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Short Hair: Inverted Bob


This head hugging "inverted" bob is a classic style that can be easily modified to suit any face shape.

Adjustments can be made to the fringe or bang area, length and layers to play up some features and minimize others.

(Image courtesy of Tom Carson - all rights reserved - 2005 ).

This chin length bob has a base of delicate ashy-blonde hues that is contrasted throughout with ribbons of randomly placed light caramel strappy lowlights. The style is a graduated inverted bob that is tapered to be shorter at the nape of the neck and longer towards the face.

Graduated layers are carefully stacked to create lush fullness and movement with strategic placement throughout the crown. The sides are carefully step cut for unique definition. An uneven side part directs a sweep of hair across the forehead, softening any sharp lines.

Steal This Look

Shampoo with a product designed to specifically address your current type, texture and condition of hair. Towel blot and apply a good leave-in conditioner, mousse or styling cream to damp but not dripping strands.

Products to try: Rene Furterer - Anti-Dehydrating Volumizing Mousse - Soft Hold or Rene Furterer - Anti-Dryness Protective Sun Mousse which aid in support and texture.

(Image courtesy of Tom Carson - all rights reserved - 2005 ).

If frizz is an issue with your hair type use Rene Furterer - Control Emulsion Anti-Frizz or a similar product such as Phytodefrisant.

Using a blow dryer and a Mason Pearson brush or similar, "wrap dry" the hair around the shape of the head to create fullness and movement.

Once the hair is completely dry, finish the look with Rene Furterer - Styling Wax Sheer Shine applied to the ends to define the edges and enhance shine. Finish with a spritz of light hairspray or with Rene Furterer - Gentle Solution - Soft Hold. Avoid using a heavy spray that will prevent natural movement.

For a fun look use a light spray-on gel and then create finger waves throughout. Once the entire head is waved, use fingers to break up the waves. Finish with a light to medium hold spray.

To keep this style in tip top shape the hair must be trimmed every 4 to 5 weeks. Highlights must be applied as root growth occurs. Consider using a color enhancing or protective shampoo and matching color conditioner like Rene Furterer - Color Enhancing Mask (Blonde) to maximize the life of the color.

Optional Styles

The options are endless with this style. Wear the style sleek and straight with lots of flicks or go wild with finger waves applied all around. Use a crimping iron to crimp random sections to create unusual texture. The options are limitless.


Bob hairstyles have been popular since Mary Louise Brooks aka Louise Brooks wore the first Bob hairstyle back during the late Roaring Twenties (1920s). Her trend-setting "bob" hairstyle set the hair world on its end.

Bobs aren't as simple and blunt cut as they were when Louise Brooks wore hers. Now they can morph through a dizzying array of texture changes ranging from uneven lengths to asymetrical choppy edges.

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