One hairstyle that has an interesting history is the bob. Over the centuries, it’s been very common for women to have long hair but even before the first world war, some women were already taking the fashionable risk of wearing their hair short. Bobs were already worn by actresses in the 1920s but it wasn’t until the 1960s that they became even more popular and accessible to women all thanks to Vidal Sassoon.
Today, with the fashions of the 1960s coming back as a trend, it’s only natural that the bob returns. Now a 2013 hairstyle that allows women to have fun but still look great, the bob works particularly well with a striking colour like platinum blonde (though any colour will still look great).
So if you have a bob (or are thinking about getting one) the next question is how to style it. Smooth and elegant will always look great, but for something very now, very unique and utterly sexy, there’s always the option to rock the bob with messy texture. Taking inspiration from Elena Perminova and Frida Gustavvson’s recent campaign for Neiman Marcus, we’ve consulted our resident hair expert Annika Bowen on how to get a gorgeous bob and style it with tousle and texture. Read on through after the break for the complete how-tos.
Making the the cut
First things first, if you don’t already have a bob cut you’ll have to see your stylist for a good cut. It’s best to go to someone you trust and are comfortable with. If you don’t have a regular stylist you go to, it’s best to ask around for recommendations. Once you’ve chosen your stylist, make sure you bring a picture of the bob cut you want so he or she can use this as a guide. Stylists will cut your hair according to what suits your best so you may not get the exact bob from the picture you brought.
How to style your bob with texture
Bobs may be short but they can still be styled in many different ways. In the case of Elena Perminova, she’s been spotted rocking her bob in a soft and feminine way, with tousle, and heavily textured. According to Annika, here are the best steps to recreate each of these looks:
Softly textured: the girly bob
The first look is for girly, soft hair that’s only subtly textured. Opt for this style if you don’t want to go all out on texture and want something feminine.
Elena Permimova with a girly, softly textured bob.
Frida Gustavsson for Neiman Marcus with softly textured bob.
The bed hair bob
In between girly soft texture and heavy, gritty texture is this style: the bed hair bob. Like all good bed hair, it marries texture with tousle for that just-out-of-bed look.
The heavily textured bob
For a high-impact bob that toes the line between bed hair and beachy texture, you’ll want to try these steps. Elena Perminova rocked hers perfectly with a Louis Vuitton cap, but there are plenty of other ways to show it off – hat or none.
Textured blonde bob on Elena Perminova.
If you have thick hair, divide it into two sections. Take a horizontal section from ear to ear and pin top section up. Start working on the bottom section and repeat same technique on top section. If you don’t want a really thick looking hairstyle, you can leave the bottom section as is and just curl the top one.
Heavily textured bob on Frida Gustavsson for Neiman Marcus.
There you have it: one cut, three different styles. A bob is a fun hairstyle to have and every women should try sporting them at least once in their lives. You’ll find that texture is perfect for the bob, since the shorter hair doesn’t get as weighed down, and it also keeps the style interesting and varied.