Cate Blanchett's new slick bob hair style is easy to recreate with this £2.50 shampoo from Primark

Proving the power of a good haircut, Cate Blanchett swapped her wavy locks in favour of a razor-sharp, straight bob this London Fashion Week gone—and, it’s the perfect update for Spring. If you’ve been thinking about cutting your hair into a bob hairstyle but haven’t taken the plunge just yet, let us persuade you of its many pros for the season ahead…

They’ve been making waves recently with celebrities from Jessica Alba to Eva Mendez opting for bob hairstyles in all shapes and sizes, and are set to be one of the biggest hair trends this Spring. Whether you go for a straight, blunt bob to the jawline or a longer version known as the lob (a long bob), they’re great for the warmer months thanks to their ease and effortless style.

When it comes to a blunt bob, like Cate's, Gorka Arraras, Head of Creative at Charles Worthington Salons says that:

"This hairstyle predominantly suits, oval, square and heart face shapes, but could be adapted to any face shape with right angles and shaping.’’

The benefits of a bob hairstyle

Cutting your hair short is a great way to get rid of dry, post-winter split ends and get your hair back to a healthier condition.

"The best thing about bobs is that they’re practical, and don’t take too much time to style. There are loads of way you can switch things: opt for a perfect centre parting or go through strands with a tong, and flip around the parting for a softer look,’’ explains Jonathan Andrews from Fudge Professional who says it takes just five minutes to style this hairstyle.

Gorka Arraras, Head of Creative at Charles Worthington Salons, agrees that ‘’it’s extremely versatile as it can be worn, dead straight and endless variations of waves, from textured and undone to polished and shiny S waves.’’

How to maintain a bob

“The key to keeping your hair in great condition is to start with a great conditioner (as you can’t hide the condition of your hair when you have a bob haircut)’’ says Jonathan Andrews, Fudge Professionals Global Brand Ambassador. He adds ‘to keep the volume I’d recommend going through the bottom with a large round bristle brush and make sure you add extra polish and shine.’’

Gorka Arraras, Head of Creative at Charles Worthington Salons, also says that to keep hair looking sharp and fresh, it’s a good idea to cut your hair every 8 weeks max.

The best products to maintain your bob…

Andrew Fitzsimons Shine Smoothing Shampoo, £2.50

To keep hair extra smooth and looking healthy, we recommend this ultra-hydrating and shine-boosting shampoo from Primark. Go instore to purchase.

Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Conditioner, £21

This conditioner contains French Oak Extract and is a source of micronutrients for your hair, as well as giving your hair extra volume.

Khali Min Rescue Oil, £38

For a natural oil that works wonders thanks to a blend of Macadamia, Hibiscus and Egyptian Jojoba, this rescue oil boosts shine, overall hair health and is great for softening your locks.

Fudge Professional Push It Up Blow Dry Spray, £13.95

With UV protection to prevent from damaging your hair in the sun, this gives ultimate volume and style to your bob haircut.

Fiona McKim
Beauty Editor,

 As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about brilliant finds on or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus). Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013 under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.