Beauty

The 100-Year Evolution Of The Bob Haircut

A history of the always-in-vogue style.

Tracing the 100-year evolution of the bob haircut.
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There are hairstyles that come and go (like the mullet). But there’s one look that’s timeless: the bob. From its rebellious beginnings to its transformation as a universally flattering cut, this is the 100-year timeline of the bob haircut.

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1920s

The '20s was the birth of the bob and a time of burgeoning female independence. “Most bobs hovered around the earlobe length with a center or deep off-center part, and hair was finger-curled or combed straight,” says Trey Gillen, stylist and creative director at SACHAJUAN.