12 bob hairstyles to try this year whether you’re seventeen or seventy

All Things Hair | 05 February 2018

The most popular bob cut styles of 2018, all in one place.


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 2018 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. Come on, great hair awaits you…

Here’s all the convincing you need to try out a bob haircut for 2018


blonde woman with a blunt cut bob
Let’s be blunt. Credit: Instagram.com/samanthariches

1. Blunt bob

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. Credit: @samanthariches

blogger with bleach blonde hair in a wavy bob style
It’s all wavy, baby. Credit: Instagram.com/lauraslittlelocket

2. Wavy bob

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. Credit: @lauraslittlelocket

VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Once you’ve used your curling wand (or straighteners, if that’s what you prefer) to work in your waves, remember to set them with a hairspray like the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

It’s an ultra fine formula so won’t weigh down your curls and it’s also got built in humidity protection to stop your hair frizzing up.

model taylor lashae with a messy french bob haircut
Add a touch of Parisian flair to your hair. Credit: Instagram.com/taylorlashae

3. French bob

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. Credit: @taylorlashae

woman with bob length brunette hair with wavy bangs
All you’ve got to do is add bangs and bam, instant makeover. Credit: Instagram.com/creative_copy_kat

4. Bob with bangs

Already rocking a pretty bob haircut? Then why not refresh your ‘do with a flirty fringe? We think that bobbed hair and bangs are a cute combo, and the perfect way to frame your face shape and bring out those eyes. Credit: @creative_copy_kat

woman with really curly bob hair
The curlier the better in our eyes. Credit: Instagram.com/idekcolee

5. Curly bob

Proving that the old misconception about short hair not working for curly girls is total rubbish, this Instagrammer is slaying the mane game with this curly crop.

We also love the way she’s parted her hair in a deep side parting to give the illusion of sweeping bangs Credit: @idekcolee

TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil

Editor’s tip: Keep your curls in check with the TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil and you won’t have to worry about them losing their definition.

girl with a pink bob haircut with bangs
We’re dubbing this the ‘baby shag’. Credit: Instagram.com/keunenamerica

6. Baby shag

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 without even needing product. Credit: @keunenamerica

girl wearing black vest top with brunette choppy bob hair
Layered bob hair styles 2017: Keep it choppy. Credit: Instagram.com/dennismarshallcooper

7. Choppy bob

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. Credit: @dennismarshallcooper

woman with a silver bob with wispy bangs
Wispy bangs have a softening effect. Credit: Instagram.com/aileenleenlin

8. Wispy bob

Stars like Cardi B and Jessie J may pair their bob hair styles with blunt bangs, but you don’t have to! If you’re worried straight across bangs will be too harsh for your face shape, try softer, wispy bangs as an alternative. They’ll be more flattering on your features and not quite so dramatic. Credit: @aileenleenlin

older women with a rolled under sleek bob
Sleek and neat, this style would suit women of all ages. Credit: Instagram.com/lilywillowsdream

9. 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. Credit: @lilywillowsdream

VO5 Extra Body Mousse

Editor’s tip: Scrunch some mousse (we like the VO5 Extra Body Mousse) through damp ends before blowdrying with a round brush.

This will help your rolled-under ends stay sleek and frizz-free, to fool everyone into thinking you’ve had it done by a professional.

brunette woman with a pob stacked bob haircut
Posh Spice would be proud. Credit: Instagram.com/meucabelocurto

10. Pob

Victoria Beckham hasn’t worn her trademark pob cut for years now but it’s still popular with the rest of us. A sharp, angled bob with a stacked back, it’ll make your jawline look more striking. Credit: @meucabelocurto

woman with a brunette pink tinted lob
Lobs are the length of the moment. Credit: Instagram.com/ildeet

11. Lob

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. Credit: @ildeet

older woman with a blonde graduated bob
Fake fuller strands with a graduated effect. Credit: Instagram.com/claudiafarcas

12. Graduated bob

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? Credit: @claudiafarcas


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