3 Easy Steps to a Perfect Inverted Bob

Get fashion-editor hair in a few simple steps.

If you’ve ever gotten a bob haircut, chances are you ended up with one of three things: a long bob (a.k.a. the ever-popular lob), a blunt bob (a fave from the ’90s) or a concave or inverted bob. The latter features a short, mostly chin-length haircut with the ends slightly layered or tapered downwards for a graduated effect.

This tiny detail shouldn’t be ignored, as it’s proven to be quite the gamechanger during the styling process. Graduated ends—which sometimes lend the inverted bob a “stacked” feel—help hair fall downwards, and effectively, inwards, as it dries, giving it a crisp, sophisticated, almost angular line that’s flattering on most face shapes.

How to Style an Inverted Bob in 3 Easy Steps

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An inverted bob features tapered ends and a smooth, sleek finish. Photo credit: Dvora

Step 1: Prep hair while still in the shower.

Choose a volumizing wash and care system to help give hair the bounce and lift it needs—shorter bobs almost always look better (and you, immensely cuter!) with a rounder shape, especially near the earline, We like using shampoo and conditioner that helps give natural-looking volume, such as Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner, before drying.

Step 2: Prime with a volume-inducing lotion.

A blow-dry lotion that pumps up fine strands while smoothening them out is the perfect two-in-one styling product. The ideal inverted bob has lift at the crown and seriously sleek ends which, in a perfect world, are blown out without any flyaways in sight. Achieve this precision with a lotion, such as TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer, instead of a regular hair mousse, which doesn’t normally smoothen as immaculately.

Step 3: Finish with hairspray.

A lot of women forego hairspray when styling an inverted bob, as they think it can leave their hair looking stiff, shellacked or just too “done.” On the contrary: When used correctly (12 inches from the head) and with the right hold level, hairspray is the perfect finishing touch that helps keep the shape of your bob intact, as well as keep it from frizzing out. We love the anti-humidity protection (and divine scent) we get from the Nexxus New York Salon Care Frizz Defy Finishing Mist.

Flirting with short hair this season? Check out more ways to style and rework the bob haircut for fall.