The bob hairstyle has evolved slowly but steadily for over the last 100 odd years that it has been around. This is an uber sexy hairstyle which gives women a sexy and an impish look. An extremely versatile hairstyle, there are many variations to the simple bob haircut to suit women with different hair textures.
In fact women with short, medium or long hair as well as those with silky, coarse, curly or straight hair can experiment with different types of bob hairstyles.
The Uber Chic Bob Haircut
Many Hollywood celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes have popularized the bob hairstyle. The bob hairstyle which has been around since the early 1900’s has seen a resurgence in popularity in the recent years.
This is an extremely exciting, easy to manage and simple hairstyle which can be worn with élan by almost any woman. In fact one can confidently say that the bob hairstyle looks good on young and older women alike.
History of the Bob Hairstyle
The super elegant bob hairstyle created a buzz among the fashionistas of London as far back as 1908. A Frenchman, Marcel Grateau, was the one who introduced to the world this sensational new hairstyle. Later the French Actress Eva Lavaliere popularized this haircut.
The elegantly coiffed hairstyles of the Edwardian period were slowly replaced by the more modern, simpler and easier to maintain hairstyles like the bob haircut. In fact in the early 20th century, women sported this hairstyle as an act of defiance. The bob hairstyle also symbolized the new found freedom that women were enjoying.
Later on the bob hairstyle was popularized by the legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. Currently with Victoria Beckham sporting a stylish bob, this hairstyle has become an absolute rage among trend setting women.
Types of Bob Hairstyles
Women are enamored by the bob hairstyle because they can be customized to suit individual face shapes and hair type. You can experiment with the length of the bob haircut or make changes to give you a sharper or a more feminine look. The looks which can be created with a bob haircut are endless. From heroine chic to femme fatale play around with the bob hairstyle to get a look that is best suited for you.
This particular bob hairstyle has been designed to suit all face shapes- round, angled- and all types of hair as well. Women with curly hair, as also those who have long silky straight hair can wear this bob with panache.
If you have a high forehead, you can even team up the layered bob with bangs. However the layered bob for this season are the ones which are worn without any styling gels, side parted sans any bangs. This particular bob hairstyle gives a very versatile and contemporary look to the wearer.
This variation of the bob haircut is more suited for women with rounder faces. The angled bob helps to take away the attention from the roundness of the face because of its sharp lines.
One of the most popular bobs of 2011, the angled bob looks good on slightly longer and straight hair. This particular bob hairstyle is created by cutting the hair in straight lines at the back while adding several angular layers at the front. For women who like to highlight their hair, this particular bob haircut gives them an ultra glamorous look.
As you flip through fashions magazines, you will come across many models sporting the asymmetrical bob. In fact many of your friends may be sporting this bob currently.
Women who are looking for a shorter bob haircut should definitely try out the asymmetrical bob. The asymmetrical bib got its name because of the way the hair is cut. The hair is cut extremely short at the back and kept longer at the sides. If you like to wear bangs you can create an asymmetrical look for that as well by cutting the hair longer on one side and shorter on the other.
The inverted bob is just that. Unlike the regular bobs where the hair is cut shorter at the back and longer at the front the inverted bob keeps the hair very short at the back and instead keeps it long at the front.
The inverted bob is also known as the reverse bob or ‘The Pob’. The best way for you to visualize the inverted bob is to think of the hairstyle that Victoria Beckham was sporting. You can where ‘The Pob’ with or without bangs.
Choppy Bob Hairstyle
If are looking for a stylish bob hairstyle that can add a fun element to your character, then go in for the choppy bob.
This is basically a variation of the traditional bob haircut where the hair is snipped to give it a choppy look. You can add a further element of fun to your choppy hairstyle by adding a graduated cut and some bold and funky hair color.
Bob Hairstyles on Curly Hair
Even women with curly hair can opt for the very smart bob hairstyle. For curly hair women slightly longer bobs look better than extremely short bob haircuts.
Very short bobs can give the face an almost triangular appearance. So instead go in for the slightly longer bob which works extremely well on very curly hair.
Managing Your Bob Hairstyle
Whatever your bob haircut, be it the angle bob or the inverted bob, some effort goes into making your bob look sleek and stylish. To give that sleek look to your bob haircut, it is important to keep your hair well moisturized. Use a good moisturizing shampoo on your bob cut to prevent the hair from becoming dry and frizzy.
If you have colored your hair as well, then use a shampoo which will enhance the hair color. After shampooing your hair use a blow dryer on medium heat along with a medium sized round brush to give the hair a sleek and smooth look. For that added sleek look you can even spray on leave in shine into the hair. For a more sculpted style you can use a flat iron on your bob.