Third Times the Charm—A Bob Correction
No haircut epitomizes classic femininity quite like the graduated bob. But despite it being a staple among women, the bob is among one of the hardest cuts to master. It takes a certain level of expertise, precision and patience to truly pull off this look behind the chair. And, if you can’t do it, there’s no shame in admitting it.
When Susan Taylor-Bruce of Glitz & Glam Hair Salon in Shreveport, LA was getting ready to wrap up shop for the night—she was one of two stylists working—she received a phone call. “Is there someone there that can fix my haircut?” asked the woman at the end of the line. Susan told the woman, who had previously never visited Glitz before, to come in for a quick consultation and that they’d set her up with an appointment first thing in the morning. As Susan was applying color to her second to last client, she heard the door open. She looked up and, well, her jaw dropped. “I knew there was no way I could let her walk out of here like that,” Susan says.
Here is the story of a basic A-line bob that went through not one, but two cut corrections in order to find its perfect shape.
The First Cut
This client’s longtime stylist had highlighted her hair and then proceeded to begin the A-line bob by cutting it wet. She neglected, however, to truly analyze her client’s hair before beginning the cut. “The main thing I thought they did wrong was that they cut and finished it wet,” says Susan. This client has a little bit of curl to her hair and Susan believes she wouldn’t have initially approached the cut this way. “I would always start the cut wet and finish dry” explains Susan. “Also, this client has very thick hair and it might have been overwhelming and confusing for the stylist.” The stylist went about cutting the bob and then finished off by round brushing and flat ironing only the top sections. When the client went home, she analyzed the cut beneath its top layers. She immediately called the salon back to see if her stylist could fix it. Another stylist insisted she would do the correction for her, so the client went in for her first bob correction.
The First “Correction”
The next stylist sat the client in her chair to fix the bob. However, she cut her hair wet like the first stylist had done, underestimating not only the client’s hair thickness but also neglecting the fact that this client has a curl in her hair. What happened next still baffles Susan. “The stylist said she fixed it and then she let the client leave with her hair wet. The fact that she let her leave with it wet is just crazy to me,” says Susan. When the client got home, she dried and flat ironed her hair only to notice more unevenness in her bob.
The Bob Correction
As the client walked in, Susan was finishing up a color and had another appointment scheduled after. When her next appointment noticed the bob, however, she gladly let Susan take this client over her. “Normally, a woman’s haircut takes me 45 minutes to an hour. This cut took me an hour and a half to fix,” explains Susan. When Susan tackled this cut, she started the same way the other stylists did—by cutting it wet. However, noticing the thickness and curl, Susan made sure to dry the hair, flat iron it and then texturize it afterwards with her shears. “You have to go back and detail it when it’s strong and dry. I point-cut to establish the shape and then made sure to refine the shape,” says Susan. “There are a lot of little things you can’t see at first and have to check after you cut. I made sure to take considerably smaller sections due to her hair thickness. There were also some places that were so short, there was no way I could have done the whole thing at once.”
After three days of being in different chairs, this client loved the final correction—and Susan gained a new client out of this experience. However, Susan wants stylists to know the benefits of having a truly thorough consultation, understanding your clients’ hair and knowing your strengths and weaknesses as a hairdresser!