The pageboy (or page boy) is a modern female or male hairstyle named after what was believed to be the “pudding-basin” haircut of a late medieval page boy. It has straight hair hanging to below the ear, where it usually turns under. Often there is a fringe (bangs) in the front.
Allow your personal style to shine by choosing an option that highlights your personality. From fun colors to varying cut techniques and styling choices, the pageboy haircut is the perfect way to experiment with a classic look, now with modern updates.
While a traditional version of this haircut can lean more towards the strict end of the spectrum, the style above shows that this classic look is more than appropriate for current times and can be fairly flirty. The key is razored layers throughout.
Adding a trendy color is a great way to update a pageboy hairstyle. A mix of barely there pastel shades (think lavender, pink, and gray) will instantly modernize haircut with a vintage flair. Achieve the ultimate cool-girl look by gently teasing your hair at the roots to create that highly requested“bedhead” finish.
Add interest to the classic style by choosing an edgy editorial cut you’ve seen on the pages of your favorite glossy magazine. In order to aptly blend different textures and finishes within your new mod cut, seek for a stylist who knows how to cut trendy, funky styles.
For those who are brave at heart and confident they can pull off bold looks, this extreme version is sure to earn street-cred. Opt for fantasy colors like the royal blue seen in the picture to stand out from the crowd. Blunt bangs and razored sides elevate the look to new heights!
Add interest to a pageboy hairstyle by creating two different textures: straight bangs and fluffy, messy curls. The cute style in this photo rethinks the classic jaw-length cut and gives off a girly vibe.
Film actress and iconic flapper Louise Brooks popularized a style known as the “Eton” bob during the 1920s. Same as the Eton, this lip length cut features full bangs, blunt edges, and ultra sleek strands. While Brooks’ early form of the pageboy was inky black, you can personalize the look with a similar saturated shade of navy blue.
If you need a bit more volume and texture in your hair, consider a choppy look with tousled layers. Style you piece-y cut with a mousse or any other texturizing product suitable for your hair type.
Those with long bobs can also test the pageboy cut trend by embracing fullness and volume contrasted with short blunt bangs. Try a messy style with full bangs that 50s icon Bettie Page would be proud to see.
Black hair can easily be morphed into a pageboy with one simple addition: layers! A layered cut will work well on those with relaxed thick black hair. Add in a middle part to customize the look. Layers are also perfect for wash and go styles.
A very short blunt round cut with nape undercut is a trendy update of the mushroom style that looks like a shorter version of the pageboy. Icy blonde color and all-over short length give your cut a futuristic edge.
Have fun with a pageboy haircut by dying it pink! This pink cut says you don’t take yourself (or your hair) too seriously. A mix of pink tones is also an ideal excuse to match your makeup to your hair.
Modern versions of this haircut can be actually ultra short, including cropped bangs that just barely graze the forehead. The overall impression is a sophisticated cut with gamine charm, perfect for a girl who shies away from overly feminine styles.
Creating a signature hair look requires commitment and personal style. Dare to be different by trying this avant-garde cut. Straight bangs and volume with tousled pieces create a pageboy with some serious sass.
Healthy hair is always a top goal when receiving a new haircut. Aim at shiny brunette locks that look cared for even in the messiest hairstyle. A slightly longer length and messy curls make for a flirty pageboy hairstyle.
If you want to enjoy volume in your short hair, embrace staggered layers. Ask for a short cut with multiple wispy layers and eye-brow-skimming bangs. Save some pictures to show your stylist to ensure your desired cut will be achieved.
Introducing an ombre color is an excellent modern update to the traditional pageboy. A washed out blue hue makes a great combo with medium brown hair. You may also experiment with other light tones like pink and purple to create a custom look.
Pageboy hairstyles were an extremely popular choice for women in the 1970s. Bring it back by embracing a bowl shape, achieved by cutting hair in one length all the way around the head and then straightening strands and turning ends under to get the “mushroom” effect.
“Messy” hair is always a great way to achieve an effortless look. The style pictured here is a perfect example. Dusty pink locks are dressed down with a choppy cut to look mod, not Barbie-like.
Fine strands can be hard to cut and style, but adding a few strategic layers may help. Separating the layered cut into pieces is also a great way to work with the texture of fine hair. Use a light hold texturizing product to enhance separation.
For girls who want to experiment with color, a bold shade of red is a nice entry into this new and exciting world. The cherry red punctuates the choppy texture of this pageboy haircut, while sideswept bangs add an interesting twist.
If you like shorter cuts and need some inspiration for your next hair move, look no further than the pageboy haircut. The payoff is well worth trying this transformative cut! Women used to wear bob haircuts as a sign of liberation, freeing themselves of society’s standards associated with what it means to be feminine. Today modern updates make this style a bold option for women looking to refresh their normal hair routine. To ensure the ideal pageboy version for you, sort out some pictures for your next salon visit, so your stylist knows how to cut the style you want!