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It’s almost August and summer is starting to wind down. Signs for back to schools sales and sweaters are starting to appear in stores. Of course, we still have weeks of sunshine to enjoy, barbecues to attend, and beach excursions to revel in, but if you want a new shape for fall, it’s a great time to start collecting inspiration. Whether you went short for the summer or are contemplating a chic crop for autumn, this bob-pixie hybrid is the perfect choice. Length up top with short sides and back is a great transition shape whether you’re going longer or shorter. A rich caramel base with lighter lengths around the face gives summer blonde a subtle push toward autumn. Read on for simple steps to getting the look. –– Laura Martin 

Step: The sides of the cut should be kept under three inches to prevent bulkiness. A square layering technique will give leanness to the shape for a face-slimming effect. The top length can look great anywhere from cheekbone to chin, but keeping it below the corner of the mouth will allow you to cover the sides when desired for an instant bob shape that conceals the undercut.

Step: Hair creme will give the shape malleable control, apply liberally when hair is damp and either air dry or gently tousle with fingers. Part deeply as shown to highlight the disconnection or part in the center for a more blended effect.

Step: Polish the ends and add separation with a pea of creme wax pulled through the tips and smoothed over the sides.


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. 

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