Hey Ladies and Gents! The Spring is here. As we shed those layers of clothing from the bitter winter, its also a good time to shed some hair! From the runway to the red carpet, models to celebrities are showing up with the trendy shoulder-sweeping long bob. From sexy tousles to blunt styles, make yourself over with a wearable take on the classic short bob haircut. The long bob is here to stay….
The big trend – the lob (long bob), not long hair, not short hair, but cut somewhat blunt and just above the shoulders.It’s a short hair look without the commitment; you can grow out quickly. You can be a platinum blonde to a raven brunette. Many have been sporting the lob style with highlights and the ombre effect. Pick a color that works for you and a length that fits your bone structure.
Here are the rules of getting this coveted hairstyle:
1. Longer bobs can look “blockish” like a helmut if cut too blunt. Stacked layers in the back add dimension.
2. A bob can’t be too layered, or it’s not a bob. You will get a more edgy look if you ask the stylist to thin out the ends with scissors or a razor.
3. Ask the hair stylist to make your bob slightly shorter in the back to give dimension and movement.
4. This cut works on straight and wavy hair. It’s a versatile cut because you can wear it wavy or flat-ironed and even with a blunt cut bang.
The bob originated prior to World War I worn by young fashionable girls and actresses. But the style was not considered generally respectable until given impetus by the inconvenience of long hair to girls engaged in war work. As women joined the workforce and no longer had time for pin curls and straightening irons. Cropped hair became of badge of freedom, rebellion, and independence for working women who had also just gained the right to vote.
Anyone with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob. Here are some tips to abide by:
- Face shape. If you have a round face, a lob is the best bob option for you, elongating the neck. Bangs will cut the roundness of the face. Someone with a very square face shape will look better with a layered lob, especially around the face framing area, as this gives a more textured look. Whereas someone with a longer, more oval face shape will look great with a lob that has a fringe or side-swept bangs to accommodate for the long length of the face.”
- Texture. When it comes to hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair. For thicker hair types, I love to use razors or thinning shears to give a strong but lived-in look to the lob. These tools enhance the hair texture and make the look effortless and wearable.
- Fine hair. If you have fine hair, ask your stylist for a “graduated bob,” which are stacked layers cut shorter in the back, longer in the front that give hair needed body and height at the crown. The emphasis there is on soft, not heavy, layers.
- Curls. If you have curly hair, a bob will turn into a triangle on you, unless you get layers cut in and the ends texturized.
Styling/Styling tools. I would recommend starting with a clean blowout with finishing cream to prevent any frizz or stray hairs. A non frizz serum is necessary for the curly haired ladies mentioned earlier. For ladies with straight fine hair try a volumizing spray. After create loose curls with your curling iron, leaving the ends undone so they are straight at the bottom. For a more polished look, you may need a great flat iron to keep your bob in phenomenal shape. Before using a flat iron, spritz on a styling spray that is formulated to act as a protector against heat.