Bobs are cut to hang over the ears and dust across the edges of the face. The result is pretty, and feminine, but in hot weather, a curtain of hair hanging on your face can be unbearable. Which means in the summer bobs end up braided, pinned, or simply tucked behind the ears. When done correctly, a tucked bob can look sleek, soft and elegant. When done incorrectly it can look messy, dated, or unbalanced. Learn how to get it right in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Do style with soft volume like Charlize Theron (top left) for a touch of old school glamour.

Don’t pair a flat front with a puffy crown (top right). It feels very 90s, and not in a good way.

Do leave a tendril of hair in front of the ear (bottom left) to keep the shape from feeling severe.

Don’t use lots of pomade to create a piecey effect, especially when paired with a very un-natural crisp center part (top right). Less is more when it comes to finishing products.

Do tuck one side to create flattering asymmetry (bottom left).

Don’t pair sleek roots with curled ends. It makes an unflattering triangular shape (bottom right).


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.

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