History of the Bob

Iconic hairstyles – the bob

If there is one hair cut that has lasted the test of time it is the bob.  Whether seen on Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham or Kim Kardashian, the bobbed hair cut remains a classic and versatile style that suits women of all ages.

As one of the most asked-for hair styles in the UK, let’s take a look at the history of this iconic hair cut.

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 (left) 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 short bobbed style.

By the 1920s the short blunt bob was all the rage and was popularised by film stars Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and Joan Crawford.  It was seen as a statement of independence in women who wore it with a side parting and waved.

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 when Vidal Sassoon created his popular sculptured bob.

Sassoon’s iconic sculptured bob

Setting hair trends at mcIntyres salons in Dundee

Today the bob continues to dominate in the style stakes.  Whether worn high on the cheek bone, skimming the jawline or graduated from the nape of the neck, the bob remains one of the most versatile looks around. 

Always at the forefront of hair fashion, the team at mcIntyres can create the perfect hair cut for you, whether it is a bob, asymmetric cut or intricate upstyle.  

 

 

 

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