We tend to associate long hair with a softer, more conservative aesthetic and short hair with drama and edginess. But the bob trend has turned our ideas about short hair on their head. We’ve seen above the shoulder cuts that are just as pretty, understated and feminine as their long counterparts. This cut explores the opposite principle, bringing edge and asymmetry to a below the shoulder length. Steep angles and delicately tapered points keep the geometric lines of this cut from feeling blocky, and the short fringe gives structure and balance to the angled length. Learn more about edgy long shapes in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Step: Asymmetric outlines work really well on long hair, as long as they’re extreme enough to appear intentional. The shorter side needs to be no longer than 2/3s of the length at the opposite side to ensure contrast.
Step: Layers cut from a side part will give a subtle asymmetry to the interior of the shape, rounding out the thicker side and creating a flatter shape on the thinner side. Create even greater contrast by adding an undercut panel.
Step: Bangs are a great place to give a long cut a signature twist. Micro-fringe, blunt brow length bangs or a v-shaped front are just a few of options for adding a signature twist to any long style.
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.