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The Soft Bob


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Francois Fortin, Education Director, at New York City’s Salon Ziba has teamed with colorist Colin Christopher to create a fresh, updated take on the iconic bob, dubbing it The Soft Bob. It’s a modern, breezy look for Spring and Summer. The details…

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“As clients come in for shorter summer looks, variations of the bob rule,” explains Fortin. “Now, though, the style is influenced by the airiness of lobs and texturized elements of tousled looks. For fine-haired clients especially, this remains the most flattering, freshest and most wearable look–and the easiest to style and grow out over time.”

An accomplished master of European cutting techniques and subtle, sexy styles, French-born Fortin created the hybrid Soft-Bob to combine the linear impact of a graphic bob, loosened with subtle layers and softened ends. “It looks and feels as breezy and light as summer itself,” says Fortin. “It combines styling versatility, texture, volume, and sensual movement.”

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“Natural-looking, buttery pastel blondes are especially right this summer,” shares Christopher. “I created the Ray of Sun Balayage technique to accent a wide range of bobs and lobs, inspired by the soft textural accents that Francois cut into the Soft Bob. This  technique makes the color look even richer and more luminous, especially in the summer sun.”

To create Ray of Sun Balayage, he takes large, triangular sections of hair, then paints highlights of corresponding lightener on each one. He uses a signature paintbrush from his local hardware store, which allows him to penetrate color more deeply on the surface of each panel, for a soft, diffuse result. The shimmering look is designed to blend more naturally as it grows out, takes less time to do than traditional full-balayage techniques and can be quickly created–even during your lunch break!

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