Fancy a fresh cutlet? One cut we’ve been really looking forward to is the jawbone bob. It’s short, it’s sexy, it’s strapless, but it’s also super cute. And it’s just made for fall.
Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually the perfect time to get a bob haircut. Intuitively, many of us like to go shorter for summer, but these are the months when a little extra length means you can tie the lot out of the way. When it gets colder? Then we start wearing layers like chunky knits and scarves, so pushing our hair out of the way works well.
A bob is perfect for this. Yes, the jawbone bob. Cut higher with a few extra inches of skimming, it’s ideal for turtleneck weather as it falls just above high necklines and collars, meaning the bottom of the cut is still showing. Because of this, it works beautifully when the edge is clean, crisp, and softly blunt cut.
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#1 Jawbone Bob
Be warned, however, to keep this shape looking super fresh, you need to commit to some maintenance. “To maintain this super-cool style, you need to keep track of your regular cuts and shape-ups because once it grows out, you’ll really notice and the hair can have a tendency to freak out and get unruly,” explains Dom Seeley, above Celebrity Hairstylist and International Creative Director of ColorWow Hair. “This is the key indicator that you are ready to trim the shape and length.”
It can work with most textures, but you’ll need to tweak it to make it work best for you. “Straight to wavy hair requires minimal effort, and you can opt for a lived-in French-girl-esque shape that does most of the hard work for you,” says Dom. “Curly, textured hair needs to be styled so it sits and sits right against the jawbone,” says Dom, so a curl-by-curl cut can work beautifully.
#2 Deep Side Jawbone Bob
As for the shape, “A one-length jawbone bob is a statement, so you have to wear it with confidence so the style doesn’t wear you out,” says Dom. Or to make it a little softer, Dom recommends introducing light layers or soft fringes. “Think of the ’70s or ’90s for inspo,” he says. “Either skinny and freaky (like the ’70s) or layered and flipped (like the ’90s). These are the major revivals of the hair trend decade that we’re seeing, so the same goes for opting for the jawbone bob.”
#3 Wavy jawbone bob
And apply a little tailoring. “Ask your stylist to work with your face shape and tell them about your personal style, what you wear and how your lifestyle is evolving. This will help your stylist choose a shape that works for you personally who are still in the jawbone bob camp. It might need texture, it might need blunt, you might need bangs or layers to open up your face,” says Dom. He recommends going to your salon appointment with your hair in its natural texture, “that way your stylist can see how your hair is doing without the help of heat, tools and products, and they can see the natural growth patterns.” Overall, this will help them create the perfect jawbone-length crop for you,” he says.
When it comes to styling, “it’s entirely up to you,” says Dom. You can wear it naturally and air dried during the day. If so, “use products to support the style and keep the natural wave patterns so it dries in the shape you want,” says Dom. “Then save your heated tools for your evenings, dinners, and dates,” says Dom. “I always say any texture is great texture, so add volume or waves and flip your part to play around and have fun.” His trick to making waves feel modern is to use the direction of the waves change to make them feel more alive.
#4 Straight Jawbone Bob
And, to make a slick statement, “Nothing beats a sleek, straight, incredibly shiny bob that has that weight and swoosh that we all love,” he says. “Straighten hair with a flat iron or smooth blowout to set it in place.” For a blow-dried, ’90s-style finish, “get creative with your blow-dryer and use curlers to set a full blowout,” Dom says for this one Supermodel Volume. Dom recommends ColorWow’s Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray for both. “It gives an incredibly lightweight shine and also protects against heat, so it’s great for use with heated styling tools and as a finishing product to give a glass-like shine,” he says.
And the finishing touch is a beautiful hair color. “I love a chunky face frame because it can add dimension and softness when a one-size-fits-all feels too bulky,” recommends Dom. “It’s a modern way to keep it chic but low-maintenance when you don’t want to commit to a full color.” Beyond tactical highlights, “play around with fall tones. Coppers and reds are huge right now. Keep it rich and chic by going for darker shades, or make an impact by going platinum blonde,” says Dom.