A girl has to have tried a bob at least once in her life. You’ve got less than 100 years here, so you might as well spend 3 or 4 of those donning short hair (and trying to painstakingly grow it out).
Short hair is very divisive–you either love it or hate it, and if you love it, you often love it on others, not on yourself. It’s also not for the faint of heart–if you change your mind, you have to endure the year-long growing out process. And most importantly, you must have the right face-and-body structure for it to look good (lucky you, petite pixies).
Ready yet? Take a deep breath, say your last farewells, and head over to the salon to enjoy the freedom and badassery only short hair can give. Consider it your Christmas gift to yourself.
Here are six silver screen bobs to try before you die (just watch the films if you’re too chicken).
1. Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
You might not have seen the movie, but you’ve seen the iconic poster. Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino’s cult favorite will always have a special place in cool-girl history. This safe, just-above-the-shoulders bob is great for first-timers who want instant impact.
2. Natalie Portman in The Professional
A shorter, bolder version of the Mia Wallace haircut (it’s even shorter than Anna Wintour’s signature bob). This above-the-chin cut is strictly for pixie faces like Natalie’s. The bangs cut mid-forehead too, so only the brave need apply. If you ever try this cut, send us a photo and we’ll applaud you.
3. Scarlett Johansson in Lucy
This is a sexy, voluminous bob with long frace-faming bangs. The key to the look is choppy ends. Just imagine how easy this is to style–a dollop of mousse in the morning and you’re ready to go!
4. Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil
This cut will come in handy during the apocalypse. A shorter version of Scarlett’s hair, this messy bob is much easier to style and much chicer.
5. Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux
Sleek, sharp, and futuristic. This cut is shorter in the back, with longer frace-faming strands in front–similar to Victoria Beckham’s signature bob, but we love it in black.
6. Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted
This is the shortest of the bunch. The Tinkerbell/Peter Pan cut screams French-chic, and doesn’t require any styling (but it needs to be trimmed every 2 or 3 weeks). Again, this is strictly for small, elfin faces. Proceed with caution.