Ah, the bob! Loved by many, it is the most versatile hairstyle of all time. And for good reason: it is easy to cut, easy to maintain and it has a myriad of styling options. No wonder it is always in the top of women’s preferences.
The bob first became popular in the 1920, when side-parted short bobs in a curled or waved style were worn by most women in the western world. It rose to prominence again in the 1960s with the help of the famous hairdresser Vidal Sassoon and it has pretty much been around ever since. Sure, the 1990s and the 2000s have brought more and more avantgarde versions of the classic bob, but the allure has more or less stayed the same.
Out of all the variations, the medium bob is still going strong because it can be adapted to suit any face type and still look oh-so-modern. Whether you are already a bob convert and looking for ways to update it or you are still preparing for the big chop, here are some suggestions of medium bob hairstyles that are so 2014:
The wavy bob
Forget about the shaggy bob, 2014 is all about the wavy bob. With a bit of a soft texture here and there, the wavy bob can work on both fine and thick hair. Those who have natural waves can take advantage of them and skip the styling products. Just give the hair a good scrunch and let it air dry.
No worries, if your hair is naturally on the straight side, you can still make it work. Use a curling iron to make quick curls, then run your fingers through your hair to loosen them up. Finish with a bit of hairspray, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go for a sea-salt spray. You will get maximum texture and a beachy look that calls out for endless summer nights.
The geometric bob
There’s something about the geometric shape of medium bob hairstyles that makes them irresistible. Could be the clean lines or the simple shapes that frame the face. Whatever it is, this style is making an unapologetic comeback.
However, the geometric bob returns in 2014 with strategically placed textures that make your styling job easier in the morning. This type of bob opens the door to one-of-a-kind cuts. Now is the time! Slanted or straight lines, bangs or no bangs, this one is real feast for the eyes.
If you want to go for this style, you should have medium to thick hair, a straightener and some hairspray. You can still work this look if you have fine hair too, but you should spend a few minutes teasing the hair at the crown of your head before proceeding with the straightener. An easy to style cut which also looks like a straight out of a futuristic fashion spread? Yes please!
Bob with bangs
One things is for sure: medium bob hairstyles with bangs will never go out of style. However, in 2014 we’ll be witnessing a much awaited update. Chin-length bobs and a-line bobs alike become less rigid, get a messier finish, and are paired with matching bangs.
Bangs usually take after the initial shape of the bob. You favor a messy, heavy-textured style? Then some airy, long bangs could be exactly what you’re looking for. Wear them full on or side-swept for a bold look.
Going for a more structured look with straight lines and clean edges? Then get a set of matching bangs: cut straight across the forehead and nicely brushed into place. Just don’t obsess too much over them: find a style that you like and make it yours. Perfection is imperfection, after all.