Messy bob hair­style shap­ing up to be 2019 trend

The Buffalo News - - HOME STYLE - By Anne Bratskeir

LONG IS­LAND, N.Y. – The bob is back. The hair­style in this mod­ern it­er­a­tion is bust­ing loose – it’s got the moves and the mo­tion – and it oozes at­ti­tude. Plenty of red car­pet celebri­ties in­clud­ing Regina King, Ju­lia Garner and Robin Wright by­passed sleek up dos and for­mal chignons in fa­vor of windswept bobs (and their longer sis­ters, lobs) at this sea­son’s awards shows. Gabrielle Union cel­e­brated her dra­matic bob on In­sta­gram in June.

Last month, pop star Ashanti Dou­glas sported a platinum blonde blunt cut bob and is, she said, “lov­ing my new ’do be­cause it’s so easy and chic.” Dou­glas calls the look “con­fi­dent and strong,” and is get­ting great feed­back. “The reaction has been amaz­ing ... lots of calls and texts.”

Of course, the style is far from new. Flap­pers wore the chin-length ’do in the 1920s; in the ’60s the leg­endary Vi­dal Sas­soon per­fected his own geo­met­ric five-point vari­a­tion. For some women, (Coco Chanel and Vogue magazine’s edi­tor-inchief Anna Win­tour come to mind) the bob has long been a fash­ion sig­na­ture.

It’s also the sig­na­ture hair­cut for Anthony DeFranco, who owns two sa­lons and who trained at Vi­dal Sas­soon back in the day. It’s def­i­nitely evolved, he said.

“To­day’s bobs are messier, choppy, shat­tered and lay­ered and the more tousled they are the cooler they look. It’s rough but still pol­ished and any­thing that doesn’t move is just plain dated,” he said.

One of his clients, Su­san Orten­berg, 43, of Kings Park, re­cently, and some­what ner­vously, al­lowed DeFranco to work his bob magic.

“I’ve never done any­thing so dras­tic,” said Orten­berg of the 6 inches DeFranco sliced off her hair. “It’s a ma­jor dif­fer­ence and I love it; so does my hus­band. Peo­ple tell me I look so much younger.” And she ap­pre­ci­ates the ease. “All I have to do is flip it over, shake my head, fluff it and it looks so good.”

Like­wise, Stony Brook Univer­sity stu­dent, Elana Howe, 21, is get­ting raves about her striking bob cut from Jamie Mazzei, the owner of nuBest Salon and Spa in Man­has­set, N.Y.

“It was def­i­nitely a chop,” said Howe about the 6 inches Mazzei, lopped off. “My hair was so bor­ing be­fore and now it’s re­ally cool, fresh and stands out. My friends were like ‘wow!’ ”

She likes that it is easy to work with and a bit un­tamed. “I try to be per­fect in other ar­eas of my life, but with my hair, not so much,” she said.

That’s the beauty of the bob – “it’s per­fectly im­per­fect,” Mazzei said.

The ap­peal is par­tially be­cause of the bob’s ver­sa­til­ity – it can be worn straight or wavy. And for hair­styl­ists, the bob goes be­yond be­ing just a hair­cut.

“It seems sim­ple but it’s ac­tu­ally a very com­pli­cated style,” Mazzei said. “A lot of cre­ativ­ity goes into the process.”

In the end, he says his clients ap­pre­ci­ate the new edge and at­ti­tude the bob con­veys ... “even a lit­tle bit of swag­ger.”

Pho­tos by Dream­stime and Getty Im­ages

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