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20 Totally Chic Short Bob Hairstyles & Haircuts for Every Woman

The classic bob is a timeless hairstyle that can be worn by everyone. With tons of modern and fresh takes on this haircut, you can customize the right short bob to match your personality.

Whether you’re a rocker full of attitude, the girl next door, or the avant-garde trend setter, a short bob can be a great hairstyle for you to make a statement. Take a look through these inspiring short bobs and gain new insights on what this haircut can do for you.

Sophisticated Bob

This cut and color is a sophisticated yet young look with a sleek finish. My favorite part of this look is the multi-dimensional tones with a soft blend throughout.

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Style by Michael Valeriani
Stylist for Color Bar 51 in Atlanta Highlands, NJ.

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with your choice of brush — a round brush for a more voluminous look and/or a paddle brush for a more sleek look.
  3. Complete with finishing products. 

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut and color was done on fine hair, but it can work for all hair types. The shape of this cut would work best with an oval or heart shaped face.

Recommended Products:

Product is key for recreating this look! Try Redken Aerate 08 on damp hair before blow drying, then use Redken Powder Grip 03 and Redken Wax Blast 10 to finish the look.

Tip:

Short hair is so much fun and more versatile than you think! This look can actually be worn many different ways.

Fun & Flirty Bob

Q&A with style creator, Renee W Owens
Owner/Stylist/Redken Color Specialist @ Sunshine Hair Designs in Tarboro, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This choppy, textured, angled bob is one of my favorite styles. It’s so versatile and can go from straight and sleek to tousled and textured like it’s shown in the picture. This is such a fun, flirty style that is easy to duplicate at home.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this look I applied Kenra Body Boosting Spray Foam and Kenra Blowdry Spray for volume and shine, then curled with a 1-inch iron, leaving the ends straight for a more textured look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and style works well for most face shapes and can be styled so easily at home, making it a good choice for almost everyone.

Chic & Fun

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Daninger
Designer @ Cole’s Salon in Apple Valley, MN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as chic, sophisticated and fun. People want to add texture to their hair because it adds interest to the style, but they also want to feel like they still have a lot of hair. I love that this style creates a fuller look on any type of hair while still keeping flowing layers and movement!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this hairstyle, I love using Bumble and bumble Thickening spray and All Style cream before blow drying to add volume. When the hair is dry, I finish with Oribe Dry Texture spray to give the hair a tousled, textured, lived-in look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for? 

This style is great for those who have fine hair (but a lot of it) and have a hard time getting volume. This style can be a wash and wear look if you have very curly hair because it will give the curls a lot more bounce. Straight hair is going to require a little bit of effort! I believe any face shape and any age can pull off this look. Rounder faces should have the front come below their chin, while heart shaped and square faces should have the front right at the chin. The ideal clients for this haircut are those who have a little time in the morning to style their hair. It is a great look for those in the professional world that want a style they can have fun with!

Voluminous

Q&A with style creator, Rikki Lockett
Senior Stylist @ Indulgence Gair & Beauty in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a strong, sleek and professional style. This is always a classic cut that never goes out of style. My favorite thing about a look like this is the precision in cutting the shape and the fullness created with the inverted layer.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I would recommend using a light and airy product like Redken Velvet Gelatine for the perfect blow dry as it provides body and bounce and a natural shine. I don’t like to overload a haircut like this with too many products because I like it to be more natural and free to move.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The type of client I would recommend this to would be one who doesn’t mind spending a little bit of time on their hair in the morning. You will likely need to blow dry or use straighteners for a sleek smooth finish. I suggest fine to medium hair for this look as it creates fullness for these hair types where they may be lacking it in a longer style. I believe there is a bob for every face shape, but in reference to this one, I’d suggest an oblong, oval or even a heart shaped face.

Vintage Bob

Q&A with style creator, Candyce DeMarc
Owner / Barber @ Pioneer Barber Company in Seattle, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

When I look at her haircut it makes me think of a mix of a vintage bob such as the likes of Louis Brooks with its defined lines, retro inspired bangs and blunt cut with the sophistication and elegance of a young Isabella Rossellini. The slightly textured ends give it a slightly modern feel while the angle of the cut being shorter in the front and curved in the back give it that fun flapper vibe.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The type of products i recommend for this style would be mousse and texture spray to keep it from getting to soft and flat, lots of hairspray to hold the style in place and a pinch of silkening serum on the ends. I also love to put hair powder on everything!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I really like this hairstyle for vintage girls, women and girls of any age especially beautiful on someone with a rounder face, softer features and/or a long neck to really capture the vintage feel of this style. It can be worn with minimal to no makeup and hairstyling for a french feel or styled and paired with makeup, bold lips and a barrette or headband for a night out.

Graduated Angled Bob

Graduated Angled Bob hairstyleInstagram @tiffanyshuck

Q&A with style creator, Tiffany Shuck
Hairstylist @ VAIN in Seattle, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a graduated angled bob. The back is cut to the hairline and the front reaches almost mid-neck when the hair is straight or wet. I love the clean precise line that the back creates and the texture that is shown as the hair curls.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

If you have fine hair, I recommend using Deva Curl B’Leave-In and Ultra Defining Gel. If your hair is thicker, I would recommend using R+Co Twister and Aircraft.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Any hair type can have this haircut. You just have to take into consideration that if your hair is fine and straight, then you won’t see the shape as well as someone with curly hair. This haircut can be very slimming and works well with almost every face shape, especially someone with a more rounded face.

Modern Flair

Modern Flair hairstyleInstagram @alexisartistry

Q&A with style creator, Alexis Schlegel
Hairstylist @ Willow Salon and Spa in Tacoma, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as being very roaring 1920s-inspired, but with a modern flair. It’s very artsy and fun. My favorite thing about it is the easy styling and upkeep, and the edginess of the disconnected framing in the front.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a small round brush to give shape to the bevel of the bob and the bangs, as well as some Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity spray for volume. For shine, I used the L’Oréal Shower Shine finishing spray. If you want a more textured look, you can use Kevin Murphy Freehold Cream.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this bob and bang combo to anyone who has thicker hair and loves to wear their hair down, as well as someone who enjoys their face being more framed. It’s super simple to style, but the bangs do require some regular trimming to maintain the length. If you’re close to your hair salon, that would be most convenient! Anyone that has fuller brows looks great with short bangs. It’s a personal favorite of mine!

Versatile Bob

Q&A with style creator, Aimee Frett
Hairstylist @ Salon Ambre in Temecula, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love how this cut works so well for just about anyone! It looks great hugging right around that jawline, or even grazing the shoulders. There’s not a ton of layering to deal, with so styling is super simple with a quick blow dry and maybe a touch up with a flat iron. It has the perfect amount of texture through the ends to keep it soft and have movement.

This style even looks great paired with a fringe. It has that perfectly polished look for any classic woman, plus the versatility for the more adventurous! By simply adding a texture spray like Eufora Full Effect, you can give it more body and texture. Or, take a curling wand and put in a beach wave and finish with Eufora Style Details Dry Spray Wax.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Starting with shampoo and conditioner, I used Eufora Smooth’n collection. On towel dried hair, I used a cocktail of Eufora Sculpture Styling Glaze and Illuminate Shine Mist for control and light hold. I then dried the hair with a round brush and used Eufora Pure Polish to leave a sleek finish. For extra hold you can use a finishing spray like Eufora Elevate.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is great for anyone who likes short to medium length hair. It can work with any face shape just by altering length, angle and fringe. It can take away bulk for those with thick and unruly hair and add the appearance of thickness for those with fine and limp strands.

Trendy Bob

Trendy Bob hairstyleInstagram @be_.linda

Q&A with style creator, Linda Marginean
Hairstylist @ @Catwalk by Ramona Mindru in Cluj-Napoca, Romania


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is very popular among women of every age and is very trendy. The reason hairdressers and clients both love this haircut is because of its various suitability and practicality.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a volumizing mousse for a soft fixation and a leave-in oil.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend it to almost everyone. The natural, messy look which characterizes the bob in the present trend makes it easy to wear and maintain. The bob haircut can also be adapted to any face type by altering the length and cutting technique. 80% of its charm stays in the styling though!

Sharp and Blunt

Q&A with style creator, Kiaya Melnyk
Freelance Senior Hairdresser @ Beyounique Hair in Lithgow, NSW


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The sharp and blunt effect of this bob makes a person look twice. My favorite thing about this look is that when you have a blunt bob, you feel of top of the world! It can swing and flow as you walk, really showing your confidence.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

On wet hair, I used a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant spray. After drying, I used hairspray and a spray wax. Evo is the brand I use for all of my styling. I love it because each product does what it’s meant to do.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for clients with fine hair to make it look a lot thicker. This cut can also look amazing with thick hair as it can be soften to style well and work with the cut. It is a great look for an oval or round face shape. Short fringes can also make lips pop!

I recommend this look for the “no fear” client with a lifestyle that’s edgy and fashionable. You can wear it with curls/texture or have it shiny and straight.

Natural Graduated Bob

Natural Graduated Bob hairstyleInstagram @tiffanysarena

Q&A with style creator, Tiffany Perils
Hairstylist @ Rocco Altobelli in Roseville, MN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a natural graduated bob with a neutral push on the sides. This haircut is versatile for styling. My favorite thing about it is you can round brush, curl, wave, or straighten the look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

When the hair is wet, I apply a medium hold spray gel. I love Rocco Altobellis spray gel because it has a heat protectant in it called rhatany root. It also adds body, volume and shine and it is fast drying. Round brush the hair and style with any heat tool desired. Finish with Redken’s Wind Blown 5 dry finishing spray. This creates a matte finish with an undone, dry textured look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for someone looking for a fun, spunky, youthful and versatile haircut. All hair types can rock this look. This cut would look fabulous on many different face shapes including triangle, round, oval, or diamond. Add a soft fringe for more square or oblong shapes and if you have a broad forehead. Maintenance for this haircut is every six weeks to keep it refined and healthy.

Modern Bob With Bangs

Modern Bob With Bangs hairstyleInstagram @thetesshair

Q&A with style creator, Tess de la Riva
Hairstylist @ Hue Salon in Houston, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is so modern. It is easy and effortless, making it perfect for the girl who doesn’t want to fuss too much and still look “done”. The bangs make all the difference! They give the haircut an edge that isn’t a huge commitment.

It may not look like it, but there was a ton of texturizing involved in creating this haircut. Whether it’s messy or smoothed out, it still looks great. This is a style that a lot of women forget about. Who would’ve thought a simple, textured, one-length bob with bangs could be so chic?

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

If your hair is naturally straight, or doesn’t have too much texture, I recommend Kerastase Fluidissime Thermal Anti Frizz Protection Spray or Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother. Both products are light, but powerful.

If you have thick hair that needs hold and style, I recommend Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme or the Creme de la Creme blow dry cream by Kerastase. Both products have great hold that won’t make your already thick hair look heavy with product.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The beauty of a bob with bangs is that you can personalize it to ANYONE. It’s not a shape you see every day, so having someone in my chair that wants to go there? I’m all in! As with any short haircut, there’s a certain level of commitment, but not too much to where it becomes a pain to style. I have my guests stop by the salon regularly for free bang trims. You’d be surprised the difference it makes. It’s like refreshing your whole haircut!

Because there are so many things you can do with this bob, it doesn’t need to be smooth and straight all the time. You want to rock the “straight out of bed” messy look? Great! Just make sure to style your bangs before you leave the house.

Sophisticated Bob

Q&A with style creator, Perri Lujan
Hairstylist @ Victor Paul Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this look because it is so versatile. It’s sexy, yet playful! It can have a sophisticated look for work by blow drying it straight, or you can throw some curls in it and piece it out for some texture. It’s a quick and low maintenance.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Before I blow dry a look like this, I like to apply Oribe Imperial Blowout from roots to ends and Oribe Maximista throughout. After blow drying, I flat iron and finish with Brazilian Blowout Dry Oil. If curling, I use a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and finish with Oribe Aprés Beach.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this for a client who wants a quick and easy style. It is perfect for someone who leads a busy and active lifestyle. Hair that is fine to medium thickness would work best with this style.

Sassy A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Sierra English
Hairstylist @ Sierra English Hair in Venice, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is sassy, yet more playful than your traditional A-line bob. The perimeter is textured instead of blunt, and the interior is sliced through in order to remove excess weight. My favorite aspect of this look is the fact that it is really low maintenance, yet has a ton of style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this look, I recommend applying Kevin Murphy Body Mass spray all over wet hair. This style can be air dried or rough dried with a blow dryer. Finishing touches can be made with a large barrel curling iron, although this step is not necessary. To finish, apply Kevin Murphy Doo Over for a fresh and undone look that will hold throughout the day.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this cut for the low maintenance client who also appreciates style and a quality grow out. This cut is great for naturally wavy hair and small and/or oval face shapes.

Edgy Bob

Edgy Bob hairstyleInstagram @chellelynn

Q&A with style creator, Chelle Johnson
Apprentice @ Level Workshop in Dallas, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is 50% classic, 50% edgy. I love that the micro bangs can be sweet or badass, depending on how you style them. Playing with shorter bangs is a fun, low commitment way to change up your look because if you get tired of them, they grow out in a couple weeks anyways!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used R+Co’s Mannequin for separation and grit. I love the flyaway look to the layers. It’s a pliable product, so the look changes as she touches her hair throughout the day.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and styleis great for someone who likes to change up her look and doesn’t mind styling her hair daily.

Razor Cut Bob

Q&A with style creator, Brooke Schwartz
Hairstylist @ Mad One Jacks Salon in Hoboken, NJ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an edgy and effortless razor cut bob! It is one of my favorite styles to create. What I love about this cut most of all is how easy the client can maintain this look. This haircut grows out perfectly and can be easily styled within minutes!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Products play an important role with this style! I love to use Paul Mitchell’s HydroCreamWhip before my blow dry to ensure that the hair is smooth but still has touchable volume. Another option I recommend is a texture cream by Paul Mitchell called Reworks.

I use my fingers or paddle brush to dry the hair. Once the hair is dry, a sea salt spray can be added for an extra beach-like finish. This can be used straight or after running a curling iron through the hair. Finish off with a shine spray or light finishing spray and you’re set!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for the client who does little or no styling at all. It’s a great on the go style and is a tad more edgy than the classic Vidal Sassoon bob. Face shape plays an important role when deciding the length, especially in front. A more narrow face shape is ideal, but for someone more round, leave more length so it doesn’t cup the client’s chin and can elongate the face.

This look is great for a more active client because it will look done but not too polished. This will fit a client who doesn’t necessarily have a corporate job.

Baseline Bob

Baseline Bob hairstyleInstagram @meek.hd

Q&A with style creator, Janelle Parsons
Creative Director and Salon Owner @ Meek HD pty ltd in Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia 4573


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This strong, baseline-style cut is a solid bob that creates an intensity to the blonde color work. My favorite thing about this look is the brightness of the clean blonde and the solid baseline

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

As I am a Redken ambassador salon, I use all Redken styling and color professional ranges to maintain this look. I recommend Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner, as well as Blonde Idol violet treatment. For styling, I recommend Aerate 08 and Fashion Work 12 hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The perfect client for this look has a heart, diamond or round face shape. It is best suited for fine to medium hair types. The versatility of this style and cut allows the look to suit every lifestyle from day to night, how ver the maintenance of the blonde is a commitment and would need toners and re-coloring every four to six weeks.

Layered Textured Bob

Q&A with style creator, Sara Kunkel
Cosmetologist & Nail Tech @ Flawless finish by Sara in Tamaqua, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a layered textured bob. My favorite thing about it is the nice, swingy, natural movement it gets.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend any dry texturizing product like the new Kenra Air Grip Spray to build volume and amp up the texture to show off the movement in the hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for thick to medium textured hair!

Short and Sassy

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Dykstra
Hairstylist @ Launch Salon in Grand Rapids, MI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The best way I can think of to describe this look is short and sassy! My favorite thing about this haircut is that it frames her face in all the right places. Sometimes taking that leap of faith and cutting your hair into a bob can be the best choice you’ve ever made!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I am a John Paul Mitchell Systems girl through and through, so the products that I recommend will always be in that product line!

While the hair is still wet I would use Rare Oil Style Perfecting Serum. It conditions, adds shine and helps maintain the style all day.

As a heat protectant on dry hair I would use Hot off the Press. As a hairspray I would use Marula Rare Oil Perfecting Hairspray because it is humidity resistant and super workable. For added texture, I would use Paul Mitchell Neon Sugar Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

What I love MOST about this cut is that it is flattering on many of my clients! When someone has long thick hair, this haircut allows me to remove so much weight while also creating body and movement.

When someone has very thin hair, cutting their hair to this length can create the illusion of thick hair. It also adds layers and volume a thin haired client never thought they could have or achieve themselves!

This cut is great for those of you who feel like you are stuck in a rut and want to “do” your hair more! Think less everyday ponytail and bit more everyday curl and sass. Shorter hair = less time spent curling!

Mod Bob

Mod Bob hairstyleInstagram @sara_stylz

Q&A with style creator, Sara Praefke
Stylist / ALKAmist @ Alkali Salon in Santa Ana, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this cut as mod and contemporary.

My favorite thing about this cut is the clean lines. I always like my bobs to have a good foundation, and I like to know that my guest’s hair will lay perfectly when they wear it straight.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I used for this look where from the brand SEVEN Haircare. I used a product called Seal which is an equalizer to help equalize the ph and keep the moisture content high. I also used the Diamond styling oil to add shine and help with the sleek look. The last product I recommend would be a heat defense to help make sure your hair is protected against any heat tools.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this bob for someone with medium and fine textured hair. This look is also looks great on someone who has straight hair. It’s best for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on their day to day hairstyling.

The main thing you have to do with this cut is either go throughout and straighten it or even put a little little wave in it to give it more of a messy look, but nothing that will really take anyone more the 10 minutes to do every day.