Let us take you on a hair journey that stretches far back to times before smartphones and cameras. Back to when short hair wasn’t always as widely accepted as it is now.
WHAT IS A BOB CUT?
When something dealing with hair is referred to as a “bob cut,” ” bob,” or “bobbed” it usually refers to the length of the side’s of your hair not being longer than shoulder length, and typically bangs trimmed up above one’s eyebrows.
This style was popularized in the early 20th century and continues to grow into what we know today as the “faux locs bob.” So sit down and strap yourself in as we dive deep into the trendy bobbed hairstyle all the way from the beginning.
WHO WORE IT FIRST?
Many give credit to the bobbed hairstyles’ iconic “eyebrow length bangs,” to the many celebrities and stylists of the early 20th century. As we agree with the rise in popularity of the “French Cut Bob” from actress Polaire in early France, 1900s and also the “short bob cut” created by polish hairdresser and celebrity stylist Antoni Cierplikowski back in 1909; we would like to recognize a time thousands of years ago around the time of Egypt 43B.C.
CLEOPATRA THE TRENDSETTER
As many hairstylists and hairdressers claim fame to the short hair look, we find many artifacts that depict the style being already worn thousands of years ago.
Early sculptures and stone carvings show a queen of Egypt, wearing short bangs and shoulder-length faux loc braids on her head. The sculptures are very ancient and old but there are also clear remnants of loc jewelry used to accessorize the hairdo.
As records show, in between 69 and 30B.C, Egyptian queen Cleo Patra shaved her head bald and wore a hairpiece crafted of the finest threads and fiber strands in what looks to be a “castle bob” hairstyle variation with braided plait locs around the sides and back of her head at shoulder lengths. This styling looks very close to the one worn in the very famous 1963 “Cleopatra” movie starring Elizabeth Taylor.
As this hairstyle could have lead way too much more short banged variations, there are no clear lines that show she was the true inspiration for the recently famous bob stylings.
STARTING A FASHION
Short natural hair was not generally respected or acceptable for women in the 19th century. Short hair was often used as a way to shame a woman. It wasn’t until 1890 that we start to see a rise in the literature on shorter stylings, beginning to plant opinions in the minds of many women and hairdressers.
Many newspaper companies published articles in the early 1900s that included celebrities rocking the new growing hairstyle.
One of such articles was from Time magazine that was published on Feb 15, 1926, that mentioned “Lady Diane Manners.” This one of the earliest records illustrated with women wearing bobbed hairstyles so openly.
WOMAN BOBBING IN WORLD WAR 1
The immense growth of bob styling is during the second world war. The war intensified and shifted causing every hand to be needed to back our troops.
During this time, many women needed to cut their hair short to work in the men’s workplace to replace their husbands who were drafted into the war. When the war ended in 1918, women continued to work and keep their new hairdos.
FLAPPERS IN THE 1920S
With the rise of women wanting their individuality, the females of the 1920s created their own culture style called flappers. These women wore small skirts, expressive makeup, short bob hairstyles, and taunted their disobedient behavior. They gained so much popularity that even a magazine called “The Flapper” was published in Chicago in 1922 (4).
The magazine published many outstanding writings that really captivated all the flappers and their wonderful styles and agendas. These Bobilites, as they were sometimes called, would finger coil their short hair and hold them up with a now-trendy hairpin accessory.
BOBBY PINS AND HAIR ACCESSORIES
Cosmetics manufacturer Luis Marcus saw an opportunity to invent a wonderful metal cuff that would capitalize on the now trending bob hairstyle. They created the “Bobby Pins,” a thin metal cuff pin meant to hold hair together to achieve intricate bob hairstyles.
Many hair and cosmetic companies started seeing bob styling trends and began to create their beautiful accessories. These include hair extensions and other attachments to achieve more unique bob looks and updos.
FAUX LOCS BOB
Faux locs started to appear In the early 1950s as an imitations deadlock. With collaborations of styles and accessories rising in popularity throughout the hair community, it wasn’t long before faux locs would adopt the short bob length stylings. These locs could be crafted from synthetic hair or human hair to look exactly like real dreads and be trimmed to any length.
AVERAGE FAUX LOC BOB LENGTH
The length of very common bob crochet faux locs range from “shoulder” sizes of 10 to 14 inches and “ear” and “bang” measurements that range from 4 to 8 inches.
HOW TO INSTALL CROCHET LOCS
Crochet Faux loc bob hairstyles are easy to make as you can buy locs that are already rolled, twisted, braided, or backcombed into a loc to be installed in your hair. You can also make the locs yourself with a hair extension piece by wrapping the locs to the desired length, just like regular dreadlocs.
MAINTAIN THOSE LOCS
Many make the mistake of thinking with less hair; they can get away with less maintenance. Bob locs are no exception to the rules. You still need to wash your hair and shower regularly. To avoid damaging your soft locs, try air drying after showering, avoid towel drying your loc, and using a shower cap or rubber bands during regular washes to hold the full lace from getting distressed.
Only use cleaning products on your scalp and natural hair. Avoid getting conditioner on your locs because they can leave an excess oil residue that won’t correctly absorb like human hair.
Depending on what style you choose will also determine how much hair care will be required, so choose wisely.
TRENDY LOCS THAT CAN BE BOBBED
Many other faux locs crochet hair can be made into smaller lengths and used to create a fantastic bob look. So don’t be afraid to explore new and exciting styles and looks!
INVERTED ANGLED VARIATIONS
With new creations constantly emerging, some bob variation put the standard uniform trimmed styling on a complete tilt. This gives the hair a nice gradient slope that can start from the back or the front.
The inverted bob takes the angle hairstyle and flips it to where the long hair is in the front, and gradually slopes to short hair in the back while still maintaining the short bang iconic look. This can give you that excellent Thandie Newton, Rhianna, or Kerry Washington vibe.
WHERE TO BUY BOB FAUX LOCS
These short faux locs can be purchased at many famous hair vendors or online at many popular web portals. We don’t recommend buying from overseas or off amazon because of the disconnect from manufacturers’ supply and consumer demands. Here are some tips for a better buying opportunity that will result in more accurate purchases.
- Investigate the product page completely. If there are red flags, move on. Look thoroughly at all pictures and read product descriptions to better understand what you are about to buy.
- Read customer reviews as there are higher changes that a true friend will have left you extra information right in their comment.
ARE BOB GODDESS FAUX LOCS DIFFERENT THEN REGULAR GODDESS FAUX LOCS?
Yes, they are different. Locs that are meant for bob hairstyles are typically only shoulder lengths and come with smaller locs for the bangs.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO DO CROCHET BOB FAUX LOCS?
The crochet method of installing faux locs is one of the fastest ways of adding hair extensions and will typically be completed in about an hour and a half.
CAN I TURN REGULAR LOCS CROCHET BRAIDS INTO BOB LOCS?
No, most locs come premade and pre-looped as well as ready to install. It is safer to buy locs that are labeled for the bob hairstyling locs styles than trying to alter pre-made dreadlocks.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY FAUX LOCS BOB?
It would be best if you wash your locs before installing and any time you start to notice any build-up or a smell.
WHAT COLORS ARE THE MOST COMMONLY USED FOR CREATING BOB LOC HAIRSTYLES?
Faux locs can come in many variations of colors that we are sure you will like and prefer. Some popular colors are black, burgundy, brown, and ombre.
HOW DO I HIDE MY CROCHET LOOP FROM POINT OF ATTACHMENT?
The best technique for hiding any hair section is to grab a kinky piece of Marley hair or hair extension and wrap the roots and loop that hold the crochet individual to your hair.
Bob locs can be an excellent way of expressing your strong independent, and professional self. Don’t be afraid to be the first one to rock these beautiful looks. Make sure to leave us a comment with all your favorite faux locs bob creations!
- Andrews, Evan. “10 Little-Known Facts About Cleopatra.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, Aug 12, 2015, www.history.com/news/10-little-known-facts-about-cleopatra.
- “Encyclopedia of Hair: a Cultural History: Sherrow, Victoria: Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming.” Internet Archive, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1970, archive.org/details/encyclopediaofha0000sher.
- “TIME Magazine Cover: Lady Diana Manners – Feb 15, 1926.” Time, Time Inc., content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19260215,00.html.
- “Cleopatra VII.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, Jan 13, 2021, www.biography.com/royalty/cleopatra-vii.
- Wrote, Sydneyflapper (Sydneyflapper), et al. “The Flapper Magazine November 1922.” Sydneyflapper, May 18, 2008, sydneyflapper.livejournal.com/5844.html.