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Contemporary bobs tend to come in two shapes, square—the same length all the way around—and A-line—Shorter in the back and slightly longer toward the face. But in the 1920s, when bobs first became the rage, most of them features a pointed or rounded nape,  with a triangular stacked section ate the back, tapered to follow the curvature of the head. At the time this shape was called a shingle cut, in contemporary terms it’s a graduated bob, a beautiful and technically challenging shape that’s overdue for a comeback. Learn why you should give this vintage shape a try in the notes. –– Laura Martin 

Shorter bobs are in. A few seasons ago, shoulder length bobs were the norm, but as the trend continues to grow women are getting more daring with their length. This shape feels both fresh and on-trend.

The shingle flatters every hairline. The short, stacked lengths at the nape work with any hairline, making your growth patterns and cowlicks look like bespoke details instead of unruly challenges. The shape grows out softer than shaving, and removes bulk from the nape.

This cut styles itself. The slightly tapered edge of the cut makes it naturally curve under and creates a smooth flow from back to front. The result is a shape that was made for air drying, perfect for these hot summer days.

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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