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The 1960's Mod Bob

The 60s might be long gone, but that's not to say that its Mod vibes are any less alluring. With the 1960s very much a part of the fashion scene again, our attention turns to the hairstyles and haircuts that not only have overtones of the decade, but also romanticise it. And romantic is precisely what the Mod bob is.

It's the perfect year for those of us who are nostalgic and cannot stop dreaming of the past, and an equally perfect year for those wont to follow fashion designers whose creative minds draw inspiration from the years gone by.

While there are certainly other decades of influence, one of the biggest fashion trends that’s defining the year is the 1960s fashion revival. First runway shows aplenty had a sixties-makeover and then the London look presented us with a modern Swinging Sixties muse. With many a fashion accessory also taking inspiration from the sixties, it was almost certain that women’s hairstyles would quickly get inline with the evolving trend.

So we see the return of the Mod-bob, a 1960s inspired hairstyle short on length but heavy on bobby pins.

1960 Bob cut

The Mod Bob Now

If you’re looking for the perfect example of how the Mod bob revival should be worn and styled then you need look no further than the Arizona Muse and Daphne Groeneveld 60s inspired photo shoot for issue 35 of Self Service magazine. Much hyped, it’s Muse who rocks the hairstyle and whose model-of-the-moment qualities have propelled it.

1960 short bob

The Mod, 1960s bob is a hairstyle dependent on texture. You need the added volume, the oomph and the strength to make it seem like you’ve spent hours on styling it (but secretly, you haven’t). To make the hairstyle work now remember to avoid making it a precise replication of the era. You’re not aiming for Twiggy’s hair, nor Bardot’s. Instead you’re aiming for a hairstyle that evokes and romanticised the 1960s, even if it didn’t really exist within the iconic images of the day.

The Cuts

While hairstyles in the 60s were certainly made up of more than one distinct length, it was an era very much defined by its shorter hair – hence 70s fashion is all about length. So it is that this is a style designed for those with a bob haircut. The best length for the cut of the bob is chin length, but it’s also going to be able to work with a shorter, Twiggy length bob. If you are having your hair cut shorter, the trick is to maintain the sharpness and strictness of the bob by booking regular follow-up trims, ideally every 6-weeks.

The Tools

To style this look, you’ll be able to make use of

  • Hair Mousse
  • Volumising cream
  • Hairspray
  • A Hair straightener and/or curling wand
  • A Comb
  • A Paddle Brush
  • Bobby pins

Styling It

The mantra is texture – this hairstyle is all about getting the texture and volume around the crown.

  1. Take small sections around the crown of your head and backcomb it. The general rule for backcombing is to take a tail-comb brush and comb the hair three times in a downward motion. Don’t be rigorous and rough as you’ll damage the roots. Section the hair in three parts and that should create enough volume around the crown.

  2. Lightly settle the flyaways and spray and generous amount of hairspray onto the bouffant section.

  3. Pick a hair parting now; we recommend the site parting as worn by Twiggy and Arizona Muse, though you’re equally as able to borrow from Bardot should a centre-part better suit your face shape.

  4. If you opt for a center part: Whether you have a fringe or not, part the hair down the middle and pull back the hair from either side. Secure the sides with bobby pins, just behind ear at eye level. For long hair, create wavy curls or even straighten the locks.

  5. If you opt for a side part: Taking inspiration from Muse’s textural styling, create a side part on the right. Pull the hair on the other side and secure with a bobby pin at eye level. This will work best if you have a side fringe.

  6. End all styling with hairspray.

1960 blond bob