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The bob hairstyle has come a long way since its heyday in the 1920s. Now days, everyone from celebrities to scene kids rock modified bobs. These updated bob hairstyles may feature jagged layers, cool color experiments or cutting-edge styling thanks to a cocktail of hair products. One caveat: Even a bedhead bob requires an investment of time and experimentation with styling tools to maintain that perfect mess.
Save those perfectly-edged bobs for the prep school kids. Wearing a jagged bob gives you rock star cred. To make this look work, toss out the scissors and grab a razor. Hack away at the ends of your hair so some strands stay long and others are short. Keep the top emo-sleek by smoothing through pomade, or go for a bedhead look of tousled locks by lifting your hair at the roots and working mousse through it.
You have several choices when styling a bob so that it hangs crookedly. For a super-dramatic style with no looking back, shave one side and leave the other side in a single-length bob. If you prefer a subtler look, buzz the back short and do an angled bob that gets longer toward the front. If you have a sleek bob and want to make it look more askew, trim one side a couple inches shorter than the other side.
Emo enthusiasts love to mess with their bangs. One classic emo look is to wear a bowl-cut like bob in basic black and slick your bangs down long and straight so they hang in your eyes. If you have a angled or tapered bob, you can pump up your style's volume on top by doing side-swept bangs. Part your hair on one side, comb it to the other side and spray it with styling gel or hairspray to slick it down and hold it in place. Or run mousse through your bangs to give it that poofy, volumetric look that screams New Wave.
Scene fans love to load on the color, and the faker the better. An Emo look may feature a black or platinum bob, but with isolated patches or long strands dyed fuchsia or turquoise. Go rave with a neon rainbow of clip-in hair extensions. Goth girls prefer basic black, be it a lace headband or a miniature top hat clipped to the crown of the head. For a punk princess look, spray a jagged bob with temporary color and top it with a rhinestone tiara.