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.”
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