Bob hairstyles are in no danger of going out of style. Many celebrities (hello Jennifer Lawrence!) are continuing to cut off their long locks for chin-grazing bobs and the longer "demi-bobs" or long bobs. Bobs, in fact, are so popular, they not only made my list of the 20 Hottest Hairstyle Trends of the Year, they were THE most popular trend on the list.
In this gallery, I feature my favorite bob hairstyles. But first, a bit of history on the bob.
According to NYC salon owner Eva Scrivo in her book, "Eva Scrivo on Beauty" (buy it from Amazon) the bob originated during World War I as women joined the workforce and no longer had time for pin curls and straightening irons. "Cropped hair became of badge of freedom, rebellion, and independence for working women who had also just gained the right to vote," Scrivo writes.
So who can wear the bob? Anyone with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob. Here are some tips to abide by:
- Face shape. If you have a round face, a long bob is the best bob option for you.
- Texture. When it comes to hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair.
- Curls. If you have curly hair, a bob will turn into a triangle on you, unless you get layers cut in and the ends texturized (see photos of short, curly hairstyles that are adorable).
- Fine hair. If you have fine hair, ask your stylist for a "graduated bob," which are stacked layers cut shorter in the back, longer in the front that give hair needed body and height at the crown.
- Styling tools. You may need a great flat iron to keep your bob in phenomenal shape. See my list of the best flat irons. Before using a flat iron, spritz on a styling spray that is formulated to act as a protector against heat.
Find out which bobs work best on various face shapes. You might be surprised.
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