Hot on the tails of the Brit Bob (think choppy, cropped Lady Diana vibes) and the Frenchie bob (arfully, insouciantly messy, and sliced at the cheek for a peekaboo cut), the Italian bob takes the full-bodied and luxuriously polished texture that Italian film sirens and fashionistas, like Monica Bellucci, are known for, and generously adds a couple of extra plush inches to the trad bob.
There’s a new bob in town and brace yourselves, coz she’s an absolute fox. Enter: the Italian bob.
Basically it’s a bit more glam, which is the mood lots of us are chasing and two stylists in particular are leading the charge, serving up all the inspo we need. Nick Latham and Sean Paul Nother, the talent behind the salon and Instagram account The Hair Bros have been using their platform to break down what, exactly, the Italian bob is.
“It’s chunky-ended, neck grazing and long enough to tie up, yet short enough to turn heads,” Nick explains. Ideal going into autumn, the chunky, blunt ends and minimal, subtle layers add a sumptuous weightiness to hair to make it feel thicker, fuller and more expensive.
Celeb fans, like Kaia Gerber have boosted the cuts popularity, swerving rebel haircuts for a touch of soft glam with beautifully conditioned, freshly cut hair. The trick is to not overdo the styling and leave the shape to shine without beachy waves or obvious effort.
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Despite the upmarket glossy finish, the cut is remarkably easier to style. “The beauty of this haircut is its versatility. The heaviness allows for that Parisian air dried feel when left natural, but you can put a brush through it for a nod to classic 60’s glamour,” explains Sean. Even better, it looks fab no matter which way you flip it. “The Italian bob can be thrown into any parting with equal effect and to gain the second day volume we all love,” Sean adds.
And little tweaks can enhance the style, while making it more practical. “Wear it in the middle to frame your cheekbones, or tuck it behind your ears when hunched over a zoom call,” says Nick.
Stylish and super duper wearable… Where do we sign up?