Bob hairstyles are among the most versatile of all the classic cuts, acting as a staple in women’s fashion over the last century and always at the forefront of cutting-edge style. The look has such a general appeal because it adapts so well to different faces and hair types. Bob cuts may be long, short, symmetric, asymmetric, sleek, or curly. Moreover, you can wear bob styles with or without bangs and accessorized as you like.
A timeless example of a bob cut
It’s generally agreed that bob hair took off in the USA around the year of 1915 as a result of Irene Castle, a prominent ballroom dancer. Wearing the short style to events and performances, Castle’s look quickly spread and was adopted by many fashionable young women who welcomed both its shocking nature and practicality. Consequently, the bob cut became one of the defining 1920s hairstyles and synonymous with young flappers such as Clara Bow and Louise Brooks.
Bob cuts owe their universal appeal to the fact that they can suit almost all women’s faces and hair types, while remaining relatively low maintenance. Over the century since its first appearance, various different bob styles have emerged and moved in and out of fashion. Here we take a look at some of the long-lastingly popular styles.
Layered bob hairstyles look great on straight or curly hair
Layered bob hairstyles are a favored option by those who are looking for a simple but effective choppy short haircut. Perfect for both those with curly or straight hair, layers cut down on the amount of hair that hangs around the face and ensures it sits more lightly around the head rather than the dreaded “triangle” shape.
Matching your haircut to your facial shape is important if you have features you would particularly like to emphasize or hide. For example, people with angular faces should opt for a long bob, or “lob”, to promote their cheekbones and strong jawlines in a way that is flattering and softening to their profile. Meanwhile, shorter chin-length bob cuts are the perfect hairstyle for heart shaped faces, as they frame the wider part of the face and highlight the chin attractively tapering in. Heavy bangs can also be used to shorten the length of the face for those who are concerned about a high forehead.
No matter what kind of bob hair you rock, there are a couple of important care tips you should never forego.
- Get your hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks so as to maintain the specific length and shape that suits you.
- Use a lightweight styling mousse or cream to control frizz and flyaways without weighing the hair down.
- Use a hair dryer and paddle brush to add curl and bounce to bangs or to your ends.
- Short hair gets greasy faster than long hair, so you’ll need to adjust your washing routine. Consider using a dry shampoo on bangs so as to prevent over-washing.