The classy bob has been on the list of hair-styles-of-choice for many women since time immemorial.
In this article, we will outline what type of bobs work best on which face shape and why.
While anyone with a neck and nice jawline will look good in a bob, there are some rules to abide by before having a chop or a snip.
First things first, know the shape of your face. Round faces are best suited with long or blunt shaped bobs.
Next, know the texture of your hair; bobs work best on thin to medium-thick hair.
Having curly hair means that a bob could turn into a triangle on you; but the perfect bob with curly hair can be achieved by cutting your hair in layers and having the ends texturized.
You also need to get a good quality flat iron or hair straightener to keep your bob smooth and in its best shape.
According to New York salon owner and author Eva Scrivo, bobs originated in Europe and the USA during and just after World War I as women joined the workforce and no longer had time for pin curls, monotonous brushing of long hair and burning themselves (and their hair) with straightening irons.
Back then, cropped hair became a sort of badge of freedom, rebellion and independence for working or bold-minded wealthy women.
For me and some of my sisters with ethnic hair, when someone speaks of getting a bob, what immediately comes to mind is that we cannot afford to cut hair that we spent months (or years) growing and there is maybe a need to perm or relax (with chemicals) our hair to get that right ‘bob’ look (depending on hair texture and thickness).
In fact, some of my friends said that getting a bob is for Caucasian ladies or those with hair that is naturally straight and that those of us with the thickly curled ethnic hair must just stick to our braids, dreads or permed curls.
Fortunately for us, more and more African American celebrities have shown those of us with natural hair, that we can get the bob look too.
Ladies, there are great bob style wigs and those of us desiring only natural hair dos can change up once-in-a-while by cornrowing our hair, firmly attaching that great bobbed wig and hitting the town with a bang.
There are many ways to style your bob from the ‘blunt’ to the long bob.
Thanks to ‘Brazilian’ 100% human hair and Peruvian hair that can be a part of a hair weave, we can now look just as great as Tyra Banks, Cameron Diaz, Halle Barry or Jennifer Aniston who have all been hailed for how good they look with bobbed hair.
The blunt bob is all about having your edges and bangs as blunt (straight line, un-layered) as possible. This style works well on oval, heart and long face shapes, but is unflattering for a round or square shape.
There is also the graduated bob, which is shorter in the back and longer in the front. If you do prefer this style ask your hairstylist to cut your hair so that your bob hits just an inch or two below your jaw.
A bob that hits right at the jawline is especially unflattering for square faces as they tend to have stronger jaws making the face appear ‘boxy’.
One would think that someone with an oval face can get away with anything when it comes to getting a bob, but this is not the case.
If you have an oval or ‘long-ish’ face, consider getting a sophisticated bob whose angles show off a strong jaw and hits just a little under your jawline.
However, you must be careful as not to keep the cut too stiff. If it looks too stiff, add some layers to it so the bob has movement and does not make you look like you’re wearing a helmet.
If you have a wide forehead or a receded hairline, ask for long bangs.
Other ‘bobbed’ hair styles include the pageboy which was created in the 1920s and revived in the 70s. This is one of the easiest bobs to maintain, and it can give the face some edge if coupled with bangs for a long face.
The fringe as a bob cut, which is one of my favorites, suits a heart-shaped, long or round face while the angled bob allows for one to change their look by just sweeping their bangs over their forehead. It is great for softening strong jawlines on square faces.
The long bob (worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell) is universally flattering on all face shapes. It gives a round face angles and structure.
Make it fun by getting long layers cut in to add texture. Cutting hair at an angle along the line of the jaw makes this cut look sexy and modern.
If you have a square face, but want the long bob, try parting your hair in the center. It is important to note that if you are going to attempt to wear a bob, do so after consulting a talented hairstylist on what style best suits your face.
You really should not do this hair bob at home on your own, at least for the first cut. Once you’ve worn it for a while, you may (with consultations with your hair dresser) be able to upkeep your ‘do’ at home, but go slowly and use sharp scissors and other good quality tools.