A wavy bob is a short women’s haircut, typically cut to jaw-length (although shorter and mid-length versions are also popular). Originating in the 1910s and 20s when women started to rebel against societal norms by wearing their hair short, it’s now one of the most coveted hairstyles around. There are countless variations of the bob, so what this style lacks in length it more than makes up for in styling options. One of 2019’s most sought-after hairstyles, stars like Emily Ratajkowski and Khloe Kardashian have popularised the wavy bob on the red carpet.
Been toying with the idea of getting a chop for a while? Below, see some of the best wavy bob inspiration and easy styling advice from All Things Hair.
43 Best Wavy Bob Hairstyles
Keep scrolling to check out some of our favourite wavy bob styling inspiration and find your perfect cut.
If you’re looking for an easy to manage but chic hairstyle for everyday wear, you just can’t go wrong with a classic wavy bob.
Editor’s tip: Give your waves hold without making them look crispy or overstyled by setting them with the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray. Perfect for more natural hairstyles, the ultra-fine mist leaves hair feeling soft and touchable.
Long Wavy Bob
Going shorter for the first time can be scary, but trying a lob is another stylish (and less intimidating) alternative.
Short Wavy Bob
Blonde Wavy Bob
When choosing a new look, the cut isn’t the only thing to consider. Adding highlights and lowlights can enhance any cut and gives a more bespoke feel.
Wavy Bob with Fringe
Wavy Graduated Bob
Retro Wavy Bob
Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe for your next soirée with side-parted vintage curls.
Wavy Shaggy Bob
Take inspiration from the shag cut revival by incorporating fluffed-up layers for additional volume.
Graduated Bob for Thick Wavy Hair
Graduated cuts aren’t just for those with thinner hair. They’re also great for taking away some of the weight from thicker strands and giving you more shape.
Long Wavy Blonde Bob
Medium Length Wavy Bob with Bangs
This choppy mid-length cut with piecey bangs is giving us major rock chick vibes.
Short Wavy Graduated Bob
Wavy Bob Wedding Hair
Lucy Boynton’s whimsical flower crown is perfect for any brides-to-be looking for short wedding hair inspiration.
Wavy Pixie Bob
If you’re currently growing out a pixie cut, a pixie bob a la Sarah Paulson will help make the transition easier and adding curls will help it look more polished.
Layered Wavy Bob with Fringe
Wavy Bob with Bangs Black Hair
Follow Amandla Stenberg‘s lead and opt for a fringe and mermaid waves to complement your bob.
Wavy French Bob
Light Brown Wavy Bob
Long Wavy Inverted Bob
Shaggy Bob for Thick Wavy Hair
If you’re worried that your hair is too thick to pull off a bob, you needn’t be. Your hair’s natural volume will add a bouncy, healthy look that works with, not against, your thick hair.
Wavy A-Line Bob
Wavy Angled Bob with Bangs
This wavy angled bob with bangs is cute and playful and subtle highlights make her curls pop. Credit: @volrsalon
Editor’s tip: Fringes tend to get greasier faster than the rest of our hair, but instead of washing your hair every day you can use dry shampoo between washes. The Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo refreshes and revives greasy hair in a flash and it’s 100% vegan.
Wavy Grey Bob
Wavy Hair Layered Bob
Layers are a must when it comes to creating pumped-up, voluminous styles.
Wavy Stacked Bob
Blonde Wavy Bob with Bangs
With her feathered fringe, natural waves and short layers, Haley Bennett is total #hairgoals.
Concave Bob Wavy Hair
Dark Wavy Bob
Bring out the vibrancy of your colour with glossy, chin-length waves.
Scarlett Johansson Wavy Bob
However long your hair, give your mane a beachy feel by using straighteners to create tousled waves.
Short Wavy Bob for Fine Hair
Middle partings have a tendency to fall flat, so try swapping for an off-centre parting instead to create more volume.
Wavy Bob Black Hair
Wavy Ombre Bob
We’re forever pinning Chrissy Teigen’s signature tousled lob for mane inspiration.
Auburn Wavy Bob
Beyonce Wavy Bob
Blunt Wavy Bob
Hailey Beiber‘s barely-there waves and blunt ends could tempt even the most loyal long hair lovers to go short.
Chin Length Bob for Wavy Hair
Give your wavy hair a fashion edge with this chin-grazing bob. These waves mean business, making them perfect for work and formal settings.
Fearne Cotton Wavy Bob
Look no further than Fearne’s vintage ’50s hairstyle for your next night-out hair.
Editor’s tip: To recreate these voluminous waves and make them last, apply VO5 Extra Body Mousse to damp hair before styling for volume and lift.
Gabrielle Union Wavy Bob
Note how Gabrielle Union‘s center parted waves are curled away from her face to give width and body to her mid-length bob.
Jessica Alba Wavy Bob
Keira Knightley Wavy Bob
Keira Knightley’s inverted bob is a timeless and stunning option that’ll always look chic.
Kelly Rowland Wavy Bob
Bouncy and full of life, Kelly Rowland‘s bob with grown-out bangs gives an effortless, cool-girl finish.
Kerry Washington Wavy Bob
Want a style that works well with a full fringe? Kerry Washington’s soft waves are the perfect match for bangs.
Khloe Kardashian Wavy Bob
How to Wave a Bob
Learn how to create stunning waves on bob-length hair (with and without heat), below.
How to: Tousled Bob With a Curling Wand
- Step 1. Apply the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray.
- Step 2. Spritz hair with VO5 Dry Texturising Spray and section your hair.
- Step 3. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around a curling wand. Hold for a few sections and release.
- Step 4. Continue to curl the rest of your hair, alternating the direction of the curls away from and towards your face.
- Step 5. Gently brush through your curls.
- Step 6. Finish with hairspray.
How to Make Short Hair Wavy with Straighteners
- Step 1. Apply VO5 Heat Protect Spray and section hair.
- Step 2. Take a section of hair and rotate the straightener away from your face as you pull it slowly down to the ends.
- Step 3. Repeat with the rest of your hair.
- Step 4. Apply hairspray to set your waves.
How to Pin Curl Short Hair
- Step 1. Create a 1-2 inch box-shaped section of hair using a comb.
- Step 2. Wrap the section of hair around two fingers and secure flat on your head with bobby pins.
- Step 3. Repeat until all of your hair is pinned and cover with a silk scarf. Allow to set overnight.
- Step 4. Apply a couple of drops of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil and gently comb through the curls with your fingers.
- Step 5. Finish with VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray.
Expert Tips For Wavy Bobs
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and go for the big chop? Here are some of our top tips for DIY styling your new wavy bob at home.
Use texturising products
Texture is key when it comes to styling a bob. Thankfully, if your hair is naturally super straight or lacking in lift, there’s a whole variety of texture-boosting products that can help to give your hair more oomph.
Spray the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray onto dry hair to add a tousled, undone look and give your strands more grip.
Get waves while you sleep
Trying to cut down on how much heat you use on your hair, or just hate the thought of spending ages on your hair in the morning?
After washing your hair in the evening, twist damp hair into braids or small buns and you’ll wake up to amazing, natural-looking waves – no heat needed.
Use sea salt spray
Sea salt spray is a must for adding beachy texture to shorter hair. Spritz the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray through your lengths to enhance any natural waves and add a just-off-the-beach, summery feel.
Get regular trims
Depending on your particular style, you’ll probably need to get your bob trimmed every 4-6 weeks.
Some more precise and blunt styles might need touch-ups even more regularly to keep them looking sharp, whereas longer lob styles won’t be quite so high-maintenance and can be left for longer.
Tease your roots for volume
Shorter styles put extra emphasis on the roots, so if your hair is looking a little flat, try teasing (aka backcombing) your roots for lasting, plumped-up volume. Find out how, here.