The "Castle Bob" Haircut Is the Only Cut You Need to Know About Right Now
Long before Kim Kardashian debuted a freshly chopped bob haircut late last week, and definitely before Hailey Baldwin, Jordyn Woods, and little sister Kylie Jenner lobbed it off a few months before that, it was Coco Chanel, Louise Brooks, and the OG trailblazer behind the bob hairstyle as we've come to know it, Irene Castle, who set the trend.
"It's fashion-forward but still has a classic air, with strong angles and straight lines."
The 1920s cut was a feminist nod to the fight for gender equality, a form of social rebellion that depicted both strength and power. Now, the "castle bob" — as it was so popularly called — is getting a modern update for the season: "It's fashion-forward but still has a classic air, with strong angles and straight lines," said celebrity hairstylist and Garnier brand ambassador Tommy Buckett. "This look is fresh and crisp, like Fall. People are wearing more clothes, turtlenecks, and collared shirts, which showcase the hairstyle very well. It can be styled with or without bangs."
This year's "castle bob" is sharp, blunt, yet smooth all the same — and the complete opposite of the shaggier, free-flowing cuts we've been seeing of late. "It's a very versatile look and can be styled in so many ways – waved, straight, textured, pulled apart. It instantly gives you a style, even if you're not trying." (Because why would you be, when you're busy ruling the world?)
What to Ask For With the "Castle Bob" Haircut
If you're considering getting this style of bob, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you get to the salon. "Ask your hairstylist for a sharp bob with minimal layering, as you want to keep the look of a straight line," Buckett said. "Hair should fall anywhere between the bottom of the earlobe to the middle of the neck, pending facial shape and features."
How to Style the "Castle Bob" Haircut
While you're there, "also ask for a bit of texturizing or thinning out in the back at the nape of the neck so hair lies flat," he said. To give the style a little more grit, you can spritz on a bit of the Garnier Fructis Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray ($4).
Who Can Get the "Castle Bob" Haircut?
While the castle bob haircut is widely flattering, it's not necessarily for everyone. "If you have thick, curly hair, this style might not appear as you desired." (In those cases, work with your stylist to come up with a look that comes close.)
Also keep in mind your face shape: "I would avoid going too short with this cut if you have a rounder face," Buckett said, adding: "Go for a longer bob." Check out some of our favorite takes on the trend, ahead.