It’s official: short hair is in.
We’ve seen our favourite stars try the lob, or the short (but not too-short) collar-bone bob, whilst the more daring among us have plumped for a jaw-skimming bob and even an iconic pixie cut. The latest incarnation is, however, possibly the chicest yet.
“The blunt bob is first and foremost a ‘defining’ trend,” said Knight & Wilson Hair Expert, Scott Cornwall. “We have moved into the 20s, which is the centennial of a decade which saw the very beginning of hair fashion as we know it today. Blunt Flapper Cuts first emerged 100 years ago and because we will be absorbed by historical images and references to all fashions of the 1920s, it is only natural the 2020s will reignite interest in bob foundations.”
Scott also believes that major hair cut trends often follow a prior trend that involved high chemical processing. “Dry. over-lightened, ombre mid-length and ends have been crying out for the chop,” he said. “Therefore, the blunt bob cut sets hair back to default by chopping away over-processed mid-lengths and ends and leaving behind healthy, strong, swinging hair.”
Elizabeth Williams at KH Hair in Hinckley believes that blunt bobs are gaining popularity for being ‘chic, wearable and super versatile’. “They can be worn with laidback waves or done straight for a super elegant feel,” she adds.
In the same ilk, Sophia Hilton @ Not Another Salon, believes blunt bobs are soaring in popularity because they can be worn by women with all hair types. “Bobs used to be the style for girls with straight hair, leaving girls with coarse texture looking in with envy. Not anymore! With the right treatments, any hair texture can go for the big, blunt chop too and maintain it afterwards with ease.”
If you’re tempted to trial the trend, Louise Bailey @louisebailey_extensions, says precision cutting is key. “A regular cut every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain the shape and blunt edges is what will keep the bob in its best blunt shapeley cut,” she explains. “The bob can also be thickened with tape hair extensions to give it that extra groomed perfect look if the ends are fine.”
To maintain your hair at home, ensure your haircare arsenal is equipped because this hairstyle requires more blow drying and heat styling than longer hairstyles do, so swap a conditioner for a nourishing mask to prevent strands from drying out. You should also add dry styling products such as powders and texturising sprays to your kit in order to keep your bob looking fresh and current.