Trend: To Bob Or Not To Bob, That Is The Question
While the bob – in its varying lengths and textures – has completely taken over Hollywood’s leading ladies for a second straight year – think Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Rachel McAdams just this month, and Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon’s bobs-to-covet from last year — it’s a style that has been around for decades. “The bob is always in, never out. It is a classic. It’s chic and simple,” says celebrity hairstylist Cervando Maldonado, the man responsible for Reese’s recent bob. “Once a hairstyle is seen on a few celebrities and on the runways, it takes off as a trend. It’s really gaining momentum now.” The bob is undeniably the “it” cut of the moment. “It’s a great way to change up your look while still being able style it in many ways,” explains Maldonado.
We asked Maldonado to give us the details on who should be bobbing and how to wear the ‘do once you’ve made the cut.
What face shape can bob? “A bob works for every face shape. A heart shaped face can wear any length of bob from above the chin to the collar bone. For a square shape, below the chin to the collar bone is most flattering, in my opinion. With a round face you should cut the bob mid neck to the collar bone to elongate the face.”
What hair texture is needed to pull off the look? “All textures of hair work for a bob, depending on the shape of your face and how it’s cut. There are many shapes of bobs from square to a-lined and from textured to blunt. If you are considering a bob, ask your stylist what would work best for you.”
What is the bob style du jour? “What I usually do to create a tousled, messy, textured look is start with a liltle mousse (such as Kerastase Volumactive) on the ends and a little volumizer (such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture and Volume Spray) at the roots. If you have very natural curly or frizzy hair you can use curl cream (Oribe Sculpting Cream) instead of mousse. Then air dry your hair naturally or diffuse it with a diffuser. Once dry, I take a curling iron (1 inch to 1 and a quarter inch) using clips and section the hair starting from the bottom towards the top of the head. Curl random sections to create a natural messy texture, then spray the hair with texturizing dry shampoo (Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray) to finsh it off and add texture.”
Best bobs of all time? “Debbie Harry, Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde, Anna Wintour, Louise Brooks, and Reese Witherspoon!”
View our slideshow above for past and present bob favorites. (In order: Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce, Natalie Portman, Alexa Chung, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour, Faye Dunaway circa Bonnie & Clyde, Jean Shrimpton)