The best bob hairstyles for fine hair

Amra | 23 April 2016

Meet your answer to fuller, thicker-looking hair.

If your hair is on the thin side, and you often struggle to find a cut that works to help thicken, don’t worry: we totally feel your pain. Luckily, however, there’s a solution, which (ready for it?) may require you to chop all it off. OK, don’t panic, we don’t really mean all, but you know what they say: the shorter your hair, the thicker it will look. So why not consider trying one of these stunning bob hairstyles for fine hair, which we’ve carefully curated just for you, thin-haired ladies.

And before you dismiss the idea completely, remember there are plenty of fine-haired celebs – like Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth and Rachel McAdams – who’ve also taken the plunge and found success. Now, have we got your attention? While having really thin hair may not seem like a dream come true, there’s proof that the right cut can help create the illusion of fuller, bouncier tresses. So, who’s with us?

Keep scrolling for 3 volume-boosting bob hairstyles for fine hair, below.

Bob hairstyles for fine hair

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Bob hairstyles for fine hair: The classic bob. Credit: Dvora

1. The classic bob

The classic bob still reigns supreme for 2016, which is great news for those with thin hair. Thanks to its ability to give instant shape to limp locks, making them fuller-looking, this sophisticated bob hairstyle is an ideal match for finer tresses. Arguably, this face-framing, chin-length cut yields best results on smoother, sleeker textures, which is another reason why it works so well with fine hair. For a bolder, more striking look, request a classic bob that’s even in length all the way round, and for softer, more natural-looking results, ask your stylist to have short, subtle layers built in.

Tip: For a more directional look, follow fine-haired pop star Taylor’s Swift’s lead by adding bold, blunt bangs to a structured bob hairstyle.

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Bob hairstyles for fine hair: The lob. Credit:

2. The lob

The ever-popular lob (A.K.A. the “long bob”) feels both fashion-forward and feminine, but most importantly, it works wonders on those with fine hair. Unlike the classic bob, which is often cut at jaw-level, the lob can sit anywhere between just below the chin to a slightly longer, shoulder-skimming length, making it long enough to be styled into a ponytail or a bun, as and when needed. Currently, A-list purveyors of the lob include the likes of Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, both of whom work this trendy cut to its best advantage.

For the most modern and flattering effect on fine hair, ask your stylist for a blunt long bob without round edges or layers built in. Remember: the aim here is to create the illusion of density and volume, and too many layers can have the opposite effect.

Tip: If you want to inject a more effortless edge to your blunt lob, follow Alexa Chung’s lead by bulking up your fine locks with natural-looking, tousled waves and a gorgeous full fringe (with very subtle, piecey layers built in).

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Bob hairstyles for fine hair: Graduated bob with layers.

3. Graduated bob

A graduated bob is essentially the same cut as an A-line bob, only with the addition of elevated layers in the back. With a graduated bob, the front of the hair is either cut straight or on a downward slope, while the back is curved in a horseshoe shape and then “graduated” with light layers. These light layers will help create the illusion of volume, thus making fine hair fuller-looking. To achieve this effect, ask your stylist for a graduated cut up from the nape of the neck and to work in soft layers all around the hair, slightly above the graduation.

Tip: Follow the fine-haired actress Emma Roberts’ lead by pairing your graduated bob with super sleek, side-swept bangs for a contemporary yet elegant look that can also help to flatter those with rounder face-shapes.

Tempted to try one of these bob hairstyles for fine hair? We guarantee you won’t look back.


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