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Bobs are having a moment, experiencing a level of popularity that almost rivals their original debut in the 1920s. During prohibition the shape was so well-liked that it was considered unfashionable to wear any other style. Many daring women chopped their tresses, but those that preferred to keep their length mastered the art of creating the short shape by tucking and pinning. Now that bobs are back on the rise, knowing how to create a temporary version is essential. Read on for steps to creating this timeless vintage look. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: Prep clean dry hair with a light, even spray of protective thickening lotion and curl with a 1″ iron or styling wand, working in small, uniform sections. Wrap strands from roots to ends to ensure an even wave formation.

Step 2: Mist completed set with holding spray and allow to cool thoroughly. Use a round paddle brush to soften and combine coils, creating soft waves.

Step 3: Section off hair below the occipital bone and wind into a tight bun. Secure firmly with bobby pins, making the shape as flat as possible.

Step 4: Fold remaining hair under at the chin, pinning ends into the bun. Refine shape with finger tips and embellish with a feather, headband, or other flapper-inspired accessory.

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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