Curly Wedge Cut for Short Hair

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Sassy and flirty, the curly wedge bob has been a favorite among fashion-conscious women for decades. Not only is the timeless style easy to set in the mornings -- a spritz of water and a quick comb-through -- it is easy to maintain for the long term. If you crave a no-muss, no-fuss style, the wedged bob can accommodate.

The Look

The curly wedge is a simple cut that can look dramatically different depending on how long or short your hair is. At chin length, the cut looks like any classic bob but with a little added volume at the bottom. When you take it short -- mid-ear or shorter -- it starts taking on a completely different look. The curly wedge at this point looks more like a traditional wedge haircut complete with an '80s weight line in the back.

The Cut

Cutting a wedge is pretty basic. It's a blunt cut, meaning that all of the hair is cut to the same length; there aren't any layers. To get the wedge effect, stylists make cuts while holding the hair at an angle from the scalp. They pull the hair down in sections and hold each section at an elevation of about 45 degrees from the scalp.

The Style

To style a curly wedge 'do, all you have to do wet it down, comb it with a wide-toothed comb, mousse it and go. If you must dry, you can dry the curls with a blow dryer set on low heat, but use the diffuser attachment so you don't frizz out your curl. Fluff with your fingers and finish off with a little spray.

Maintenance

If your curls are natural, you're one step ahead of the game. If not, you have to get artificial curls -- a.k.a. perms -- put in your hair about every three months. Get a trim about once every six to eight weeks. Remove 1/2 inch to an inch with each trim to maintain length.

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