With summer already upon us, you don’t want to be weighed down by heavy, hot long hair. The ideal summer haircut is a cute blonde bob haircut – the perfect summer hair color mixed with the ideal carefree, low-maintenance style. You’ll be the envy of all your friends with a platinum blonde bob haircut!
The short blonde bob haircut has been the haircut of choice for daring females in the past like Coco Chanel, Louise Brooks and Elizabeth Taylor, but the above-the-shoulder length, whether in a classic polished style or a longer, more mussed-up look, is completely timeless. Today’s stars like Katy Perry and Keri Hilson have been spotted in blonde bob haircuts, and they’re not the only ones to adopt the look. Lately Taylor Swift, model Karlie Kloss and actress Scarlet Johansson have been spotted wearing the look, while for Cameron Diaz, the blonde bob never went out of style.
Historically, women in the western world had worn their hair long. The short bob cut first appeared on a few actresses and starlets in the 1900s, but it wasn’t considered respectable by the general public until the 1910s and 1920s, when it eventually became the most popular female hairstyle in the world. The bob symbolized female freedom and independence. While it has come and gone out of fashion since then, it has never completely disappeared – the short bob haircut is truly timeless.
Of course, summer is also the perfect time to go blonde, conjuring up images of sun-kissed highlights and beach-bleached hair. Ask your stylist to avoid using bleach on your hair – it will damage the strands and weaken your hair. It’s better to ask for a “lift” that uses color to lighten your hair by a few shades to get that sun-baked, natural look. If you have dark hair, you might not be able to achieve a true “blonde,” but you could end up with beautiful caramel highlights like supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Now it’s time for the cut. The swingy layers of the bob flatter all face shapes, from oval to round to square. For a polished look that switches effortlessly from day to night, choose a long bob (or “lob”) like Jessica Alba’s. Anne Hathaway’s tousled bob proves you don’t need long hair for beachy waves, while Karlie Kloss’s style circa 2013 (a nape-level bob with layers in the front and bangs) caused almost as much of a sensation as Jennifer Aniston’s legendary “Rachel” cut. For a timeless look, take a cue from Jodie Foster or Vogue editor Anna Wintour and ask your stylist for a simple blunt bob that hits directly below the chin.