For many women, a bobbed hairstyle symbolizes power, authority and assertiveness. Take Cleopatra, ruler of Ancient Egypt, for example. She is often depicted wearing this chic hairstyle.

Throughout history, this hairstyle has evolved into many different shapes and cuts. But no matter how much time passes, the basis of this classic cut remains the same.

In the United States, the onset of World War I in 1917 inspired many women to cut their traditionally long hair into shorter bobs as they prepared for factory work while the men went to fight. The bob hairstyle remained popular three years later as women were granted the right to vote in 1920. Similarly, the 1920s are often associated with flappers, who traditionally wore bobbed hairstyles, accessorized with beads or embellished head pieces.

Historic Bob

In the 1960s, the bob became much shorter, more angular and very structured. The 1970s revised the bob’s shape to create a bouncy, airier feel. When the 1980s rolled around, the bob took on a new form when shaving the underside of the head became a popular addition to this classic style.

1980s Bob

Today, sleek, angular bobs are increasingly popular, with the sections closest to the chin being longer and more emphasized than the rest of the hair. Many celebrities, including Katy Perry and Ashley Greene, have been seen wearing this cute cut.

Modern Bob

How do you see the bob evolving in years to come?