Trendlooks 2016

Everybody Loves the Bob!

Peaches Geldof’s Bob Haircut
It-girl Peaches Geldof demonstrates how soft and feminine the bob haircut can look
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The bob always looks great, is convenient, easy to maintain and definitely on trend. This hairstyle is arguably the most casual on the planet. The bob haircut can’t be beaten!

  • It started back in the 1920s. Women around the globe were fed up with the demands of stereotypical 'femininity'. In a first wave of deliberate non-conformance, women cut their long hair short if only for the reason that it was considered ‘unwomanly’ at the time. Usually, the hair was cut at a level around the bottom of the ear. Add an accurately cut straight fringe and you have the start of the bob, as we know it. In those early days, the bob was called a 'garcon cut', i.e. a 'boy cut'. Short hair does not necessarily take the feminine charm out of a woman, as seen with many stars and icons of the time, such as Coco Chanel and the silent movie star Louise Brooks. Both made a statement with their style – and they did not give up one iota of their femininity.

    Good things can’t be stopped for long. In the 1960s the bob did not just come back in style, it dominated the scene, and it was easy to understand why. Women in the 1960s spent a lot of time and effort getting the water wave look just right. By contrast, the bob did not make such excessive demands on the women who dared wearing it. The bob was easy to style, easy to maintain and did not require elaborate techniques.

  • Designers and Stars Love the Bob Haircut

    To this day, the ease of wear is one of the bob’s best and most appreciated features. Clare Waight Keller, designer for the fashion house Chloé, had the models wear the trendy bob haircut to complement the 2012 spring/summer collection. Many celebrities have now followed in her footsteps and are still trading in their long hairstyles for the more convenient mid-length or short bob haircut. Actress Keira Knightley likes to combine her bob haircut with soft waves, model Agyness Deyn uses the bob haircut as a stylish solution for the transition from her previous boy cut and, of course, Anna Wintour’s classic bob haircut is almost inextricably linked to her personality.

    There are many good things to be said about the bob and its best feature is that it flatters every woman whether her hair is straight, wavy or curly. You may not like the original straight haircut with chin-length hair and straight fringes but they’ve come a long way from the 1960s. There are now long, short and layered bobs, with or without fringes, or even with straight or unevenly cut fringes.

    View our gallery below of stars wearing the bob haircut and some styling tips to achieve their look. Enjoy!

  • Stars Wearing Bob Haircuts

    Keira Knightley's Bob Haircut

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    Keira Knightley's Bob Haircut

    Actress Keira Knightley likes to wear romantic hair styles with the ends curling softly under. To achieve this look, work about a tangerine-sized amount of mousse through the longer front portion of your hair. Blow dry using a rounded brushed, curling the ends under as you go. For extra volume,  simply put some medium-sized rollers into your damp hair before blow-drying. Wait until your hair is completely cool before carefully removing the rollers. Use your fingers to pull your hair into the desired shape.

    Cate Blanchett's Bob Haircut

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    Cate Blanchett's Bob Haircut

    For years, Cate Blanchet has worn her chin-length bob with a slightly shorter side fringe. The bob flatters her features and she always looks well-groomed. Styling this version of the bob is very simple: After shampooing, work a small amount of styling mousse through your hair and then blow-dry your hair while pulling it over a large round brush. This gives hair volume and bounce.

    Erin O'Connor's Bob Haircut

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    Erin O'Connor's Bob Haircut

    British top model Erin O'Connor is known for her fashionable short hair styles. RHowever, recently however, the 33-year old model changed from razor-short hair to a sassy chin-leongth bob with which, which is slightly layered at the sides hair. This not only enhances the her profile of her head, but also draws attention to her striking facial features. FBy the way, fashion tsar guru Karl Lagerfeld has called her “one of the world’s best models”. An accurate haircut is essential for this hair style, which needs to be trimmed every four to six weeks. The daily styling is quite simple. After shampooing, blow-dry your hair while pulling it through a paddle brush. Then distribute roughly a n about pea-sized amount of wax in the palms of your hands before gently stroking them over your hair. This will adds an appealing lustre to your hair.

    Peaches Geldof's Bob Haircut

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    Peaches Geldof's Bob Haircut

    It-girl Peaches Geldof opted for a fuss free bob with the move into motherhood, which is perfect when you are running around after little ones. life is about to change. Recently, the 22-year old had her spokesperson announce that she was having a baby with her lover, S.C.U.M. singer Thomas Cohen. At about the same time, she decided to cut her long mane and wear a chin-long bob instead. She looks great with the bob. Besides, the shorter hair is easier to style and maintain. To style your hair like Peaches’ you only need volumising mousse, large rollers and a blow-dryer. After shampooing, work the volumising mousse into the towel-dry hair. Blow-dry your hair for a little while, but stop while it is stillmake sure to leave it slightly damp. Roll your hair strand by strandsection by section ointo large curlers and the fully bkow-dry it.before blow-drying it. Wait until the hair is cool before you carefully removinge the curlers. Use your fingers to shape your hair while hanging your head upside down. For even more volume you should apply a small amount of hair spray to the hair near the roots. This gives hair additional bounce.

    Agyness Deyn's Bob Haircut

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    Agyness Deyn's Bob Haircut

    In 2007, style icon and top model Agyness Deyn dazzled the fashion world with her boy haircut. Millions of women followed her example and bid farewell to their long hair in favour of a trendy short haircut. Now, five years later, Agyness Deyn’s platinum blonde hair is chin-length. Once again, fashion-conscious people everywhere are thrilled. Agyness Deyn’s casual bob with the slanted long fringes does not only look cool, it is also a great fashion choice. Her hair style not only works for gala events but also for long nights on the dance floor. Her hair style requires nothing but a blow-dryer, a large round brush and an anti-frizz lotion to prevent unwanted curls and frizz. After shampooing, apply the anti-frizz lotion to your hair and comb it through as usual. Blow-dry your hair while pulling it over a large round brush. You may like to apply some hair spray to keep the hair in place for a hard wearing look.

    Anna Wintour's Bob Haircut

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    Anna Wintour's Bob Haircut

    Anna Wintour, fashion diva and editor-in-chief of the US magazine ‘Vogue’, wears the classic version of the bob. Her hair is cut bluntly to chin-length, the fringes do not quite reachsits just above herthe eyebrows, and they areit is cut as straight as the rest of her hair. For her perfect bob Anna Wintour relies on her famous London hair stylist Charlie Chan. His clients call him “the man with the miracle shears”. Years ago, he cut Anna Wintour’s bob and has not been able to talk her into changing this hair style ever since. Anna Wintour likes the bob and wants to keep it. She’s got taste! The hair style is a perfect choice for her filigree facial structure. Hair needs to be shiny and straight for Anna Wintour’s hair style. If your hair is naturally curly you would have to use a flat iron to straighten it. Apply some hair spray for extra gloss and hold. Tip: This hair style looks classy if you turn the tips odf the hair ends slightly inward. This is best done using a curling iron tong or straighteners ononly near the ends.

  • Links:

    Fashion for a trip through hair style history >> ilovevintage.com

    20th Century hair styles >> glamourdaze.blogspot.com