The bob cut was born in 1865 but gained international popularity in the 1920s during the flapper era. These bold women wore their hair short, falling between the ears and the chin. It was considered the mark of the liberated woman.
In 1960, Vidal Sassoon re-invented the bob, making it more stylish albeit simpler. This coincided with the popularity of the “mop top” hairstyle for men – influenced by the Beatles. The bob endured throughout the decades and has since then been transformed into several varieties. A modern take on the bob was sported by Charlize Theron in the film “Aeon Flux”.
Theron’s character, Aeon Flux, is based on the cyberpunk heroine from MTV. Theron’s hair made her look simultaneously chic and athletic.
Basically, the haircut is a very short inverted bob with the hair cut as high as the base of the head and angled sharply with the tips of the fringe at chin length. It is short enough to give you freedom of movement but long enough to be able to style it differently when the mood strikes you.
To style your hair a la Aeon Flux, use either a styling gel or hair wax after drying your hair and comb it down to make it hug your head, making for a streamlined, sleek look. Your stylist can give you the bob cut you want. Then have a go and try out Aeon Flux’s hairstyle. Unleash the cyberpunk heroine within you.
Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.