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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta –– Lady Gaga to the layman –– is the latest celebrity to take on a bob-length, choosing to premiere her freshly shorn locks on Instagram. She also revealed a new raven color that complements her complexion and eye color, rather than creating sharp contrast, as she does when she wears a blonde wig. She captioned the post with “Love my new haircut!” so perhaps the pop star is enjoying reinventing herself as a subtle vaudevillian. If you fancy a copycat look, get tips in the notes.

 

For the Cut: Chin length shapes are flattering and sophisticated; they frame the features, expose the neck, and look great worn tousled or smooth. Ask your stylist for a strong outline; delicate features and fine textures will gain strength from blunt, unbroken edges.

For the Color: Talk to your colorist about going very dark brown or even true raven. A glossy black color with heighten the strength and the structure of a geometric bob. If you are naturally lighter, or have lots of highlights or bleached blonde locks, it may take a few salon visits to safely and successfully achieve the tone.

For Styling: Air dry with cream whip for loose and natural textures. For polish and gloss and sleek straight bobs, use shine luxe oil and blow-dry with a boar bristle round brush or use a smoothing iron to press hair flat. Finish with refresh for velvety softness.

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