Mention red-carpet hairdos and most would envision glamorous coiffures, flowing waves and elegant chignons.
But at some recent red-carpet events, actresses went for updated versions of the sleek and simple bob. Actresses Sarah Hyland and Taraji P. Henson both attended the recent Emmy awards with different takes on the style.
Model Kiko Mizuhara showed up at the Hollywood premiere of the film Attack On Titan with a slicked-back style that showed off her defined features.
Hairstylists here say short hair is all the rage this season and the bob is definitely making an impact.
“I think short hair brings out a person’s character. It shows independence and confidence and it is trendy,” says Mr Jordan Lam, style director at Toni & Guy (East Coast).
The versatility of the bob also adds to its appeal.
Mr Eugene Ong, founder and managing director of Urbanhair salon at Seviin at Tangs, says: “Most women think shorter hair is less feminine and could be unflattering to their face shape. But longer hair doesn’t always make your face look smaller. “The bob is great because it is highly versatile. It can be expressed in so many variations. It is all about showing your own personality.”
Indeed, whether it is graduated, blunt, curled or coloured, the bob is adaptable to different face shapes, personalities and occasions.
How to style the look:
1. Apply a smoothening cream to damp hair.
2. Lightly blow-dry the hair.
3. Spray serum onto hair and use a paddle brush to brush the hair back and towards the nape of the neck. Use a smaller brush to comb back baby hair. Repeat until a slick, slightly wet look is achieved.
4. Finish with a strong-hold hairspray to keep the style in place.
Products that help you achieve a picture-perfect bob
1. Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream, $39, from Sephora stores
Use this to make curls last longer. Scrunch the cream into towel-dried hair and let it dry naturally for best results.
2. Moroccanoil Frizz Control, $54, from selected salons
Keep the frizziness in control with this nourishing oil product. Spray a few pumps onto clean, damp hair, then style as usual.
3. Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Prime Light, $40, from Sephora stores
Detangles, nourishes, smoothens and preps hair for styling. Spritz this lightweight hair primer on clean, towel-dried hair.
4. John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Volume In-Shower Treatment, $21.90, from selected personal care stores
This promises to leave hair full and voluminous, even after a couple of washes. Apply this on clean hair. Leave on for three to five minutes and rinse. Blow-dry hair for best results.
5. Dove Nutritive Solutions Volume Nourishment Root Lift Spray, $16.90, from selected personal care stores
Treats the locks and scalp while adding volume to the hair roots.
6. La Biosthetique Biosthetics Heat Protector Shape spray, $36, from selected salons
Smoothens hair while providing protection from heated styling tools. Spritz onto towel-dried hair before a blow-dry.
7. Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Classic Perfect Tease Dry Shampoo, $15.90, from selected personal care stores
Used backstage at London Fashion Week to keep the models’ hair clean as well as add volume and texture.
8. Original & Mineral Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray, $40, from Sephora stores and selected salons
A firm-hold hairspray that still lets users style hair the way they want. Contains the fruit extracts of lilly pilly and quandong to nourish hair.
A version of this story was originally published in The Straits Times on 8 October 2015. For more stories like this, head to www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle