Meet the Expert
Rodney Cutler is a celebrated hairstylist who owns four salons across New York City and Brooklyn. Cutler is also a Redken Brand Ambassador.
Step 1: Pixie to Bob
When it comes to growing a pixie into a bob, Cutler sums up our feelings quite succinctly: â€œOne must avoid the mullet!â€ He suggests keeping the hair at the nape of your neck short initially, while the hair on top of your head grows out. â€œThis process takes about six to eight weeks, and will take you to a Michelle Williams type of look,â€ he says.
When this look grows out and starts to feel heavy, Cutler says you can start to let the hair at the nape of your neck grow out, too. â€œBeing careful of heaviness on top, go in for trims every six weeks,â€ he recommends. â€œ[Advise] your stylist to incorporate layers into your hair, which helps blend the top and the back. Now, your hair has choppiness and structure.â€
Step 2: Bob to Lob
â€œTo avoid looking like a soccer mom, angling the hairline is key,â€ Cutler advises. â€œYou need a bob that creates movement as your hair grows from your jawline to your collarbone.â€ He suggests styling your hair in natural waves to create the illusion of a purposeful haircut.
If you already have a natural wave to your hair, Cutler says to wrap 1 1/2-inch sections of your hair around your fingers, then blow-dry. â€œDonâ€™t over-indulge your hair with product,â€ he warns.
Growing Out Your Bangs
Your Emma Stone-inspired bangs got you a lot of positive attention, but youâ€™re ready for your forehead to see the light of day again. What do you do now? â€œTo begin the process, ask your stylist to create a wispy bang by sweeping the hair to either side of your face and cutting at an angle each way,â€ Cutler says. â€œThis will lighten up your hair and allow it to move more naturally.â€
If youâ€™re trying to grow out bangs with a choppy bob or lob, it should be a fairly easy process. Cutler suggests blending your bangs into your hair and allowing them to grow with your shortest layers.
Growing out bangs with a long mane la Alexa Chung might seem daunting, but isnâ€™t impossible. Cutler says to resist the temptation to cut short layers all the way up to your bangs. Instead, allow them to grow into your hair naturally. â€œOnce your bangs are two inches away from your shortest layer, then you can blend with layering,â€ he says.
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