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The idea of a bowl cut may cause an immediate feeling of panic and images of childhood friends -- boys, no less -- with the style also referred to as "mushroom cut." Granted, such trauma is not unexpected, but pause for a moment and remember that with blast-from-the-past looks always comes a fresh, modern interpretation. The new bowl-meets-bob hybrid is chic and perfect for a girl who likes a no-frills, modern approach to the short haircut.
Shaggy Bowl Bob
If you're a fan of a rocker-chick look and are trying to figure out how to blend the prepster bowl cut with an edgy bob, the shaggy bowl bob is for you. The shaggy bob is reminiscent of Joan Jett's iconic coif, only not quite so long. Ask your stylist for a deconstructed bowl cut complete with shaggy, textured ends, extra length around the neck and wispy sideburns. You can still achieve the general shape but with a messier vibe.
If you visualize the perfect hybrid between a bowl cut and a bob, you've got yourself a modern classic -- a new take on a retro look. With a length that lands near your jawline, the shape is like a bowl tilted back a bit on your head. Cut in a circular silhouette around your face, this is ideal for super-straight hair. Once your hair dresser completes the heavy-bangs look, go for a sleek appearance by wearing your over-the-eyebrow bangs straight across with hair pulled forward from the crown.
Choppy Bowl Bob
If you prefer movement and hard lines in your hair rather than the bowl cut's mushroomesque round nature, opt for a choppy bowl bob. Beginning just above your jawline, your stylist will create a graduated cut that stacks softly for an angle just north of your eyebrow line. Rather than straight-across bangs, this look incorporates choppy ends and bangs, adding visual movement and versatility to the style. Sweep your bangs to either side, or wear them straight across.
Referred to as the "he bob" by beauty editors, this look is heavily inspired by a classic men's hairstyle, but with a feminine touch. A shrunken version of a classic bowl-meets-bob style, this look is tapered at the sideburns and back, with tons of volume on the top of your head rather than hair falling to your jawline. Because this look is mostly one length with a few texturized pieces throughout, you can style your hair with a side part, all forward or with your piecey bangs going one direction and the hair just behind draped over your bangs to the other side. This look is clean-cut and high impact.