The bob has been the hottest haircut for some time according to Google search volume data analysis from around the world, so HJ asked the hairdressing experts to explain why it's so popular and what their favourite bob haircuts are.
The Google research, which listed the bob as the hottest haircut was carried out by a hairdressing insurance company and found the bob had 222,580 average monthly searches last year.
Why is The Bob Still a Hot Haircut?
Errol Douglas says the bob is a perennial style because it suits everyone’s face shape, hair texture and clients can opt for a long bob, shoulder grazing choppy bob or a beautiful French bob.
Perhaps following the rise of hair trends on social media channels such as Instagram and TikTok, we've seen many bobs adapted to take on new names such as the boyfriend bob, the 90s Beckham bob, and the preppy bob. And as Simon Townley said when asked about the naming of hairstyles: "Through renaming and reinvention, stagnant styles get thrown back into the limelight."
Celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton explains: "The bob has made a huge comeback because it's so easy to wear and so versatile. A haircut is really exciting, going for a chop is freeing and brings so many style possibilities too."
What is The History of The Bob?Errol explains the first bob haircut was created by Polish born hairdresser Antoine de Paris in France in 1909 and it has been in fashion ever since.
Four Key Bob Haircuts Every Hairdresser Needs to Know
- The Classic Bob: This style is one length all around the head, and is typically chin length. There are no layers, so can be blunt cut or point cut if you want it to be softer.
- The Square Bob: A square shape with a square, strong fringe, typically jaw length. It was popular in the 80s and is making a comeback.
- The Inverted Bob: This type of bob is shorter at the back and longer through the front. It features a tapered back with lots of layers for a curved finish.
- The Graduated Bob: One of the more common types of bobs, the graduated bob features stacked layers through the back to give the style a curved finish, getting longer towards the front.