How to Cut a Bob Haircut
1. If you’re lopping off a lot of length to give your client a balayage bob, you’ll need to do the cut first, so you can see exactly how much hair there is to highlight. On mid-length or long hair, go ahead and chop the length so it skims shoulders for a lob (long bob) or use the chin as your guide for a shorter style.
2. On very thick hair, remove some of the weight with texturizing shears. Go slow at first, so you don’t take too much volume away. Bonus: reducing the excess length and weight before the coloring service will save you time and money, as you will have less hair to apply color to.
3. When you’ve reached the right length, neaten the style by gently point-cutting the ends. You could also add layers or some feathering through the front to give the bob extra texture and dimension.
How to Do the Balayage Bob
1. The best balayage technique always starts with our freehand hair lightener, Blondor Freelights. It allows for the most precise highlights, with an adhesive mass that ensures it stays exactly where you apply it. Mix it up, keeping in mind that, when you’re doing balayage foil-free, you might want to increase the volume of the developer to get plenty of lightness and lift.
2. When it comes to placement, you should always start by sweeping Blondor Freelights where you want balayage to appear most intense. These sections of hair will end up having the lightener on them for the longest, so they’ll experience more of a lift. With a bob, extra brightness through the face-framing layers is ultra-flattering, as it frames the cut flawlessly and makes the complexion glow. Try this as a starting point.
3. Around the face, start sweeping the lightener about an inch down from the root. For the rest of the hair, take a painterly approach, gliding your brush through the mid-lengths and ends at varying heights. Just keep in mind that, the lower you apply balayage on a bob, the sooner it gets cut out. That’s why we tend to start highlights higher than we would on mid-length or longer hair.
4. Once the lightener has developed, rinse out and – if needed – tone the hair to the perfect shade. Then it’s time to blow-dry and style… PSA: a wavy bob always gets plenty of Insta likes.