The Italian Bob Haircut: Get The Retro Look

6 June 2024 | Hairstyles

The Italian bob haircut – a timeless style that has graced the heads of fashionable women for decades. But what sets this cut apart and what makes it any different to any other bob from literally any other country?! 

We think it’s the undeniable air of retro chic that transports you straight back to the sun-soaked streets of 1960s Italy. Whether you’re sipping espresso in a quaint café or turning heads at cocktail hour, the Italian bob is your ticket to an effortlessly classy look.

What Is The Italian Bob?

The Italian bob is a short haircut, often characterised by its blunt ends and jaw-length cut. However, even the quickest Google will show you that the Italian bob tends to split into one of two camps: a sleek, polished cut that comes to a jaw-length point and a wavy bob with chunkier ends. 

Whichever you choose, the hallmark of the Italian bob haircut is its polished yet edgy look that screams sophistication.  

Why Choose The Italian Bob?

One word: iconic. The Italian bob is not just a haircut, it’s a statement. It has a certain je ne sais quoi (and yes, we know that’s French and not Italian!) that can make even the simplest outfit look chic. 

Plus, it’s incredibly versatile. Whether your hair is as straight as spaghetti or as curly as fusilli (see what we did there?) the Italian bob can be tailored to flatter any hair texture and face shape. 

Having said that, the cut does lend itself well to thicker hair, especially if you want the more textured version. But that’s not to say that those with straighter hair need to miss out as there are plenty of bob hairstyles to suit fine hair – you’ll just need a little more styling product if you want the choppy look.

Getting The Cut

Before you march into your local salon, e.g. your favourite Hertford hairdressers Tierney Salons, and demand “give me the Italian bob!”, here are a few tips to ensure you walk out happy:

  • Bring visuals: have a few photos on hand to show your stylist exactly what you envision. Remember, one person’s Italian bob might be another’s French bob. 
  • Discuss your hair texture: this cut works on many hair types, but adjustments might be needed. A good stylist will know how to tweak the cut to suit your unique locks.
  • Consider your face shape: the Italian bob is flattering on many, but your stylist might suggest slight modifications to accentuate your best features. For example, an Italian bob with bangs or a fringe may work well for you.

Styling Your Italian Bob

Achieving that glossy, polished look characteristic of the Italian bob isn’t rocket science, but it does require a bit of finesse. Here’s how to nail it:

  • Smoothness is key: use a smoothing shampoo, such as Davines’ LOVE Shampoo and its matching conditioner to fend off frizz. A good heat protectant is also a must before you use any hot tools.
  • Blow-dry with precision: a round brush will be your best friend here. Work in small sections, aiming the dryer down the hair shaft to increase shine and smoothness.
  • Finish with style: A light dab of hair oil (we like Davines’ OI Oil) can help tame flyaways and give your bob that glossy finish. For a more textured look try a few squirts of This is a Dry Texturizer, also by Davines, which does exactly what it says on the can.

Maintaining the Look

The Italian bob might be low maintenance, but it does require regular trims to keep it looking sharp, especially if you’re rocking the sleeker version. Every 6-8 weeks is ideal to keep those ends blunt and the shape intact. Remember, the beauty of this cut is its clean lines and symmetry – once those start to go, it just isn’t the Italian bob anymore.

Get the Italian Bob at Tierney Salons Hairdressers Hertford

Are you thinking about trying out the Italian bob? Luckily for you, a slice of la dolce vita is waiting for you right here in Hertford. At Tierney Salons, we are living for this haircut’s vintage Italian flair: it’s iconic, it’s chic, and it’s definitely sexy. Book your appointment now and we look forward to saying “ciao bella” to you soon!