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The recent New York Times article about “mom hair” received outraged responses from Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and dozens of blogs. The view it presents is pretty narrow-minded about short hair, but it got me thinking about “mom hair” and how that term might be changing now that bobs and lobs are cool again. “Mom hair” as defined by the NYT is a “longer-in-back, slightly-shorter-in-front bob” without acknowledging that half of Hollywood is currently wearing that exact style. In fact, bob-length cuts with face framing layers are so trendy that I can’t help but wonder if it will soon by the moms with long shapeless strands who will be accused of “mom hair.” Click the notes to see examples of what the Times considers “mom hair” and let us know what you think of this look! –– Laura Martin 

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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 @LarMarStyle




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