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New Mommy Make-Over: Becca (2)

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The Hair:
As mentioned above, Becca arrived with long hair (down between her shoulder-blades) which she had taken to wearing up in a twist because she just didn’t know what to do with it any longer. The ends still had grown-out color from the previous summer and Becca wanted a change. I’ve always been hesitant to cut hair too short, especially when the client has such long hair. The client usually begins to regret the choice as soon as she sees the results.
Because of this I opted to err on the side of caution, and adapted the style Becca selected by making it a couple of inches longer than the photograph I was working from. Her hair has a soft natural wave, meaning that the loss of length would allow for more curvature in the hair, so the back-angled layering allowed the hair to follow its own natural curve. I was glad of having opted to keep the hair longer, because halfway through the cut Becca stated that she hoped to still be able to pull the hair back into a ponytail.
For the basics of this haircut, see the previously posted article on the “Back Angled Bob” here on Hairfinder. The difference here is the lower sections of the hair were cut to a longer length, while the upper sections were layered in the traditional “back angled bob” style. Although the photo called for it, after seeing the resulting cut, Becca asked not to have the razor-texturing done, saying that she didn’t feel it was needed.
I styled the finished cut by applying a little strengthening lotion to protect the hair during the blow-drying process and then blew the hair dry using a round brush to keep a soft curve and turn the ends in the desired direction. Afterward, I used a light spray laminator to give the hair a touch more shine. At that point, of course, Becca proceeded to adjust the styling to suit her habit. {grin}
I explained that in addition to now simply needing to be blown out with a round brush after shampooing, that her new cut would work really well with curls if she wanted to dress it up for any occasion. Any of you out there thinking of a similar style might consider adding curls sometime to give the look a new twist. The layering allows for a lot of added volume with the curls and using large rollers at the top decreasing in size to mid-sized rollers at the base of the head makes for a full-bodied style that works for most every social function.
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