50 Wavy Bob Hairstyles in 2021 and How to Create Them Easily

Been considering trying out the wavy bob trend? Discover the best celebrity inspiration and short hair styling tips, here.
Hailey Bieber (Baldwin) with a blunt blonde wavy bob

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 the most sought-after hairstyles of the moment, stars like Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber 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.

50 Best Wavy Bob Hairstyles

Keep scrolling to check out some of our favourite wavy bob styling inspiration and find your perfect cut.

Wavy Bob

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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.

Lob with Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs are a flattering addition to any bob hairstyle and add a modern, cool-girl edge to this classic look.

Long Wavy Bob

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Going shorter for the first time can be scary, but trying a lob is another stylish (and less intimidating) alternative.

Short Wavy Bob

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Jennifer Lawrence pairs her short wavy bob with sunkissed highlights and bedhead waves for a modern update.

Bob with Full Fringe

Worried about your hair looking flat? For a look with lots of volume, consider a straight-across, full fringe that adds extra interest to the crown.

Blonde Wavy Bob

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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

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Marrying two of this year’s biggest trends together, Nina Dobrev shows how to elevate your bob cut with sweeping side bangs.

Wavy Graduated Bob

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Are your strands on the finer side? Add shape and the illusion of fulness to thin hair with a graduated cut like Margot Robbie‘s.

Retro Wavy Bob

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Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe for your next soirée with side-parted vintage curls.

Wavy Shaggy Bob

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Take inspiration from the shag cut revival by incorporating fluffed-up layers for additional volume.

Graduated Bob for Thick Wavy Hair

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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.

Editor’s tip: Add a glossy shine to your wavy bob with the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum. Enriched with camellia oil, it helps to enhance the vibrancy of coloured hair and tames frizz.

Lavender Bob

Bobs look good on all hair colours but something about this lavender hue has us wanting to dye our hair purple, pronto.

Editor’s tip: Maintain brighter colours like this by switching out your normal haircare for colour protecting products like TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help to slow down colour fade, meaning you can enjoy your fun new hue for longer between dyeing.

Long Wavy Blonde Bob

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Ashley Benson‘s side-parted style is great for adding extra lift at the roots and gives the illusion of length.

Medium Length Wavy Bob with Bangs

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This choppy mid-length cut with piecey bangs is giving us major rock chick vibes.

Short Wavy Graduated Bob

The best thing about a graduated bob? It looks amazing from all angles!

Wavy Bob Wedding Hair

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Lucy Boynton’s whimsical flower crown is perfect for any brides-to-be looking for short wedding hair inspiration.

Wavy Pixie Bob

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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

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Straight across fringes are especially flattering on those with long and diamond face shapes, balancing out your features.

Wavy Bob with Bangs Black Hair

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Follow Amandla Stenberg‘s lead and opt for a fringe and mermaid waves to complement your bob.

Wavy French Bob

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Make like Vanessa Hudgens and try out a French girl inspired chin-length bob with choppy bangs for a Parisian-inspired look.

Balayage Bob

Balayage is one of the most natural-looking colouring techniques and it looks amazing on those with bob-length hair.

Light Brown Wavy Bob

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Alexa Chung’s grown-out Bardot bangs and light brown ombre give her the ultimate cool girl finish.

Long Wavy Inverted Bob

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Update a regular blonde lob with stacked layers at the nape of the neck and longer strands at the front. Credit: @williammleite

Shaggy Bob for Thick Wavy Hair

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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

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See how this Instagrammer’s natural-looking balayage helps to accentuate the lines of her A-line cut and opens up her face. Credit: @moiseshairstylist

Wavy Angled Bob with Bangs

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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

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Cara Delevingne‘s shimmering silver bob is the ideal choice for those looking to try a wavy bob in an ultra on-trend hue.

Naturally Curly Bob

This cute cropped cut is great for girls with natural curls who are looking for a style that helps make their coils look more defined.

Wavy Hair Layered Bob

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Layers are a must when it comes to creating pumped-up, voluminous styles.

Wavy Stacked Bob

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Looking for a way to bring colour into your look? Inject some colour by adding a few pastel strands to recreate this pretty-in-pink hairstyle. Credit: @headrushdesigns

Blonde Wavy Bob with Bangs

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With her feathered fringe, natural waves and short layers, Haley Bennett is total #hairgoals.

Soft Bob

Face-framing layers and a wavy, soft texture give this bob haircut a flirty and casual finish.

Concave Bob Wavy Hair

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A concave bob is a style which is longer in the front than it is at the back. Credit: @amber_thehairroom

Dark Wavy Bob

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Bring out the vibrancy of your colour with glossy, chin-length waves.

Scarlett Johansson Wavy Bob

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However long your hair, give your mane a beachy feel by using straighteners to create tousled waves.

Short Wavy Bob for Fine Hair

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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

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Jourdan Dunn wears her short bob in crimped-style waves, accentuating her supermodel cheekbones.

Wavy Ombre Bob

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We’re forever pinning Chrissy Teigen’s signature tousled lob for mane inspiration.

Auburn Wavy Bob

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Emma Stone‘s lustrous auburn lob is one of our favourite looks she’s rocked.

Beyonce Wavy Bob

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It’s a known fact that Beyonce has the superhuman skill of being able to pull off any hairstyle she ever tries, and this ’20s inspired flapper bob is no different.

Blunt Wavy Bob

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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

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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

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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 Big Volume Mousse to damp hair before styling for volume and lift.

Gabrielle Union Wavy Bob

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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

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We didn’t think it was possible for a hairstyle to be both polished and effortless, but Jessica Alba‘s caramel ‘do proves otherwise.

Keira Knightley Wavy Bob

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Keira Knightley’s inverted bob is a timeless and stunning option that’ll always look chic.

Clean Blonde Bob

Give your waves an effortless, beachy finish by leaving the ends of your hair straight.

Kelly Rowland Wavy Bob

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Bouncy and full of life, Kelly Rowland‘s bob with grown-out bangs gives an effortless, cool-girl finish.

Kerry Washington Wavy Bob

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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

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Khloe Kardashian‘s platinum blonde lob, with on-trend Nirvana roots and stylish asymmetrical cut, is all the inspiration we need.

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

  1. Step 1. Apply the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray.
  2. Step 2. Section your hair.
  3. Step 3. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around a curling wand. Hold for a few sections and release.
  4. Step 4. Continue to curl the rest of your hair, alternating the direction of the curls away from and towards your face.
  5. Step 5. Gently brush through your curls.
  6. Step 6. Finish with hairspray.

How to Make Short Hair Wavy with Straighteners

  1. Step 1. Apply VO5 Heat Protect Spray and section hair.
  2. Step 2. Take a section of hair and rotate the straightener away from your face as you pull it slowly down to the ends.
  3. Step 3. Repeat with the rest of your hair.
  4. Step 4. Apply hairspray to set your waves.

How to Pin Curl Short Hair

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  1. Step 1. Create a 1-2 inch box-shaped section of hair using a comb.
  2. Step 2. Wrap the section of hair around two fingers and secure flat on your head with bobby pins.
  3. Step 3. Repeat until all of your hair is pinned and cover with a silk scarf. Allow to set overnight.
  4. Step 4. Apply a couple of drops of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil and gently comb through the curls with your fingers.
  5. 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!

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