As temperatures rise, so too does the appeal of shorter hair. So hallelujah for Chloë Grace Moretz who has satisfied that craving with her new ”90s heartthrob bob’.
There was a time when no male actor worth his salt wasn’t sporting either long choppy hair or styling it into a wet-look quiff. Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio all regularly worked these looks in their ‘90s era and Harry Styles still leans into both iterations today.
But now it’s the turn of the ladies to dust off the trend with a haircut that magically hits the sweet spot between androgynous and chic.
Chloë is certainly putting the ‘90s heartthrob bob back on the map after long-time hairstylist Gregory Russell chopped off her long hair in favour of a jaw-skimming bob that is a radical deviation from her normal style.
In an Instagram post dated 25th June, she can be seen pairing her fresh cut, where the front section is nonchalantly flipped to the side, with a flash of red lipstick and that other ’90s staple: matt foundation.
That said, the ‘90s heartthrob bob is a trend that has been slowly been gaining steam. Everyone from Hailey Bieber to Jennifer Garner, Florence Pugh and Charlize Theron have been popularising the look of late, while Scarlett Johansson has taken to borrowing both the quiff and wet-look elements for her red carpet up-dos.
How to create the ’90s heartthrob bob
The beauty of the ‘90s heartthrob bob is that it is styled in such an effortless, carefree way, says international session stylist Syd Hayes. “It is pushed back with no specific parting; it has added grit for hold and is slightly damp at the root.”
He recommends asking your hairdresser to cut your hair “into a straight line bob before softening the edges with a razor to give it an undone texture.”
Hairstylist Larry King adds, “Simplicity defines this look. The finished bob looks a little bit uneven, almost as if you’ve done it yourself. You can personalise it: you can have an outgrown fringe cut in, or you can just hoick the hair up a bit in the front to frame the face perfectly.”
When it comes to styling the ’90s heartthrob bob, Syd recommends creating root lift with a blast of Evo Root Canal Volumising Spray before blasting strands with the Babyliss Air Pro 2300 hairdryer.
Once dry, Syd likes to spritz strands with the Hair by Sam McKnight Sundaze Sea Spray, using his fingers to push the hair into place.
If you prefer a high-shine, wet-look finish, Larry recommends mixing his Spoilt for Choice Hair Oil with a finishing cream and evenly distributing it through damp hair.
Flip your parting to the side and voila! You’ve mastered what Syd calls “this super simple yet cool bob”.
For more from Fiona Embleton, GLAMOUR’s Acting Associate Beauty Director, follow her on @fiembleton.
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