The bob hairstyle is one of those timeless hairstyles that seem to never go out of style, no matter what the current fashion trends are. It was first created in the 1920's and has become fashionable many times since then. Vidal Sassoon is well known for his sculpted adaptation of this style and many think that it originated with him.
A hairstyle is considered a "bob" if it is cut with a weighted area falling from just below the ears to anywhere just below the chin. It works with many facial structures and textures of hair. Bob hairstyles are very versatile and there are many different types of bobs. Over the years, the cut has been modified by adding or taking away bangs, cutting one side short while leaving the other long, texturized, and flattened, but it will always be a bob.
The most popular bob hairstyle is the one length cut. The sharp lines of this straight bob make this a very comfortable style to wear. It can be made to a length that is attractive for almost every face shape. It is worn without bangs and cut with chin length sides with shorter under layers that will make the ends go under on their own and frame the face nicely .
Styling is very easy and almost no styling aids are required. Applying a light volumizing gel to damp hair and then blow dry it with a large round brush. If you are having a hard time getting your hair to bend, use a large diameter curling iron to curve the ends under.
Another way to use this style is the flip bob; layered in the bottom two inches and worn with texturized bangs. What's usually done is to take out enough of the bulk at the bottom to allow it to flip out, but leave enough so that it doesn't lose its contour. This style looks really good when allowed to slightly curve under close to the neck. Style this cut as you would the one length bob except using your large curling iron to turn the ends out slightly.
More layering will release your natural curl to form a more curly bob and give your hair more volume. When styling this hairstyle generously apply a curl encouraging gel and dry it using a diffuser or just naturally while you scrunch it. Make sure to keep the curls big and chunky. Too much combing will separate the curls and cause your hair to look frizzy. You can use a curling iron to direct some of the curls toward your face.
If your feeling daring you can always go for a short, nose length bob. This style look really good with long blunt cut bangs just above the eyebrows. Also there is the asymmetric bob hairstyle. Sloping bangs or unexpected textures and length can give you a really interesting look but most people are not willing to take it to this level unless they really know what they are going for.
Straight or curly, there is a bob hairstyle that can work for just about every person and face shape. So if you are looking for a new look that is sophisticated and stylish as well as appropriate for the office and easy to care for, the bob hairstyle might be just what you are looking for.