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Clean lines look, chic, modern and expensive, especially if they are perfectly tailored. Like a well-fitted suit, this classic cut has timeless appeal because it offers a flattering shape that is easily customized. The quality of the lines and the shape and length of the fringe individualize the look. It’s a great update to the long bobs that reigned last year. Click the notes to learn more about getting this shape custom tailored for your own unique style and features. –– Laura Martin

Angle: Like a bob, any one-length shape can be cut square, a-line, or rounded. On a below the shoulder cut, a square edge will feel blunt and weighty, while an a-line will taper slightly and appear a bit longer; a rounded edge will curl under slightly and appear slightly layered at the front.

Line: A blunt edge adds weight and crispness to this shape while a more diffused edge makes ends appear softer, piecier, and less dense. A slight bevel or a graduated edge will encourage ends to turn under.

Fringe: A rounded bang frames the features and adds width while a square shape emphasizes angularity and creates a longer line; a curtain bang, parted at the center, softens the look. Placing the edge above the brows minimizes severity while a longer fringe feels sultry and dramatic.

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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