Many people get the misconception that ‘the bob’ refers to a hair style that is bluntly cut right above the shoulders, with bangs (think Anna Wintour). But in fact, the length of a bob can reach all the way to your shoulders and it can be as short as a pixie cut.
Time for a trip to the hair salon shop! Seen across the runways and famous for being one of the easiest haircuts to maintain, the bob has been a go-to for women across the globe for generations. Sexy and diverse this haircut has been worn on everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to Dakota Johnson and Karlie Kloss. But how do you look like these icons when you get your bob? And how do you take your bob from a spring blowout to winter sleek?
The truth is, whatever look you are going for, the bob can be not only be the best accessory but also a great way to stand out from the crowd. In this post, we will learn about the bob and how to style it. We are going to cover the different bob cuts for your face shape, four ways to style your bob, and how to take your bob from Spring to Fall. So lets not waist any more time bobbing around!
How to Get The Most Bob For Your Buck:
When going to the salon make sure you know what you want before you get there. If your not sure what length bob you should get, here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
First, look in the mirror, take the ends of your hair and fold them up and behind your shoulders so that you can get a look of how that length hair would look on you.
If your face has a round shape a longer bob will look better on you. This is because your cheeks are not well defined, a longer bob will really frame your face and give you a nice shape. I would recommend shoulder length.
If your face is on the pointy side, you have chiseled cheek bones, or slim features, go for a shorter bob. Just beware not to go too short or you will end up looking like Tinker Bell. I would suggest a medium length bob, like Grace Kelly but with a modern twist.
If your face looks square, then the short bob is for you. However, I would not go totally short, maybe it’s just because I have never liked that look.
How to Style Your Bob:
Tousled Parisian Chic – Think Meg Ryan in French Kiss. This playful French look is not only attractive, it’s also easy to achieve. Here’s all you have to do. First, wash your hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Then, let your dry naturally. Once it is about 80% dry, add an ocean mist spray, comb your fingers through your hair, and let it air dry the rest of the way.
Sophisticated Silky Trim – This look is perfect for a high class event. It has been seen on multiple runways, and was most recently featured in the Chanel Fall-Winter 2015/16 Haute Couture Show. Here is how to get it. First, wash your hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Then, using a round brush, dry your hair in small sections by blow-drying it from your scalp all the way to the ends. Lastly, flatiron your hair. To finish the look, part down the center, and add a hair oil or cream.
Side Smooth Bun – If you want a quick yet smart look, then bun is for you. Perfect for a longer bob, this is the easiest hairstyle to rock when you have second day hair and you just want to run out the door but still look put together. First, if it is necessary, wash and dry your hair. Then, flatiron any curls or waves and apply a smoothing serum. After that, part your hair to the side. A part which is located right above the center of your eye makes for the best look. Finally, pull your hair back into a tight ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Then, take the ponytail and twist it around, tucking in any stray hairs and bobby pinning in place.
Modish Gentle Waves – Simple and straight to the point this Italian classic is great for day and night. First, wash your hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Then, dry your hair (Blowdryer is optional). Then, separate hair into sections and style using a waving iron. Finally, scrunch in a styling cream to give your hair extra shine and keep it looking fresh.
How to Take Your Bob From Season to Season:
A lot of people don’t end up getting a bob because they don’t know how they would style it in the colder months. But Winter clothes actually go great with a cute bob!
Spring – Spring is the perfect time to try new things and see what works for you. Ditch makeup and have your hair be the main focus. If you’re a brunette you might try going a little lighter, even if only for a few days. Wear bright colors like blue and make a statement with colors like red to make that bob pop.
Summer – A bob is perfect in Summertime when its humid and you’re sweating. Toss that frizzy bob up in a bun, slip into a light dress, and throw on a pair of pumps. Go for pale colors like white, beige, and grey. Keep cool in bodysuits and tank tops around the house.
Autumn – Time to take your bob down and show it off! Let your hair be natural. Don’t be afraid to be yourself this fall. Take your cue from Jane Birkin and pair your bob with a vintage pair of mom jeans and a classic button up.
Winter – Walking in a winter wonderland… with perfect hair of course. Look fierce this winter with a sharply cut straight bob and knee high boots! Keep your colors simple to really make your hair stand out, wear blacks and dark colors to match the winter setting! Remember to bundle up and keep warm.
I hope that this short post has helped you decide whether you want a bob, and if you do get one, how to make it work.