Women’s styles often steal liberally from menswear, but it is a more recent trend that men’s fashion borrows from women’s. The bob’s strong lines and minimal need for styling make it ideal for both genders, though the masculine version features a few key differences. Click the notes to learn more about achieving the perfect manly bob. –– Laura Martin
Step: The men’s variation of a bob should be the length of the back hairline or the occipital bone, not fall parallel to the jawline. This will help prevent the soft, curved-under edge that is typical of the feminine version.
Step: The hairline should be neatly barbered, and—if hair is thick—undercut. Strong edges and disconnection remove roundness from the shape.
Step: The front length of a manly bob is slightly shorter than the back, encouraging it to fall back, away from the face.
Step: A subtle square layer is cut through the top to remove bulk and encourage movement at the ends. Texture should also be added as needed to keep the silhouette from rounding.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle