Our love affair with all kinds of bob hairstyles doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, so if you’re yet to join in, make 2021 your year.
From current trending styles like the French bob to classics like the graduated bob, we’ve selected all of the bob haircut inspiration you need to help you take that leap into the short hair life. Below, 86 bob hairstyles to inspire your next trip to the salon…
Short Bob Hairstyles
Thinking of going short? We’ve scoured the world of hair to find you the best short bob haircut inspiration.
For something on-trend but classic, try this slick, Bella Hadid-inspired cut. This hairstyle is all over Instagram right now and looks best worn straight and sleek for an ultra-polished look.
Sharp, angular cuts always make a statement and this is something we expect to see much more of this year. This haircut is perfect for those with hair that’s on the finer side, as the blunt-cut ends help to give the hair a fuller effect.
Wavy Bob with Baby Bangs
We don’t know why bobs and baby bangs seem to pair so well, they just do! The bob-and-bangs combo is one that flatters round faces especially well, as it elongates and frames the face perfectly.
Feathered ends are all well and good, but if you really want your bob to make an impact, go for blunt cut bob hair.
It’ll help make your hair look thicker by chopping off any straggly or split ends and give your hair that freshly-cut look at all times. So, it’s no wonder this is one of the best bob hairstyles for fine hair!
Wavy bobs are the LBD of the hair world; they suit everyone and always look good. The key to nailing the look is to work in loose, deconstructed waves, as opposed to perfect spirals, as this will give you that off-duty blogger vibe.
Style it out like a French girl with a très chic French bob cut. Combining a cheek-length bob with a dishevelled full fringe, it’s the easiest way to look like a Parisian girl without having to actually make the trip across the channel.
Editor’s tip: Want to keep your tousled look secure? Then you’ll need the new VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray!
This innovative hairspray has an ultra-dry, light-weight finish (which means you can run effortlessly run your fingers through your mane), so you won’t need to worry about dealing with ‘helmet hair’.
Ombre Bob With Bangs
Already rocking a pretty bob haircut? Then why not refresh your ‘do with a flirty fringe and a new hue? We think that bobbed hair, bangs and ombre are a cute combo, and the perfect way to frame your face shape and bring out those eyes.
Sunkissed Bob Cut
Wispy Bob Hairstyle
Short French Bob Haircut
As if we need another reason to love the French bob haircut. Whether it’s worn by itself or with a stylish beret, this bob hairstyle will make all your outfits look très Parisien.
Bob Haircut With a Headband
Like we said, styling your bob will be fun! Here, street style star Brittany Xavier teams her trendy bob cut with a headband hair accessory, and you should expect lots of compliments if you do the same.
Icy Platinum Bob
An ultra-light, platinum bob strikes the balance between making a statement yet still being incredibly wearable at the same time.
This stylish rounded bob incorporates an updated version of the ’90s trend we’ve been seeing lately. Style this bob by using straighteners or a hot brush to emphasise the rounded under ends – this will also help to give you an extra volume boost.
French Bob with Micro Bangs
If you were worried that thick hair doesn’t look good short, here’s proof that it absolutely does! This short, cheek-length style features a statement short fringe which altogether makes for a super chic look.
Money Piece Bob
The money piece hair trend (which involves lightening just the front sections of hair for a contrast effect) has really taken off. It’s perfect for livening up a bob, proving that you don’t need flowing lengths to tap into the trend.
Choppy Chin-Length Bob
The leather jacket of the hair world, this choppy bob will add an edgy grunge-girl vibe to your look.
Side Part Bob Cut
Curly Bob With Fringe
Proving that the old misconception about short hair not working for curly girls, Yara Shadidi is slaying the mane game with this curly crop.
In true Rihanna fashion, this curly, textured, and ultra-shiny bob haircut looks flawless. And, because it has less bulk to it, it’s a great option for those looking for bob hairstyles for thick hair.
Not the girly sort? This baby shag cut is super rock ‘n’ roll with its messed-up, fluffy layers, so it’s ideal if you’re after something a bit edgier. Shags are great bob hairstyles for fine hair as they’ll help to plump up your look all over.
One of the best things about layered bob hair, is that volume holds tight. Now, we aren’t promising that you can just wake up and go, but with the right bob, styling time should be short and sweet in the mornings.
Stars like Cardi B and Kim K may love blunt bob hairstyles, but you don’t have to! If you’re worried this bob cut style will be too harsh for your face shape, try softer, wispy haircuts as an alternative. They’ll be more flattering on your features and not quite so dramatic.
Sleek Rolled Under Bob
After a no-fuss look that has a timeless and universal appeal? Then please turn your attention to this sleek, chic, and ultra-stylish bob!
Forever on our style radar, for it’s effortless and refined aesthetic, this polished bob is ideal for any woman in need of a ‘do that can be worn for absolutely any occasion.
Pob (AKA Posh Bob)
Victoria Beckham hasn’t worn her trademark pob cut for years now but it’s still popular with the rest of us (isn’t that right, Karlie Kloss?). A sharp-angled bob with a stacked back, it’ll make your jawline look more striking.
Graduated bobs are a clever way to add more weight to finer hair. They create detail at the nape of the neck with shorter layers to give the illusion of a fuller head of hair. Pretty smart styling, right?
Editor’s tip: Want to give all your bob hairstyles major volume? Try prepping them with the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm. This system works to plump each strand and instantly help hair look thicker!
So, evenly spread this balm through damp hair before blow-drying to get your desired voluminous style.
Bob Box Braids
Bob Haircut With Long Fringe
We all know how flattering a side fringe is! And, if you want to really want to kick your look up a notch, you should try teaming one with an on-trend bob haircut.
Flippy bobs are back and better than ever! Get into the ’70s groove with this modern flipped-out bob haircut. This is one of our favourite bob hairstyles for fine hair, as its bends instantly add dramatic width to tresses to hair that otherwise lay limp.
This rounded bob keeps popping up on red carpets everywhere because it can so easily complement a variety of face shapes.
One Length Bob Cut With Bangs
You can’t talk about the latest bob hairstyles without mentioning Khloe Kardashian‘s new blunt bob haircut. This one length haircut has enviably thick, blunt ends and the long bangs also add a fun touch to this simple ‘do. Credit: @khloekardashian
Dark Wavy Bob With Highlights
Messy Bob Cut
Woken up with bed head hair? With a textured bob haircut like Eva Green’s, you won’t ever need to worry. Just freshen up your strands with a volumising dry shampoo and rock your hair au naturel.
Editor’s tip: Show off lush, bountiful hair with the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo. This vegan-friendly product will give your second-day hair a refresh and a lovely volume boost.
Curly Shag Haircut
If you’re after a bob haircut that’ll help you flaunt your curls in a modern way, Alison Brie’s curly shag haircut is a great option. Did we forget to say it’s super low-maintenance?
Vintage Bob With Curly Bangs
Olivia Wilde Bob
While we loved Olivia Wilde’s long mane, we think her hair looks thicker and fuller since going for the chop.
Rita Ora Blonde Bob
Rita Ora sure knows how to turn heads with her eclectic style.
Editor’s tip: Keep brassiness at bay with the Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo. Use 1-2 times a week for cooler, brighter blonde hair.
Nicole Richie ’70s Bob
Throw it back to the ’70s with this Nicole Richie-approved bob.
Demi Moore Bob
Demi Moore’s brown bob from the 1993 movie Indecent Proposal won’t look out of place today.
Bob With Colour
Looking for a bob with colour? Pair this season’s hottest hue with a blunt bob for a perfectly on-trend look.
Bob With Choppy Fringe
This bob with choppy fringe is giving us serious modern-day Vidal Sasson vibes.
Classic, chic and timeless, this bob hairstyle is perfect for those who want a cut that will stand the test of time. Credit: @thomasin.mckenzie
Summer Bob Haircut
Julia Garner Curly Bob
If you’re looking for curly bob inspiration, turn to Ozark actress Julia Garner who always looks amazing while rocking her beautiful curls with a bob haircut. Credit: @juliagarner94
Get in on the glass bob trend with this smooth and silky sharp cut. Credit: @hungvanngo
Editor’s tip: Tame frizz, flyaways and give your hair a gorgeous shine with the VO5 Invisibly Light Hair Oil. Use through the lengths of dry styled hair, avoiding the roots.
Blunt squared-off bobs are the newest take on the classic cut. Show yours off with a swept-back style like above.
Bob for Thin Hair
Editor’s tip: Add even more oomph to fine hair by sprinkling a little of the VO5 Instant Volume Powder in at your roots and massaging it in. This will add grip and body to the hair for long-lasting volume.
Currently growing out a pixie cut? Lily Collins’ pixie-bob hybrid is great inspiration while you’re still in that in-between stage.
Bob with Side Fringe
Balance out the symmetry of a round face by adding a sweeping side fringe à la Emma Stone.
Editor’s tip: For fine hair lacking volume, spray your roots with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray while wet and blow-dry.
Bob for Over 40
Cute French Bob
Bob With Undercut
Bob with Lowlights
This soft, wavy cut is given an autumnal twist with rich, dimensional lowlights from the roots.
Precision Cut Bob
This precision-cut bob is undeniably chic and complements naturally straight hair like a dream.
The boyfriend bob is perfect for the girl who wants an effortless, easy to wear style that’s equal parts stylish as it is convenient.
Wavy Short Bob
We love the romantic, ethereal vibe of this bouncy wavy bob. Just look at that volume!
Long Bob Hairstyles
Going short for the first time can be scary, but these long to mid-length bob styles give you all of the style points with less of the commitment.
Natural Curly Bob
Don’t be afraid of getting a bob if you have natural curls – with the right cut, it’s the perfect everyday style for curly hair.
Lob (AKA Long Bob)
If you’re on the fence when it comes to committing to the chop, you can rest assured that there are lots of ways that you can embrace this trend, even without opting for super short locks!
And choosing a long bob with layers is a great way to tap into the look, while still retaining the majority of your lovely length.
Lob with Sunkissed Highlights
Warm blonde tones are set to be a major trend this year, so why not incorporate some golden, champagne tones into your look?
Lob with Hair Slide
With a slick side parting and cute hair slide, this look will take you seamlessly from the office to post-work drinks.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look to the past for bob hair inspiration. Though she used to sport lengthy locks, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor is seriously making us consider getting these Marilyn Monroe-style retro curls.
Demonstrating the versatility of the bob, Jessica Szohr’s pulls off a daring angled bob haircut with ease. Are you ready to do the same?
Beach Wave Bob
Who says beach waves are only for long hair? When it comes to adding texture to shorter styles, there’s really nothing better.
Bright Blonde Long Bob
Proving the versatility of a long bob haircut, Brie Larson lets her superhero cut do the talking with this chic pared-back wavy hairstyle.
Thick bob With Long Bangs
Thick hair? Make the most out of your amazing hair type by getting daring a bob hairstyle with full bangs as pop singer Ciara has done. Doing so will remove excess bulk from your tresses and make them easier to maintain
Mid Blunt Bob
The blunt-cut ends are what really make this mid-length bob stand out.
Long Bob With Bardot Bangs
If you aren’t ready to let go of your thick, long hair, you know what to do: go for a long bob haircut! The best bangs to pair with this ‘do? Romantic Bardot ones, which Penélope Cruz demonstrates.
Swoop Bob Hairstyle
Tousled Blonde Bob
Why feel stuck in your signature style when you can rock an easy bob hairstyle that’s worthy of Margot Robbie? This timeless, flattering long bob haircut will have you dreaming of the beach.
Caramel Long Bob
So, you want to get caramel highlights and a new bob haircut? You’ll be in great company, isn’t that right, Emily Ratajkowsi?
Jennifer Aniston Bob
With her blonde highlights and smooth and sleek bob, Jennifer Aniston has one of the most sought-after celeb hairstyles around the world.
Clemence Posey Bob
We can’t get enough of Clemence Posey’s dirty blonde wavy bob – it’s the perfect mix of Parisian chic and bedhead texture.
Priyanka Chopra Bob
With her thick raven hair and perfect waves, Priyanka Chopra’s bob is all the inspiration you need to give this hairstyle a try.
Long Inverted Bob
Wavy Long Bob
Shoulder-length blonde hair and beach waves are a classic combination that never fails to impress. Credit: @parisrosehairartistry
Brunette Long Bob
Long Bob With Fringe
Beachy Wave Lob
This beachy, holiday inspired look is such a perfect option for those with naturally wavy-curly hair.
Editor’s tip: Help to accentuate your curl pattern by scrunching TRESemmé Day 2 Curl Boosting Foam into your hair when damp. This lightweight, airy mousse will help to add definition without weighing down your curls.
When you’ve worn your hair in one particular parting for a long time, something as simple as flipping your parting over to the other side can make all the difference. Plus, it”s an instant volume booster, too!
Who said bobs can’t look glam, too? This key to this bouncy, blown-out bob is all in the styling. To achieve this style at home, use a large round brush when drying your hair to get that bouncy curled under look.
Lob with Face-Framing Layers
Not a fan of cuts that are all one length? Layers are a stylish way to tailor your bob and can help to emphasise your features.
Strawberry Blonde Bob
Looking for a hairstyle that’ll help to show off the different tones in your (natural or faux) red hair? We love how this relaxed bob brings out the lighter strawberry blonde tones.