In the 50’s bob cut hair was called the “pageboy” and in the 60’s the inverted bob was called, “the arrow,” as the shape of the cut resembled the tip of an arrow, The back, under the occipital bone, was the tip or point of the arrow as it got longer on the sides. The bob cut hair morphed into the “asymmetrical cut,” which was cut off by the ear on one side and as it rounded the head, the lines of the cut lengthened to the chin line on the other side . . . a masterful, blended work of art.
Even though the “bob cut hair” has multiple variations, one thing holds true and that is its sophistication, ease and longevity. The most recent updates for cutting techniques with the inverted bob cut hair have been slicing in surface layers that move forward. This gives more volume, softness and movement to this bob.
If you were to ask your hairdresser to update your hairstyle to something fashionable, easy and sophisticated, do you have any idea what they may suggest for you? This one is easy, a lay down, even with all the different hair types and face shapes to consider . . . oh, not to mention something that can work for the styling impaired too. I would lay a bet, 9 out of 10 hairdressers will recommend some form of the bob cut hair. The type of bob they suggest will be determined by your hair type and face shape.
My favorite short sophisticated hairstyle hasn’t changed much over the years either and it still comes in as a favorite of hairdressers in general. What is the sure thing? The bob cut hair, layered, stacked, inverted, chipped and these are just some of the different variations of this cut.
The only hair type that can be difficult in this style is thick hair. Some women with thick hair can’t wear this easily, but with the right cut, your thick hair may look great in a version of the bob cut hair. An example would be the “Dorothy Hamill” cut, that in the 70’s was a favorite (people were still asking for that haircut 20 years later!) It fit the criteria of easy, sophisticated and fashionable. It was the haircut many could wash and wear and it would ideally, “fall into place.”
Red flags should go up if you find yourself running to your hairdresser to “chop it off” because you just can’t stand your hair any longer. This request will have the experienced hairdresser slowing things down a bit, asking you some good questions that will reveal there is something else going on in your life that needs attention . . . this is a given!
A slight difference can go a long way in updating almost any hairstyle. The most recent updates for cutting techniques with the inverted bob cut hair have been slicing in surface layers that move forward. This gives more volume, softness and movement to this bob. The right foiling techniques in this hairstyle can do wonders for giving more pizzazz to this hairstyle.
From strong to subtle high lights, depending on your style, this hairstyle begs for some creative coloring techniques that really turn heads.
|Dorothy Hamel||The inverted arrow bob|
For further discussion on bobbed hairstyles you might want to check out these other articles:
- Four Ways to Wear Modern Bob Hairstyles
- Short Bob Hairstyles
- Fashion in the 1920s, the Flapper Bob Hair Style
- Short Bob Hairstyles You Need To Try
- The Bob Hair Style Part I
- The Bob Hair Style Part II
- The Bob Hair Style Part III
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