • Lisa

    How does the V shaped cut look when your hair is wavy?

  • Lisa

    How does the V shaped haircut look if your hair is wavy?