If, like us, you've spent the better half of this year in lockdown, it's safe to assume that a trip to the hair salon is first on the agenda, after reemerging into the world again.
And while we patiently wait to cure our hair fatigue with a fresh new 'do, why not spend the time working up the courage to make a dramatic chop?
Enter: the French Girl Bob.
Perfect for the summer seasons, this on-trend hairstyle is a must-have for those after an adventurous change. The style sits at a rather short length, finishing at around cheekbone-level, and can be paired with a front or curtain fringe to complete the look.
But alas, sporting the bob—à la It-girl Taylor LaShae—may not suit every face shape, so it's important to understand how a stylist can make that judgement call, before you commit to the look in the salon chair (and potentially scream sacré bleu).
After all, given the warmer weather headed our way, low-maintenance tresses and leaving your neck open for a fresh breeze is hard to pass up.
"This bob is only for a very small group of people and is best suited for your wash-and-wear women that have a little bit more of a natural curve to their hair," said Joey Scandizzo, Co-Creative Director of ELEVEN Australia, as per ELLE Australia.
As for which shape of face it suits the most, Scandizzo suggests that those with a thinner jaw will benefit from the look the most.
"Curly hair that sits at this length is fantastic for people who want to add width to a thin jaw. Haircuts should be regular at every six weeks, but on the right hair and cut well, it's very wash-and-wear," he advised.
Of course, if you're ready to commit to the 'do, there's a way to ask your stylist for the do without leaving your appointment with a shocking resemblance to Lord Farquaad.
"Ask [your hairdresser] for a slightly graduated face-line bob. It's a textured face-line above-the-jaw bob with a straight cut fringe—that means no rounded edges. Ask for a little bit of graduation along the baseline which creates more width."
When it comes to French Girl Bob upkeep, the style is gloriously low maintenance. Thanks to the dramatic nature of the cut, there's no need to spend hours in front of the mirror fussing over each strand placement. In fact, the messier it looks, the better.
Thinking of channelling your inner femme chic? Scroll on for all the 'French Girl Bob' inspiration you need for a post-lockdown trip the salon.