Bob cut

any hairstyle for medium-length hair where the hair is cut along a circular line around the head, letting it cover the ears and hang above the shoulders

A bob cut, also known as a bob, is a short to medium length haircut, in which the hair is usually cut straight around the head at about where the jaw is, but no longer than shoulder-length. It usually has bangs at the front. The standard bob cut shows the back of the neck and keeps all of the hair above the shoulders.

Actress Louise Brooks wearing a bob cut in 1929

Hairdressers in the 1920s, whose training was mainly in arranging and curling long hair, did not realize that short hairstyles for women had become popular, and many barbers in many cities found lines of women outside their shops, waiting to have short bob cuts.[1][2]


  1. "Bernice Bobs Her Hair: Introduction Page". Archived from the original on 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2005-12-27. Original illustration to FITZGERALD, F. S.: "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", The Saturday Evening Post, 1 May 1920
  2. In 1921 The New York Times reported women hairdressers in Connecticut wishing to bob hair would have to obtain a barber's licence: The New York Times, August 23, 1921