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We’ve seen bobs of all shapes and sizes over the last few years: long bobs, wavy bobs, stacked curly bobs, and short choppy bobs. Strangely enough, what we haven’t seen is a lot of is the classic, a one-length blunt bob that falls somewhere between chin and mid-neck. That’s about to change. This fall, bobs are going polished and sleek. Ready to take your bob in chic new direction? Click the notes to learn the essentials of the classic. –– Laura Martin

Step: Length is key for a classic bob, which can fall just short of the chin or as long as mid-neck but no longer. The classic shape is perfectly even all the way around, creating a smooth, swingy surface.

Step: A smooth surface with no layering is essential, but thicker textures may need some texturizing through the ends to prevent a stacked, triangular effect. The edge of a classic bob should appear crisp, smooth, and thin.

Step: A bang is a great way to customize the bob and can be any length, but should fall parallel to the overall length for a classic look.

Step: Style a classic bob by misting with Set and Style Spray all over and dabbing ends with a bit of Defrizz Serum. Wrap-dry with a flat brush until all moisture is gone.

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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