10 Short bob hairstyles to inspire you

/ 06.23.2014
Which bob will you go for?
Which bob will you go for?

Of all the short hairstyles in the world, the bob is one of the most popular, and with good reason. It retains some of the movement of a longer cut but has many of the practical benefits of a shorter crop, too. If you're thinking about going shorter this summer, it might just be the hairstyle for you!

A bob is a great way for someone who has long or medium-length hair to ease their way into something shorter without doing anything radical. You can go from shoulder-length to a long bob before trimming a few extra inches off to give you a short bob, a process you can work your way through over a couple of months to give you enough time to get used to each length before you decide to go shorter or just grow it out.

It's all about keeping your options open while at the same time figuring out what kind of bob hairstyle works best with your hair texture and is most likely to flatter your face shape. Your stylist can help you decide what's best for both of these things, helping you to get a haircut you'll love.


A loosely tousled, wavy bob is perfect for the girl on the go who doesn't really mind when her hair isn't perfect. Totally carefree, this style is a gorgeous look for summer or any other time for that matter!

Top tip – Apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray evenly throughout dry or damp hair then blow-dry in large twisted sections to create effortless waves.

Voluminous curls

Big curls have been making a huge comeback lately – pun intended – and they look great with a bob cut whether natural or otherwise. To accommodate this kind of texture, the length of the hair needs to be left a little longer.

Top tip – Scrunch some Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse through damp hair then blow-dry with the diffuser attachment to add definition to natural curls.


A short bob with a deep side part will change the way the hair frames your face, allowing you to showcase your 'best side.' It works really well with straight and wavy hair textures and can be worn a little longer with tighter curls.

Top tip - Play around with braids and wet-look products to create a faux half-hawk style for a night out.

Blunt and messy

Blunt bobs are often associated with sleek, smooth styles that look impossible to maintain for anyone without 3 hours to spend styling their locks. The good news is that a few subtle waves break up layer-less ends without appearing overly disheveled.

Top tip – Use a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum to scrunch the ends for added texture.

Middle part

Just like a deep side part, a well-defined middle part can completely change the way your hairstyle looks. With a straight, layered bob it can diminish a wide forehead, throwing all of the emphasis onto the eyes and lips. Choose your lipstick carefully!

Loose waves

With a more polished finish than a disheveled bob, this loosely wavy style has plenty of movement without overwhelming the face. Perfect for anyone with especially fine or flat hair, this look is simple yet very pretty.

Top tip – When you don't have time to curl all of your hair, use a large curling iron on the sections on either side of your face then spray liberally with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to finish.

Tousled waves

With tighter curls than a disheveled or wavy look, a tousled bob is a carefree style that is right on-trend this season. It has plenty of movement and a perfectly imperfect finish, making it the kind of short bob can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

Top tip – Spray the hair with Tousle Waves Spray then blow-dry it in smaller twisted sections than a disheveled style. Apply a little Deconstructing Gum to the ends and scrunch to finish.


Sticking with the tousled theme, a piecey bob is another on-trend look that works both with and without bangs.

Top tip – Warm a small amount of Deconstructing Gum then work it through the lower half of your hair, focusing on the ends. Twist and tousle small sections of hair to encourage strand separation then shape with your hands.

Choppy layers

A choppy bob is more than just a fun hairstyle to pronounce, it also looks great styled in a number of different ways. Swept back, flipped over to one side or left hanging straight down, this look has an edgy feel that also looks great with a piecey finish (see above).

Side-swept and wavy

Another deep side part bob, this style is sleek but not over styled. Perfect for work or any occasion where you need to look really pulled together, this 'do won't let you down!

What do you think? How would you wear a short bob?

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