The bob wasn’t the only hairdo popular in the 1920s, and fashionable hair got shorter and shorter. Later in the decade the shingle and Eton crop were other fashionable cuts. Also many ‘nice’ girls still kept theirs long and wore it in styles imitating a bob. However, it is the iconic hairdo of the decade. The nice thing about the bob is that you can centre-part it like Louise Brooks, side part it like Colleen Moore, have it curly like Clara Bow, have a fringe, don't have a fringe…
Hints on getting your hair bobbed
Take a photo of the sort of thing you want to your hairdresser. In my experience they have trouble understanding that you really do want it THAT short and THAT blunt. If they don’t get it and you’re lucky, they’ll give you a 60s-style bob instead. If you’re unlucky, you’ll come out with a very dull, mumsy-looking bob. Remember that photo!
The only real hassle with a bob is getting it cut regularly to keep it smart. Otherwise, as long as you pick a bob that works with your hair (don't try to look like Louise Brooks if you've got curls, don't go for a Clara Bow if your hair is poker-straight) I reckon it's the lowest-maintenance vintage 'do there is.
In need of inspiration?
Head over to the website Silent Ladies and Gents, where the gallery devoted to The Silent Flappers is packed with shots of the leading flapper stars of the 1920s from Josephine Baker to Alice White. Your bob is in there!