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We tend to associate the 1920s with sculpted finger waves, but many famous flappers –– like Louise Brooks and Coleen Moore –– preferred sleek finishes. This cut, which has a tapered nape and short length at the sides, was a screen siren favorite. The striking combination of crispy lines, dark color and smooth surface provided a dramatic look, on screen and off. To modernized the classic “shingle bob” a crisp graduated edge is paired with deep navy and eggplant shades. The result is both striking and understated, timeless and trendy. Click the style notes to learn how to achieve this modern take on 1920s glamour. –– Laura Martin 

Step 1: Ask your stylist for a classic graduated bob with a square fringe. This look should be cut with shears which will keep the edges sharp.

Step 2: Accentuate the strong lines of the cut with a color blocking technique that uses two formulas at the same level to emphasize the bang area. The dark blue and violet shades shown here are great for cool skin tones.

Step 3: To achieve a polished sheen at home apply set and style spray liberally throughout strands and add a dime of defrizz serum through ends. Dry with a paddle brush and use a flatiron to refine.

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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