When the time is right and you feel like making a change, there’s nothing quite as liberating as chopping off your hair into a stylish 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. Making its way into 2015, it comes as an understatement that the bob managed to maintain 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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Celebs getting the chop.
It all started with Karlie Kloss back in late 2013. As soon as the supermodel decided to cut off seven inches of hair, the world couldn’t resist but follow in her footsteps. Nearly a year later and Karlie’s now longer bob hitting below the chin continues to inspire women all around the world. With it being swingy, sexy and surprisingly easy to wear, it’s no wonder the choppy bob became the haircut of 2014, a style that is rapidly building momentum for 2015 as well.
Karlie Kloss at Burberry Prorsum F/W ’13 and Isabel Marant, F/W ’14
Sasha Luss is the other gorgeous supermodel to have said goodbye to her long, platinum blonde tresses this September in order to welcome a fresh amber-gold crop. Luss’ flaxen-auburn shade is expected to get blonder in time, but the stylish choppy bob finished off with a fringe is definitely not going anywhere, which only means there’s more inspiration to come.
Sasha Luss at Rodarte and Tory Burch, F/W ’14
If you’re yet to be convinced that the bob is indeed the cut of the moment, just think about the other big names to have welcomed a makeover in 2014. Amongst them Emma Stone who went for a darling short bob, Lilly Collins who looks delightful with her short new crop, and Jourdan Dunn who added to her sex-appeal with a sleek and fresh chop.
Length & cut for fall / winter ’14-’15.
If you’re in for the change and already decided to cut your hair short or just a few inches shorter this season, you already underwent half the makeover journey. Now you just have to set your mind on the bob style that best complements your features.
Keep in mind that whether hitting above the chin, or above the shoulders, choppy or uneven, in order for a bob haircut to fully morph into a statement hairstyle, you have to commit to put in the work and the right styling products.
Short and longer bob haircuts at Karen Walker and A.F. Vandevorst, F/W ’14
The things you should consider before committing to a cut are:
- your hair type, which will dictate the bob’s length and shape for an overall cut that;s supposed to make the most of your natural hair;
- the time you’re willing to spend working on styling your hair in the morning, which will decide the products you will be using;
- finding the right hair stylist / hairdresser because if the bob is cut well, you can expect it to grow out beautifully for a long time.
Bob haircuts on the runway at Rebecca Taylor and Karen Walker, F/W ’14
Trending bob styles and styling tips.
Straight & sleek bob hairstyles.
Straight, sleek and sharp is bound to look amazing on just anyone as long as your bob haircut of choice has flattering proportions. Here is where simplicity prevails, and the styling process shouldn’t involve more than straightening the locks, going for a deep side-part or a messy center part, and tucking the hair behind the ears for a strong and a tad boyish effect.
You can play with a dual textured effect, or faux fringes to further infuse the looks with your personality.
Sleek and straight bob hairstyles at Just Cavalli and Miu Miu, F/W ’14
The wet-look hair is perhaps the most accessible of the styling options expected to transition into 2015. Trust the wet finish to instantly elevate the bob haircut and add to its versatility.
The most relevant wet-look bobs to have walked the fall 2014 runways shared the same defining elements:
- high shine;
- dual texture, being almost wet in front, but tousled and wiped at the back;
- sculpted fronts for added height with the hair kept back off the face.
Wet-look bob hairstyles at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Philosophy, F/W ’14
Messy bob hairstyles.
Decidedly more dramatic, but coming across as unfussy and undemanding at the same time, the messy bed-hair texture trove on the fall 2014 runways as if to update the classic bob haircut into an infinitely edgier style.
One great thing about messy bobs is that they do a wonderful job in complementing both the natural, bare face, and the girl gone wild approach to beauty. The other great thing is that they can be styled in infinite new ways: to look undone, to carry a wispy quality or a natural feel, to play upon volume or dual texture, to appear laid-back or a bit retro.
Messy bob hairstyles at Theyskens Theory and Simonetta Ravizza, F/W ’14
What this season brought along in terms of styling the bob haircut is a return to innocence and femininity, an attitude enclosed in soft, barely-noticeable waves perfected with a sultry attitude and a slightly undone finish.
To emulate these styles and capture their effortless feel, choose to create a light wave in the front to frame the face, keeping the back of the hair smooth and straight. Fore more of a youthful feel choose to play with fluid, bouncing mermaid waves that look beautiful without being too done.
Bob hairstyles at Blugirl and Mary Katrantzou, F/W ’14
Gathering inspiration either form the mod ’60s or the grungy ’90s, trust the bob to be made anew all throughout 2014 and 2015 with something as beautiful as some pertinent retro accents.
Go for a beachy texture, a deep side-part and faux-bangs to complete the ‘60s London bad girl look, or opt for messy waves tucked behind the ears, a center part and deep red lips to obtain a grungy, but polished bob hairstyle.
Bob hairstyles at Peter Som and Max Mara, F/W ’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.