Trending Haircuts: The History and How-To on the Italian Bob Cut and Style

By: Kenra Professional

September 2023

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When it comes to hairstyles, the Italian Bob is a timeless classic that has endured through the ages with a recent resurgence thanks to the second season of Max’s wildly popular White Lotus. This chic and sophisticated haircut, known for its mid-short length and elegant lines, has been a favorite among fashion-conscious individuals for decades. Let’s delve into the history, features, and styling tips for the Italian Bob haircut, as well as explore its enduring appeal.

The Italian Bob, also known as the "Italiano" or "Italian Chic" haircut, has its roots in the 1960s, a decade known for its fashion-forward thinking and revolutionary style. This iconic haircut was popularized by glamorous Italian actresses such as Sophia Loren and Monica Vitti, who exuded elegance and grace both on and off the screen.

The Italian Bob is a classic cut that effortlessly blends tradition and modernity. Its clean lines and understated beauty have made it a staple in the fashion world, and it continues to inspire hairstylists and trendsetters around the globe. Here are a few of its key attributes:

Mid-Short Length The hallmark of the Italian Bob is its length, typically reaching just above the shoulders to mid-neck, unlike the French Bob which tends to be on the shorter side at chin length. This length not only exudes sophistication but also allows for easy maintenance.

Soft Layers To create movement and add texture to the hair, soft layers are often incorporated into the Italian Bob. These layers help maintain a sense of fluidity and lightness in the hairstyle.

Relaxed Styling The Italian Bob is usually styled to emphasize a natural relaxed appearance. This can be achieved by allowing the hair’s natural texture to shine through with air drying or lightly tousle drying with a round brush.

Versatility The Italian Bob is incredibly versatile and suits various face shapes. Whether you have a round, oval, or square face, a skilled stylist can tailor the haircut to enhance your features.

How to Cut an Italian Bob

(Follow along with the Step-by-Step Video Below!)

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Step 1: Prep the hair with Daily Provision Spray to give the hair great slip, starting by combing all the hair back and detangling it to create a clean profile parting. Starting in the back below the nape, create a diagonal forward parting that follows the head shape that mimics the client while their head is down.

Step 2: Cut the first section in the perimeter using the parting section as a guide to the shape. Length should be above the shoulders and below the chin.

Step 3: Using the guide section, continue to drop hair section by section until you reach the top of the ear where you can begin to incorporate the sides.

Step 4: Have the client sit with their head straight and shoulders down making sure that they are evenly positioned. Start with one side parting the section with the back and follow the guide from the back of the head moving to the side section.

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Step 5: Once the length is cut, work from the front of the head and bring hair straight forward in the fringe compartment, point cutting to the desired length and blending down to the sides.

Once the cut is complete, style as desired. For air drying, layer in Kenra Volume Mist 2 and Kenra Platinum Air Dry Crème 6. For textured blow-dry styling, layer with Kenra Volume Mist 2 with the option to add Kenra Volume Mousse 12 for additional volume on fine hair. Detail shape with Kenra Platinum Texturizing Taffy 13.

The Italian Bob's enduring appeal lies in its ability to evoke a sense of timeless beauty. Its simplicity and sophistication make it a go-to option for women of all ages who appreciate classic fashion and effortless style. This haircut transcends trends, allowing you to look chic and put-together regardless of the season or occasion.

The Italian Bob is not just a haircut; it's a symbol of enduring elegance. Whether you're inspired by the iconic Italian actresses of the 1960s or simply appreciate the beauty of a classic look, the Italian Bob is a hairstyle that will continue to capture hearts and turn heads for years to come. Embrace the Italian Bob, and you'll discover a world of sophistication and style that's always in vogue.

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