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Short layers and choppy bangs transform chin-length looks from demure to daring. Disconnected lengths—short on top and longer underneath—have a bold, punk-influenced feel. The top layers removes bulk from the sides and can be worn sleek, tousled, or even spiked into a mohawk. The shape opens up the face, accentuating the eyes and cheekbones for a flattering, edgy variation on the bob. Learn what to ask for and how to rock it in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Ask for an outline that falls above the shoulder, with a clean edge that’s the same length all the way around the head. Add short choppy bangs and textured layers that are cut in opposition to the head-shape, creating a flat, lean silhouette.

Step: A light color all over or a few highlights through top will accentuate the disconnection and highten the drama of the look. Keep variation subtle, within 1-2 levels of the base shade.

Step: To style at home, mix a dime each of texture paste and hair creme. Apply to damp clean strands, massaging in from roots to ends. Dry naturally or smooth-out with a paddle brush.

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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