Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Cameron Diaz bob hairstyle - Valentino Haute Couture SS12

Is it just me or is, like, every celebrity wearing her hair in a bob, or at least a lob (long bob), lately? If I think back to my magazine beauty editor days, I know they both had their moments through the mid- to late-’00s, starting with Katie Holmes and Rihanna going for the chop, and then the whole lob thing started by Gwyneth (who then passed the torch to Olivia Palermo).

I know, it’s hard to keep up. (Although if you recall, I did alert you to this whole development last year.) So what’s changed? Well, it feels like celebs are going even shorter now—as in well above the collarbones, or even above chin-length. And there are certainly more and more of them getting in on the trend. So that makes my beauty Spidey sense start to tingle, and I can’t help but feel the need to discuss this with you guys… in case you’re kindamaybesorta thinking about a hair change. (Disclaimer: I say all of this even though personally, hell would have to freeze over before I cut my hair above shoulder-length.)

Oh! And you know what else really, REALLY convinces me that this bob thing is officially a full-fledged trend? Bachelor Ben.

Bachelor Ben Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

I’m in a Bachelor pool—you know, like a hockey pool except for girls—and therefore get to admire this guy’s hairstyle every Monday night. He’s wearing one hell of a bob, no?

Obviously, this style would be better on a female though (Ben doesn’t do it for me). So let’s talk about Cameron Diaz, the latest celeb to embrace the bob.

This is how it looked for its original debut at the Golden Globes after-party:

Cameron Diaz bob hairstyle Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Not so good, right? There’s something about those curls that’s terribly aging. The colour too—I maybe would’ve been down with this in my blonderexia days, but platinum can be very harsh on the complexion.

However. I reserve the right to change my mind, and as soon as I saw the pics of her wearing it in a straighter style, like at the Valentino couture show (at the top of this post), and here, at the Chanel show, I decided I’m Pro Bob on Cammy after all:

Cameron Diaz bob hairstyle Chanel Haute Couture SS12 Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of There’s Something About Mary and that gives me the warm fuzzies. But I think the bob just might be Cameron’s Life Cut. Her hair is so fine, it makes it look thicker—and worn straight, the style makes her look at least five years younger. I’m even changing my tune on the platinum, because her previous “bronde” tone would’ve looked just a bit too blah when straight. Do you agree?

Another recent bob convert is Katy Perry:

Katy Perry blue bob hairstyle Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

And unlike the Cameron situation, this just needs to stop. I’ve made no secret of the fact that the Katy I prefer is the Teenage Dream video Katy. I don’t think this short, super-straight style is doing her any favours… although let’s face it, the biggest crime is that colour. I’ve seen 12-year-olds with better Manic Panic skillz.

Now let’s move our attention to the recent SAG awards, because there was some excellent bob action on the red carpet. Well… can you call Ashlee’s style a bob? It’s maybe some kind of bob/short hair hybrid. And blow me over with a feather—I love it.

SAG Awards 2012 Ashlee Simpson Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Like I said, I’ll never cut my hair short—but if I absolutely had to, this would be the style for me. That deep side part and the way it tucks behind her ear is so pretty, and I’d say fairly universally flattering.

Rose Byrne’s SAG style was totally different but also gets two thumbs up from me:

SAG Awards 2012 Rose Byrne Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

With the bangs, it’s more of a commitment, but what an excellent style to show off shiny, healthy, swingy (preferably brunette) hair.

Then there’s the adorable Carey Mulligan. Did you know she’s playing Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (out in December)? I cannot wait.

Carey Mulligan London Film Critics Circle Awards Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Her style is a little bit similar to Ashlee’s with how it tucks so prettily behind the ears. LOVE.

Of course, no discussion of bobs/lobs would be complete without a mention of Olivia Munn, whose hair I’ve admired for some time now:

Olivia Munn Vanity Fair Fisker Automotive Golden Globe event Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Is it a bob or a lob? I guess it’s hovering somewhere in between, and is cut on an angle (Victoria Beckham styles). I’m actually not crazy about this and would love to see her go both softer and shorter.

Next up is Katherine Heigl, and for once I’m happy to be giving out beauty praise. Check it:

Katherine Heigl One for the Money photocall Berlin Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

What an improvement! For once, her hair is flattering and doesn’t make her look 20 years older. Let’s hope this development continues. Also? Cameron should have styled HER bob this way, with more controlled (not frizzy/dry) curls.

Last but not least, let’s look at two celebs who were first out of the gate on the bob trend. Remember Cate Blanchett at the Oscars last year?

Cate Blanchett 2011 Oscars Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Well, her hair has grown out a bit now… but I think it’s still safely in the lob category at least. (I actually think this looks better on her.)

Cate Blanchett Maison Louis Vuitton Roma Etoile Cocktail in Rome Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

The other early adopter was Dianna Agron:

Dianna Agron bob hairstyle Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Now, her hair is maybe an inch or two longer, and I absolutely adore how she keeps switching it up. Here’s a recent pic:

Dianna Agron The Trevor Projects 2011 Trevor Live Guys! I think 2012 is the year of The Bob (who knew Bachelor Ben was such a trendsetter?)

Love the volume on top, love the makeup even… just maybe think about those roots, Di.

Anyway! Clearly LOADS of bob looks to choose from—and I have word from celebrity hairstylist Rodney Cutler that the bob is “the most compelling haircut of all time.” (I interviewed him recently for a FLARE story—he’s the man behind Emma Watson’s pixie.) Rodney says the reason the bob is so great is that it works with every face shape and hair type… so if you’re considering a hair change, one of these celeb styles is bound to work for you. Remember, do as I say… not as I do.

Which bob do you like best?
Would you ever wear this length yourself?
Is Bachelor Ben giving anyone else the creeps? (Skinny-dipping with Courtney, Ben? COME ON.)

15 Comments

Stefanie
Monday, February 6/2012 at 7:12 pm

Yes yes yes! I’ve been thinking about Cammy’s new hairstyle sooooo much lately. She looks a million years younger and the colour is divine. I’m so glad she’s back to this cut.

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Rebekah
Monday, February 6/2012 at 8:58 pm

I’m growing out a pixie, and I’m about at Ashlee’s length/style, so I’m glad to see that this is an actual trend! I love it!

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Meeka
Monday, February 6/2012 at 9:54 pm

Hmm, I like the cut but not the color on Cameron. It’s at that ‘so blonde it’s white’ level and frankly makes her look like a granny. I think a color more like Cate B’s would be nicer. Speaking of Cate, I loved the short bob on her. Ashley’s is amazing, it looks so good on her! I actually like Katy P’s blue lob too, it’s quirky and fun, even if it could be a bit of a better dye job.

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QuiteLight
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 12:20 pm

I second everything Meeka said! Especially about Cameron’s colour; it’s just a hair off. It’s hard to pull off, and unflattering (in an aging kind of way) when you miss.

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Gauri
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 2:10 am

I ♥ the way Ashlee has styled her bob!

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Marina(Makeup4all)
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 5:25 am

Oh no, this is very tempting. I love such hair style but am trying to keep my hair long at least for some time!

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Nomadic D
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 6:42 am

Ashlee looks so (surprisingly) cute! I’ve been wishing I had the balls to cut my hair short for so long now – see most recent hair wishlist here:

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/2012/01/this-time-really-maybe.html

And guess what? I actually did it! Above the shoulders, totally choppy and shattered and tousled, and I’m in love with it. As someone who’s long locks for 9 years, I will say, it was a big leap for me, but I’m so glad I did it! I’ll get pictures up on the blog and soon as I get a chance!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Fotos
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 11:15 am

I would so chop my hair of for a style like Katy Perry or Olivia Munn, if I had the guts! I just really love my long hair (and is so afraid of looking older and more mature than I am. I’m 25 btw)

Thank you for an awesome blog! I just wanna sit down and play with my makeup and hair, whenever I read it. Those big, detailed pictures are so inspiring! :D

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MandyB
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 9:51 pm

I swear, the bob has been my life cut since I was about 7. There has been a couple times I’ve grown it out for a year or two, but I always chop it right back off.

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Sophia
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 12:33 am

Rose Byrne is a goddess. I went for that same cut two summers ago and although us mere mortals/blondes will never have hair that rich and shiny, I loved it. I’m at a lob now so we’ll see how long I last before chopping it off.

Diana Agron… no words, just wtf.

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Lisa
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 4:30 pm

Why does Katy Perry insist on making her eyes look so round??? Would love to see her get a “make-under”. She’s one of the few celebrities who’s look actually annoys me!

Love Cate Blanchet though. I am obsessed with her face.

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Ri
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 7:21 pm

I have to say cameron diaz looks aged to me, not liking the colour at all it needs more warmth caramel or something to it, and the oily skin doesnt help either.

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Suzi
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 8:32 pm

Seriously? The most recent picture of Cameron Diaz looks like Carol Channing.

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Amberly Charter
Friday, February 10/2012 at 3:56 pm

I’m getting my hair cut on Saturday, and this post convinced me to go from “just a trim” to “cut it all off!” This will be the first time it isn’t long since my sophomore year of high school! I Love Dianna Agron’s bob, with the slightly messy texture – that’s what I’m going to show my stylist! Thanks for this post!

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Nomadic D
Friday, February 10/2012 at 4:57 pm

Here’s a peak at my new short hair, just thought I’d link it here since I’d mentioned it earlier,

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/2012/02/liberated-leopard.html

For all of you out there contemplating it, I say Just Do It!

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