When bob hairstyles first made their appearance, they were a clear statement of rebelliousness and independence amongst women. With their utilitarian style, these early bobs sent a clear message that whoever wore one was not going to kowtow to convention. So let's have a look at how bob hairstyles have changed through the years.

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The Earliest Bobs

Perhaps the earliest bob that we know of was worn by Joan of Arc, the 15th Century 'Maid of Orleans' who became a heroine after leading the French army to victory against the English armies in the Hundred Years War. To this day, the bob is the first choice for women who want to make a bold statement about who they are, and how powerful they can be, without sacrificing their femininity.

Another notable historic woman whose bob hairstyle dovetailed perfectly with her move away from the stereotypical woman's position at the time was Amelia Earhart. She became the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. Like Joan of Arc, she chose this style because it gives greater freedom to the wearer than a more 'traditional' lengthy style. When you are flying planes, or fighting a foreign soldiers to defend your faith and your people, you need the right haircut.


Onto the 'Flappers'

As time went by, more and more women adopted short bob hairstyles in lieu of their traditional long tresses, and by the end of the 19th century, the 'Flapper' hairstyle was all the rage. This was a short, bobbed haircut designed into waves with the brand-new Marcle Iron - the first curling iron tool invented. Over the next 20 years, the bob hairstyle became increasingly popular as more women began to see the potential for this style to save them time and energy while still maintaining and even emphasising their feminine beauty.

As more people tried it, the drive for novelty saw the bob becoming increasingly short!


Enter the Eton Crop

The Eton crop was the shortest of bob hairstyles and caused a real stir with its masculine, close cut, tapered styling. It seemed to represent another push for the independence of women through the 1920's. Women achieved full suffrage in 1928 in the UK, and this was all part of the same early surge of 'girl power'. It was a powerful but short-lived style and was superseded by longer cuts but with the same tapered ends in page-boy style.


Moving Through to Today

As we move up through to the 60's, the bob became a face-framing, voluminous style. For those with long, elegant necks, the bob was a hairstyle that really flattered. In the 80's it was a sharp and sleek power cut to match the pace and power of the shoulder-pad decade.

Interestingly, through the 90's the bob hairstyle lost its favour somewhat, and was thought of as boring and 'mumsy'. Although why the adjective 'mumsy' should be used in this negative sense we don't know. But now we are well into the 21st century, the bob has come back with a bang!

With today's high-tech modern hair tools and colour options, the not-so-humble bob is once again a great way to express your personality and style. From the poised, shiny straight-cut bob to the funky, layered multi-hued bob and everything in between, women of the 21st century are once again embracing the bob. It's a trendy and versatile cut that can be shaped and coloured to match who you are, whoever you are.

So, is it time for you to embrace the bob too?