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The Evolution Of The Bob


The observant and trend-conscious among you have probably noticed a gradual end to the angular bob that trickled down to mainstream favor after Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham popularized the exercise in severity last year. While those two style makers have opted for shorter, feminized boys’ cuts, the rest of Hollywood seems to be going longer, sporting soft, layered bobs that hit just above the collarbone. Behold, the lob (the long bob), which Frédéric Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel is calling the seventies comeback cut of the season. A good option for emphasizing your neck and shoulders, the style (currently enjoyed by Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Longoria) relies on a certain choppiness at the ends—so that it appears texturized, rather than blunt—and volume, lots of volume (the idea is soft and full, not sleek and Scientologist). To get added body, Abergel advocates for a good volumizer like Fekkai Coiff Bouffant spray gel. Use all over your roots, dry hair upside down to create desired fullness and then finish with Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray for definition.

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  1. Nigelific says:

    Although I am not a big fan of Anne Hathaway, I must admit, this haircut is totally fabulous! It looks os effortless, but still sopisticated. I like that it is still trendy, but it gives a new edge to the bob that has been sported by everyone from Victoria Beckham to the soccer mom next door to me. Although, it was cute for about a year, it was time for a change and Anne Hathaway’s stylist definitley gave it a good one!

  2. acidbaby says:

    “sleek and Scientologist”


  3. keelytm says:

    Thanks for this post. I love learning about things regarding women’s health and beauty. Whether it’s probiotics for women, or, in this case, the evolution of the bob, I think it is fascinating. Personally, I’ve never loved blunt or severe hairstyles. They look too forced. But the “lob” gives the style a little looseness that is just lovely. ( )

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