The ‘French bob’ is the cheekbone-skimming hairstyle for when you want a fresh chop
Maybe it’s because we’re all booking in for a post-pandemic chop, or we’re lusting over a face-framing way to switch up long hair, but the bob haircut is reigning supreme when it comes to hair trends. It’s not hard to understand why: it’s as versatile as it is flattering, and can be radical, rebellious, sexy and very, very chic.
Speaking of chic, we should mention the French bob hair trend, which is set to be even more popular this year than it was in 2021. Here are all the reasons you should consider it for your next salon visit…
First, it satisfies the desire to cut the whole lot off, but in a way that not only saves on blow drying time (hallelujah) but also absolutely nails the relaxed vibe you’re after.
Second, if you’ve experimented with hair colour and want to lop off all the damage, you can do so in style.
And third, the French bob is gloriously low maintenance. The cut pretty much takes care of things, which means you won’t have to spend as much time styling it. In fact, it looks pretty when slicked back and wet, while air drying adds to its messy appeal.
So what exactly makes a bob “French”? Traditionally, they’re cut daringly short along the the mouth line and accompanied by a straight, brow-skimming fringe. However, the modern incarnation is a little less rigid and we’ve seen both elements worn separately.
Actress Ana de Armas has been rocking an outgrown Frenchie after getting her hair cut short at the start of the year. Her bob sits just above her shoulders, but the cute fringe remains.
Likewise, you can side part your fringe, or do away with it completely, if you fancy like model Hannah Klein, who paired her cheek-skimming cut with a more off-duty side parting.
The main feature every French bob has to have, however, is attitude. It needs to feel light and airy, but not too “done”. Think “I woke up like this” but with added French chicness.
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