Great hair, like most things in life, is about balance. Combining disparate elements makes for the most intriguing result. Pairing a highly texture cut, wild styling, and bright color makes for an unstructured mess; a blunt shape, severe shade and smooth styling make an inflexible helmet. This look achieves equilibrium by combining a tousled, low-glow finish with a classically structured cut and an understated smokey brown. The result is easy, polished, and edgy. Learn to strike the perfect balance in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Step: Start with a classic, bellow-the-shoulder blunt cut. Sketch in the outline with a razor for a soft but clean line. Divide out a thick bang section starting at the apex. Cut in a rounded fringe using a long razor stroke for loose, airy texture.Cut in a few surface layers focused around the face and add texture as desired to lighten shape.
Step: Glaze with a light cool brown like Goldwell Colorance 7NA. Apply roots to ends on clean damp hair and process 20 minutes.
Step: Work a quarter of styling whip into roots. Apply wave mist liberally from roots to ends. Add a dime of curl definer, scrunching in from ends. Use a wide tooth comb to arrange shape. Allow to air-dry.
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.