When the time is right and you need a change, there’s nothing quite as liberating as chopping off your hair into a bob. This process of renewal leaves you feeling fresh – courtesy of both the change in style and the dead ends left lying on the salon floor. In 2014 the bob maintains its relevance as a trend – both with a fringe / bangs and without. So if you’re after a new hairstyle for 2014 and beyond, and want to brave the bob, this may just be the time.
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The bob haircut in 2014.
The bob as a style in 2013 worked its way into fashion in a more basic and flexible way. The trend has paved the way for shoulder length and chin length bob styles that are simple enough to work across a variety of styles. In 2014, the bob haircut is not as much about novelty anymore, as it is about keeping its effortless feel updated in all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, the innovation for the season lies in the myriad of ways allowing you to style the bob and to keep it fresh and pertinent all throughout the year.
Length & cut.
If you’re in for the change and already decided to cut your hair short or just a few inches shorter, you need not worry about choosing between the bob finishing just above the chin, or the shoulder length one, as both styles maintain their strength and modern feel for 2014.
Short and longer bob haircuts at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Versace, S/S ’14
If you’re already rocking a bob and wish only to refresh your look for the new season, you can easily opt for a Paige-boy bob that will only require adding on a fringe and cropping your hair a few inches shorter. The same way, you can grow an existing short bob into a shoulder length style, tipping off the dead ends and reinventing your old look into a completely new ‘do, helped only by a few easy steps.
Bob haircut on the runway at Guy Laroche and Saint Laurent, S/S ’14
Straight & sleek bob hairstyles.
Straight, sleek and sharp, a style that may appear uncomplicated and quite basic, but that in fact hides the power to transform your bob in the most unexpected ways. Taking cues from the runways we saw a quirky straight bob with a fringe at A. Detacher, and a bob style dipped in simplicity with a mussed-up, natural part at Altuzarra.
Sleek and straight bob hairstyles at A.Detacher and Altuzarra, S/S ’14
At Jason Wu spring 2014, Odile Gilbert wanted the hair to look expensive, hence the slick-straight, parted in the middle bob, while at Tommy Hilfiger the bob was all about channeling the active lifestyle of California, with sleek, effortless locks blowing in the wind.
Sleek and straight bob hairstyles at Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger, S/S ’14
The wet-look hair is perhaps the most accessible styling option transitioning into 2014 that allows you to elevate the bob by taking the different path, leading either to a sleek and savage finish, much like the one sported by the models at 3.1 Phillip Lim, or to a dramatic texture like the one we witnessed on the catwalk at Felder Felder spring 2014.
At 3.1 Phillip Lim, Paul Hanlon wanted the models to look as they washed up on a deserted beach, with the hair deconstructed but barring a contemporary feel, diffused dry for a chunky, dreadlock finish. With a collection inspired by the underwater world, it comes as no surprise that the hair at Felder Felder was decidedly a wet look, as well. Jonny Engstrom at Guy Kremer soaked the models hair, sweeping it back off the face, for a look mirroring the same effect obtained when stepping out of the water.
Wet-look bob hairstyles at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Felder Felder, S/S ’14
Messy bob hairstyles.
Decidedly more dramatic, ready to complement the good girl gone bad attitude, the messy bed-hair texture throve on the spring 2014 runways as if to update the classic bob haircut into an infinitely edgier style.
Wild and messy, the bob style at Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2014 went hand in hand with the high-energy accompanying the collection, having the beauty references span over many different decades. At Saint Laurent, the bobs appeared to be built upon the models natural textures, at Jill Stuart the hair was rock and roll, with the bob made modern with a play on texture, while at Vionnet the nearly-dreadlocked bobs served as the perfect contrast to the simple array of clothes shaping the collection.
Messy bob hairstyles at Jean Paul Gaultier, Saint Laurent, Jill Stuart and Vionnet, S/S ’14
Slicked back bob.
A bit Amazonian and a bit sporty, this is how hairstylist Anthony Turner perceived the models at the Anthony Vaccarello spring 2014 presentation. Borrowing inspiration from the early ’90s Cindy Crawford, the hair looked casually combed back away from the face with the fingers, “still uptown, rather than downtown”. At Viktor & Rolf instead, the sides were slicked back for a faux undercut style, keeping the bob within modern punk limits.
Slicked back bobs at Anthony Vaccarello and Viktor & Rolf, S/S ’14
Of course, the whole point of undergoing a drastic change in hairstyle is most of the times strictly related to you trying to differentiate yourself from the others. If the styling fails short, you can always push the boundaries and opt for a cropped fringe to finish off your bob, or go for a brave ombre effect, much like the one sported by the models at Marc Jacobs (forgetting for one instance that the models wore actual wigs).
The nineties vibe defining Carven’s spring 2014 collection was beyond inspiring when it comes to the hairstyling part. A sleek side-parted bob was made exquisite with a single-stranded braid chosen to separate two sections of hair. Creative, distinctive, effortless, the perfect antidote for ordinary hair.
Bob hairstyles at Marc Jacobs and Carven, S/S ’14
Bob hairstyle tutorials / how tos.
Sleek might be a sophisticated way to carry off a bob, but there's always the option to go for a textured finish to mix it up. From a little bit of feminine tousle to all-out texture, here's how to get several variations on the look.
This tutorial is all about creating a vintage-inspired bob – without the need for scissors. A faux-bob that tucks under with pins, it’s a soft bobbed hairstyle perfect for adding accessories to. Follow the link to find out how to create a vintage wavy bob.
Something akin to a modern take on finger waves, this flapper bob is another hairstyle inspired by the 1920s but updated for the now. It’s perfect for those who have the real deal – a bob haircut – but you can also fake it by doing this as a faux bob.
Volume, texture and sex-kitten appeal are the foundations of a great 1960s mod bob. Even if you’re not dedicated to having this style all the time, a bob can shape-shift into a retro feeling style in no time. Follow the link for haircut and styling tips.
Shoulder length hairstyles: tutorials / how tos.
If you’re opting for a shoulder-length bob then you’ll want other styling options apart from keeping it straight and sleek. Here’s one: a longer waved bob with a bit of texture and tousle. Follow the link for the tutorial.
The trend in 2013
The bob hairstyle: who’s wearing it.
When a big name model debuts a dramatic hair change, it’s always big news. Thus Karlie Kloss getting a bob was automatically newsworthy in the short-hair stakes. Karlie’s choppy chin-length bob was cut with a wispy fringe.
Karlie Kloss with a bob. Image: @karliekloss on Twitter
Another example of the bob comes from English model Edie Campbell. Her hair was previously near to waist-length, making this a particularly dramatic change. Like Karlie Kloss, Edie’s bob comes with bangs.
Edie Cambpell debuts her bob
Brazilian model Aline Weber cut her hair to a blunt, chin-length bob during the spring 2013 season. Since then it’s been styled in numerous ways, from mod bob to ultra-modern. If you doubted the versatility of the style, look no further.
Aline Weber with a bob at Paco Rabanne S/S ’13
Shoulder length hair: the bob alternative in 2013.
By definition a bob is short and relatively blunt, but as for the exact length – that’s open to interpretation. If you’re not game to go for an ultra-short flapper style bob, or even a chin-length one, then here’s another option for 2013: the shoulder length bob.
Taking the style of the bob but adding some extra length, a shoulder-length cut with blunt edges gives off a bob vibe without taking out too much length.
Longer bob: Valerija Kelava for Woolmark.