There’s some debate over why this cut is called the “pageboy.” Some credit the name to the similarity of the shape to styles worn by English squires, while others claim it is a reference to pinup model, Betty Page. Whatever the truth, the style shows a combination of influences, and looks sultry and youthful, feminine and tomboyish. In the 1950s, the term referred to short, beveled bobs with heavy bangs, but over time the “pageboy” changed. By the 1970s the cut had evolved into an elongated bowl shape with an unbroken edge. Today’s version uses elements from each of these looks and has a thick fringe and a short, slightly rounded outline. Read on for steps to achieving a sophisticated update of this iconic style. –– Laura Martin
Step 1: Ask your stylist for a beveled bob face frame. Slight graduation at the edges will help the shape turn under and keep ends from looking too bulky. A bang is essential to this style and should blend seamlessly into the length at the side, a rounded shape is the classic choice.
Step 2: A solid color works well with the clean lines of this cut, but to enhance the dramatic outline, consider adding a wash of a different hue to the exterior edges. The color can be placed along the entire edge, or just along the bang to focus attention on the eyes.
Step 3: To style at home, use set and style spray and protective thickening lotion; apply both liberally through strands. Dry with a round paddle brush, Smoothing hair out from the top of the head without creating a part. Use the center of the brush to create smoothness and the edge to turn ends under. Finish with primp working spray.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.