timeless hairstyles

History of the bob – a classic hairstyle

If there’s one hair cut that has lasted the test of time it’s the bob!  It is, quite simply, a classic which is the term for anything timeless, anything which oozes quality… that wonderful meal or that pair of leather brogues. You wear them because you know they have class and always will.

At bhp hairdressing salon in Guiseley, Leeds we believe the classics are the starting point of a hairdressers career and all our stylists are taught to master the techniques pioneered by that master of the bob – Vidal Sassoon. Only then will they have the foundation to create their own style and personality to a cut.

So where did the bobbed hairstyle begin?

At the turn of the century it would have been somewhat shocking to see a woman or child with short hair.  Even so, a young girl called Lady Diana Cooper (right) wore her hair bobbed as a child and won admiring glances up until 1914 when, as an English society beauty, she continued to wear her hair in a bobbed style.

By the 1920s the short blunt bob was all the rage and was popularised by film stars Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and Joan Crawford.  It was seen as a statement of independence in young women who wore it with a side parting, curled, waved or cut into the nape of the neck.

The bob even became the subject of a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called Bernice Bobs Her Hair which tells the story of a socially isolated girl who becomes a vamp.

Towards the end of the roaring ’20s the bob’s popularity began to fade as women tried different looks.  It wasn’t until the 1960s that Vidal Sassoon made it popular again with a short and simple bobbed style (see picture, right).  Since then the bob has continued to dominate with women across the world opting for a hairstyle that can be worn as a short bob, a long bob (the lob), asymmetric or wavy.

Modern bobs & lobs at bhp hair salon in Guiseley, Leeds

If you fancy a bobbed hairstyle, you can rest assured the team at bhp hairdressing in Guiseley, Leeds can help you find a style that will suit your face shape and your lifestyle.

 

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