I presented my catalogue of Pinterest-sourced snaps to Lotte - George's right-hand woman - who remained patient even while viewing the 45th inspiration photo and listening to me spew contradictory adjectives: 'blunt and shaggy', 'short but medium-length', etc. etc. She even counselled me through a moment of hair cutting crisis, offering me the option of one of her signature braids rather than a dramatic chop. After confirming that I did in fact want to shed my mermaid-like locks and talking me through exactly what the cut would entail, she started work on my Break Up Lob.
The key to this cut - a George Northwood signature - is that it's slightly longer at the front (though crucially, not asymmetric by Posh Spice proportions) and features invisible layering at the ends. That's the secret to Rosie Huntington's swish and Alexa Chung's shag, and what happily unleashed new life into my old 'do. Lotte finished with an artful twirling of tongs - the GHD Curve to be exact - something I've been attempting to recreate ever since.
Call it hair karma, but the dawning of my lob has coincided with some positive life changes (not least of all the fact I spend considerably less time with my hair dryer each morning). Coco was right.
Thanks George Northwood and lovely Lotte for the new 'do!
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*Hair cut courtesy of George Northwood.