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My long bob suffers from what I call “Mary Tyler Moore Syndrome.” Despite my best efforts, it flips out at the ends instead of under. Not a cute flick, but a full-on semi-circle of curve across the entire bottom edge. It drives me crazy, and I’ve seen many of my clients fight the same thing. When I cut an un-layered shoulder-length shape I usually start with a caution: Warning! Hair may flip! But this problem never seems to happen to celebrities, for one simple reason, their lobs are all A-line. Cutting hair shorter in the back, so that it sits on top of the shoulders, makes it want to kick under instead of out. It’s a trick embraced by Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jennifer Aniston, just to name a few. Is this trick right for you? Click the notes to find out.  –– Laura Martin

If you have fine hair with fine to medium density the A-line will shift your hair forward slightly making it look thicker and giving it a slight bevel. This cut is perfect for your hair type.

If you have thick, coarse hair this cut may make your hair look bulky and heavy. Try a square shape that sits just above the shoulder instead.

If you have curls the aline will stack a bit at the ends which can look really cool. This shape is much mare flattering for curly textures than a classic square bob.

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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