There’s a bob out there for ev­ery­one, says So­nia Haria

Noth­ing says new sea­son like a new hair­style. And there’s a bob out there for ev­ery­one, says So­nia Haria

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - CONTENTS - Edited by So­nia Haria

One of the most trans­for­ma­tive changes you can make to how you look is to have a big chunk of hair cut off. I don’t know about you, but I’m caught in the per­pet­ual cy­cle of grow­ing my hair out, get­ting bored and then hav­ing a big, showy chop. It’s often cut to a lob (a long bob). I love the shorter hair for a cou­ple of months, but then vow to grow it out again ‘ be­cause I miss be­ing able to do stuff with it’ (in my mind I’m con­struct­ing amaz­ing loose waves with a curl­ing iron; in re­al­ity, it spends most of its time pulled back in a bun). And so, the cy­cle con­tin­ues.

I feel an­other chop com­ing on now, and ac­cord­ing to Min­tel, I’m not alone. Septem­ber is the busiest month for hair­dressers strip­ping off se­ri­ous inches from clients’ hair. I’m guess­ing it’s to do with the end of the sum­mer ob­ses­sion for long, tou­sled, Gisele-like waves and the yearn­ing for some­thing al­to­gether sleeker, shorter and fresher.

And the good news is, the evo­lu­tion of the bob to the lob has made chop­pier styles wear­able for ev­ery face shape and age. If you have a longer or oval face, ask for a longer bob, with lay­er­ing to add vol­ume. Round or heart-shaped faces, try more of a blunt fin­ish, and (for the brave) a sweep­ing fringe. Sim­ple.

I’ve always thought shorter hair equals less time get­ting ready, but hair­dresser Adam Reed gives me a re­al­ity check: ‘ Yes, it’s quicker to dry, but you should spend those ex­tra min­utes styling it. A bob or long bob needs a bit more at­ten­tion to look really good.’ ( There are some prod­ucts on the left that can help with that.)

And if there’s ever a sil­ver lin­ing to a day spent in the hair­dresser’s chair, it’s that you can do­nate your chopped hair to a won­der­ful char­ity called Lit­tle Princess Trust. If you cut off more than seven inches, your sa­lon will pass it on to the char­ity to make real-hair wigs for chil­dren who have lost theirs to can­cer. Hair­care brand ghd has a list of par­tic­i­pat­ing hair­dressers on its web­site, ghd­

Septem­ber is the busiest month for hair­dressers to cut off se­ri­ous inches

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