If there’s one hair cut that has lasted the test of time it’s the bob which is about to soar into the number one spot for most asked for hairstyle now that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has gone for the chop!
With the press speculating about whether Cheryl has copied Victoria Beckham’s 2007 bobbed style and given it a 1970s on-trend twist (see her Instagram snap – left), we thought we’d take a look at the history of the bob.
At the turn of the century it would have been somewhat shocking to see a woman or child with short hair. Even so, a young girl called Lady Diana Cooper (right) wore her hair bobbed as a child and won admiring glances up until 1914 when, as an English society beauty, she continued to wear her hair in a bobbed style.
By the 1920s the short blunt bob was all the rage and was popularised by film stars Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and Joan Crawford. It was seen as a statement of independence in young women who wore it with a side parting, curled, waved or cut into the nape of the neck.
The bob even became the subject of a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called Bernice Bobs Her Hair which tells the story of a socially isolated girl who becomes a vamp.
Towards the end of the roaring 20s the bob’s popularity began to fade as women tried different looks. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Vidal Sassoon made it popular again with a short and simple bobbed style. Since then the bob has continued to dominate with women across the world opting for a hairstyle that can be worn as a short bob, a long bob (the lob) or even a la Posh Spice (the posh bob or pob)!
If you fancy a bobbed hairstyle, you can rest assured the team a ZIGZAG Hair Studios can help you find a style that will suit your face shape and your lifestyle. Give us a call or book your appointment online here.