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How to Style a Bob Haircut in 8 New Ways

Find new ways to play with that short hairdo.

To all the loyal bob haircut wearers out there, we salute you. We’re highly impressed by your ability to stay true to maintaining the length of your short hair, and sticking to your look, no matter what new trend you’ve probably fallen in love with along the way. We totally understand your loyalty to this look—bobs are chic, timeless and stylish. But now that you’ve had it for awhile, you’re probably in the mood to update your style just a bit, and the question is: How to style a bob haircut?

Lucky for you, there are a number of hot, unique ways to style that pageboy that either don’t require the help of extensions, or they don’t require any more time past 10 minutes to achieve. Time for the switch-up! To help you while on your quest to styling your crop in a brand new way, here are our top eight favorite looks, and how to get them. Read on:

How to Style a Bob Haircut in 8 Ways

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Updos aren’t just for the long-haired gal. Pull up your short locks into a fancy bun or French twist.

1. Updo on Short Hair

An unexpected take on the bob haircut is an updo look. Who knew your hair could be gathered up into a chic style away from your neck? Section hair at the front to create side bangs, then gather the back section of hair into an easy, relaxed French twist.

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How to style a bob haircut? Scarf it up!

2. Rock a Scarf

We’ve told you before that accessories make the look. Whether worn down or in an updo, give your bob haircut an instant stylish update with a scarf. For a perfect pairing, opt for standout prints against an ensemble with neutral tones. If you want to learn a technique for every day of the week, learn how to tie your scarf five different ways.

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How to style a bob haircut with waves? Use the braiding technique for a modern-looking finish. Photo credit: Ferraz Essani Photography

3. Touchable Waves

Just like your timeless cut, waves don’t die (and we hope they never will). For an easy, natural-looking wave, achieve this look with braids. Plait the entire head into chunky braids, spritz with Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, blast with a blowdryer until dry then let loose. Shake, tousle and go!

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Elevate your sharp bob haircut with highlights or balayage hair color. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Add Color

There’s something about hair color that makes an old look new again. Add an understated pop of color using the balayage technique, but leave the actual process up to the professionals if you’re new to this. The perfect dye job will add dimension to your bob… not to mention complement your skin tone.

how to style a bob with a vintage wave
Make old new again with this season’s take on the vintage wave. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Vintage Waves

An oldie, but goodie: The romantic wave. Go for some ’20s-inspired retro realness by trying out this modern iteration of the look. To achieve defined bends, create large, billowing waves. Prep clean hair with Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Moussethen curl hair ends away from the face by pin-curling each section until cool. Release your pin-curls then brush through to create a soft, uniform bend. Set hair with Bed Head By TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray to keep your look in place and to add shine.

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A classic way to style your bob. Photo credit:

6. Middle Part

This is a fun look for those that typically wear their hair on angle. To achieve this style, blow-dry your hair straight and then use a comb and your fingers to guide the creation of your even part. For even more inspo, check out our round-up of the ‘70s middle part that we loved from Fashion Month.

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Bobby pins secure playful twist styles in place. Photo credit: Dvora

7. Twisted Bobby Pin Style

Got bobby pins and can create a simple twisted style? Then this look is for you! Simply twist one side of your hair (or both) and then meet the ends of your hair with a bobby pin. Easy, chic and such a cute way to update your bob!

a long braided hair of a woman standing outside near the garden

8. Twisted Half-Up

And for those days when you want to get your hair out of your face, we present to you this cool half-up twisted hairstyle. Perfect for weddings, fancy occasions or even for work, this twisted updo will certainly allow your bob to shine.

Want more reasons to love your bob? Check out some of the best blunt bob haircuts.

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