We’ve seen a number of top models in recent moths chopping of their hair and stepping out with chin-length bob hairstyles, prompting us to agree that the bob should sit amoung the list of covetable 2013 hair trends. Of course, that’s not to say a bob is for everyone. Far from.
If you do want to brave a bob for the first time, or return to one this year, do consider that there are a few options in terms of length. One such option is a long bob, or shoulder-length bob.
Longer bob: Valerija Kelava for Woolmark.
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 off too much length.
But how to style it?
Shoulder length bob without bangs
Any kind of bob is a statement in and of itself: crisp, clean, sophisticated… So even without the addition of any extras – like bangs – you can have a beautiful style that sits well when worn out.
If the hair sits just longer than the shoulders, one great style is to let it flick up a little at the ends. A bit of body and bounce, and you’ve got a hint of retro flair seeping into your look. A perfect example is style blogger Doina Ciobanu, who recently swapped to a shoulder-length bob that sits beautifully when side-swept and curled up gently at the ends. To get this kind of perfect styling you can use either a round brush and blowdryer, or some hot rollers.
Style blogger Doina Ciobanu with a shoulder-length bob hairstyle
Of course, if your hair is naturally curly there’s more work involved in achieving this style so be prepared to do some blow-drying and/or straightening, or to rock some messy waves.
Long bob with bangs
You may have noticed plenty of models and celebrities are again returning to hairstyles with bangs. A fringe / bangs is one great way of keeping a mid-length hairstyle interesting. It could be a more wispy style (like Anja Rubik’s, below), or even better, a set of thick, blunt bangs to match with your blunt-cut shoulder-length bob.
Anja Rubik in Elle UK, Febuary 2013
For more takes on the bob and how to style it, visit our bob hairstyles page at that link.