Long bob hairstyles are one of those magic cuts, potentially the only one, which transcends length barriers, working in both short and medium formats. This is really quite brilliant because it means you can work your way up to a short bob or grow your way back down to a longer style a whole lot faster than you can with Rapunzel hair or a real hawk.
The confusing part is figuring out where to draw the line between a long bob - or lob - and short bobs.
How to tell
Traditionally, long bobs hover just above the shoulders and always fall below the chin. A short bob comes down to the chin at it's longest and can even be as short as earlobe-level.
The right bob for your hair type
Getting a bob hairstyle requires more than just choosing a length, however. If you're heading to the salon anytime soon for that very reason, you also need to think about how your hair will need to be styled, if at all, when it's been cut into a bob.
For wavy hair: Wavy hair can be worn relatively short but not super cropped. The natural movement will mean that short styles will take longer to style. Blow-dry with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream for a smooth, natural-looking texture.
For curly hair: Longer bob hairstyles work really well with tight curls whereas shorter cuts are super flattering with bigger curls. Layering curly hair and making it thinner at the ends will give it enough room to move without looking bulky. Style with Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse for long-lasting, defined curls.
For straight hair: You can wear just about any bob style if your hair is naturally quite straight. After applying Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, run a flat iron through your locks for a super straight, geometric look.
Will you try a bob hairstyle?
Check out our guide to choosing the right short cut for your face shape for more short hair advice!