Long hair has long dominated the Western beauty aesthete. It wasn’t until the late 1800s/early 1900s did a “shocking” hairstyle creep into the arena. The bob–a style where hair is typically cut straight around the head at cheek length, topped off with bangs–became a statement of independence and modernity in the 1920s. And although many were skeptical of the style’s longevity, the bob has stuck around as sophisticated, strong, yet elegant look.
To kick off our week of bobs, we’ve selected three ways to wear a classic bob.
Actress Halle Berry appeared on the 2010 September cover of Vogue with a classic cheek length bob, super straight strands, slightly bumped tips and bangs that ended just above her eyebrows.
shorter and rounder
A bob can be varied through the length of the cut. Here, model Naomi Campbell’s bob is cut a little shorter than most. The tips of her bob end just at the start of her cheek bones and have a more severe curl than Halle’s above, creating a more “global” hair silhouette. Her bangs are a little more “wild” as they rest below her eyebrows, decorating her eyelids.
an 80s twist
Although bobs are traditionally created with super straight hair, the style can be cut with layers to create a voluminous look, reminiscent of the electric eighties.
What are some of your favorite bob looks? Tell us in the comments below.