12 bob hairstyles to inspire your next salon visit

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Whether you’re ready to commit to the complete chop or just want a few inches taken off the ends, a versatile bob is the universally flattering haircut that never seems to go out of fashion. 

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With variations of the style suited to every face shape and hair type, the hardest decision isn’t whether or not you should get a bob, but which one to choose. 

Here’s a roundup of our most-loved bob hairstyles..


jjj

Sitting just a few inches below the ears, this cut is long enough to tuck hair pieces out of the way, which incidentally helps to create  a soft texture while drying.

 

lucy

This fresh-out-of-the-ocean bob is made up of textured pieces and wispy bends for an undemanding style that’s all about volume, beach waves and a clean middle part.

 

jada

Create your curly bob using a small tong to ensure a tighter bounce rather than a looser beach wave. Flick hair over into a deep side part to create even more volume at the roots. 

 

Kerry

If you’ve got the patience to softly blow out your bob every other morning, this style is for you. Finish the look by angling your hairbrush and dryer inward toward your face, creating rounded C-curl ends.

jlo

The sleek, glossy bob (also known as ‘glass hair’) is achieved by running a hair straightener precisely over small sections, before misting all over with a shine spray. 

 

michelle

The S-wave bob creates flattering dimension for rounder face shapes, with flicked out ends to accentuate the cut. Show off your ‘best side’ by tucking behind the ear, leaving the other side to fall softly over the face. 

 

emilia

Worlds away from her long blonde locks in Game Of Thrones, Emilia Clarke’sshort slicked back bob is the ideal inspo for those who love a statement pair of earrings. 

 

jessica

For a dose of Old Hollywood glamour, try this deep side-part and softly defined wave.

 

alexa

If there were ever a poster for the cool-girl hair, it would be this shaggy, bedhead fringe cut.

 

julienne

This ‘90s inspired bob is ideal for those who can’t decide between sleek and shaggy. Julianne Hough’s hairdresser, Riawna Capri, described it to InStyle as being “simple and chic, thick, blunt, classic bob, but the modern twist is the way you style it to not be super perfect and just have a little flare.”

 

nin

Keeping the hair shorter at the back with longer pieces framing the face, this tousled wispy style has major movement, volume and texture.

 

nat

Keep it simple with a shoulder-grazing cut, with loose bends to create texture. Add blonder highlights throughout to create dimension.

Main image credit: @gentlehairdos Which is your favourite?

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  1. Some fabulous Bob hairstyles I already have a Bob with a swept back fringe, parted on the right side.
    Even a Bob can be a lot of maintenance to look after, mine is to keep it nice all day.

    Get really annoyed when it is high humidity, no matter what I use I still have to fix it up all the time.

  2. My hair is so fine that if I have short hair and its a windy day……well…..nightmare. Long hair at least gives it a little weight so that its not such a knotted mess in windy weather

  3. I'm so ready to get a bob. I really like these styles – they all seem like they'd be easy (lol – I know how much effort went into to making these styles look effortlessly perfect!)

  4. I do like bobs. I had long hair and I had it cut into a bob, but now I regret it. I’m trying to grow it out. Right now it’s sitting on my shoulders so it’s getting there.

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