exaggerated a line

Transitioning a bob into something longer and leaner for fall, this extreme A-line cut features deeply textured ends and a dramatic increase in length from back to front. Short tendrils at the front hairline and across the very top of the otherwise unbroken surface customize the shape. Combined with a vibrant hue like the deep copper shown here and the effect is elegant and contemporary. Click the style notes for tips on creating this graphic shape. –– Laura Martin

Step: To create the variety of lengths shown here without creating a pointed front begin by cutting two disconnected one length lines, a short one at the nape and a longer square line that begins with the hair just above the occipital bone. Cut both lines with a razor, using a closed blade for the shorter area and a very open blade for the longer line.

Step: Use tipping and planing to blend the longer lengths into the shorter one, removing more weight as you move further from the front hairline. If desired, refine edge with the edge of the blade, creating a diagonal around the ears to blend the two lines.

Step: At the front hairline comb hair down and slightly forward and use the edge of the blade to slice in a few shorter strands that fall at the cheekbone and or jawline. Add a few surface layers using a very light touch and firm tension to skim the razor over the surface of the hair in thick, vertical sections.


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.

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