Bobs are never far from our hair radar at Glasshouse, and we continue to embrace them in every shape and form. Shaggy, pixie-esque or modish - give us a bob and there’s a high chance we’ll be into it. Which is why the pageboy cut has caught our attention recently and proven to us that bobs are still very much du jour.
Based on the popular ‘pudding basin’ haircut of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, the pageboy is the straight-laced younger sister of the shag - less bedhead cool, more home-before-bedtime uncool. It’s poker straight and turned inwards below the ear with a brow-grazing fringe to boot. From a sideways view, this cut descends asymmetrically to form a mushroom top shape and a perfect curve at the ends.
You’d be wrong for thinking our description of the cut means we’re not a fan of the style - quite the opposite. In a world of beach waves and cascading curls, anyone who’s up for pulling off a haircut that’s reminiscent of every unpopular kid you went to school with (think Nicholas Hoult in About A Boy) is a hero in our eyes.
It’s retro appeal has been turned on its head recently by brands such as Gucci, who featured 17-year old Peyton Knight on their catwalk, sporting an immaculate pageboy cut with a pair of tortoise shell specs. Peyton’s hair and Gucci’s current geek chic-meets-70’s opulence are a match made in bowl cut heaven. These are clothes and hair designed for every girl who’s equally at home on the dance floor as she is in the library.
Peyton’s even been quoted praising the versatility of the style - “When they initially cut it, I didn’t know how functional it would truly be. But every show and shoot I’ve done, they’ve made a completely new look.”
The cut has also been spotted on Vogue editor, Julia Hobbs, who’s version of the style is so clean cut we’d be surprised if a bowl wasn’t used to get those perfect blunt ends…
Fashion is known for taking the old fashioned and the uncool under its wing, reinventing it and watching it filter down to the masses. Perhaps the pageboy is merely another example of this - however we like to think otherwise. Its alternative nature means this is a hairstyle that’s simply not going to be for everyone, and those who do decide to make it their own aren’t the type to religiously follow trends. The pageboy is bold - embracing it’s bad reputation with flair and intelligence. Who knew a haircut could have so much substance?
Words: Lucy Vincent