15 Karen Haircut Styles Everyone Should AVOID

The Karen haircut was popular in the late 1990s to early 2000s, though Kate Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus 8 is considered the hairstyle’s poster child.

The haircut is usually characterized by an A-line cut with chunky contrasting highlights.

The Karen haircut has evolved to include variations to suit other people — such as those with longer hair, short hair, straight hair, or curly hair.

Though the classic Karen haircut started with Kate Gosselin, the original Karen haircut has spikier hair at the back instead of tousled waves. You may also see bold highlights or blonde hair.

Original Karen Haircut


Karen Inverted Bob Haircut

This style is characterized by shorter hair at the back transitioning to longer hair in the front to form long side-swept bangs that frame the face.


Short Karen Haircut

Okay, Karen haircuts are NATURALLY short. But sometimes, they can be shorter bobs that still have the many layers they so love. Sometimes, these cuts can look edgier and more modern thanks to an added zigzag hair partition.


Millennial Karen Haircut

Karens are typically middle-aged women, but even millennials can end up having a Karen haircut. Millennials are all about self-expression, so expect multi-colored hair and other more modern variations of the Karen cut.


Mom Karen Haircut

Their hairstyle is similar to a blunt bob that went too far — it typically looks like their head was pinched in a lobster’s claw. They have very shiny and sharp blended layers with a deep side part.


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