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 both the change in style and the dead ends left lying on the salon floor. In 2013 the bob again surfaces as a trend – both with a fringe / bangs and without. So if you’re after a new hairstyle for 2013 and beyond, and want to brave the bob, this may just be the time.
Above: Arizona Muse via @titanlight on Twitter, Edie Campbell via @vivalondon_ on Instagram, Karlie Kloss via @Modelinia on Twitter.
The bob haircut returns.
In 2012, there was one type of bob that was really key to the fashion scene: the mod bob. It was all about complimenting the vintage-inspired clothes and beauty looks that were dominating runways and editorials, but it was a style that required full commitment to truly rock.
Moving into 2013, the mod bob is still an option. But the bob as a style also works 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 and modern enough to work across a variety of styles.
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.
Bob hairstyle tutorials / how tos.
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.