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Be inspired for your next salon visit with our favourite bob hairstyles inspired by celebrities.
The key to all of the gorgeous celebrity bob hairstyles seen on the runway and red carpet is to ensure your look doesn’t appear too ‘done’. A fringe is optional (but we all know it 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 with many Hollywood A-listers sporting the cut such as ‘La La Land’ Oscar winner Emma Stone.
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. The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads earlier this year with her next shorter ‘do, and Helen Mirren is still schooling us all in how to wear short hair at any age.
If you’re feeling inspired and brave enough to take the plunge – flick through our favourite bob hairstyles for inspiration ahead of your next salon trip…
The Duchess of Cambridge's bob had everyone talking when she first debuted the look at Wimbledon in 2017. Chicly snipped and expertly styled into soft, face framing waves, it's no surprise that many were quick to copy Catherine.
Hairstylist to the stars Paul Edmonds explains why Catherine's new crop is such a stylish, yet practical, haircut for so many, "A short choppy haircut is great for finer hair types. The front can be worn relaxed and loose, wash with Shu Uemura Murota Volume Shampoo to give lift at the root the Himalayan salts provide essential minerals and volume to the hair. And, to open the face and glam up for the evening, the front of the hair can be swept back."
Lorraine Kelly has been championing shorter hair for decades. Her current cut, styled in soft waves, looks feminine and natural, and is a good cut to keep thinning hair looking thicker and healthy.
Award-winning hairdresser Lee Stafford says, "Textured waves are the style trend to go for if you have slightly longer hair that needs some oomph and shape putting back in and Lorraine has nailed it. Her hair has movement and body which is really flattering on her face."
At 74-years-old, Helen Mirren is still rocking the red carpet and giving Hollywood's up-and-coming starlets a run for their money. Helen keeps her hair looking fabulous by maintaining a short, healthy bob that some may call a pixie cut. Her hairstyle not only frames her face but keeps her thin and fine hair looking thicker.
Red carpet hair stylist Charles Worthington says, Helen's colour is great against her skin tone as it doesn't wash her out and looks very natural. The length suits her face shape, shows off her cheek bones and doesn't draw her face down. This look is more for those that want to soften their face and keep it more feminine.
Actress Felicity Kendal looks fab at 72 with this youthful, multi-tonal bob. Blow-dried to add extra volume and with a soft fringe to frame the face this cut is both flattering and easy to maintain.
Andrew Barton, celebrity hairdresser says, "Felicity Kendal is renowned for her signature full and bouncy hair which defies her age and knocks off the years. Hair that swings and has bounce is always more youthful than straight flat hair. Avoid styles with too much lift on top and opt for styles like this one with natural volume and lift throughout the hair."
In June 2016 Victoria Beckham unleashed a brand new look on Instagram - a long bob. The style icon who has been named in the Queen's New Year's honours list, swapped her long glossy hair extensions for a natural tousled lob. The low-maintenance cut was crafted by British hairdresser Luke Hersheson, the subtle asymmetric ends give the illusion of a slender neck whilst the soft waves highlight Victoria's enviable bone structure and visibly knocks years off the former Spice girl.
Hair guru Phil Smith says, "The loose curls compliment her angular bone structure while the slightly longer bob length draws attention to her collar bones and décolletage. Adding a wave or curl to a bob automatically softens the look making it less harsh and more ‘lived in’ and casual. Shiny hair will help achieve the expensive, chic appearance that Victoria Beckham is known for."
We're used to seeing Michelle with a curve in her hair but for the Obama's last bash at the White House last weekend, the first lady debuted a straighter sleeker do. Chopped above the shoulders with a youthful centre parting and blunt ends, this very modern cut accentuates sky high cheekbones.
Hair guru Phil Smith said, "If you are broad shouldered the combination of long, thick hair can look heavy whereas shortening the length creates space and lightness which is more flattering. For a set style like this, fly-aways aren’t an option. Finish using my Cocolcious Firm Hold Hairspray to tame hair into a sleek, smooth texture the will stay all day."
Television personality, Katie Piper swapped her long wavy locks for a short bouncy bob. A subtle row of layers through the back and a high side parting gives fine hair the illusion of lift and volume.
A long fringe can be incredibly youthful. and gives a playful edge to a straight bob. If yours is forever falling into your eyes, take heed from Jane Moore and gently part it. This nod to seventies is very en vogue right now.
Phil Smith says, "Jane Moore’s contemporary 1920’s bob is the ideal style to show off an elegant, long neck. Jane’s is kept modern with the addition of parted bangs. Volume is important for this look; give it a boost by spraying my Big It Up! Dry Shampoo to give thickness without weighing hair down - ideal if you have thin or fine textured hair."
Rosamund Pike's lightly tousled lob is the epitome of the 'undone' hairdo stylists were falling over themselves to master last year. Low-maintenance and chic it's a no brainer whatever your hair type.
Phil Smith says,"Rosamund Pike has a strong, classic look that can carry a range of different cuts. This affords her the luxury of changing up her haircut and trying something different as her features can pull off something striking or quirky. Her a-symmetrical bob is modern but feels classic paired with her style and timeless beauty. With this style, regular appointments with your hairdresser is imperative to keep on top of the length which is key for this cut looking it’s best."
If you want Golden Globe-worthy volume, follow US actress Viola Davis' lead and curve the ends of your hair at the nape of your neck. This kicks out the sides and takes the weight off the bottom. The subtle hair flick gives her bob hairstyle volumes and look less harsh.
The British-born editor of US Vogue has worn her hair in the same iconic style
for as long as we can remember. Never wavering from her glossy blow-dry,
blunt fringe and jaw-length style, Anna knows what works for her and
sticks to it.
Phil Smith said, "Anna Wintour’s bob is iconic - an extension of her personality and style. Her hair is thick and the cut sharp which creates a structural quality to the look which frames her face perfectly, always skimming her chin and jawline. Blow-dry using a wide barrel brush to create the curve and sleek finish."
While Holly Willoughby?s hair is a little long to be classed as a traditional bob. The TV presenter's slightly longer crop is a great transitional style for anyone who wants to take their hairstyle a little shorter without cutting it all off at once!
The soft waves keep it feminine and not over over-styled whist the multi-tonal shades of colour break up the cut and keep it looks natural and healthy says Charles Worthington. This style is easy to maintain so a great one for women to adopt.
If you have a round or oval face the thought of a curved short cut can be daunting but try it and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Adele went for the chop a year ago and has never looked younger.
Phil Smith said, "Adele has softer features and her choppy bob lifts and creates definition, showing off her cheekbones. To maintain this style, it’s all about creating texture. Spritz hair with my Cocolicious Coconut Water Texturising Spray and using your fingers to create grit and movement in the look."