The Bob – How a classic got its start

By CysterWigs’ Contributor

For centuries, women (and some men) made the choice to grow their hair as long as possible. Some did it for personal reasons. Others did it to catch the eye of a special someone. Regardless of motivation or #hairgoals, the general consensus over the years has pretty much been that long hair is a thing of beauty.

So imagine the shock and confusion during the early 1900s when women everywhere were becoming more emboldened and started chopping off their locks. Initially it was frowned upon and short styles where synonymous with wayward and troublesome women. However, the onset of the First World War left women to fend for themselves and no husbands around to dispute their hair choices. With many women going to work at that time, long hair was no longer practical or needed. Short styles became even more popular, and among those style was a cut that is still in demand today–the bob.

A bob haircut is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level. With a bob, a stylist will often cut fringe or bangs in the front. Bobs are usually cut at ear level, below the ears or above shoulders

The earliest record of the bob is a style worn by Irene Castle, a dancer and it girl in 1915. The “Castle Bob” was a highly requested style all over America and Europe for the next decade. It went on to become the style of the era worn by flappers, singers and starlets.

Before beauty salons became popular, many women would head to local barbershops to request the style. To them, the bob gave them more personal control and the ability to make the style their own. Since then, each generation has altered and personalized the bob to work with current trends.

Which bob is right for you?

If you have a round face…

Longer bobs frame the face in a flattering way. And if you’re going for a more narrow look, a side-swept bang will help.

If you have a heart-shaped face…

Aim for a blunt and heavy line grazing the chin, this will help even out the shape of the face. If you want bangs, go for ones that are full and make sure they cover the brows.

If you have an oval-shaped face…

Almost any bob will work with an oval face shape. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone when you’re shopping for bob wigs. You can pull off styles that are very close cropped at the back and asymmetrical. Or if you’re too shy for that, try sweeping one side of the bob behind the ear to achieve the same look.

If you have a square face…

A strong jawline could make you a cover model, so don’t let your hair overpower it. Softer cuts with lots of texture will highlight your features and reduce the chances of looking too masculine.

If you’ve never considered a bob before, keep this in mind. The good thing about the bob is that it can be customized to suit any face shape. They come in a variety of lengths. They can be worn straight and cropped close to the chin or asymmetrically where one side is longer than the other. With or without bangs, straight or curly, a bob has the ability to subtly or drastically change your look.

CysterWigs has made it easy for you to find the bob that matches your style. Search our site for classic bob style wigs, wedges and short bobs or even select your face shape to find a range of styles that best suit you.

1 Comment

  1. PennyC
    August 29, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    Irene Castle cut her hair short while preparing to go to the hospital to be operated on for appendicitis. I can’t imagine giving myself a haircut under such conditions!

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