Michelle Obama recently unveiled a new haircut. The change was somewhat subtle, but she cut enough off for those of us obsessed with her style to have a mild fit. Cathy Horyn calls the new do "rounder, more managed." She added, "One might be tempted to call the style an updated version of the classic Washington helmet," but noted Michelle Obama has tried many styles over the course of Barack's presidential campaign and presidency. She began with side bangs, grew them out late last year, and now is on to what we'll call her mom bob because we think it flatters her, and calling it a helmet implies it never moves or blows in the wind or does anything interesting even after the help of heat styling. But it does all of those things! Michelle is already experimenting with styling her new mom bob and looks to be having fun with it, as any woman with a chic new haircut should. Take a look back at her hair evolution in the slideshow.
January 20, 2009
Bangs swept to the side, MObama was ready for a little wind-blowing action at the inauguration.
February 25, 2009
We absolutely love when she curls her hair for evening. It's pretty yet relaxed, unlike Taylor Swift's tight spirals, which often look uptight.
March 8, 2009
A low messy ponytail, ideal for traveling or all that grocery shopping she doesn't have to do.
April 21, 2009
Okay, this is pretty sexy for a gardening look. Great volume! Maybe it was humid out?
May 5, 2009
Another fantastic evening look. Though this we might compare to a helmet.
May 12, 2009
The amazing thing about her side bangs (and anyone who's had side bangs will appreciate this) is that they stay perfectly above her eyelid on one side, curved away from her part just so. We've never known side bangs that behave so well.
May 18, 2009
Okay, so maybe they didn't always behave.
May 30, 2009
On date night with Barack, she had a sexy bangs-in-the-face look going. This could perhaps be the beginning of their downfall, when Michelle realized (and again, anyone who has had side bangs will understand this) that maybe this fringe is more trouble than it's worth?
July 21, 2009
When Michelle Obama stepped out with this style, everyone thought she had cut her hair. Later, her stylist revealed the shorter length was merely the product of some clever tucking and pinning. Sneaky!
August 15, 2009
She often wore a chignon for summer traveling. Here she's arriving in Phoenix, where it was hot as hell in August.
August 30, 2009
And sometimes she wore her bun lower, which we are only noting because she's the First Lady, and things as slight as mid-thigh shorts are a huge deal with her.
September 27, 2009
Again with the side-bangs-in-the-eye problem.
October 23, 2009
Another of Michelle's favored looks has been to slick the hair back a bit at the crown. We prefer this to her other side-bang-control method ...
November 5, 2009
The dreaded half-ponytail. This just reminds us of being in the fifth grade.
October 24, 2009
One of her best overall looks to date, MObama paired her Reem Acra gown with a tousled updo for her first state dinner.
December 8, 2009
And for daytime, the Ü-smooth updo! But perhaps a little too smooth? So smooth that (not to be gross) it just looks like darker bulging skin?
December 15, 2009
This is pretty in the back!
December 22, 2009
Notice the bangs have vanished. Perhaps all her updos in this period were her attempt to conceal the secret growing-out and later transition to mom-bob land.
December 24, 2009
See? Side bangs GONE.
January 14, 2010
It's a new year and a new do!
January 18, 2010
We think it moves nicely.
January 19, 2010
And looks smashing in waves. But here you can see that side bang creeping back in. Those things are addictive.
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