Q: What is a “pob” hairstyle? I keep hearing this term, but I’m not sure what it really means.
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.
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.
Victoria Beckham hairstyles
Photos of angled bob hairstyles
How to cut an A-line bob