Thanks to The White Lotus, people around the world are dreaming of visiting Sicily with freshly chopped Italian bobs à la Simona Tabasco. The Italian bob is a single-length bob with heavy ends that sit on the chin or slightly below. Fringe is optional and can range from eyebrow grazing to single-length. Flip or no flip? That is the question. Teresa Romero, creative director for Sam Villa and artistic/education director for Jose Luis Salon @_teresa_romero breaks down this spring and summer 2023 trend.
“It’s the heavier, full, chunky permitter and lack of layers that set this bob apart from others,” Romero says. “The weight and volume are at the ends, which brings a lot of attention to the chin area.”
How to Cut an Italian Bob
For the hair to drop easily into a natural fall while airdrying, use little to no tension while cutting the perimeter. Use a Sam Villa Signature Series 7” Dry Cutting Shear on dry hair and the Classic Series 5.5” Shear on wet hair.
For a clean neckline, low hairlines may require shaving the neck, while high, low-density hairlines may need to remain more single-length to protect the structured perimeter.
For a precision finish, texturize with the 7” Dry Cutting Shear after hair is dried and styled.
How to Style an Italian Bob
For a casual finish with loose texture, use a Sam Villa Pro Results 3-in-1 Blow Dry Hot Brush to create waves and/or a beveled flip at the ends. The combination of a blow dryer with a hot brush adds polish and shine while drying and makes it easy to add shape.
For a smooth finish with high gloss, use a Sam Villa Signature Series Sleeker Professional Straightening Iron to smooth hair and bevel ends/fringe.
“This cut is low maintenance and can usually be styled with minimal effort. Plan to get it touched up every 6–8 weeks to maintain the chin-grazing length,” Romero says.