The 'Anna Wintour' bob is the red carpet hair trend to try at home
Rumour has it that Wintour and her hair have become so attached, that the 66-year-old style icon won't start her working day until her familiar blunt bob is chopped, blown-out and smoothed into non-movable shape by a stylist. She is, you could say, committed to her hair.
And so it seems were the attendees of last night's Met Gala, Wintour's 11th year as the event's chair. Emma Watson and Demi Lovato slicked back their hair so they looked Wintour-esque. But three of this year's attendees had their hair cut especially for the occasion, choosing to go for a bob that looked remarkably like it was paying homage to their host.
Kylie Jenner swapped her long, orange Coachella hair for a slick bob. Jourdan Dunn posted pictures of having her new bob dyed silver to match her dress on instagram. And our personal favourite was actress Michelle Williams whose new crop brought the 'Wintour' into 2016 nicely with an ever-so-slightly tousled effect that said less 'high powered editor' and more 'hey, I cut it myself' in an LA-meets-London loose kind of way.
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They aren't the only stars to have had the Anna Wintour chop lately. Taylor Swift lobbed hers off earlier this year for the cover of US Vogue - actually, on the advice of Wintour, who else?
Who's behind the original Wintour bob?
If we're being strict, in an Anna Wintour kind of way, Michelle Williams was the only celebrity to nail the US Vogue editor in chief's Triple B (that being 'blunt, bob and bangs') look. London-based stylist Max Coles is the man behind that creation. Wintour flies in to see Coles once every four weeks. "Anna has beautifully shiny hair and she always looks impeccable," Coles has told us of styling Wintour. "Her hair has a chic and timeless quality to it. I have been doing her hair for over two years to achieve this flawless look."
And does he agree Wintour's look is making a comeback?
"There is definitely an increase in very shiny, very neat structured hair," he says. "Lately clothes have become sharper and sleeker and this is reflected in hairstyles being neat and shiny. When I'm cutting Anna's hair, we always stick to a very sharp and sleek finish with some slight variation on the length according to the season."
How to get Wintour's look
If, like us, you're now flirting with the idea of getting this season's new Wintour bob, then head to George Northwood. The London-based salon has a nifty bob bar, whereby you can try before-you-buy a curated wardrobe of cropped wigs to see which shape and style suits your face, and fashion, best.
Or if you've already committed, here is Coles's three step guide to getting it Wintour perfect every day:
1. To style your hair at home once you've had your bob cut to perfection, pick a shampoo that will give your hair volume and body, and skip conditioner at the roots of the hair as this will make it look flat.
2. Once washed, rough dry your hair and spritz in some Maximiser by Philip Kingsley, £14.50 . Comb it through, then start blow-drying the hair in sections with a big round brush, making sure the hair sits smooth. Then for the fringe, make sure you dry it straight. "Anna doesn't like kinks," says Coles.
3. Finish with lots of hairspray to keep the hair in place. The Professional Shaper Zero Gravity by Sebastian, £17.40, is a good choice and one that Coles uses in salon.
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