Before the bob hair cut became popular in the 1920’s, women were confined to having long hairstyles that were swept up with combs or often worn with hairnets to keep their curls. The 1920’s changed all this when the constraints of the Victorian styles were abandoned.With the war, women were finally able to wear their hair short, thanks to the actions of Irene Castle, silent-screen actress, who started this popular haircut in 1917 to help with the war efforts. It was the promoted style to change the outlook of women that in the time of war, they did not have the time to spend on their hair and the style would help keep their hair from being tangled in factory machines. This style became the most demanded style in this time.By the 1940’s, however, long hair was back, with emphasize on the soft, wavy looks of the shoulder length style. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the bob style became popular again. Women were back in the work force and they needed more manageable styles. Long hair did not fit the style of the working woman.It wasn’t long before the most influential hairstylist to date, Vidal Sassoon, helped to make the bob style more popular than ever by changing the cut of the bob style haircut.Sassoon and his creative director, Maurice Tidy spent time developing variations to the cut and before long, most women wanted their hair cut in the bob cut.This trend continued along into the 1970’s with the Dorothy Hamill cut that everyone seemed to copy. Even today, with the hairstyles varied, this style continues to be popular.The bob hair cuts of today are simply variations of the look created in the 1920’s. Four decades ago, Maurice Tidy worked with Vidal Sassoon in London popularizing the 1960s bob hair style.


There is nothing more simple and elegant than a Sassoon bob.  And for a  hairdresser, there is no cut more challenging to master.  It requires perfect technique, meticulous attention to detail, and a keen understanding of hair texture and growth patterns.  Just as many executive chefs test the skills of potential employees by asking them to make something as simple to prepare yet as challenging to perfect as the omlette, anyone in the hair business knows a true stylist is only as good as her bob.  Indeed, the bob is the omlette of the hair world.Sometimes the higher-end the salon, the higher-end the snob factor, especially when you’re not a client.  But despite the Sassoon name, despite the Beverly Hills address.They say that in the beauty industry, a successful  hairdresser is 20% talent and 80% personality.  


The style was, at first, shocking as women who previously prided themselves on long, luxurious hair, chopped off their locks in a show of independence and equality with men. The original style was worn straight and flat on top or waved with a Marcel iron.

A style is a ‘bob’ if it is cut with a weighted area falling anywhere from just below the ears to just below the chin.Although the bob has faded from the style front on occasion it has always been in the back-ground showing sophistication and class. Vidal Sassoon made such a hit with his severe and sculpted adaptation of this style that many think that it originated with him.The most interesting about the bob is that it has been updated and modified for many style trends but with each come-back, the original look is still as acceptable as the new styles.This style is adaptable to many facial structures and textures of hair. This, along with the ease of styling most adaptations are likely reasons for its tendency to keep reappearing on the style scene.

Over the years, the cut has been modified by adding bangs or taking them away, stylized by cutting one side short while leaving the other long, texturized, permed, waved, poofed and flattened, but it is always unmistakably a bob.Curly or straight, there is a bob haircut to fit just about every face and life style. 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, there is very likely a bob that is perfect for you.



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