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20 Curly Bob Hairstyles That Simply Rock

For ages the standard thought was that curly hair looked better longer because of it’s natural tendency to grow wide first and then down. However, this thought can be tossed out with that tube television. Curly bob hairstyles are feminine, playful and easy to style. So go on and try out some of these rockin’ styles!

  • #1 Short, Sweet and Classically Sassy

    Written by Carly Bowers

    These soft, flowing curls add a sassy twist to a very classic look.

    Sassy Curly Bob Hairstyle

    Style by Victoria Romano, Makeup by Amber Beck, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted to one side.
    2. Spray everything with a light hold working spray.
    3. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl small sections. Be sure all the curls are going the same direction. (i.e. all going away from your face)
    4. Once everything is curled, use a brush to brush through your hair and soften the curls.
    5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love using Davines’ Medium Hold Hairspray as a working spray AND as a finishing spray. It’s so light that you can load up on it and it won’t feel sticky or tacky!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is awesome if you have fine to medium hair that you want to look a bit thicker and fuller. A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

  • #2 Really Retro

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This retro-esque style is a super easy look to create. It is also super versatile and will work for day or night!

    Retro Curly Bob Hairstyle

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Retro Curly Bob Hairstyle Side

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted to one side. Style your bangs as desired.
    2. Apply a heat protectant to your hair. Use a small, 1-inch curling iron to curl each section of your hair.
    3. Once each section is curled, apply a shine serum to the ends of your hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Kevin Murphy makes a great heat protectant called Damage Manager. It’s light and won’t make your hair feel heavy or sticky.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is great if you have a smaller, rounder face. It will frame your face and really show off a bold lip color or defined eyebrows. Fine to medium hair that’s straight to slightly wavy is ideal for this look.

  • #3 Funky and Fabulous

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This curly bob hairstyle is a bit edgier and funkier, but still is very easy and simple to create!

    Edgy Curly Bob Hairstyle

    Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Edgy Curly Bob Hairstyle Back

    Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted as desired.
    2. Spray everything with a texturizing spray to give your hair a little grit.
    3. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron and curl small sections of your hair. On the top sections of your hair, hold the curling iron horizontally when you are curling.
    4. Once all of your hair is curled, use your fingers to separate the curls. Use a backcombing brush to backcomb your roots a bit to add volume.
    5. Spray everything with a finishing hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love using Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort Spray as a texturizing mist before curling. It smells wonderful! Start with a little bit, let it dry for a second or two, then curl!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    If you have hair that’s a bit coarser or thicker, this look is for you! A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

  • #4 Perfectly Imperfect

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This look is such a modern, trendy twist to your classic bob. The style is undone, yet looks incredibly polished. It’s a must try!

    Modern Curly Bob Hairstyle

    Style by Alinda Goldona, Makeup by Katie Georgiana, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted to one side. Style your bangs as desired.
    2. Spray a texturizing spray or hairspray throughout your hair to create some grit.
    3. Use a large curling iron to curl big sections of your hair.
    4. Once all sections are curled, brush through your hair, then use a backcombing brush to add more texture from roots to ends.
    5. Use a texturizing cream or pomade to separate the ends and make them look “piecier”.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Brilliantine Cream by Bumble and Bumble to texturize the ends. Start with a little bit on your fingertips and add more as needed.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is wonderful if you have medium to thick, coarse hair. A round or heart shaped face will be complemented by this look.

  • #5 Blunt Banged Babe

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Straight across bangs are a great way to add some flare to your curly bob! This look will frame your face beautifully.

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted down the middle. Style your bangs as desired, either using a round brush or a flat iron for additional smoothness.
    2. Use a medium-sized curling iron to curl sections of your hair.
    3. Once each section has been curled, use your fingers to separate the curls so they look more natural.
    4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    If you want some extra shine on your ends, apply a bit of a serum or shine spray once you have finished curling. I love Davines’ Oi Oil. It’s super hydrating and will give your hair a nice sheen!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is versatile and any hair texture will be workable for this style! Ask your hairstylist to cut straight across bangs for you next time you see them. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

  • #6 Retro Waves

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Combine retro Hollywood glamour and modern sass with this style. This look is perfect for an evening out or upcoming special event.

    Retro Waves Curly Bob with Glossy Shine

    Style by PSC, Indianapolis, IN

    curly bob hairstyles

    Style by PSC, Indianapolis, IN

    How To Style

    1. Start with clean wet hair.
    2. Apply favorite strong hold gel.
    3. Part hair on side, using a comb with both a fine side and wider tooth side, and brush bangs forward.
    4. Gently brush bangs back. Place bobby pin or duckbill clip in the c-shape you’ve just created.
    5. Repeating steps 3 & 4, allow the bang area to dry.
    6. Using diffuser, dry back and sides.
    7. Once front is dry, remove clips and mist with a medium hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try using Onesta’s sculpting gel. Its thick consistency creates smooth, frizz-free curls with long lasting hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

    If you have wavy to curly hair, this is a fun way to play up your natural texture. This style is great for all face shapes.

  • #7 Bangs + Curls = One Great Match!

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Adding bangs to a naturally curly hairstyle is sometimes a conundrum: do you leave them curly or do you straighten them? I’d say go with what works for you. The tighter the curls, the longer you should leave the bangs. This way they can stay in their natural texture. The looser your curls, the more bangs you can create and style them either curly or straight.

    curly bobs bangs

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky RIver, OH

    How To Style: 

    1. Starting with clean, damp hair, apply styling aid from tips to roots.
    2. Blow dry bangs to the opposite side you would like them to lie to.
    3. Diffuse rest of hair.
    4. Move bangs to the side you would like them to lie to.
    5. Apply texturizing crème to ends.

    Product Recommendation

    Try Simply Organic’s Bang and Ends crème for definition and hold without the stickiness.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

    This style will work with all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #8 Asymmetrical Sass

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Have you always wanted to try an asymmetrical hairstyle, but were afraid it wasn’t appropriate for work? Fear no more. This style brings the perfect amount of sass and edginess while still being polished and professional.

    Asymmetrical Sass Cute Style with Curls and Volume

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    curly bobs asymmestrical sass

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style: 

    1. Apply a volumizing mousse to clean damp hair.
    2. Taking varying sized sections, twist curls.
    3. Diffuse.
    4. Use fingers to break up twists and arrange curls.
    5. Mist with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Living Proof’s Thickening Mousse for extra body with a light touchable hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with all face shapes and hair densities except the round face shape.

  • #9 Just Like An Angel

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Sweet with feminine touches, this style draws attention the eyes while framing your face.

    Pale Curly Bob Front View

    Style by Debbie Westbrook

    curly bobs loosely tousled

    Style by Debbie Westbrook

    How To Style: 

    1. Starting with clean, damp hair. Apply a curl crème from tips to roots.
    2. Coax curls into varying sized twists all the way around head.
    3. Diffuse until 90% dry.
    4. Using fingers, break up twists and mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.
    5. Use a curling iron to touch up any areas that might need more curl.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Aveda’s Curl Control for flexible hold with shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape or hair density.

  • #10 The Wet Look

    Written by Carina Connelly

    For the last year or so, the wet look has been spotted at all of the major fashion shows. Curious how to achieve the look without actually having to go out with wet hair or carrying a spray bottle in your purse? It’s super simple! Check out the steps below to carry off this style just like the big dogs.

    wet curly bob hairstyles

    Style by DJ Victory

    How To Style: 

    1. Start off with damp, clean hair.
    2. Apply a firm hold gel—use just little more than usual to achieve the wet look
    3. Brush through hair using a wide-tooth comb to distribute product evenly.
    4. Diffuse sides and top backwards
    5. Mist hair with a firm hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Aveda’s Brilliant Retexturing Gel for strong hold with maximum shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape or hair density.

  • #11 Hippy Chic

    Written by Carina Connelly

    With summer just around the corner (or for some of us down the road and around the corner!), this style is perfect for summer concerts, weekends at the beach and the occasional day you have to spend in the office.

    hippy chic curly bobs

    Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    Hippy Chic Summer Style with Loose Curls Side View

    Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How To Style:

    1. Start with clean, damp hair. Apply your favorite volumizing mousse.
    2. Diffuse hair.
    3. Touch up any uncurled areas using a 1-inch curling iron
    4. Mist hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Don’t have a diffuser or wondering what difference a diffuser can make? Try Solano’s Universal Diffuser to tame even the most stubborn waves into sleek bouncy curls.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape or hair density

  • #12 Rebel in Red

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Curls are more fun in color; so don’t be afraid to try something daring!

    curly bob rebel red

    Style by Jaquelyn Nebe The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    curly bob rebel red 2

    Style by Jaquelyn Nebe The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style: 

    1. Start with clean, damp hair. Apply a lightweight gel and curl crème
    2. Gently create defined curls by twisting hair.
    3. Diffuse hair until 80% dry.
    4. Lightly pull apart twists.
    5. Apply a light hair oil to mids and ends.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work well on all face shapes, especially heart and oval shapes. And, it will work best with medium to thick densities. However if you have thinner hair, work with your hairstylist to create a personalized version of this style that will work for you.

  • #13 Braided Beauty

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Braids are a fun way to jazz up a long bob and weaving a ribbon through the braid helps create a fun, whimsical feeling that can spice up any dreary day.

    curly bob hairstyles braided

    Style by Cortni Holmes

    Braided Beauty Front Braid Across Forehead Woven with Ribbon Side View Loose Curls

    Style by Cortni Holmes

    How To Style:

    1. Start with dry hair. Section off the front and side section.
    2. Divide sections for the braid. On the section closest to your face, tie a ribbon onto a small section of hair.
    3. Create a French braid that runs across the hairline.
    4. Touch up any curls in the back with a 1-inch curling iron.
    5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Living Proof’s flexible hairspray for control, shine and hold without the flakes.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape or hair density.

  • #14 Color Play

    Written by Carina Connelly

    It’s easy to stick to the same old same old. But consider adding a few pops of color to spice up a bob and draw attention to your natural waves.

    Color Play with Pops of Color Loose Glossy Waves

    Style by Attitudes A Salon, Toledo, OH

    curly bobs color play

    Style by Attitudes A Salon, Toledo, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Add a few drops of your favorite hair oil to a curl crème.
    2. Diffuse hair in an upside down position to add volume and body to the roots.
    3. Mist hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation 

    The foundation for style starts in the shower. A good shampoo and conditioner create a base foundation for a good hair day. Try Aveda’s Be Curly shampoo and conditioner for curl enhancing shine and control.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape or hair density

  • #15 Pretty Preppy

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Flirty, girly and polished. This style is perfect for a weekend brunch or that 9 am meeting on Monday morning. The trick to this style is to make all the curls as uniform as possible.

    preppy curly bob

    Style by Matthew Bukoveo and Miranda Shoot

    preppy curly bob side

    Style by Matthew Bukoveo and Miranda Shoot

    How To Style:

    1. Start with dry hair. Using a 1-inch curling iron and working vertically around the head create curls.
    2. After removing hair from curling iron, pull on the curls to relax them a bit and twist back into form. Work a small amount of texturizing spray into the ends for more defined curls.
    3. Mist hair with a flexible hair spray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Bumble and Bumble’s Surf spray for texture and definition.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape and all hair densities.

  • #16 Classically Edgy

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Fashion forward and classic at the same time, this style enhances body and curl in all the right places.

    curly bob classic twist

    Style by Ashley Kuberiet

    How To Style:

    1. Apply your favorite volume mousse.
    2. Dry hair with a diffuser until it is 80% dry.
    3. Use an Argan oil to define and smooth curls.
    4. Touch up curls with a curling iron.
    5. Mist hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try DevaCurl’s Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam for long lasting curls that are frizz-free.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape and all hair densities.

  • #17 Beachy Bob

    Written by Carina Connelly

    A classic shape paired with beachy waves provides a new take on a classic style.

    beachy bob loose waves

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Start with clean, damp hair. Work a texturizing spray into the mids and ends.
    2. Scrunch in a small amount of gel.
    3. Use a diffuser to scrunch hair to emphasize waves.
    4. Once hair is 80% dry, work in a medium hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Onesta’s Create setting spray for texture and hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape and is best with medium to thick hair densities.

  • #18 Gently Pulled Back

    Written by Carina Connelly

    The easiest way to create a polished evening look is to sweep the hair off your face. This style is timeless and effortlessly chic.

    Gently Pulled Back Curly Bob with Class

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Start with dry hair. Section the top from the bottom.
    2. Pull the sides and top straight back until they meet in the middle.
    3. Using bobby pins, secure the sides by crisscrossing the bobby pins.
    4. Use a light hold hairspray to hold the style.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Deva Curl’s Flexible Hold Hairspray for soft, touchable curls and all day curl retention.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape or hair density.

  • #19 Give Me Shape

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Curly long bobs require shaping from roots to tips to prevent extra fullness.

    curly bob shape

    Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

    How To Style: 

    1. Starting in the shower, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
    2. Mix together a hair oil, a curl crème and a gel.
    3. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute product from roots to tips.
    4. Using a diffuser, dry hair until it’s 50% dry. Allow hair to air dry until completely dry.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Ouidad’s Curl Co-Wash and Curl Recovery: Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape and is best with medium to thick hair densities.

  • #20 Give Me Volume

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Extra volume and body through the sides and top keeps a classic bob shape interesting and modern.

    modern curly bob

    Style by Cloud 9 Salon, Martins Ferry, OH

    How To Style: 

    1. Starting in the shower, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
    2. Mix together a hair oil, a curl crème and a gel.
    3. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute product from roots to tips.
    4. Using a diffuser, dry hair until it’s 50% dry. Allow hair to air dry until completely dry.

    Product Recommendation: 

    Try Josie Maran’s 100% Argan Oil to soothe dry ends and tame wild curls.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with any face shape and is best with medium to thick hair densities.

    With a seasonal change just ahead, now is the perfect time to rock one of these feminine and ultra modern curly bobs. Remember, since each head of glorious curls is unique, work with your hairstylist to create the perfect look for your face shape and curl pattern. Don’t be afraid, it’s time to let your curls fly free!