The Italian Bob is The Perfect Transitional Haircut

This is the makeover you were secretly hoping for.

The Italian bob has taken over both Instagram and street style shots, and it’s quickly becoming the top haircut of the season. This new variation of the classic bob seamlessly blends retro with trendy, making it the ideal current short hairstyle. Effortlessly cool and appropriate for women of all ages, the Italian bob epitomizes cool girl hair.

The Italian Bob is this Season’s Trendiest Style

Let’s discover what’s Italian about this bob, shall we?

What is the Italian Bob?

The Italian bob hairstyle is a frayed, laidback alternative to the classically crisp bob cut. It consists of thick layers that offer lots of volume and it’s often styled in chunky waves. The best thing about the Italian bob haircut is that it works well with straight, wavy, and natural hair because it allows you to work with your natural hair texture. Wear it styled or wear it natural, it’s all in the confidence when it comes to this look.

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The micro bangs update this bob into a unique style. Photo Credit: Unsplash.

How to Style the Italian Bob?

According to the Hair Bros, the creators of this iconic cut, the success of this style is its versatile simplicity and heaviness.

Depending on the hair texture, the person can let the hair air dry after applying a bit of texture spray such as TRESemmé Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

You can also heat-dry your hair to add volume and body if your natural hair texture is straight and flat. The versatility of the haircut is due to its face-framing layers and the different ways it can be parted.

For example, it can be worn straight with a center part or heavy on one side with a deep side parting. Another way to wear it is gently tucked behind the ears with ’60s hair accessories by the temples. The micro bangs give this classic haircut a retro-modern vibe in this particular style making the Italian bob with bangs a no-brainer.

Tips for Maintaining the Italian Bob

Shorter haircuts like the bob notoriously require more upkeep than other styles. Because this style is not as precise as a classic bob, it’s not as essential to make regular trips to the salon to keep your cut looking fresh.

Maintain a ‘once-every-three-months’ salon schedule to keep your ends healthy, and rest assured that the lack of maintenance in between visits will only add to the style’s cool factor.

Italian Bob Inspiration

Social media is the best way to find inspiration when a haircut becomes a trend. We typed #italianbob in the search box of the ‘gram, and plenty of inspiration popped up.

1. Italian Bob with a Center Part

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The center part gives this bob a retro look. Photo Credit: emmalewishair/Instagram.

As we mentioned above, a great way to wear this short haircut is to cut thick layers and wear your strands in a center parting. Additionally, this style will make your face look chiseled since the layers frame the sides. The best thing about this European bob is that you can wear it with your ends curled or straight!

For a flat finish, we recommend prepping your hair with an anti-frizz-like Bed Head by TIGI Control Freak Serum. As a result, you’ll have a straight and sleek finish without any frizz. 

2. Air-Dried Italian Bob

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Brush your hair back with your fingers for a casual look.

If your vibe is a bit more relaxed, this air-dried Italian bob is a great choice for you. We particularly love the effortless yet chic aura this short haircut gives. If your hair texture is stubbornly straight, apply a little bit of texture spray to your style to give it some movement. For example, we love the texture and finish of Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

3. Deep Side Parted Bob

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Opt for a side part!

A deep side part makes any hairstyle look sexy and elegant. A perfect example is this bob, which is particularly suited for people with thick hair. Additionally, if you want to create more volume, you could tease the roots and add a volumizing hair spray. For example, we love TRESemmé Total Volume Hair Spray. Enriched with collagen and vitamin B5, this hair spray gives you hold for up to 24 hours.

4. High-Shine

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High-shine short strands.

Add some shine to your Italian bob by spraying the finished look with Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hair Spray. This hair spray adds slight hold and heavy shine to any style, and leaves your hair smelling like candy.

5. Flipped for Volume

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Flip your strands over for volume.

Add some instant volume to your style by flipping your part over to one side. The Italian bob is easily distinguished by its effortless cool girl vibe, and this messy styling lends to that. Use a bobby pin to tuck one side behind your ear to balance out the style.

6. Slicked-Down

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Hairspray is the only product you need to achieve this sleek finish.

Another way to style the Italian bob is slicked down with a jagged center part. Zero in on the edginess of this length and cut by opting for a slicked-down style like this. Use a touch of hair gel to keep your strands in place and embrace the unfinished aura of this style.

Thinking about trying out the Italian bob? Share your final look with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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