Modern bob hairstyles for your face type

All Things Hair | 20 October 2016

Draw inspiration from these stunning celeb ‘dos!

There really is no denying, the bob has been a staple haircut for style icons throughout the decades – and 2016 has seen our fave celebrities sport a wealth of different takes on this classic hairdo! But before you book your next salon appointment, with image of your celeb hair crush in tow, it’s worth doing your research to determine which of the modern bob hairstyles will be right for your face type.

Whether you have an oval, oblong, heart-shaped, square or round face, it’s certainly worth taking note of the type of cuts that will complement and enhance your facial features. So, if you’re thinking of braving the chop, we’ve created a list of the best modern bob hairstyles that are just perfect for each unique face shape. Take a look below, and see which celeb-worthy bob you should be rocking this season!

The modern bob hairstyles for your face type


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Modern bob hairstyles: The shaggy bob. Credit: Getty Images

Long face shape: The shaggy long bob

This shaggy lob (AKA a long bob) is certainly having its very own fashion moment this year. And, with so many celebrities and fashionistas leading the way by embracing this statement trend, now’s the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon!

The secret to achieving the ultimate shaggy bob, is to get your stylist to incorporate as many choppy ends as possible – think bedhead, finger-curled lusciousness, with bucket loads of texture, movement, and shape! This style works especially well with long face shapes, as the cut is neither too short, or too long. To help add width to thin faces, we suggest injecting some extra volume into your mane by using the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray.

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Modern bob hairstyles: The graduated bob. Credit: Getty Images

Square face shape: Graduated bob

Although the majority of bob cuts will work on almost every face shape, some are better than others when it comes to complementing your facial features. And if you have a square face, a graduated bob is the perfect way to soften your strong jaw line!

Recently, mega-babe and Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence, has been rocking a load of different short hairstyles – but we have to say, this graduated bob really works wonders to flatter her face shape. So, if you’re after Jen’s effortlessly chic look, ask your stylist to make sure that your bob is longer at the front and shorter at the back. We happen to think this style looks especially amazing when worn poker straight, and with a head full of sheer blonde highlights.

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Modern bob hairstyles: The long bob. Credit: Getty Images

Heart-shaped faces: Long bob

If you’re genetically blessed with a heart-shaped face, a long bob is a great way to show off your facial features. A lob is one of this season’s most popular hairstyles and is the ideal length to experiment with a variety of styles, including waves, curls, and of course, super sleek and straight.

Our favourite way to style the lob though, is with curls that have lots of bounce! To style, apply some of the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Mousse, onto damp hair. Then, use a round brush to blowdry the hair away from your face to create fullness, giving your strands loads of lift and texture.

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Modern bob hairstyles: Long bob with deep side part. Credit: Getty Images

Round face: A long bob with a deep side part

If you have a round face, you will know how difficult it can be to find a look that won’t emphasise the roundness of your face type. However, working a long bob with a deep side parting will instantly create the illusion that you have a thinner face, as well as helping to give the appearance of a more angular face shape!

Rock this look in soft, glamorous waves and you will instantly win tonnes of style points. Trust us, with this red carpet-worthy ‘do, the fashion pack will be looking to you for style inspiration!

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Modern bob hairstyles: The voluminous bob. Credit: Getty Images

Oval faces: The voluminous bob

If you have aa oval face, volumising your bob will instantly add width, body and length to the shape of your face. After some celebrity inspiration to convince you? Then turn to the Queen of everything, Adele – from her early career bouffants, to her current shoulder-grazing bob, she certainly knows a thing or 2 about rocking a big, beautiful mane!

Once you’ve blow dried your tresses, simply give your ‘do a healthy spritz of the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray, for a flexible hold that gives loads of lovely lift and definition. Who wants limp, flat hair anyway?


If you’re still stuck in a styling rut for your short strands, you need to take a spin around our amazing Short Hairstyles page to inspire you! Alternatively, if you fancy a longer look, and have the same face type dilemma, check out our article on the long hairstyles available for different face shapes!


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