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On principle, both bright-blonde highlights and bangs are high-maintenance — the color requires frequent salon appointments and the cut takes methodical styling techniques. But if there's anyone who can convince us that the perfect summer haircut is a blunt bob with straight-across-the-forehead bangs and a side of full foil, it's the effortlessly cool Carey Mulligan.
At last night's Met Gala, the English actress debuted a chin-skimming bob with wispy bangs and white-blonde highlights, and it's the epitome of the Parisian aesthetic — like she rolled out of bed and onto the red carpet with soft, perfectly tousled, seemingly sun-bleached waves.
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Mulligan's fresh new look comes at the hands of an A-list tag team: hairstylist Jenny Cho (who also gave Lucy Boynton a similar blunt bob) and colorist Abbey Spaulding out of West Hollywood's Mare Salon. Yesterday, Spaulding uploaded this close-up showing off Mulligan's sunny, lived-in highlights, and a peek at her stunning Prada gown.
Just last week, Cho posted a time-lapse video of the actress in the salon chair for her bob cut. The clip shows Cho snipping the Mulligan's ends and giving her a quick blowout that left her newly blonde hair purposefully disheveled — the exact same effortlessly chic style she recreated for the Met.
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Of course, if you've ever had bangs — a long, curtain fringe or a heavier, blunt bang situation — you know that styling them to fall across your forehead just so can be frustratingly impossible. But on Mulligan's fine, blonde hair, Cho made the French-girl bob look effortless with nothing more than a blowdryer (albeit a Dyson) and a little rough finger-tousling.
So, even if you aren't planning on going for a structured A-line bob or very blonde highlights this summer, let us at least recommend a similar French-inspired approach to styling: It's all about that perfectly imperfect finish, à la Mulligan on the steps of the Met.
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