2013 Bob Hairstyles for Women - Short, Medium, Long Hair Styles Cuts

- Rihanna wearing an edgy modern day bob hairstyle - 2013 Bob Hairstyles for Women - Short, Medium, Long Hair Styles Cuts by Rosie2010 -
- Rihanna wearing an edgy modern day bob hairstyle - 2013 Bob Hairstyles for Women - Short, Medium, Long Hair Styles Cuts by Rosie2010 -

The Bob

The Bob hairstyles have not always been a popular hair style for women. Women used to wear their hair long. So, you can just imagine the outrage and horror among the public when young women started lining up at the barber shops to have their long tresses chopped.

The bob hair style was invented in 1909 by Paris hairdresser Antoine, which he said was inspired by Joan of Arc. The bob hair style, however, didn't become popular until the 1920s. The bob hair style became a symbol of the dawning of women's social and political liberation.

When I was a kid, my father used to cut my hair short bob style. I thought it was not only ugly but also so unfair, considering he let my older sister wear her hair long. But I was a little tomboy at the time, and my hair used to get awfully messy and tangled. And since my playmates were boys, my father thought it wise that I might as well look like one.

My opinion about the bob hair style has long changed over the years. The bob hairstyles have become one of my favourite hair styles with all the wonderful variations of today. Bob hair style can be short and sassy. It can be medium length and playful. It can even be long shoulder-grazing and oh so glamorous. It can be straight, curly or wavy, razor sharp, jagged, with or without fringes or bangs. Bob hairstyles can be one layer or multi-layers. There are so many trendy variations of the bob hair style, popularized by celebrities today and yesteryears.


Irene and Vernon Castle demonstrating the tango.  Irene sporting the bob hair style. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Irene and Vernon Castle demonstrating the tango. Irene sporting the bob hair style. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The Castle Bob

The Castle Bob hair style was named after the celebrated ballroom dancer, Irene Castle. Castle had long flowing hair and it got in the way of her dancing. For convenience, she had her hair cut bob style in 1915. The fun-loving young women at the time loved Castle's new hair style, and the rage for short hair was on.

The bob hair style soon became a forerunner in fashion, which would eventually lead to curling, perming and hair coloring.

The original bob hair style was simply a blunt cut, level with the bottom of the ears all around the head, worn with or without bangs or fringes. The bob hair style can also be worn with the hair brushed off of the forehead.


The Bob Hairstyles - Bob Hair Styles of the 1920s

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Colleen Moore, 1920 silent film star, wearing the original straight short bob hair styleGloria Swanson, 1921, wearing the bob hair style, photo from Wikimedia CommonsClara Bow circa 1927, wearing curly medium length bob hair styleLouise Brooks circa 1926, wearing the bob hair styleJosephine Baker, 1927 in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergre production "Un Vent de Folie", photo from Wikimedia CommonsCoco Chanel wearing curly medium length bob hair styleMae West wearing curly medium length bob hair styleMary Pickford wearing short wavy bob hair styleGreta Garbo, 1927, wearing curly medium length bob hair styleMae Clarke wearing wavy short bob hair style
Colleen Moore, 1920 silent film star, wearing the original straight short bob hair style
Colleen Moore, 1920 silent film star, wearing the original straight short bob hair style
Gloria Swanson, 1921, wearing the bob hair style, photo from Wikimedia Commons
Gloria Swanson, 1921, wearing the bob hair style, photo from Wikimedia Commons
Clara Bow circa 1927, wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Clara Bow circa 1927, wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Louise Brooks circa 1926, wearing the bob hair style
Louise Brooks circa 1926, wearing the bob hair style
Josephine Baker, 1927 in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergre production "Un Vent de Folie", photo from Wikimedia Commons
Josephine Baker, 1927 in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergre production "Un Vent de Folie", photo from Wikimedia Commons
Coco Chanel wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Coco Chanel wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Mae West wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Mae West wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Mary Pickford wearing short wavy bob hair style
Mary Pickford wearing short wavy bob hair style
Greta Garbo, 1927, wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Greta Garbo, 1927, wearing curly medium length bob hair style
Mae Clarke wearing wavy short bob hair style
Mae Clarke wearing wavy short bob hair style
Kristina Lenko's "the Kristina"
Kristina Lenko's "the Kristina"
Victoria Beckham's "the Posh"
Victoria Beckham's "the Posh"

Since the 1920s, the bob hairstyles have garnered continued popularity and have become a mainstay in hair fashion.

The Posh

One of the more popular bob hair styles is known as "the Posh," from fashion icon Victoria Beckham. Thousands of women around the world have copied her bob hair styles from short bob to medium bob hairstyles. Little did everyone know that Posh had copied this bob hair style from Canadian-born "Dancing on Ice" star Kristina Lenko.

The Kristina

In November 2005, Kristina Lenko was asked to join the new television series "Dancing on Ice." She used to wear her hair long and needed something shorter for the new show. She then went to her stylist in Toronto and told him "Do whatever you like." The result was an asymmetric bob hair style.

Kristina Lenko's asymmetric bob, known as "the Kristina", became in demand. Fans fell in love with the quirky bob hair style and started writing to her begging for the name of her stylist. Soon Victoria Beckham was fashioning "the Kristina," and being the fashion icon that Ms. Beckham is, "the Kristina" had become "the Posh" or the "the Pob" (coined word from Posh and Bob).

Katie Holmes and Nicole Richie are two other celebrities who gave the bob hair style a big boost in popular fashion. Katie wore a classic bob hair style medium length with bangs, while Nicole fashioned a long shoulder-grazing bob style. Both bob hairstyles are chic, stylish and glamorous.

One of the trends in bob hairstyles for 2011 is the inverted bob hair style, already fashioned by Victoria Beckham. The inverted bob hair style 2011 is basically an asymmetric haircut with short hair at the back with longer hair in the front. Jennifer Aniston surprised everyone in February 2011 with her new medium length hair style. Jennifer's new hair style is a great example of an inverted medium bob hair style.

Because the bob hairstyles are so versatile, the bob hair styles will be in fashion for many more generations to come.


Here are some trendy bob hairstyles in 2013 for short, medium and long hair styles.

Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles for Short, Medium, Long Hair

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Keira Knightley is wearing a precision cut bob style that is super sexy and easy to manage.  The precision cut bob hair style is hot hot hot this year - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles Long angled bob hair style.  Straight, a little layered and jagged cut ends, swept to the side to compliment the face - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesCute and chic medium bob hair style - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesJennifer Aniston's new bob hair style. This is bob hair style is shorter in the back which is also known as an invested bob - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesTeri Hatcher's new medium bob hair style is called the "flicked-fringe bouffant bob" - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesKimberly Caldwell has a layered short bob hair style.  This bob hair style looks so chic and sassy on Kimberly - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesParis Hilton's short bob hair style is very stylish yet easy to manage  - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesKatie Holmes' short bob hair style looks so glamorous - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesNicole Richie wears a long bob hair style that is jagged cut at the ends - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair StylesRihanna wears a funky layered bob that is so hot hot hot.  This is my favourite Rihanna hair style - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Keira Knightley is wearing a precision cut bob style that is super sexy and easy to manage.  The precision cut bob hair style is hot hot hot this year - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Keira Knightley is wearing a precision cut bob style that is super sexy and easy to manage. The precision cut bob hair style is hot hot hot this year - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Long angled bob hair style.  Straight, a little layered and jagged cut ends, swept to the side to compliment the face - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Long angled bob hair style. Straight, a little layered and jagged cut ends, swept to the side to compliment the face - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Cute and chic medium bob hair style - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Cute and chic medium bob hair style - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Jennifer Aniston's new bob hair style. This is bob hair style is shorter in the back which is also known as an invested bob - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Jennifer Aniston's new bob hair style. This is bob hair style is shorter in the back which is also known as an invested bob - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Teri Hatcher's new medium bob hair style is called the "flicked-fringe bouffant bob" - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Teri Hatcher's new medium bob hair style is called the "flicked-fringe bouffant bob" - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Kimberly Caldwell has a layered short bob hair style.  This bob hair style looks so chic and sassy on Kimberly - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Kimberly Caldwell has a layered short bob hair style. This bob hair style looks so chic and sassy on Kimberly - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Paris Hilton's short bob hair style is very stylish yet easy to manage  - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Paris Hilton's short bob hair style is very stylish yet easy to manage - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Katie Holmes' short bob hair style looks so glamorous - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Katie Holmes' short bob hair style looks so glamorous - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Nicole Richie wears a long bob hair style that is jagged cut at the ends - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Nicole Richie wears a long bob hair style that is jagged cut at the ends - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Rihanna wears a funky layered bob that is so hot hot hot.  This is my favourite Rihanna hair style - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles
Rihanna wears a funky layered bob that is so hot hot hot. This is my favourite Rihanna hair style - Bob Hairstyles 2013 - Bob Hair Styles

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Rosie2010 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi Kerry, thank you for your comment and I'm glad you found it 'terrific'... wow so cool. I agree, Katie and Keira look adorable in bobs... specially Keira. Cheers!

Have a wonderful day,

Rosie


Kerry43 3 years ago

Katie and Keira are just adorable in bobs. Thanks for sharing Rosie2010, terrific hub as usual :)


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dotty1 5 years ago from In my world

Brilliant hub ....my favourite hairstyle and I just keep going back to it...timeless... and I am taking your photos to the hairdressers with me next time heheheh x


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Princessa 5 years ago from France

Great examples of bob hairstyles. I cut mine like that after the birth of my first child. I had very long hair before and I remember that my usual hairdresser refused to do me a "short bob". I had to change hairdressers!! Having a short bob after going for years with long hair felt liberating.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh no, now I miss my bob!! Growing out one's hair is such a chore. =_=


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Brilliant hub thanks for sharing Rosie.

I'm afraid that my hair is so curly that I have never had it cut and styled into a bob however i still enjoyed this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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quildon 5 years ago from Florida

Great hub, Rosie. The bob used to be one of my favorite hair styles when I wore my hair straight.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a great hub and your pictures are excellent. Rated up.


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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

Great hub and great examples!


Justsilvie 5 years ago

Nice hub! I have also learned to love that hairstyle and I as get older and have decided to enjoy the gray in my hair I like it even more. Just need to grow out a couple of more layers. *Smile*

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