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Last updated: February 21, 2018

How-To: The Convertible Bob

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It’s the season of bobs, from your favorite celebs down to your circle of besties—the bob doesn’t have a type. Short bobs, long bobs, wavy bobs: they’re all in, and everyone is rocking them. So here’s where you come in. Whether you consider yourself a master at bob-cutting or you think you could use a little more practice, this how-to for a modern medium-length bob from Hair Cuttery will totally help you perfect your skills and give you the confidence to create your most amazing convertible bob yet! The cut has several disconnected internal layers making it easier to style and maintain. Plus, it allows you to keep the look of length while also adding movement and longer texture around the face. Here’s how it’s done!

Manufacturer: Hair Cuttery, @haircuttery

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  • 1

    Start by shampooing your client with Redken Frizz Dismiss, then prep with Redken One United. Section the hair, starting with the horizontal breakdown, then begin cutting at the nape, using a straight graduation and over-directing all sections to the center back with a 90-degree elevation.

  • 2

     Next, begin to blow-dry the section. Use a combination of wrap-drying and round-brushing for less volume and a polished finish. Then, finish this section by dry-cutting the nape, defining the perimeter and using the comb as your guide.


    *Prep each section prior to the blow-dry with Redken Pillow Proof Primer followed by Redken Satinwear.

  • 3

    Next, begin cutting the back in a scooping graduation at a 45-degree elevation with the same over-direction to the center back as you did in the nape section. Then blow-dry the section using the wrap-drying, round brush combo and switch directions for flexible results. Finish the section by dry-cutting to the desired length, using the bottom nape as a visual guide.

  • 4

    Moving onto the sides, use a razor (or shears) and lightly stroke at a diagonal, connecting from the length in the back section. Next, blow-dry the section, remembering to round brush only the ends with little to no elevation. 

  • 5

    Next, drop the crown, blow-dry and then section into six subsections. Pull one piece from the top middle subsection and pull to the side to help you find your guide, then cut at about ear length. Now use a scanning technique on dry hair to layer and create the final texture. Blow-dry the section using the same technique as before.

  • 6

    Lastly, drop the top section, blow-dry and use the same scanning technique as you did step 5 (compensating for the part). Allow for some over-direction by the ear and keep your elevation at 45 degrees for maximum texture and shape.