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Bob-length cuts were a big trend in 2014 and their popularity is predicted to continue into the following year. The classic shape pairs well with just about every look—from preppy to edgy—but it’s strong shape can feel a bit limited when it comes to styling. But with some out-of-the-box thinking short shapes can take on entirely new dimensions. Learn to reshape your short cut in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Contrasting: (left picture) Part hair very deeply on one side, drawing a diagonal line from the outside corner of the brow to the top of the crown. Dampen the part side lightly with a hydro mist, then add a nickel of hair creme. Comb back flat against the head and use a few bobby pins to attach just behind the ear. Brush the other side forward and down. Mist with holding spray to set.

Tucked: (top right picture) Part hair on one side and brush both sides back to the nape. Tuck ends up and under in a micro-twist and pin. Gentle pull free the hair from the crown area and brush forward, over the forehead, creating a faux bang. Mist with holding spray.

Pompadour: (lower right picture) Pump refinish dry shampoo throughout the head, focusing on roots. Using fingers, pull hair back, away from the face, and tuck up and in at the crown creating fullness at the top of the head and sleekness at sides. Refine lightly with round paddle brush. Mist with holding spray.

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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