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How-Tos > How-To: High Contrast A-Line Bob
July 25, 2016

How-To: High Contrast A-Line Bob

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  • Formula A

    Schwarzkopf Professional 3-0 + 10-volume developer

  • Formula B

    Redken Free Hand Lightener + 30-volume developer

  • Formula C

    Redken Shades EQ ½ oz. 9P + ½ oz. 9G

Instagram via @styled_by_carolynn

You’ve all been there. A client wants “something subtle, but statement-making.” “Something natural, but noticeable.” “Understated, but also unique.” Well, friends, THIS. This is the solution to all those puzzling requests. A caramel and honey-infused balayage, finished with a textured, A-line bob. Carolynn Judd (@styled_by_carolynn), owner and stylist at AVE Salon in Ogden, Utah, is the artist behind the look. And here she shares her color formula, as well as some of her textured bob secrets!

Total Price (cut and color): $130

Colorist: Carolynn Judd

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A

    Schwarzkopf Professional 3-0 + 10-volume developer

  • Formula B

    Redken Free Hand Lightener + 30-volume developer

  • Formula C

    Redken Shades EQ ½ oz. 9P + ½ oz. 9G

HOW-TO STEPS

  • 1

    Apply Formula A to the root area.

     

  • 2

    Hair paint using Formula B. Be sure to use a lighter touch as you move up the hair strand. This will help to soften the line between transitioning colors.

  • 3

    Cover all of Formula B with Embee Meche strips to keep Formula B from drying out. Process under medium heat for up to 20 minutes, checking every 5 minutes.

  • 4

    When desired level of lightness is achieved, rinse the color and lightly shampoo. 

  • 5

     Tone with Formula C for up to 15 minutes. Finish up with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

  • Carolynn’s Top Tips for Cutting a Textured Bob
    1. Always use a new razor when cutting.

    2. Prep the hair with a good detangler. Carolynn uses UN.TANGLED by KEVIN.MURPHY.

    3. You don’t always need to cut traditional bob layers. “I more often than not leave the bob one length,” notes Carolynn. “Then go in with the razor to add as much or as little texture the client wants or needs.”

    4. You can always texture more when you are done styling. “You never want to over-texture someone’s hair,” Carolynn says. “Biggest oooops mistake ever!”

    5. Finish with a good texture cream and a messy curl.