Would you like a fresh cutlet? One cut we’ve fallen hard for is the jawbone. It’s short, it’s sexy, it’s off the shoulder, but it’s also super cute. And it happens to be made for autumn.
Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually the perfect time to get a bob cut. Intuitively, many of us like to go shorter for summer, but these are the months when a little extra length means that you can tie the party out of the way. . When it gets colder? This is when we start bulking up on layers like chunky knits and scarves, so cutting our hair out of the way works well.
One bob in particular is perfect for this. Yep, jawbone bob. Connected higher with a few extra inches skimmed off, it’s ideal for turtleneck weather as it falls right over high necklines and collars and means the bottom of the cut is still visible. Because of this, it works beautifully if the edge is cut clean, crisp and softly blunt.
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#1 Jawbone Bob
Be warned though, to keep the shape looking super fresh, you will need to commit to some maintenance. “To keep this uber cool style up you need to keep up with your regular trims and shape ups as once it grows out you will really notice and the hair can tend to fly out and get wild,” explains Dom Seeley, top celebrity hairstylist and international creative director of ColorWow hair. “This is the key indicator that you are ready for the shape and length to be cut.”
It can work on most textures, but you’ll need to tweak it to work best for you. “Straight to wavy hair requires minimal effort, and you can go for a lived-in French-girl style where most of the hard work is done for you,” says Dom. “Curly textured hair needs to work into shape to lie and sit right at the jawbone,” says Dom, so a curl-by-curl cut can work beautifully.
#2 Deep Side Jawbone Bob
As for the shape, “a jaw-length bob is a statement piece, so wear it with confidence so the style doesn’t wear you out,” says Dom. Or to make it a little more gentle, Dom recommends introducing light layers or soft fringes. “Think ’70s or ’90s for inspo,” he says. “Either tousled and flicked out (like the ’70s) or layered and flipped (like the ’90s). These are the main decade-long hair trend revivals we’re seeing, so the same goes when you’re styling and you’re going for the jawbone .”
#3 Wavy Jawbone Bob
And apply a little tailoring. “Ask your stylist to work with your face shape and tell them your personal style, what you wear and how your lifestyle plays out. This will help your stylist choose a shape that suits you personally that is still within the jawbone bob camp. It might need texture, it might need to be blunt, you might need a fringe or layers to open up your face,” says Dom. He recommends attending your salon appointment with your hair in its natural texture, “that way your stylist can see how your hair behaves without the help of heat, tools and products, and they can see the natural growth patterns. All in all this will help them create the perfect jawbone length crop for you,” he says.
When it comes to styling, “it’s totally your call,” says Dom. You can wear it natural and air dry during the day. If so, “use products to help with the style and hold the natural wave patterns so it dries into the desired shape,” says Dom. “So save your heated tool for your evenings, dinners and date nights,” says Dom. “I always say any texture is great texture, so add volume or waves and flip your parting to play and have fun.” His trick to keeping the waves feeling modern is to switch the direction of the waves to help them feel more lived in.
#4 Straight Jawbone Bob
And to make a smooth statement, “nothing beats a sleek, straight, incredibly shiny bob that has the weight and swoosh we all love,” he says. “Smooth the hair through with a flat iron or a smooth blowout to lock in place.” For a ’90s blow-dried finish, “get creative with your hair dryer and use rollers to set a full blowout,” says Dom for supermodel volume. Dom recommends ColorWow’s Extra Mist-ical shine spray for both. “It will give an incredibly light shine and also protect against heat, so it’s great to use with heated styling tools and as a finishing product to give glass like shine,” he says.
And the icing on the cake is a beautiful hair color. “I love a chunky face frame as it can add dimension and softness if a one-length shape feels too strong,” advises Dom. “It’s a modern way to keep it chic but low maintenance if you don’t want to commit to a full color.” In addition to tactical highlights, “play with fall tones. Coppers and reds are huge at the moment. Keep it rich and chic by choosing darker shades, or make an impact by going platinum blonde,” says Dom.