The layered bob is a hairstyle classic but what's the best way to decide if it's the right short cut for you? Well, we have a list of ten gorgeous styles to help you do just that. After all, the only way to find out what you really want your hair to look like is by investigating your options!
The best thing about layered short cuts and, more specifically, the layered bob, is that they're so versatile. This means they can be tailored to fit all kinds of different hair types and textures, meaning the biggest decision you really have to make is whether or not you want to go for a short haircut. If you've had long hair for a while, it may be difficult to imagine life without all that Rapunzel-esque length but, who knows, it could be just the change you need!
So take your time, scroll through the cuts below and maybe, just maybe, you'll find your new signature style...
Pretty and piecey
With very subtle layers, this hairstyle is all about strand separation. Tousled but not quite grungy, it's perfect for the girl on the go or anyone who enjoys the phrase "it just dries like this" even if it doesn't.
Styling tip - Scrunch some L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the ends to add texture.
The Graduate[d bob]
Graduated bobs might seem a little passé but if you're prepared to be daring about it, you'll end up with a look that is anything but out of date. This cut with its ultra-short back and longer front sections is a prime example of a graduated bob with an edgy finish.
If it's volume you're after, ask your stylist for layers that boost your style wherever you want some extra va va voom. As you can see from the photo above, a deep side part is a great way to get some extra height with a layered cut.
Styling tip - Apply some Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse then rough dry, blasting the roots for added lift and setting your part by using it as a starting point and working outwards.
Choppy short cuts are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd, not least because it takes some guts (and some serious style) to pull them off. Choppy bangs combined with choppy layers create plenty of interesting lines and subtle texture, making for a look that goes against the grain of perfectly coiffed, uniform ends.
Short and sculpted
This style uses layers to sculpt the style into a curved bob. Short but not radically so, it's a great cut for anyone who wants to work their way up to something like a pixie.
Styling tip - After towel-drying, apply Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream and blow-dry with a round brush. This will smooth the cuticle, leaving you with soft, smooth locks.
If you feel like your current style is weighing you down, try a shorter 'do with layers that reduce all-over bulk, especially at the ends. You'll end up with a style that will be less prone to the dreaded frizz triangle (think Dora the Explorer but longer) and it'll air dry a whole lot faster!
This year's biggest styling trend works wonderfully with a few subtle layers. The different lengths help add volume to the middle of a wavy hairstyle without bringing unwanted bulk to the ends.
Styling tip - Apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to dry or damp hair and blow-dry in large twisted sections. This will set your hair into loose waves for an undone, bedhead look.
If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, layers are a great way to keep your cut balanced. Use them to make your hair work for you, asking your stylist for advice on what kind of layers will be most flattering and work best with your regular styling routine. If you don't spend much time on your hair, it may not be a great idea to get a cut that requires regular styling to maintain your new look.
For those of you who like your haircuts simple and wearable, a classic long bob with a couple of layers at the ends is the perfect option. You'll retain enough length to create the odd updo with but general day-to-day care will be super easy.
The French girl look
It seems like the whole world is after the secret to French girl hair. So, why not go for a long bob with a subtly messy, tousled finish? A slight wave and a certain amount of pieciness are all you need to imitate that oh-so-covetable je ne sais quoi...
What do you think? Which layered bob do you like best?