Classic Hairstyles Famous for Changing the World
Part One: The Bob
By SS on 10 June 2009
Hairstyles that Changed the World is a series about great hairstyles that have had a massive impact on fashion. Open any celebrity magazine, notice any picture of Katie Holmes looking gorgeous, and you'll see a great place to start: the bob.
Back in the 1960s, when womens' hairstyles were a bit conservative and simple, Vidal Sassoon did something really exciting. With some great foresight and a few well-placed snips of his scissors, he made the bob a massive hit. It was out with rollers, out with hood dryers, and "Hello!" to a great new sleek and sexy hairdo. The bob's impact has continued ever since due to its stylish simplicity and its amazing adaptability.
In the 21st century the bob's still one of the most popular hairstyles that can suit many different face shapes. Its adaptability is mainly because it can be cut in different lengths and at different angles; also, thinking about "bangs vs. no bangs" can visually make a big difference too. If you've got a longer face, try a shoulder length bob with shaggy layers and blunt bangs; or if you've got a rounder face, try a jagged-cut bob, parted down the middle, with no bangs. It's this adaptability that makes the bob so perfect for many different people.
The bob's also had a good run as the "in" style for the world's hottest celebrities. In the movies Elizabeth Taylor made history with it back in 1963 as Cleopatra. Then, in 2003, Posh spiced it up a little bit more. In 2007 Rihanna's asymmetrical bob made quite clear that this style is well and truly sexy; and most recently Katie Holmes' simple bob (with bangs added to frame the top of her face) has given a whole new meaning to drop-dead gorgeous. All of these women knew the best way to cut and wear their bob to suit their personal attributes.
But unfortunately it's not that easy for all celebrities, and some have simply adapted the bob in the wrong way. You'd think that with the importance celebrities place on their images they wouldn't make hairstyling mistakes- but that's just not the case.
Patricia Arquette, for example, doesn't do the bob justice. Having it sit above her jaw line looks wrong (somebody give her Vidal's number!), and I think it's because it draws attention to her already quite broad jaw.
And then there's Anjelica Huston. In a nutshell, her heavy bangs need to go. Her length really looks great sitting at her shoulders, but she really needs something that will soften her face more, and the bangs just don't do it. It makes you think (well I do anyway): does she like her heavy bangs because they hide the wrinkles on her forehead? Sorry Anjelica!
The bob is a truly great hairstyle. It's fascinating because it pops up from time to time, yet never looks the same because it seems to be constantly evolving. What I mean is that today's bob is definitely the same bob from the 60s, but it's got a lovely flavor of the 21st century in it too. It's also an adaptable style- which is why it's had such a big impact on fashion. To make it work for you, all you have to do is take advantage of this adaptability and get a style of bob that suits your personal attributes.