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Bob hairstyles 101: Things you need to know before getting the chop

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Just some food for thought…


If you’re anything like us, you’ll feel that the start of a new year is the perfect time to embrace change. Whether it’s looking for a new job, changing bad habits, or even reinventing your style, everything seems bright and hopeful at the start of the year. And if its a fresh new ‘do you’re after to shake up your go-to look, there really is no better way to do so, than with one of the hot bob hairstyles of the season!

Often associated with bold, confident and beautiful females past and present, it’s no surprise that his playful, yet powerful haircut is back on the agenda for 2017! So, if you’re considering trading in your pretty long locks for a cool bob this year, here are a few things you should take into account before taking the ultimate plunge…

Bob hairstyles: Things you need to know


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Bob hairstyles: Make sure you’re 100% ready to take the plunge. Credit:

Timing is everything

Okay, so while we said the new year is the ideal time to opt for a change in style, you should still give careful consideration to if it is the right time for you. What we mean by this, is perhaps hold off on getting a dramatic bob hairstyle if you have important events to attend (like a wedding or a job interview), just in case it isn’t what you hoped for. After all, a bad haircut and family events just don’t mix!

Know your hair texture

This should be one of the first things that you take into consideration for any haircut you get, but especially if you are opting for a short crop. Why? Well, because while your hair texture may work for your long locks, that’s not to say it will be quite as manageable with short tresses. But if in doubt, always consult your stylist, as they will be able to advise what the right length for your hair texture is, and how it will suit your face shape.

For best results, go into the salon ‘au naturel’

Avoid styling your hair or even blow-drying it on the day you visit the salon. This will give your stylist a better idea of the directions (yes, there can be more than one!) your hair is growing in, and therefore, how they can best tailor the haircut to suit you.

Asian girl with wavy bob hairstyle and middle parting
Bob hairstyles: Be realistic about styling your bob. Credit:

Be realistic about styling

News flash: bob hairstyles require more care and attention to get it looking presentable than long hair, so be realistic about how much time you have to style your tresses in the morning. Remember: there’ll be no hiding behind a ponytail or a messy top knot on bad hair days!

Also, when scheduling a hair appointment, it’s worth asking the stylist if they can spare an extra 10-15 minutes showing you how to style your new bob and recommend any products or tools you might need to get the look.

Beware of the costs

Good haircuts don’t come cheap, but in the case of going short, the long-term spend may be more than you imagined. Bob haircuts call for a little extra TLC, which means you’ll need to get it trimmed more regularly. Ideally, you should plan to visit the salon every 4 to 6 weeks to properly maintain the style, so it’s worth calculating the costs before going for the chop.

It will grow back!

In the worst-case scenario, remember that a bob won’t last forever: it will grow back! So don’t be afraid to experiment, be brave and take the plunge, and know that you’ll soon be able to enjoy the equally fashionable lob (long bob) in no time.


So, are you ready to make the commitment to a fresh new style for the year ahead? We knew you would be! In which case, you’ll want to take a scroll through out Bob Haircuts and Short Hairstyles pages, where you can discover loads of expert tips, as well as some neat styling tricks.

11 January 2017