Tuesday 23 July 2019

Why the extreme bob is the hairstyle of the season - for any age

Xenia Adonts attends the Acne Studio Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 16, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images for Acne Studios)
Xenia Adonts attends the Acne Studio Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 16, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images for Acne Studios)
TOPSHOT - Best Actor nominee for "A Star is Born" Bradley Cooper (L) and Russian model Irina Shayk arrive for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)
Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Best Actress Olivia Colman. Picture: PA
Olivia Colman, winner of Best Actress for 'The Favourite', attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Bradley Cooper and partner Irina Shayk attended the Oscars together (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Best Actor nominee for "A Star is Born" Bradley Cooper (L) and his wife Russian model Irina Shayk arrive for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)
91st Academy Awards - Oscars Arrivals - Red Carpet - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 24, 2019. Charlize Theron. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Charlize Theron attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Helen Mirren (Jordan Strauss/AP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

If Fashion Month dictates what will trickle down to the high street next season, then the Oscars indicates what beauty looks we'll be able to replicate almost immediately. While most of our schedules aren't filled to the brim with black tie events, hair and makeup styles are easy to follow and incorporate into your regime straight away if you so wish.

At this year's Academy Awards, bobs reigned supreme with Irina Shayk, Charlize Theron and Brie Larson each embracing a significantly shorter 'do, each offering a modern take on the classic hairstyle. With Fashion Month wrapping up in Paris, influencers and celebrities like Olivia Culpo and Xenia van der Woodsen have been flocking to the front row, each sporting a sleek new bob, which is just the beginning, according to an Irish expert.

John Harvey at Peter Mark's Senior Creative Team said that "short hair is having a real moment again", adding, "Since last year we've seen a real increase in women who are prepared to go short or experiment with short hair."

The rise in popularity isn't just down to how well a look is photographed, but also how realistic it is to manage.

"Add this to the fact that texture in hair has been more structured and controlled in the past few fashion cycles, so this means the upkeep and style recreation of shorter styles is also easier and much more wearable," he adds. "Shorter hair is always more popular coming into the spring and summer months so you can expect to see lots of women sporting shorter styles in 2019."

With two of the most influential events in fashion and beauty taking place in recent weeks, John says we're exposed to even more avenues of inspiration to update our aesthetic.

Best Actor nominee for
Best Actor nominee for "A Star is Born" Bradley Cooper (L) and his wife Russian model Irina Shayk arrive for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

"It's not that red carpets necessarily dictate beauty or hair trends, it's just that high profile events like the Oscars bring these trends to the mainstream and give clients new inspirations," he says.

"Beauty and hair trends are still in the main dictated by global fashion weeks. That said events like the Oscars can offer interpretations of trends that will inspire clients to try something different whether that is a different parting, hair accessory or something a little more radical like a change in length / colour or embracing a new texture."

Should you be thinking about a short hairstyle, do your research and make sure you're realistic in your expectation - you may want Irina Shayk's hair but have a different face shape, so shop around before visiting the hair salon.

"If you don’t have a bob but this is making you think about getting one a little pro tip to help you narrow down your style choice when looking for bob-spiration is to pay more attention to celebrities and models who have a similar facial structure and shape to your own to see what will work for you," he said.

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