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The Bob: A Cut That Never Goes Out of Style

Beautiful Classic Bob by Riccardo Maggiore

Beautiful Classic Bob by Riccardo Maggiore

The Bob is a truly versatile style that works with woman of all ages.  It is a classic look that can be styled in many ways. The Bob has a long history as depicted with the hairstyles of Joan of Arc and Cleopatra and Egyptology, but it did not gain notoriety until the 1920’s when it became synonymous the Flapper look. 

To wear your hair short was a major statement, one of independence, defiance and act of rebellion against female expectations.

Hollywood Starlet, Louise Brooks

Hollywood Starlet, Louise Brooks

It was a major boost to the hair industry as Hollywood Starlets starting cutting their long locks. The style evolved as it entered the mainstream.

Because hairdressers in the beauty salons often refused to comply with the controversial request of chopping hair off at the ears.  Women found barber shop owners slightly more amenable to the idea, and so typically went there for the bob. The New York Times reported in 1924 that thousands of women of all ages were invading traditional men’s barber shops and demanding the new cuts!

Vidal Sassoon

The look took a dip in popularity in the 1930’s, but the haircut was once again revived by Vidal Sassoon and it took the 1960’s mod scene by storm with clean tight lines and surprising geometric shapes.

The bob, quite possibly the best known short haircut, has a rich history and has seen many transformations.  The hair style, classic and smooth, edgy, LOB, or shaggy, is forever ingrained in our culture.

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Fringe Benefits: Riccardo Maggiore's Tips For Trimming Your Bangs

There are only a few things I don't like about having curly hair, and at the top of the list is not being able to pull off bangs. I love them, and have always felt serious hair envy toward those who have perfect, eyebrow-skimming fringe (Zoey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie: I'm looking at you). If you're lucky enough to be able to rock the bangs, here are some tips from NYC stylist Riccardo Maggiore for how to maintain your 'do at home:

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Zoey Deschanel

Zoey Deschanel

1) Get the right scissors
Scissors you have lying around the house are most likely too big and the blade too thick to cut bangs. The wrong scissors can easily cause you to make a mistake. I suggest going to your local drug store or beauty supply store to pick up some mini shears. Having the correct scissors will allow for more precision and control.


2) Cut hair dry
Wash your hair and dry it thoroughly prior to cutting bangs. If you cut hair when it’s wet, you may accidentally cut too much, as wet hair deceptively looks longer.


3) Don’t pull
Avoid pulling your hair down while cutting. The extra tension will make the hair seem longer, so when you release the bangs they will be much shorter than expected.


4) Be mindful of your cutting technique
I suggest taking a sharp hair scissor, positioning hair below the brow and cutting vertically in little choppy pieces, slowly chipping away from one side of the face to the other. Don’t try to cut your bangs straight across, since it’s almost impossible to keep a perfectly straight line.


5) Take your time
Stop and evaluate your cut; thinking carefully whether or not you need to cut more hair. It’s better to take your time and be mindful not to cut off too much at once.

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