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4.12 – Chic, Shoulder-Length Bobs

Meet Leah.

Leah has some gorgeous hair, no doubt.  Alas, she wants a change, so who I am to deny her? Let’s take a look at her questionnaire.

1. What color is your hair? Do you color/highlight your hair? If so, what color?

Natural blonde, no color. (Not interested in color, either.)

2. What condition is your hair? (Dry, Oily, Normal, Chemically-processed, etc.)

Normal (although super dry on the ends right now, which is why I need to cut them the hell off).

3. What type of hair do you have? (Fine, Thick, Wavy, Curly, Straight, etc.)

Fine but there’s a lot of it. Super-duper straight and doesn’t hold curl. Slick and shiny. Stylists always refuse to give me layers in the back when I ask(?). (I do tend to like layers around the face, though.) I have a mild and controllable-to-a-degree cowlick slightly off-center of my forehead (which is where I split the side-swept bangs).

4. Tell me about your lifestyle. What are you looking for in a hairstyle?

I work from home and have a preschooler, so I need to be able to pull my hair off my face and have something quick and easy when I want to wear it down. I love buns and braids for going out. I’ve gone chin-length before, but because I have an angular face, I feel that a blunt cut at the chin makes me look too severe. I love side-swept and blunt bangs, but my husband doesn’t (although I have veto power on what I do with my hair, obvs).

5. How much time are you willing to spend styling your hair each day?

Ten minutes tops. Outside of my family, the only person I see regularly is Daycare Lady, and I love her but I’m not going to spend a half hour fixing my hair for the two minutes I talk to her each day.

6. Do you have a preference for length? If so, what?

It’s almost always been long (too long!), but it’s time for a change, so I’m willing to go slightly above the shoulder.

7. What kind of products/tools do you use on a daily basis?

Fekkai Glossing Cream and a blowdryer (although sometimes I skip that and air dry). If any part of my hair is up, I usually need a bit of hairspray.

8. Do you wear your hair in ponytails frequently?

Almost daily, and usually with my bangs clipped back for work.

9. What kind of environment do you live in? (Rainy, humid, high altitude, etc.)

Mediterranean/temperate. The only weather than affects my hair is super-high humidity, in which case the baby hairs at my temples turn into ringlets(!). Not much anyone can do about that.

Okay! I think I have a pretty good idea of what Leah needs. Since Leah’s hair is so straight, shiny and slick, she needs to work that to her advantage. Let’s see…Leah doesn’t want to spend too much time styling, she clips bangs back on a daily basis while working, layers won’t work on her baby fine hair, and “it’s time for a change”…sounds to me like a simple, shoulder-grazing bob would be a perfect look for Leah. Short enough to give her the change she is looking for, but still long enough that she can pull back the sides or do some fun braiding around the front. What about this?

Photos courtesy of Daily Makeover

Oh, I think Leah could look quite stunning with this cut, don’t you?

As for the bangs situation, with Leah’s features and cowlick, I’m in agreement with her husband. I’m a fan of keeping bangs out of this equation, especially since Leah would just pin them back anyway. Plus, her bangs look to be quite grown out at this point, and adding shorter, sideswept bangs would make the above hairstyle completely different. (Not that it’s bad…just different.) I think the beauty of this style is the chic simplicity of the way the hair frames the face and collarbone, and Leah’s features would be enhanced beautifully with this cut. Also, Leah would most likely wear this style with a slightly off-center part, due to her cowlick, but I like how the cut takes on a different personality just by changing up the part from side to middle.

Now. If Leah deems that option too short, she could always keep the same style, but leave a few more inches of security.

Photos courtesy of Daily Makeover

What do you think? Should Leah take the plunge?

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25 Comments
  • Lauren

    November 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Definitely go for the Gwyneth!

  • elizabetht

    November 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

    yes!! change is fun!! i think the shorter look would look great but still be versatile when Leah needs it to be.

  • Leiah

    November 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    The Gwyneth would look amazing. She could grow it out easily if she wants more length back.

  • Jackie W - Kansa

    November 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Go with longer last look first. Then cut it shorter after bangs grown out.

  • Sarah

    November 3, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Go big! There aren’t many times in your life where you’ll be able to make such a dramatic change. It can be a rush to chop, chop, chop! (I’ve done it twice in the last ten or so years).

    So…do what Gwyneth did! :)

  • Kristen

    November 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Go for the Goop! It’ll be gorgeous and it’ll basically grow into the other one, so you’ll basically get two for one. And they’ll both be beautiful, because, well, look at what we’re working with. Leah’s a babe!

  • Emily B

    November 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I think that Leah and I have the same hair, just in a different color! And…I already had a haircut scheduled for Tuesday but didn’t know what to ask for from my stylist. Now I do! Thanks, Leah! And Sarah.

  • simon

    November 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I vote for the Gwynneth.

  • Sarah

    November 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Awww, Leah(notherrealname) is my most favorite blogger!!! I vote Gwyneth. Duh.

  • Lisa

    November 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Go for Gwyneth!

    She’s gonna look ahmazing!

  • AC

    November 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Love Leah! I am voting for option 1 (Gwyneth) as well.

  • CharlieSue

    November 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    OH, I SO vote for the Gwyneth. I LOVE IT. And you will look SPECTACULAR in it.

  • Christine H.

    November 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Gwyneth. It will look great, and it will grow if needed.

  • Pat

    November 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I vote for Gwyneth!
    I am looking to get a similar cut with similar hair, however, my face is round. Do you think Gwyneth’s cut can work with a round face?

  • Amelie

    November 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I’d give anything to have straight hair like her. Curse you curly unruly hair!

  • sizzle

    November 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Leah will look good with any cut because she’s gorgeous. I like the first option!

  • agirlandaboy

    November 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    All of you are too nice. Mwah mwah mwah! The Gwyneth it is! (No bangs? Really?)

  • Grete

    November 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I love the Gwyneth cut!

    When I first saw Leah’s pic, she reminded me of Jodie Foster… So… here are some Jodie Foster hair ideas, too. :)

    http://cdn.sheknows.com/lovingyou/filter/l/gallery/jodie_foster.jpg

    http://hairstyles.thehairstyler.com/hairstyles/images/10832/icon/Jodie-Foster.jpg

  • Rebecca

    November 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Yay Leah! Love reading her blog. And what a looker!

    The gwyneth look, for sure!

  • Healthtips2day

    November 5, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Definitely interesting reading. Yes, you are correct, the individuality and lifestyle matters in hairstyling.

  • Abby

    November 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    NOOOOOO. I’ve been reading your blog for years and you DO have hair dysmorphia. You have the most gorgeous blonde, long shiny hair and all you see are split ends. I strongly believe “Gwyneth” would kill for YOUR hair. Brace yourself, I also agree with your husband about the bangs. People with a natural cowlick have instant (wonderful) lift off their face and should ixnay the bangs. I’ve always thought Leah totally channels Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, only prettier, and the long (no bangs) hair always looked so elegant and understated on her. Sarah, remember how crappy you felt when you chopped off all your hair? Don’t do it Leah, go to someone really good, have them cut a couple of inches off and put in some really long layers and be done.
    Who wants to have ordinary old “Gwyneth Hair” when you can have long, blonde, straight, silky, thick, shiny, unbelievable hair that people constantly remark on how beautiful it is, aaand it’s all yours. Save the short for when your old. Been wanting to say that for months and now I have. So. Fin.

  • Alyce

    November 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Gwyneth!

  • agirlandaboy

    November 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Abby, I love you. :) (But I’m still chopping it off!)

  • Dani

    November 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Love the Gwyneth as well–I’m all for it!

  • Celleste

    December 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

    GORGEOUS hair. Agreed, Gwyneth would indeed kill for your natural hair.

    A cut will grow out so it can’t hurt. In that spirit, I say Gwyneth’s length with a bit of pomade or spray wax worked underneath the ends/lengths to give it some sexy texture/interest.