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The popularity of short hairstyles is growing. Bobs and pixies are classic, youthful and flattering for a variety of faces. But short lengths can be challenging if your hair is thick, textured, or unruly. For those with strong cowlicks, high density, course textures, or uneven curl patterns, short shapes can be challenging to manage. Thankfully, a well-placed undercut can solve all of these problems. Undercuts don’t have to be dramatic, or even visible; they’re a great trick for getting sleek, more manageable hair. Learn more about the magic of undercuts in the style notes. ––Laura Martin

Tip 1: Bob haircuts look best if the shape lays close to the head. Removing excess bulk from the nape will help the shape to turn under and keep the surface sleek.

Tip 2: Undercuts are great for removing cowlicks from bangs or taming an unruly hairline.

Tip 3: Add softness to a fringe by removing baby hairs around the hairline. This will help edges lie flat and create separation.

Tip 4: Remove bulk by cutting away excess thickness. Undercuts slim and soften thick and coarse textures. Short panels placed along the interior will collapse a bulky shape for a softer look.

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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