HOW-TO: Choosing the Right Length and Profile Shape for a Bob

By Lauren Salapatek | 09/16/2013 3:41:00 PM


“Creating the right shape and length for a bob is key to customizing the look for a guest and making it chic,” says Sonna Brado, KMS California Artistic Director from Jaazz Salon (Spokane, WA). Brado focuses on three things:

1.    Fullness is based on face shape, lay the center of a comb vertically on the cheekbone, where the comb lifts away is where the fullness should be.   

2.    Choose the profile line by pulling hair to one side and looking at the shape of the face from a profile view. If you are creating a convex profile, mirror the shape in the back of the head to create balance.

3.     Elongate and slim the neck by choosing the narrowest point to place the line. Take a comb and place it horizontally on the back of the neck, slowly move it up and down until the "sweet spot" is identified.  It’s similar to choosing the length for a skirt, the neck and legs can look slimmer by placing the line at the narrowest point of the neck or leg.

click image to zoomFIRST CHAIR fan Billie Jean Tjogas created this beautiful A-line bob for one of her classes! Thanks for submitting it to us!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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