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Ladies, Let’s Talk Bobbed Hairstyles

There’s something so sexy about bobbed hairstyles. A bob speaks confidence, style, independece, and sexiness. There are many different ways to wear one depending on your taste, face shape, and hair type. If you find a bob that you like on someone else, you may actually have to get a completely different haircut to get your bob to look like it. Two bobs may seem the same, but are actually executed differently based on the wearer’s head shape, face shape, and hair type. That being said, it’s important to find a stylist that will take all these factors into consideration and customize your bob for  you. Here are 20 different bobbed hairstyles that you can easily mix and match to create your own unique look!

Sofia

This stunning bob is graduated shorter in the back and longer in the front. It’s perimeter is actually cut longer in the back and shorter in front.

Blonde Graduated BobBlonde Graduated Bobbed Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press is a thermal protection spray that protects hair from the heat of irons. It also has some hold which will allow it to double as a hairspray, making your style last longer.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

Tip:

A graduation is more commonly known as a “stack”. This technique in builds “wash and wear” volume in the hair.

Maribel

This sexy bob is graduated but with a heavy perimeter, giving it a slight bevel. Its graduation is shorter in the back and longer in the front and the perimeter is cut even from back to front.

Bobbed HairstylesBlonde Bob with Highlights Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops is a serum that gives hair a luminous finish.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and in density will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

It isn’t about how good your hair looks when you leave the salon, it’s about how good it grew out when you go back to the salon!

Shalimar

This chic bob is graduated shorter in the back and longer in the front. It’s perimeter is also shorter in the back and longer in the front, creating a flattering face frame.

Brunette Graduated BobBrunette Graduated Bob Back

How To Style:  

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4.  Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron, beveling the ends in.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Pin Straight by Alterna smoothes the hair and gets rid of frizz.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

Tip:

Shorter hair always pushes longer hair. If the hair is shorter in the back and longer in the front, the hair will push towards the face. If the hair is longer in the back and shorter in the front, the hair will push away from the face.

Roxanne

This timeless bob has a low graduation that is shorter in the back and longer in the front. It’s perimeter is even from front to back, giving it that classic bob feel.

Bobbed Hairstyle With Even PerimeterBobbed Hairstyle With Even Perimeter Back

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron, beveling the ends in.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight is a flexible hold hairspray that is the perfect finishing product for styles like this.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle.

Tip: The rule “short hair always pushes long hair” also applies to hair vertically. If the hair is shorter on the bottom and longer on top, it will push hair up creating volume. This is what happens when you graduate hair. If the hair is longer on the bottom and shorter on top, it will push hair down, removing volume. This is what happens when you layer hair!

Afton

This super short bob is cut with layers that accentuate the roundness of the head. The layers are shorter in the back and longer in the front. The perimeter is cut slightly shorter in the back and longer in the back.

Bob Hairstyle with LayersBob Hairstyle with Layers Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will give the hair a luminous finish.

Face Shape & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in density and texture will suit this style.

Tip:

Visual balance more important that technical balance. In this haircut, you will notice that the layers on one side are shorter than the other. If the layers were the same length on both sides, one side would be bulkier than the other since she has a deep side part. By creating the heavier side of the part have shorter layers, it makes her head look visually balanced. On the same note, if the layers on the lighter side of the part were shortened to match theother side, it would appear straggly.

Janel

This voluminous bob is graduated shorter in front and longer in the back. It’s perimeter is cut longer in the back and shorter in the front. The longer pieces of this bob are curled while the fringe is left smooth and straight, creating a stunning mix of textures.

Bob Hairstyle with CurlsBob Hairstyle with Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Curl longer pieces with a medium-sized curling iron.
  5. Smooth and polish the fringe with a flat iron.
  6. Apply a serum for shine.
  7. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press is a thermal protection spray that also helps the style last longer.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

Tip:

If the graduation is too short, try to get it smooth when blow drying. If you try to flat iron it, it will stick out. You can use a technique called “flat wrapping”. This is done by blow drying the hair back and forth and flat against the head, with the blowdryer following the brush as you go.

Flor

This adorable bob is graduated shorter in the back and longer in the front. It’s perimeter is cut at the same angle. We love how it’s braided on one side for an asymmetrical feel!

Graduated Bobbed Hair with BraidGraduated Bobbed Hair with Braid Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and add waves to the hair by ribboning longer sections of hair with a flat ion.
  5. Braid on the side and secure with an elastic band.
  6. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight is a flexible hold spray that gives long-lasting hold.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density.

Tip:

Use a product like Soft Spray by Paul Mitchell when braiding. This keeps all the hair from each section together, making your work neater and flyaway free.

Lauren

This edgy bob is cut shorter in the front and longer in the back. The top is left disconnected and long. It is worn to the side, veiling over one side of the short bob cut underneath.

Blonde Bob with FringeBlonde Bob with Fringe Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Section out the hair on top.
  3. Blow dry the hair underneath with a styling brush using the flat wrapping technique.
  4. Smooth any longer pieces with a flat iron, making sure to prep them with thermal protection first.
  5. Release the hair on top that was sectioned out.
  6. Blow dry the hair smooth with a flat iron.
  7. Apply thermal protection and smooth with a flat iron.
  8. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is wax in a can that allows for an even and controlled distribution.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

Tip:

Sectioning hair saves you time and gives you a better finish. It keeps everything neat and organized, making sure you really dry and style every single hair the way you want.

Jessica

This is a fabulous bob with beautiful natural curls. Its layers are cut short, allowing it to appear rounder rather than triangular.

Bob with Natural Curls

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Scrunch hair to promote curl formation.
  3. Diffuse the hair with high heat until it is 80% dry, pushing the hair up to promote volume.
  4. Once the hair is 80% dry, continue diffusing using cool air until it is 100% dry.
  5. Scrunch in a product with shine and hold.

Recommended Products:

Twirl Around is a crunch-free curl definer that perfect for natural curls like these.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can rock a curly bob.

Tip:

Touching and/or scrunching the hair before it is 100% dry causes frizz, so hands off!

Scarlette

This chic bob is graduated shorter in the back and longer in the front. The graduation seems higher because it was round brushed and styled with volume on the crown.

Bob Hairstyle with VolumeBob Hairstyle with Volume Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Flat wrap the shorter hair using a styling brush and a blow dryer.
  3. Blow dry sections of longer hair on the top and sides of the head as far away from its natural fall as you can to create volume. Make sure to really round the ends.
  4. Tease the hair on the crown area and the sides.
  5. Set the style with finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Sculpting Foam is a mousse that will give the hair a voluminous blowout.

Face Shape & Hair Type:

The haircut and the volume on the crown area suits wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density. Having volume on the sides of the face will make a wide face shape seem wider.

Tip:

Graduation is a beautiful technique. It allows a stylist to change the shape of the head into a more desirable one. If the back of you head is flat, graduation could be used to make it look rounder and give you a better profile. It could be used to make your profile more feminine and sexy! That being said, make sure that it is used to enhance the shape of your head and not make it look worse.

Ivi

If you aren’t ready to a commit to a shorter bob, why not take a faux bob out for a test drive? This faux bob looks even more stylish with a heavy fringe and adorable hair accessory.

Faux Bob with Accessory Faux Bob with Accessory Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair using a curling iron.
  3. Secure hair into a really loose low ponytail.
  4. Roll the ponytail under and secure with bobby pins.
  5. Detail the style by loosening some pieces to make it look more realistic.
  6. Set with a finishing spray.
  7. Wear your favorite hair accessory.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight is a flexible finishing spray that provides long-lasting hold and is perfect for styles like this one.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density and is longer can try a faux bob.

Tip:

If you have face framing and shorter layers, leave them out of the ponytail. Being able to see the “ends” of hair makes a faux bob look more realistic.

Valerie

This is a lovely graduated bob that is shorter in the back and longer the front. The perimeter is cut evenly from front to back. It is worn with a deep side part, making the the front of the heavier side of the part look like a side-swept fringe.

Bob Hairstyle with Deep Side PartBob Hairstyle with Deep Side Part Back

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Fast Form is a cream gel that allows you to shape the hair however you want while blow drying.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can easily pull off this bob.

Tip:

If you want a fringe to sweep across your forehead rather than just lay to the side, blow dry it opposite of where you would like it to lay.

Francesca

This is a fun asymmetric bob that’s FULL of texture!

Fun Asymmetric BobFun Asymmetric Bob Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is wax in a can with aerosol delivery. This allows for an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can wear this fun style.

Tip:

When applying product for texture, always start with a little. Adding more is always better than having to jump back in the shower if you use too much!

Emma

This graduated bob has an editorial look. It is straight on top and curled on the bottom. The lash-grazing fringe makes it look even more stylish!

Bobbed Hairstyle with Curls and Fringe Bobbed Hairstyle with Curls and Fringe Back

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth using a styling brush.
  3. Put clips around the hair to horizontally separate the hair you want straight and the hair you want curled.
  4. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  5. Curl all the hair on the bottom of the clips.
  6. Once all the curls have cooled, remove the clips.
  7. Expand the hair by separating the curls and lifting them.
  8. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray is a lightweight yet strong hold finishing spray that will hold these curls all night long.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

Tip:

Width on the sides of the face and fringes that cover part of the face horizontally make longer face shapes appear wider and shorter.

Piper

This sexy bob is graduated shorter in the back and longer in the front. The perimeter is the same way. The front falls a little above the chin creating a super flattering finish.

Blonde Bob with Aqua HighlightsBlonde Bob with Aqua Highlights SIde

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Sculpting Foam conditions the hair and allows you to style it straight, wavy, or curly.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

A bob requires precision. You can style it however you want when you get home, but at the salon, ask to have it styled straight. Getting your hair round brushed or styled with curls hides any mistakes that could be there. Request for you hair to be blow dried with a regular Denman brush. Ask for it to be smooth straight and not beveled with a flat iron. If it is beveled, you won’t be able to make sure lines are straight or see if the hair is choppy. Check your haircut not just from the front, but from the back and sides as well using a smaller mirror and the stylist mirror. If there is anything you are unhappy with, they will be able to fix it right away!

Mary

This classic bob has a low graduation that is longer in the back and longer in the front. The perimeter is shorter in the back and longer in the back, except for the the area by the ear which is kept the longest.

Bob Hairstyle with Low GraduationBob Hairstyle with Low Graduation Side

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth, polish, and bevel the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will give hair a luminous frizz-free finish.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will wear this bobbed hairstyle well.

Tip:

Another great tip in ensuring that you get a haircut that will last longer and grow out beautifully is to ask for your stylist not to “point cut” into it or use “thinning shears” unless absolutely necessary. There is nothing wrong with point cutting if it is used properly as it is a great way to way to soften the look or to add texture. However, it shouldn’t be used to make the haircut look more blended or to get rid of choppiness. If it looks bumpy, choppy, or unblended, the haircut needs to be fixed, not point cut into. The only way you’ll be able to see if anything needs to be fixed is if the hair is styled straight. The only time the hair should be point cut into is when it is straight!

Belle

This is a lovely layered bob that is styled with a lot of texture.

Layered Bob with TextureLayered Bob with Texture Back

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is wax in a can with an aerosol delivery. It allows for an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Face Shape & Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is high in density and medium in texture will suit this style.

Tip:

Layers remove volume. If you style your hair, you’ll be able to get a lot of volume with layers since it is shorter and lighter. Without styling, you’ll have less volume than other techniques.

Regina

This is a naturally curly long bob. It has longer layers, giving the hair most volume around the mouth.

Naturally Curly Long BobNaturally Curly Long Bob Back

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Scrunch hair to promote curl formation.
  3. Diffuse the hair with  high heat until it is 80% dry, pushing the hair up to promote volume.
  4. Once the hair is 80% dry, continue diffusing using cool air until it is 100% dry.
  5. Scrunch in a product with shine and hold.

Recommended Products:

Twirl Around is a crunch-free curl definer and is a great product for perfecting these curls.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density suit this style best.

Tip:

An old t-shirt is an affordable alternative to towels made for curly hair.

Ariel

This is a bob that is layered really short in the back and a bit longer in the front. The perimeter is even from front to back creating a really sweet, classic look.

Layered Bob with BangsLayered Bob with Bangs Back

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Awapuhi Treatment Oil conditions the hair and gives it shine.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is high in density and medium in texture will suit this style.

Tip:

Graduation builds volume and layers remove volume. If you have a lot of hair, getting a graduation will make  you look like you have a space ship on your head. Some people will attempt to get a higher graduation to remove more hair. This only moves the volume higher and could make your profile look like a pterodactyl! If you thin it out enough to skinny it down, you’ll destroy the foundation of your haircut and it will be difficult to style on your own and not grow out well. Your best bet is to get your bob layered to remove weight. Two bobs may look the same, but the execution could be different depending on the hair type of the wearer.

Anna

This bob is graduated shorter in the back and longer in the front, but the perimeter is the opposite! It is longer in the back and shorter in front.

Short Graduated BobShort Graduated Bob SIde

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.

Recommended Products:

Shine Spray allows you to add shine to the hair without disrupting the style. It is also a great lightweight alternative to serums.

Face Shape  & Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

To avoid lines when flat ironing, try using vertical sections instead of horizontal and follow the curvature of the head.

Make sure that your bob looks great not only when you walk out of the salon, but every day too. Pay attention to how your hairstylist styles your hair. Ask him or her what tools and products he or she recommends and how to use it. Enjoy one of these beautiful bobbed hairstyles today!