The evo­lu­tion of your favourite hair­style

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The con­tentious bob has come a long, long way. Not many know but it was Pol­ish hair­dresser, An­toine de Paris—the world’s first celebrity hair­dresser, bet­ter known as ‘Mon­sieur An­toine’—who was said to be inspired by Joan of Arc when he in­tro­duced the bob way back in 1909. Much later, prom­i­nent celebri­ties and ac­tresses like Coco Chanel, Louise Brooks, Irene Castle among many oth­ers, all ex­per­i­mented with this short style adding char­ac­ter­is­tic twists to it, mak­ing it their own. In many ways, the hum­ble bob came to stand for the bold, brazen woman who, as her locks were shorn off, al­most metaphor­i­cally cut her­self off from old rules of fem­i­nin­ity and fash­ion. But the bob would later fade away, only to re­turn years later with its many vari­a­tions.

While it was a pop­u­lar style worn by nurses dur­ing the war time in 1920s for prac­ti­cal and hy­giene rea­sons, it was around this time that many more women em­braced the look; in­ter­est­ingly, by flock­ing to men’s bar­ber shops! This sud­den change stood for the new un­con­ven­tional woman, the bold diva, who’d step out to earn a liv­ing and en­gage in ath­letic pur­suits and more. Scot­tishAmer­i­can singer, Mary Gar­den put it sim­ply when she said, “Bobbed hair is a state of mind and not merely a new man­ner of dress­ing my head.” The bob took many a shape in the form of the se­vere Shin­gle cut and the Eton Crop right un­til the 30s and 40s, af­ter which it started to be­come softer again. By the 60s, leg­endary hair­styl­ist Vi­dal Sas­soon re-styled the bob with geo­met­ric, edgy, an­gu­lar looks. Coiffed, punky and buzzed bobs ruled the 70s, while the 80s saw the emer­gence of the tex­tured style. By the 90s, the bob no longer stood for lib­er­a­tion but rather, be­came an out­let to ex­press one’s per­sonal style with ev­ery­thing from curls, waves and even bangs do­ing the rounds.

We’re back to now, where messy lobs (read: long bobs), wavy bobs and grad­u­ated bobs, have be­come uber-pop­u­lar thanks to their youth­ful, chic and sexy styles. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note how, like any cy­cle, the re­cent bob has once again come to sym­bol­ise fem­i­nine grace with its longer lengths, hair ac­ces­sories and the like. From red car­pets to the streets, women can’t seem to get enough of the bob. And while even to­day in the movies, the most un­con­ven­tional and lib­er­ated char­ac­ter may sport a bob, it is again a nar­row-mind that is quick to form a judge­ment about the wearer. What­ever the case may be, the bob has reap­peared time and again in var­i­ous forms, and why shouldn’t it when it flat­ters ab­so­lutely any type of face? Be it brazen or cutesy, the bob has man­aged to be­come a time­less ally. What we’re won­der­ing is, where’s the bob go­ing to go from here?

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