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“Face-framing” is often associated with long layered styles, but these whimsical bobs provide feature-enhancing femininity that rivals any layered shape. Disconnected strands around the face give airy swing to the classic shape, and soften the crisp lines of the cut. The diffused edge adapts this trending look, making it suitable for bold features and strong jaw lines. These bobs combine 1920s glamour with contemporary softness for an irresistible take on the classic shape. Read the style notes for steps on creating the look. –– Laura Martin  

Step: Ask your stylist for a bob with disconnected lengths around the face. The overall length should fall between the chin and mid-neck with the pieces at the face a few inches longer. The shape can be cut with a scissor to create contrasting textures or a razor for a more blended effect.

Step: Keep color simple to create unity between the disconnected lengths. Any shade from blonde to black will work as long as it’s shiny and even. If dimension is desired, a few hand painted tips on the tendrils around the face will add interest without looking too busy.

Step: Style the cut sleek, wavy, or curly;  it will work with any texture. Mist with set and style spray before drying to add light hold and promote shine. Use cream wax to separate and define the longer tips.

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

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