Trend Alert: “Growing Out Bob”

February 12th, 2010

In 2010, the “growing out bob” look is surprisingly popular!  You know, that awkward stage when you’re going from a short bob to long wavy, locks when your dark roots are starting to show and your highlights are starting to fade.  Some stars are actually requesting this look from their stylists.  They’ll ask them to cut it to that “in between” length to be a part of this growing trend.  Rachael Bilson (The O.C.) even went so far as to have her roots dyed slightly darker than the rest of her hair to achieve this look!

For those interested in being a part of this trend, keep in mind that a bob, and a growing out bob, looks better with an asymmetrical cut. Ask your stylist to cut it slightly longer in the front and a bit shorter in the back.  This hair cut is really the best of both worlds.  It’s short enough to be trendy, but long enough to wear in a casual pony tail or a fancy up-do.

To achieve this look at home, be sure to invest in a pair of very high quality hair scissors.  A pair of cheap shears from your local discount store isn’t going to cut it (pun intended).  This particular hair cut tends to be easier to do when the hair is damp, but not dripping wet.

Starting with small sections, comb out your hair and grab a part of your hair between your index and middle finger.  Measure your hair to the desired length and carefully snip off the excess using extra sharp hair scissors.  Repeat this process until you have cut all of your hair.  To make sure both sides are even, part your hair and carefully pull section that are directly across from each other on either side of your head and compare their length.

For those of you who are a little more daring, you could try a more complicated technique.  Comb all of your hair forward and cut it to the desired length, doing small sections at a time.  Be sure you keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby to use whenever you hair starts to dry out.  You may need to enlist the help of a friend to trim the back of your hair, but this technique will help you achieve the “shorter in the back” look that is so popular in bobs.

Of course, you can always visit a stylist and have him or her do the cut, then maintain it on your own at home, or revisit the salon every 4-6 weeks for upkeep.

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