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Combining the look with revealing dresses and dramatic makeup, bobbed hair originated with the free-spirited women of the 1920s. The original shapes were often quite short, tapering into the hairline with points or curls that fell between cheek and chin. When the style reemerged in the sixties the length had dropped to the jawline and in the decades since “bob” has become a term used to describe styles that fall anywhere between mandible and clavicle. Long bobs are great, but there’s something irresistibly sassy about these super short versions. These cuts frame the cheeks, elongate the neck, feel coy and dramatic. Get this re-imagined classic in a few simple steps. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: Ask your stylist for a blunt cut that falls in line with the cheekbones. The back should taper tightly into the neck to keep the cut from looking round. A razor cut will give a softer, leaner version of the shape; it’s a great way to keep the look swingy and sleek, especially if you have thick hair.

Step 2: Consider adding bangs for an even more dramatic statement. Short, blunt fringe or piecey, choppy tips go well with the overall feeling of the cut.

Step 3: To style at home, mist with set and style spray and dry with a denman brush. Wrap hair back and forth across the rounds of the head, keeping dryer pointed away from the roots. For added separation, rub a dab of texture paste into the ends.


Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted

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