Selena Gomez shocked fans this week when the famously long-haired singer stepped out in a dramatic bob with bangs. Sure, it was just a wig, but we can’t help but wonder if it’s a baby-step towards her chopping it all off for real. The bob has been big in 2013, but it’s a hairstyle that seems to come back every decade or so with a renewed vengeance. Historically, it wasn’t until the 1920s when actresses such as Louis Brooks and designer Coco Chanel started wearing the bob that it became not only popular but also symbolic of modernity and female empowerment. Come the 1960s, Vidal Sassoon and the “mop top” Beatles trend brought back the look and it has never really looked back since. In the 2000s, everybody from Madonna to Rihanna to Victoria Beckham have been credited with reviving the style yet again. The beauty behind the cut is that it is easily styled for the tastes of the day, with many varying incarnations over the years, while still giving women a look that is equal parts effortless and sophisticated.
A super hot trend for 2013 in particular has been the faux bob. Everybody from Zooey Deschanel to Zoe Saldana has been rocking it, no doubt thanks to the The Great Gatsby. You can get the look by curling your hair and letting it cool before tucking up the ends and pinning them to your head. Seal the deal with a flexible hairspray to ensure your faux bob lasts while you flap the night away.