With every new season comes the sudden urge to change up one's hair. And after over a year of styling, dying or avoiding at-home, hair stylists are sure to see a surge of limp hair in desperate need of a post-pandemic refresh.
And while the impending decision of "to chop, or not to chop" has many contemplating a riskier trim than usual, there's a flattering trend set to take off this year that your locks—and their grown-out ends—will thank you for.
Enter: the 'paper cut bob'.
Inspired by the ominous-yet-chic style sported by Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl and I Care A Lot, this razor sharp adaptation is like no other bob your tresses have ever seen.
While other bobs tend to lean heavily on natural textures, deep layers and volume to off-set a harsh silhouette, the 'paper cut bob' relies on the knife-like finish to add a level of sophistication, sans an Amazing Amy disappearance.
As for the length, that decision is completely up to the wearer. While a French-inspired chin-grazing bob is très chic, those looking for an option with more versatility—that is, the ability to tie it up or pin it back—may be best sticking to a shoulder-length.
Sporting no layers, the style is perfect for those looking to 'reset' their hair, for those who are ready to bid adieu to their layers. And for those whose tresses are thinner in density, the blunt edge of the 'paper cut bob' tricks the eye, thanks to an illusion that sees the locks appear thicker and more luscious. Need we say more?
Ready to make the chop? Scroll on for 'paper cut bob' inspiration that has the Gone Girl tick of approval.
Diandra MalivindiDiandra Malivindi is the Digital Beauty Writer for ELLE and marie claire Australia.