3 Steps to Getting the Perfect Femme Fatale Bob

Aug 01, 2013 - by Nick Arrojo

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What do Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Barbara Stanwick, and Nicole Kidman have in common? They all wore an interpretation of the same powerfully sexy style while playing fierce femme fatales. Sultry and stern, a hard-edged long bob with square fringe is just right for a commanding, butt-kicking heroine. The shoulder-dusting length walks the line between long haired femininity and short haired toughness while the bangs place emphasis on seductive eyes and add a touch of noir charm. Get this cinematic look in a few simple steps. –– Laura Martin

Step 1: Ask your stylist for an un-layered cut that hits the top of the shoulder. A slightly graduated edge will create bevel, so the hair turns under instead of flipping out. Bangs should be customized to suite your features, but should sit above the brow to contrast the overall length. A subtle face frame will soften the edge and encourage natural waves for a vintage variation.

Step 2: For a sleek modern finish, apply set and style spray and protective thickening lotion throughout, then run defrizz serum through ends. Blow dry flat with a paddle brush and smooth with a straightening iron.

Step 3: For a wavy vintage finish, mist hair heavily with set and style spray, and dry with a paddle brush. Spritz with holding spray and wind large sections around a styling wand. Brush through to create soft waves and finish with shine spray.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.

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