Q: What is a “pob” hairstyle? I keep hearing this term, but I’m not sure what it really means.
A: Well, as if often the case in areas of fashion and style a new term comes into existence that doesn’t really represent a significant
discovery. A prime example is the ‘new’ “Pob” hairstyle. The “Pob” is merely a bob haircut/style that is currently being made popular
by Victoria Beckham, who became famous as “Posh Spice” of “The Spice Girls” fame. “Posh” plus “Bob” equals “Pob”. It’s really as simple
as that. Getting "pobbed" is getting a bob hairstyle.
It’s not really surprising that this kind of etymology occurs. Often, names given to hairstyles
emerge from the associations made with them. A prime example is “The Rachel” (named for the character played by Jennifer Anniston on
NBC television’s “Friends” which made the style popular), which was a long razor-cut style.
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There are also the “Dorothy Hamill” and the “Farrah Fawcett” styles which became popularized in the
past because of their associations with notable and popular celebrities. The ‘Dorothy Hamill ‘Do’ was a wedge cut, while the
long-layered, feathered style worn by Ms. Fawcett became known simply as “Farrah Hair”.
Of course, the bob is neither new, nor really retro in any way. It is more a classic style that has
waxed and waned in popular culture over the generations. While it now refers to a mostly blunt cut short style, there are numerous
variations that make it suited to many different women.