Friday, January 23, 2015

What is a Bob?

What is a Bob?

Lately, it seems every week, I'm reading reports that a celebrity has cut her hair into a Bob. However, Enzo & I both agree that the style doesn't quite look like a Bob.

Lately, this has been irking me, so I Googled "What Is A Bob?" and found the below definition:

In my research, I found that in the mid-1910s, Irene Castle became a major fashion trendsetter who was credited with introducing American women in 1913 or 1914 to the Bob – the short, boyish hairstyle favored by flappers in the 1920s.

Popularized by film star Louise Brooks in the early 1920s, the Bob was still seen as a somewhat shocking statement of independence in young women, as older people were used to seeing girls wearing long dresses and heavy Edwardian-style hair. 
Hairdressers, whose training was mainly in arranging and curling long hair, were slow to realize that short styles for women had arrived to stay, and so barbers in many cities found lines of women outside their shops, waiting to be shorn of hair that had taken many years to grow.

By the 1960s,Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the Bob and made it popular again, using the shape of the early bob and making it more stylish in a simpler cut. 

In the 80's, hairstylist for Vogue magazine Christiaan Houtenbos became bored with the bob, and was looking to create something new. So for his model Karen Bjornson, he took one side much shorter, creating an asymmetric style. Then in 1984, he sketched a horizontal line across the back of  model Bonnie Berman’s head, just above her ears, and then, with clippers, buzzed off everything south before sending her to the Commes des Garçons runway in Paris, where the style caught on like wildfire.

In 2006 Victoria Beckham's Bob created a major shift in what would considered to be a Bob haircut. With a choppy back and long front, the Posh Bob or "Pob" hairstyle was copied and lead to the evolution of the bob with variants such as the  A-Line, Angled, Graduated, Inverted, and Concave Bobs.

In 2011, the Long Bob or 'Lob" further blurred the lines of what a Bob was,  Unlike the traditional Bob, which is ideally cut at jaw-level, the Lob skimmed the shoulders in a blunt line like a Bob, but was long enough to be worn in a ponytail or bun.

Now as we enter 2015, We are bombarded with reports of celebrities getting "Bobs"

Now I realize that things change over the years, and usually for the better.  After all, could you imagine viewing this blog on a computer?

However, I just feel the term Bob that's being applied to these new haircuts just doesn't fit.

Back in 1927, Singer Mary Garden has this to say when she is interviewed in Pictorial Review:

“Bobbed hair is a state of mind and not merely a new manner of dressing my head. It typifies growth, alertness, up-to-dateness, and is part of the expression of the élan vital! [spirit] It is not just a fad of the moment, either like mah jong or cross-word puzzles. At least I don’t think it is. I consider getting rid of our long hair one of the many little shackles that women have cast aside in their passage to freedom. Whatever helps their emancipation, however small it may seen, is well worth while..... To my way of thinking, long hair belongs to the age of general feminine helplessness. Bobbed hair belongs to the age of freedom, frankness, and progressiveness.” 

We're curious to hear how you define a Bob. let us know below


Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Plans

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Thank you all for supporting me as I grew my hair throughout 2014

As always, it's exciting when the year ends and the expectations and plans for the new year begin. 
It's always a thrill to think of and make new plans!
I had never been able to execute my plans for the year as far as my hair is concerned because I've always been swayed by something that makes me change on a whim.
But I realized at the latter part of 2014 that after six years of short hair, I was going to have long hair again.
Admittedly, I had frustrations in the early grow out period. Then suddenly,in 2014, the Long Bob (Lob) became popular in Hollywood, and my hair seemed trendy.

The goal I'm aiming for is to grow my hair to below my shoulder blades.

Admittedly, I almost skewed from my goal right after Christmas.
As I explained in my last post, a good friend of mine cut her hair short, and I really liked the style. I took a few photos of her hair and was considering bringing her photo with me the next time I go to the salon.  A few people wanted to see the picks I took, so with the help of Photoshop, I was able to post them. Please don't distribute.

As I said, I was on the fence on what to do until New Year's came around.
On New Year's Eve, Enzo & I joined our family in Sunny South Florida, where the temperatures were around 80 degrees during the day. To combat the heat, I found myself wearing my hair in a pony tail during the day.

Now I know, some of you are probably thinking it would have been a great time to go for a short cut, but you have to understand that it's been six years since I've been able to simply tie my hair back and lie on the beach. Contrary to popular belief, short hair isn't as carefree as it seems, especially when you are on the beach. The wind blows your hair around and you have to use whatever you can find to keep it tied in place.

It's generally not a good look, which is part of the reason why you haven't seen many photos of me on the beach.

But with my hair tied back in a ponytail, it looks sleek and smooth.

So for now, I'm going to continue on my quest to grow my hair to below my shoulder blades.
Maybe by the summer, I can sport a sock bun on the beach.

Now, don't get me wrong, I still love the bob. If not, I would have never worn one for so long. But I also like to change, and feel right now I want to try some different longer styles. So for now, I'm keeping it long, but eventually will go back to a bob like the one above. That's the game-plan, unless I'm swayed by something that makes me change on a whim.