Is it just us or does it seem like bob hairstyles are on a red carpet rotation over the last few years? Our favorite celebrities seem to taking the plunge and get dramatic short haircuts every so often. Shoulder-brushing lobs, chin-grazing bobs and even bob hairstyles that include a full set of bangs have been in current rotation in recent memory.
We like to be prepared with plenty of short hair inspiration for when this trend comes around again (not that it ever left our radars, anyway). But in any case, we’ve put together a gallery of some of the best bob hairstyles we love. If and when you decide to take the plunge and cut your hair shorter, you’ll have ample inspiration to choose from in the hairstyle department.
18 Best Bob Hairstyles
1. ’90s Waves
Create a bunch of three-strand braids all over damp hair and sleep on them to create this ’90s-esque beach waves look. We love this option partly because it’s so easy to create and because of its trendy nod to the grunge years. It’s also slightly reminiscent of a wavy look that (in our opinion) works all year round.
2. Curling Iron Curls
In an age of ‘I woke up like this’ style, cultivating a look that makes it look like you actually put effort in can be rare. We’re big fans of these curling iron curls for exactly that reason: You’ll be amazed by how quickly you can do your hair when it’s this short, and we know you’ll love the results as much as we do.
3. Instant Chic
A half up style is the instant and easy road to chic hair. Whether you pull your hair straight back or maintain your usual part, your overall style will look instantly chic.
4. Deepen Your Part
Getting bored of your new short style already? We get that. The options can feel limited on a shorter style but we like to keep this trick handy for those times when we’re just out of ideas. Deepen your part for a total change of perspective that doesn’t require making any permanent changes.
5. Wispy Bob
Worried about getting a bob if you have thinner hair? There’s no reason to stress. A teased wispier look like this works really well on thinner hair too.
6. Subtle Side Bangs
If you have your eye on a bolder bob with full bangs but aren’t quite ready to take two hair risks at once, you may want to opt for more subtle side-swept bangs.
7. Loosen Your Waves
Turn your curling iron upside down and use it as a makeshift curling wand to create this cute and trendy blogger chic style.
8. Try an Off-Center Part
Instead of your usual middle or side part, try an off-center part for a subtle and unexpected change of perspective.
9. Amp Up the Shine
A few pumps of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum blended into a straight bob will add an extra dose of beautiful shine.
10. Choppy Bangs
Make a statement with choppy bangs and a beautiful rounded bob.
11. Blow-Dried to Perfection
Follow our easy at-home blow dry guide to learn how to blow dry your bob to perfection.
12. Tucked Back
Run Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum through your hair from roots to tips and tuck it behind your ears for a red carpet-ready bob hairstyle.
13. Uneven Ends
Worried about your bob looking a little matronly? Opting for an asymmetrical bob like this one will ensure that your look stays edgy and sleek.
14. Zigzag Part
A zigzag part is another underutilized styling technique that we can’t get enough of. Use a comb to create a small zigzag through your part for some added visual interest.
15. Fake It Till You Make It
Want to see how curly hair works with a bob? Use a small curling iron to create curls all over your head that turn in opposite directions. Lightly brush through them to add some volume for hair that looks naturally curly.
16. Choppy Red Lob
Small uneven layers at the bottom of your lob will go a long way when it comes to keeping your look feeling fresh and interesting.
17. Messy Bob
Looking to nail a high fashion bob? Pair full thick blunt bangs with messy strands for the ultimate high fashion look.
18. Add a Hat
When it doubt, wear a hat. This fun accessory is one of our favorite ways to hide a bad hair day or draw attention to our gorgeous cut and color.
Looking for more bob hairstyles? Check out 30 stacked bob hairstyles we love.