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Bobs are great for their clean-lined simplicity, but on thick hair they can sometimes feel heavy or bulky, lacking the flow of longer, layered styles. These disconnected shapes offer a perfect solution, creating space by combing two disparate shapes on a single head without blending. The result is hair that naturally shifts and slides, at the place where the contrasting lines come together, creating swingy movement. You can enhance the separation between the shapes with color, creating visual contrast as pictured above, or go with a single color and opt for a softer look with all the same benefits. Click the notes to learn more about incorporating disconnection into your look. –– Laura Martin

If you have fine hair… try a style like the one pictured above on the right that features a blunt cut underneath with a highly textured overlay. This look will maximize volume and create visual thickness, especially if accentuated with contrasting hues as shown; just make sure you use a darker color underneath.

If You have thick hair… a shape like the one pictured on the left, which has bulk-reducing layers underneath and a veil of sleek, soft-edged length on top, will reduce bulk and create a a light, airy feeling. Contrasting colors also help to visually break up weight.

If you have curly hair… try an undercut just through the nape, reducing bulk in the back hairline. This will soften the hairline and add interest without creating strange angles or separations, which could happen if disconnection is placed above the occipital bone. Paint the ends of individual strands with a lighter shade to create more dimension and movement.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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