Bob hairstyles: 16 inspirational updates on the bob to take to the salon

Be inspired for your next salon visit with our favourite bob hairstyles inspired by celebrities.
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  • There are hundreds of ways to wear a bob, but they all have one thing in common. The key to all  short and bob hairstyles is to ensure your look doesn’t appear too ‘done’. This can be achieved with a combination of a great cut, hair styling tips and clever blow drying using the best hair dryer. A fringe is optional (but we all know this cut can take years off!) and the effect is to look fresh and modern with a natural, sometimes wavy style.

    The sophisticated lob (long bob) is becoming the hairstyle to be seen in amongst celebs both sides of the pond, and with the news that the bob is the most hygienic hairstyle option, there’s never been a better time to go for the chop.

    MORE: This emotional letter to a hairdresser shows just how important a trip to a salon can be

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    What face shape suits bob hairstyles?

    “The bob is so versatile,” says Caroline Sanderson from Ego Hair Design, Inverness (winner of awards including Scottish Hairdresser of the Year).

    “You can wear it with or without a fringe, with a short fringe, long fringe, it can be adapted to pretty much every single face shape.

    “For someone with a longer face it’s very flattering with a fringe, on a rounder face you can wear it longer to elongate the face. It can be cut to emphasise or soften a square jaw. It’s timeless and spans all generations.”

    Whatever your face shape and hair type, there’s a perfect bob hairstyle for you. Some of our favourite celebs have gone for the chop, sporting pretty blonde ‘dos, wavy chin length bobs and longer shoulder length cuts – each just as flattering as the next.

    Are bob hairstyles still in style?

    It’s been a few years since the Duchess of Cambridge chopped her locks into a chic bob, but a shorter, chic haircut is still very much in style.

    Leading London salon Jo Hansford recently included The Bevilled Bob in their annual Trend forecast, saying, “The bob, the shoulder-grazing style that be relaxed and choppy or sleek and jaw skimming and can suit almost every hair type if it’s cut correctly.

    A bespoke service is something Jo Hansfordprides itself on, and The Bespoke Bevelled Bob is a remastered version of the classic bob but tailored to different hair types.”

    Kate Middleton with a bob hairstyle

    The Bob is a classic haircut that will truly never go out of style and these celebrity bob hairstyles below show there are plenty of ways to style a bob to keep it looking fresh and modern..

    Will a bob make my hair look thicker?

    “A heavy bob with a strong heavy line is a great way to give the illusion of bulk,” says Adam Reed, Editorial Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel and owner of Adam Reed Salon London. “The best cut to make hair look thicker will maintain weight at the ends as much as possible – think a strong blunt Alexa Chung bob.”

    Siobhan Jones, Headmasters Colour Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel agrees that a bob can work wonders at making hair appear fuller. The new French girl bob is ideal for giving the illusion of fullness on short to long length bobs. The edges are cut blunt which then gives the impression of bulk and defines the outline of the haircut. This technique of blunt cutting makes the hair appear more full and weighty.”

    Saira Khan

    How to maintain a bob hairstyle

    Award-winning celebrity hairstylist Dionne Smith says, “People often make the mistake of thinking a bob is hard to style.

    However a bob can be an easier to style, with less hair to work with. Creating a subtle curl or wave in the hair is a great way to add volume to a bob. Curling the edges of the hair inwards can create a stronger structure to the face giving the illusion of sharper cheekbones and by adding bangs you can frame the face making it look elongated and slimmer.

    “I would recommend regular trims from the hairdressers to keep it in shape and looking good. A quick trim at 3-6 weeks will ensure that your bob is kept clean, sharp and at the perfect length.”

    The best way to style a bob

    Keep your bob looking thick and swingy with Adam Reed’s blow dry tip. “It’s an old one but a true fail-safe, if you blow-dry hair upside down it helps to add root lift. Apply L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Rebel Push Up Mousse and comb through from root to end, the comb helps to evenly distribute and really spread the products perfectly through the hair and enhancing the lift to give the illusion of thicker hair.”

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    Dionne Smith recommends “Using a little sea salt spray for beachy and tousled texture.”,

    Shrub Sea Salt Texturising Spray

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    If you don’t have tie have time for a blow dry, heated rollers or even a quick backcomb, the new breed of volumising powders give lift in a flash, and are teeny-tiny enough to be taken everywhere.

    Just tap a sprinkling into fingertips, and massage into roots.  

    Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder

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    And to keep it looking chic when straight, you’ll need a paddle brush. These smooth as they detangle and distribute natural oils for shine.

    Denman D83 Large Paddle Styling Brush

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    Now, if you’re feeling inspired and brave enough to take the plunge – scroll down through our favourite bob hairstyles for inspiration below ahead of your next salon trip…