What about Bob?

March 24, 2008

As they say there are no new ideas.

Everything is pretty cyclical and there are many reincarnations of a basic idea. Besides trends in fashion there are trends in hairstyles that are have circular moments of revivals.

One of those is the bob.

Back in the 1920’s, the bob haircut was a blunt cut basically level with the ears all around. This was a huge departure from the long locks that were in fashion. With the popularity of Coco Chanel, Clara Bow and Louise Brooks the bob became the must-have hairstyle for the younger generation.

Louise Brooks

So, last year I did some research for a speakeasy party that I was attending. The kind of party where everyone would get dressed up to the nines,  in authentic style of clothing for the era, hairstyles, the works.  Oh what was the reason for this fabulous fete: all to celebrate the end of Prohibition. That’s the end of Prohibition. Let that thought simmer for a moment. 

So, I’ve had this image stashed in my files since the end of November. Here is the glorious Louise Brooks, the original jazz baby.

I mean, if this is not the epitome of glamour, then I don’t know what is.

So, this started me thinking about this classic hairstyle and it’s many interpretations and manifestations.


Although, Rihanna just went super short with her hair, didn’t she look lovely in this hairstyle?

I had a bob several years ago and that particular cut was mostly influenced from these two fabulous versions of Ms. Natalie Portman’s bobbed hair.

Here in 2002: this was the look that made me want to cut it to my chin and pretend that I was a glamourous movie star. It was this look that made me swoon.

Natalie Portman

And the original bad-ass haircut from one of my favorite movies ever (seriously, I must have watched it at least 15 times) Leon, The Professional.

Even at a young age, I thought this was a rocking hairstyle and for the longest time I wanted to be Mathilda…well, without all the family issues and messed up childhood.

It’s just that everyone in that movie was hardcore and I just wanted to be hardcore with a bob.

                   Natalie Portman

Don’t think its just the ladies, who rock this look. Please!

There’s the iconic drawing of the little Dutch Boy and No Country for Old Men is proof that if you want to scare people put a man in a bob.
                            Javier Bardem

♥ the alchemist

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      lady coveted Mar 25, 2008

      ah, the manbob… it;s pretty freaky!

      if i had straight hair, i’d be soooo bobbed.


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