The bob has always been one of the most iconic shapes in modern-day hairdressing. Since its rise to stardom, there have been countless iterations throughout the years. In recent times, due to lifestyles and embracing natural texture, many clients are looking for a low-maintenance finish, which is why the effortless bob is so on-trend. To give us more insight into this trend and to show you exactly how to get the look we chatted with the team at ALC. Below they are sharing trusted ALC cutting and styling techniques to get the effortless bob.
When it comes to cutting and styling shapes, ALC’s team of educators developed techniques that work with the natural movement of hair — creating a fresh yet timeless approach to classic shapes, offering an in-depth understanding of the fundamental shapes and techniques which are at the base of creating a complete client look.
STEP 1: MAP THE HAIRCUT WITH THE ALC SECTION
- The first step to create this haircut is to separate the head into three main zones: TOP, SIDE BACK AND NAPE.
- Start by parting the hair of our model where it naturally falls in order to have the most suitable look, then carry on this section to the back zone by creating a pronounced curve on the crown area until securing it behind the ear.
- Then, draw a section from below the temple to the crown.
- This unique ALC Section design aims to support the natural drying and avoid undesired hair divisions from the cutting process.
STEP 2: NAPE ZONE
Now that the haircut is all mapped, proceed by taking a 1” thin section on the nape zone, combining it down with zero elevation and cutting a line that mirrors the angle of the section. Remember the choice of length is based on the suitability of the wearer, this guide section will determine the length of your final result.
STEP 3: BACK AND SIDE ZONE
Once the occipital bone is reached, we connect the length with the side area, working with horizontal sections that flow from the back to the front. Make sure that the first section contains sufficient hair to give definitions to the line, using the hair behind the ear as a guide. Compensation for the protrusion of the ear is essential for the strength of the line.
STEP 4: BACK AND SIDE ZONE
Moving on to the other side we repeat the exact same sectioning and cutting procedure, making sure that our body position is in the correct place to mirror the same length and cutting angle of the other side, maintaining a proportioned flow all around.
STEP 5: CROWN AND TOP ZONE
Now that the side and back have been shaped and the length is defined, approach the top area connecting the remaining length. Using the same cutting method applied on the side area, comb the hair down with low tension and cut a line maintaining the length. Repeat the same process on the other side. It's important to maintain the same tension, elevation and cutting angle to ensure there’s an even build-up of length all around.
STEP 6: STYLING AND DRYING PROCESS
Place your section Clips gently through the head, in order to control the proportion of the dry as well as the natural movement and its texture. It will help you rebalance the volume and define the natural wave of the hair.
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To learn more about the most iconic shapes in hair design take a peek at some of their exclusive classes offered below! The ALC digital platform, specifically made for hairdressers, provides a unique educational experience with the ALC team so that everyone can enjoy London's exclusive hair education from anywhere around the world.
BASIC CUTTING COURSE
The BC Course encapsulates the core of ALC Philosophy, providing you with the foundation to access the world of precision cutting techniques.
ADVANCE CUTTING COURSE
The AC Course truly enhances the relationship between beauty and creativity, providing you with innovative techniques and inspiration for your craft.
For even more information about courses and education available visit https://academy.alc.education.