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The Bob

Definition: The Bob

Originating in the 1920s, the bob is a short, blunt, and classic hairstyle in which the weight of the hair falls between the ears and chin. It can be styled with or without bangs and in various lengths, but a proper bob never grows past the shoulders.

Below are photographs depicting many different modern bobs. Kate Bosworth wears a classic-length one blunt-cut bob, Christina Ricci wears a shorter, more manicured Louise Brooks bob, Rihanna dons a top-heavy pageboy bob, and Jenny McCarthy wears the ever-popular angled bob. Which contemporary bob do you favor?

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afdfd afdfd 6 years
They all look great! It's a refreshing spin on a classic look!
sugarrr sugarrr 8 years
I love kates bob! she's too cute! I love rihannas, but everyone has that angled bob now. Its everywhere!
sweetnluvly07 sweetnluvly07 8 years
Thank you Jesus that it never crossed my mind to cut my hair like this. Ya'll dont know how many girls here in Texas decided to cut their hair like this and now they cry that they want their long hair back! lucky me..I love my hair!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Kate's is the best, I think, but I'm much more a fan of long hair...
GradGrl75 GradGrl75 8 years
I just recently cut off 9 inches of my hair and dontated it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I got the A-line angled bob and it looks fab! I wish it looked more like Jenny's, which I think is the best out of the bunch. I will more than likely grow it out again to donate, but for now I feel sexy!
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
Christina's looks amazing. I don't think it makes her look childish at all... but rather sexy!
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 8 years
I have a layerd bob and bangs. And yes..it makes you look young. I'm 19 and when I was getting a pedicure the woman next to me thought I was 14 or 15 LOL. Its growing out now.
--Natalie-- --Natalie-- 8 years
love rhianna ..she has an amazig face and the bob generally is so stilish..like it !
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 8 years
I'm getting sick of the Bob. Its time for a new hairdo to come into style. Plus, the Bob is hard to take care of.
jakidoodle jakidoodle 8 years
i really like kate's hair
alsoto_mulhall alsoto_mulhall 8 years
I had long hair forever and ever and then in June I got a bob. I had Kate Bosworth's bob for a month or two. I have thick hair and the blunt cut made it flare out, so I had to layer it. Now my bob is like Jenny McCarthy with sideswept bangs. I like it much more!
mildred mildred 8 years
LOVE Jenny's - she looks great!
emalina emalina 8 years
As much as I love Kate Bosworth, I have to say Rihanna rocked that haircut so well this year. It was gorgeous!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Kate's is gorgeous!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I like Jenny McCarthy's bob the best. I WISH I could pull off having a bob...my hair is too curly to make it look right.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 8 years
I love Jenny's hair in the angled bob - it looks fantastic on her!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I'm a no-go on the bobs. Don't like it on anyone - sorry.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 8 years
I love the bob on Christina Ricci - few can pull that style off. I used to have a bob that was more like Jenny McCarthy's, but a little shorter and with sideswept bangs. Let me tell you, the maintenance for that style is no fun if you have wavy hair!
wytang627 wytang627 8 years
Love Jennys, but I currently have Rihanna's (without the bangs) I have had long for for a long long time....got it all cut off a few months ago (and donated it to "locks of love") and loved it ever since...dont think i will growing it out anytime soon
Professorluv Professorluv 8 years
Kate's is the best! I also like jenny's
emalove emalove 8 years
I hate the bob with bangs...I agree with JamieLeah526, it looks kind of kiddish. I like Kate Bosworth's the best...and Jenny's isn't too bad either.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I prefer Kate Bosworths bob. Bob's with bangs look too much like a little kid. Jenny's just sets off her face shape and makes it look extra weird.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Fab!!
dannysf dannysf 8 years
I think Ms. Ricci looks the best!
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