The humble bob has seen many an incarnation. No longer a one-size-fits-all hairstyle, bobs are going through a renaissance. We’ve seen the micro bob, the collarbone bob and the asymmetrical bob, giving fans of a short hairstyle the opportunity to experiment with a plethora of styles to find one that suits their face shape and style perfectly.Whether you’re attempting a new bob style yourself at home or prepping for your first trip back to your hair salon (anyone else counting down the days?), the shattered bob could be the next trend to trial.The shattered bob is a brilliant post-isolation option because really, anything goes. The look involves ‘shattering’ the ends of your hair to create a choppy, textured finish; think Keira Knightley circa 2010.
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Jason Hogan, celebrity hairdresser at Josh Wood Atelier, advises that when considering the shattered bob as a new look, it’s essential to consider the length. “For it to look really impactful, it should sit just below the jawline,” he says. “Pin your hair in a faux bob at this length to check you’re comfortable with it.”
He says that using photos of your favourite celebrities and influencers is key when it comes to nailing the look. “Whether you’re looking for something edgy or a bit more chic, reference photos are really great when considering a change in cut.”
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Cut a blunt one length base line when wet
Blow dry straight and go through section by section point cutting and shattering the ends of the hair; you have to be carful with frizzy and curly hair as this can create more frizz by destroying the curl so your stylist should discuss this with you depending on your hair texture.
This actually works well with fine hair as it give the ends texture so when you add products your get more definition and separation.
You can also add an invisible layer around the crown of the hair which creates shorter pieces therefore adding more volume and texture without the look of old fashioned layers.
Whilst cutting the style in is pretty straightforward, it’s the styling that really gives the shattered bob its impact. As Jason maintains: “Product is not an option when it comes to styling this look, it’s a necessity and texture is key for this look.”
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And, as Jason explains, there’s a different styling technique for each hair type. For course or textured hair, he says refinement is needed. “My favourites here are Moroccan Oil Treatment and Oribe Super Shine Moisturising Cream; mix the two for a wonderful oil-cream emulsion that will tackle frizz, add shine and smooth texture. Apply on wet hair and dry smooth then add texture with a round or flat iron. To finish, add more of the product to separate the hair and polish the look.”For hair with medium texture and a slight wave to it, he suggests enhancing it with Oribe Surfcomber Mousse, which will bring out a natural wave for perfectly undone, beachy texture. “Apply a good grapefruit-sized amount evenly to damp hair. Then, in sections, twist and dry hair naturally or with a diffuser. For a more refined evening look use irons to add symmetry to the face frame.”
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For straight hair, Jason says to apply Redken Guts 10 to damp hair to give texture to the hair. Again, add to the palm of your hand and apply with a comb and rough dry the hair. Use a flat iron to shape softly or use a round iron to add more of an undone movement. Mist through Oribe Dry Texture Spray to finish for ultimate texture.”I like to finish each of these styles with a spray of GHD Final Shine Spray to add reflectivity to the hair; I’m not a huge fan of a matte finish.”