Patricia Arquette's Short BobEver since gaining notice in 1987 in the third installment of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series (her second film), Patricia Arquette has developed a fan base that is as loyal as they are diverse. Taking on roles in projects that seem to alternate between independent cult films and mainstream blockbusters, Ms. Arquette is a remarkably talented woman who always looks lovely.
In the photo above, the Emmy winner is wearing her hair in a classic bob-with-bangs style. This is a style that is easy to maintain and can work well for a variety of face shapes. In Ms. Arquette's case, her face is long and her slim nose and small mouth exacerbate the problem. This style flatters by having the overall length fall about a half-inch above the point of her chin, while the bangs mask her high forehead.
The horizontal lines created by the cut line at the chin and across the forehead give an illusion of width that balances the narrow line of her face. The style works wonderfully with Ms. Arquette's fine-textured, straight hair.
This carefully-executed geometric style is created by lowering the hair in sections and cutting the hair at zero degrees of elevation. The sectioning is especially important in cutting this style for someone who has very thick or coarse hair. The hair needs to be kept damp at all times, and must be held - again, at zero elevation - with no tension when cutting. Keeping it damp will help you to keep control of the hair (especially with fine or wavy hair) and help ensure that the ends are cut evenly.
After your initial cuts on the perimeter and lowest section, the hair should be let down one-half of a section at a time and the original cuts should be used as a guide to which the upper sections should be cut. Be sure to hold your scissors perfectly flat as you make the cuts, since angling them will result in unevenness in the finished hairstyle.