shoulder length hair

This simple shape is one of the most flattering styles for girls with fine hair. The length is short enough that you won’t have to struggle to achieve volume at the roots and the blunt edge makes hair appear thicker and fuller. The length, which falls just past the collar bone, softens the line of the shoulders and elongates the neck. Worn straight with a center part as shown here the shape feels classic and unfussy. Dark roots and golden ends add a touch of grunginess. Click the style notes for tips on getting and styling this complimentary look. –– Laura Martin

Step: This cut is a horizontal line (not angled) that falls at or just past the collar bone. A few detail pieces are cut in around the face to add softness. For thick hair, a razor can remove bulk from the ends while maintaining a clean outline.

Step: The soft blend of dark blond into soft gold is achieved using hand-painting. Saturate ends fully, painting both sides of each section, and use a dry brush technique to blend the lighter hue seamlessly into roots.

Step: Style by scrunching a quarter of volume foam into roots and pulling a handful of cream whip through ends. Part in the center and comb smooth with a wide tooth comb. Air dry naturally for a sleek, but slightly lived-in finish.



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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