49 Chic Short Bob Hairstyles and Haircuts for Women in 2018

Short bob hairstyles are a timeless look that can be worn by everyone depending on the cut. With tons of modern and fresh takes, your short bob hair can be customized to match your personality. Whether you’re a rocker full of attitude, the girl next door, or the avant-garde trendsetter, a short bob can be a great hairstyle for you to make a statement. Take a look through these inspiring pictures of short bob haircuts and gain new insights on what this style can do for you.

Short Bob Hairstyles Gallery

Short Cappuccino Bob

Short cappuccino bob
Instagram @hairbytiffanyjean

This sweet and cute cappuccino bob would flatter warm skin tones and oblong and oval faces best. The cut and color are both really low maintenance with the styling making this look perfect for busy women who wanna look professional yet glamorous.

Jagged Bob for Round Faces

A short jagged bob for round faces
Instagram @kf_hairdesign

This bob features soft layers that best compliment a round face. The mid part also helps balance the face shape by creating the illusion of an elongated face.

Permed Bob

A permed bob haircut
Instagram @hannahlibbywillis

This magnificent perm job proves that everything is possible, even creating gorgeous naturally-looking curls like these from straight hair. Be sure to visit your curl stylist for a retouch every few months to keep your curls lively and beautiful.

Flippy Layers

A short flippy bob haircut
Instagram @alex.hair.love

Make your hair bounce by adding soft flippy layers around! Take advantage of the instant volume you’ll have without having too much weight in your hair.

Wispy Bob With Long Bangs

A short wispy bob with long bangs
Instagram @tanyaalyssa_fos

Unquestionably one of the haircuts everyone loves, the wispy bob is a light cut that’s good for ladies with thick hair who don’t want too much bulk. You can opt for long wispy bangs as well if you wanna put attention to your eyes and pretty face.

Pixie Bob

A short pixie bob for older women
Instagram @baileylanehair

This is a noteworthy straight and long pixie textured with subtle lowlights for a modern shag look. Plus the light choppy ends only make the whole haircut exceptional.

Concave Bob

A short concave bob with a stacked back
Instagram @syltoriahair

One of the sexiest cut you should try this season – the concave bob which is designed to be longer in front and shorter at the back. Depending on how you want to style it, it will absolutely change your appearance to a chic look without much effort.

Curly Bob

A short curly bob
Instagram @kevinskanda

Bring your bob with a super cute curly style that complements all-face shape! A soft cut that will leave you feeling confident and fresh every time you go out.

Rounded Short Bob

A short rounded bob for blonde hair
Instagram @sutaris_hairandmakeup

A perfectly rounded blonde bob frames elongated faces and softens sharp angles. Lowlights on blonde hair also help brighten your look and add volume to the hair.

Bright Red Bob

A short uneven bob with bright red hair color
Instagram @dancinginmydreadies

Wedge Bob

A short wedge bob haircut
Instagram @gma_styles

Be surprised when you see how much difference these warm golden blonde highlights can give your hair! A pop of sass, added dimension, and head-turning looks are what you’ll get from this chic bob cut!

Funky Bob

A short funk bob
Instagram @alx.styles

Give not just your hair but your life a pop of color when you try this fantastic ocean bob! Turquoise is a high maintenance yet fun and super worth-it color to try that looks greatest on fair skin.

Ear Length Bob

Picture of a short ear length bob
Instagram @nichole_sams

A little French bob like this would suit chic and classy girls who would never leave the house without a sexy eyeliner and lip work. Yet it only takes less hair to make this haircut work, the volume the texture offers is really impressive.

Bob for a Chubby Face

A short bob haircut for a chubby face
Instagram @franzimakepretty

Those who want their faces looking slim and fresh would definitely love this look! Notice how it starts in a center part, straightened down just beside the jawline for an elongating effect, and then finished with waved ends for a touch of elegance.

Short Bob for Thick Hair

A perfect examples for short bob haircuts for thick hair
Instagram @headrushdesigns

Chop your hair into a tousled bob for a lightweight result with less bulk yet more texture. This hairstyle looks amazing on any everyday casual or even business events.

Black Bob With Bangs

A short bob haircut with bangs and black hair color
Instagram @ponysalon

In this flawless jet black bob, the ends are waved inward for a face-frame effect. That cute choppy fringe enhance the look even more by adding texture and interest.

Shaggy Hair

A short shaggy bob for thin hair
Instagram @micapopovich

Shaggy is the best and easiest way to go to make your thin fine hair appear thicker and full of volume. Work with layers that are wavy towards the end for a charming outcome.

Q&A with style creator, Mica Popovich
Senior Stylist @ Edo Salon in San Francisco, CA

How would you describe this look?

I like to think of this cut as a shaggy bob. It’s cut with a straight razor with lots of weight removed. A soft, natural, and modern version of a classic cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great cut for anyone looking for a new style. I think bobs work on everybody and the loose, playful layers add a flirty, casual feel that can work on most face shapes.

I used a salt spray to give it texture and a creamy paste to detail all the little bits and pieces.

This was also styled using just my hands and a blow dryer. It’s very easy and fast to style.

Blonde Undercut

A short undercut bob haircut with blonde hair
Instagram @catnyehair

Q&A with style creator, Catherine Nye
Hairstylist @ Scripps Hair and Skin Gallery in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is an undercut bob with foil highlights. I love the peekaboo effect of the undercut at the sides. The brightness of the highlights accentuates the buzzed hair underneath. It’s a bit edgy but also cute and versatile.

My client has extremely dense, straight hair. I styled her out using Loreal Absolute Repair Blow Dry Cream. Because of the undercut and her straight texture, styling was a breeze!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a perfect style for a client with “too much hair.” The undercut removes the bulky look of thick hair. It’s great for the summer heat because it keeps hair off the neck.

As with any shorter bobs, it requires a bit of styling if the client has textured hair.

As for the color, foil highlights are great when you want a strong pop of blonde to frame the face. The heat from the foils allows for a brighter blonde using a gentler lightener.

Naturally Curly Bob

A short bob for naturally curly hair for women wit
Instagram @larnkieninger

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Kieninger
Co-owner & Stylist @ Barbara & Barbara in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

This is a very layered angled bob. It is shorter in the back and slightly longer in the front, but also has a lot of smaller shorter layers to break up the heaviness that can form on the base of the cut. This helps to avoid the ‘triangle’ shape. This client has a lot of hair. We did an undercut to take out some of the extra bulk which helps maintain the shape for long, and because it’s fun! I love the longer pieces in the front. This client changes the shape of her bob pretty regularly, so we always play around with something new!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel that this style is actually relatively low maintenance. Because of the layers and angle, it can hold its shape for 2-3 months.

Angled short bob hairstyles look great on most face-shapes, so it’s more about the smaller tweaks of the cut that gives it a specially tailored look. Some examples are the undercut or the bangs.

To keep up the shape daily, she uses DevaCurl Volumizing Foam followed with either a curl gel or cream depending on the season and what her hair needs. During the warm months, she uses DevaCurl Ultra-Gel and during the cold months, she uses DevaCurl Supercream. She usually lets it air-dry and sometimes follows up with her diffuser on low for about 5 mins to give it some extra volume.

This style can last for two or more days as well. Sometimes she follows up on day two with a tiny bit of foam scrunched into the hair for a little curl refresher. What I love about this style is that it can easily be a wash-and-go look, which is perfect for someone who is on the go.

Asymmetrical Cut

A short asymmetrical bob haircut
Instagram @kaitlynmch

Q&A with style creator, Kaitlyn McHarg
Hairstylist @ Eliane Hair & Spa in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

This is an updated version of one of the most classic haircuts of all time. The bob has been around for about 100 years now in some form or another, and as a stylist, I feel like it never fails to disappoint! Although it can look simple and undone, it is also one of the most technical haircuts, and I think that is why hairstylists are so in love with it!

I love how playful and flirty it is with the front piece being pushed side to side! It is also quite versatile because if she decided to wear it in the middle, it could be a sleeker symmetrical cut!

Any advice for someone considering it?

A bob can be tailored in so many ways to suit different hairs. That is one of the other reasons why I love it. Depending on the face width, you can either draw attention or defer attention depending on the length you go with. You can also play around with layers and texture to either make the hair fuller and blunter or take out the weight and add some layers or face framing.

At the end of the day, the look will always depend on the style and how much maintenance they are willing to put in. A bob can accommodate tons of curls, but it can also accommodate flat lifeless hair!

If you want a bob haircut, it’s certain that something can be worked out to suit your likes! It is just so versatile and timeless! All it takes is a good consultation to understand your style and expectation!

Tapered Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Ariel Edens
Hairstylist @ Ariel Edens Hair Studio in Pittsburgh, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is an angled stacked bob. What you may or may not be able to tell is the front has no bangs or face-framing layers. It’s all one length around her face.

My favorite thing about this cut is how versatile it is. It can truly be altered to fit your face shape, lifestyle, or personal preference. For example, if you have a rounder face, keep the cut on the longer side and don’t put any layers around the face because that will make your face look more round.

But on the contrary, if you have a more angular face then a bang or a face-framing layer can be added to soften your look. You can take it really short and sassy or keep it longer so you can get a ponytail.

Believe it or not, by the time I took this picture, her haircut was actually at least 8 weeks old. I took the photo because her color was on point. She is actually a natural blonde but her warm skin tone and green eyes begged to be a redhead!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Definitely, consider your hair type. If you have any texture then it’s going to take a product and at least 20 minutes of blow drying and round-brushing to get it to lay this smooth.

This cut also looks great curly so with the right product, a girl with curly hair could let her hair air dry and it would be really cute.

But every head of hair is different. So the best advice I could give is to consult your stylist. They typically have a good idea of what your hair will do and can make suggestions on how to alter the cut to best fit your needs.

Silver Short Bob for Fine Hair

Picture of a short bob for fine hair
Instagram @killerhairinc

Q&A with style creator, Remy Awan
Co-Owner @ Red Feather Salon in McLean, VA


How would you describe this look?

This look is based on a strong geometric and disciplined shape, but with layers providing texture and movement.

My guest is obviously beautiful, but the strength in the perimeter line accentuates her jawline, while the layers sit at the cheekbone level to create interest and to keep the shape from looking too solid and heavy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The color is definitely something that would require a commitment to upkeep. The haircut itself is fairly easy to style as the graduation, if cut properly, should sit in place by itself.

Obviously, the stylist will have to take into account bone structure, hair density, texture, formation, and growth patterns, but it is an easy haircut to live with on a day to day basis.

I used some R&Co Chiffon light mousse before drying to add strength. Also, some R&Co Control paste to bring out the layers and give the finished look.

Textured & Layered Graduated Bob

A short layered graduated bob haircut with bangs
Instagram @katiebuttz

Q&A with style creator, Kaitlin Butler
Educator @ Bellus Academy in Poway / Stylist @ theFactory in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

Versatile, which is my favorite thing about it. It’s a short graduated bob with layers and bangs. For the photo, I brushed the layers forward to fall over the bangs and gave it a messy look. The way my model Savannah wears her hair is completely different from the way I styled it. She curls her hair, sometimes wears a side part, sometimes just pushes everything back away from her face. It works in any way she wants to style it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Almost anyone can wear this haircut! The products you use and styling all depend on your hair texture and type. This cut looks amazing on curly and wavy hair types too.

A Very Short Layered Bob

A very layered short bob haircut
Instagram @audistyles

Q&A with style creator, Audrey Ragan
Hairstylist @ Lunatic Fringe Salon in Franklin, TN


How would you describe this look?

This layered, very short haircut is a classic shape modernized by a strong, chippy fringe. The perimeter mimics the jawline, which helps maintain balance and visual appeal.

Any advice for someone considering it?

With the back cut close to the hairline at the nape, this look is perfect for staying cool in warmer weather. The strong fringe works well for oval, diamond and oblong face shapes or to minimize a prominent forehead. It’s ideal for straight to wavy hair that’s fine, medium or coarse.

To style, apply a smoothing serum (like Kerastase Oleo-Relax or Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) and a cream gel (like Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme or Kerastase Forme Fatale). Finish with a touch of styling paste or clay (like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Creme Contour or SumoClay) for soft definition and texture in the perimeter and fringe.

Stacked Swing Bob

Q&A with style creator, Alisha McAlister
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ The Cuttaway Styling Salon in Joplin, MO


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

This is a classy, stacked swing bob. My client is a barber and she loves that this style is low maintenance for her. She can wear it many ways without having to shampoo often.

I like this style on her because it looks gorgeous smoothed out, with soft curls, or with her natural curls. This cut is versatile and gives my client a classy yet sassy style.

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

The products that I recommend for styling all depend on how they choose to wear this style. I use Kenra Blow Dry Spray to prep the hair because it adds shine, serves as a heat protectant, smells amazing (like the beach), and works perfectly as a humidity blocker. I also use Monat Restore Leave-In Conditioner, Monat Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy, and Monat Refinish Control Hairspray. The Taffy is what I used to smooth flyaways and give her more texture/piecey curls.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this type of style for any client that has thick hair and someone that may not like to shampoo often This look gives them the option to wear it with natural curls, smooth it and volumize the next day, then do soft beachy curls (as in the picture) with their flat iron.

I wouldn’t recommend this haircut to those with fine or thin hair because they lack the thickness to make this stacked look. For fine/thin hair, I’d recommend a long bob (Lob) with long layers.

This cut looks great on any face shape in my opinion. If someone has a round face, this cut would still be great, but I would recommend a slight face frame to give the illusion of an oval shape.

Fun & Flirty Choppy Bob

A fun and flirty short choppy bob haircut with blonde highlights
Instagram @sunshinehairdesigns_renee

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 short bob that’s textured and angled 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.

Short to Medium Bob

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!

Inverted Cut

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 layers.

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 with Bangs

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

A graduated short angled bob haircut for for older women with grey hair
Instagram @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 hairstyle
Instagram @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 bob, 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 shorter bobs with bangs 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!

Silvery Rounded Cut

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 Messy Bob

Trendy short messy bob haircut
Instagram @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, short messy haircut which characterizes the present short bob hairstyles trend makes it easy to wear and maintain. This cut 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 Bob With Bangs

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 on 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 softened 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 Cut

Natural Graduated Bob hairstyle
Instagram @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 Fringe

A short modern bob with bangs and with glasses
Instagram @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 a 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 short 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. Do you want to rock the “straight out of bed” messy look? Great! Just make sure to style your bangs before you leave the house.

Short to Long Sophistication

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 short 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, Face Framing Bangs

Short edgy bob haircut with bangs that frames the face
Instagram @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 anyway!

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 shorter bob is great for someone who likes to change up her look and doesn’t mind styling her hair daily.

Razor Cut with Highlights

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 a short, 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 great on the go style and is a tad edgier 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.

One Length Blonde Bob

A short one length bob haircut and blonde color
Instagram @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 of 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 Haircut

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!

Sassy Wavy Bob

A sassy short wavy bob haircut
Instagram @rachel_anythinghair

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 sassy, short wavy bob! 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!

Jet Black Chin Length Hair

A jet black short chin length bob haircut
Instagram @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 short bob haircuts like this for someone with medium and fine textured hair. This look 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 wave in it to give it more of a messy look, but nothing that will really take anyone more than 10 minutes to do every day.

Sleek Blunt Bob

Sleek short blunt bob haircut
Instagram @shearmadnesspc

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Davies
Hairstylist / Barber / Corrective Colourist @ Shear Madness in Port Credit, CA


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

Timeless short bobs have many variations and can work on every hair type out there which is my favorite part of this cut. I enjoy uniquely tailoring it to suit individual client needs. This one, in particular, is blunt, cropped quite short, is very clean with a sleek look, and has a natural, light honey, dimensional color.

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

I love Kevin Murphy products and use them on all of my clients. It’s crucial to use the right hair products both in the chair and at home for constant care. This client loves change and to help keep her hair strong, she definitely benefits from the Leave-In.Repair after washing. To create a smooth look and silky feel, I also used Smooth.Again leave-in lotion after towel drying. It also provides excellent heat protection.

I round brushed the hair to add a little bit of body, but kept in mind to keep it relatively straight while doing so. This cut can be worn with any texture. It also looks great waved with volume or scrunched with natural curls.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style works well for all hair types and lifestyles. It can be styled with ease in minutes for the on-the-go/low maintenance client, or can be done up with brushes and hot tools for the client that loves getting dolled up on the daily.

As for face shapes, this type of haircut works perfectly on people that have a heart or oval shaped face. The short, blunt perimeter widens the lower half of the face, so if you’re concerned in that department, this look might not be the most flattering.

I find that this haircut works great for people that aren’t afraid to be a bit daring, edgy or break a couple of rules. It can portray confidence, a sharp personality, and an “I like it just so” attitude.

Heavily Layered Stacked Bob

A heavily Layered & stacked short bob haircut
Instagram @wysongdeidre

Q&A with style creator, Deidre Wysong
Hairstylist @ Sola Hibiscus Center in Naples, FL


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

I would describe this look as a heavily layered short stacked bob. My favorite thing about this look is its versatility to go from sleek and classic when blown out as shown, to shaggy and beachy if air dried.

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

I recommend starting with a quality shampoo and conditioner that is color-safe and sulfate-free. Next, I like to prep and nourish the hair with a light, leave-in type treatment such as Redken’s Anti-Snap. Simply apply it to the ends before detangling.

After the hair is detangled, I recommend a light blowout balm or volumizing mousse. whichever is most appropriate for the hair type. Lastly, finish with a light pomade for shine and finish (this is best on hair that tends to frizz and over-poof) or a finishing spray (best for hair that tends to get flat).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The type of client I recommend this look for is what’s best about this type of haircut it works for just about anyone! If the desire is to achieve the exact finish shown in the picture, she should have mostly straight hair and medium to thick density. With a little effort, most all other hair types can achieve this finish as well.

Texturized Tousled Hair

Q&A with style creator, Michaela O’Keefe
Board Certified Hair Colorist / Balayage Specialist / Blonde Specialist @ Revive Salon & Spa in San Diego, CA


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

This is a texturized bob with a lower maintenance highlight. What I love about this look is that my client can have super blonde hair without the high maintenance because we shadow her base with a color close to her natural color (within two levels) to minimize line of demarcation.

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

To maintain my client’s hair, I use Boosta Spray and Elevate Mousse by Unite. We also prepped with 7 Seconds by Unite. The 7 Seconds conditions the hair and maintains the shine in her blonde. She has a finer texture, so Elevate Mousse gives her hair the extra grit little to be able to hold a curl and Boosta is used for added volume.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle can be customized for anyone. Changing up the products would make this style work for women with thick hair or more fine hair. It’s still long enough for the gal on the go to toss it up or wear down with some loose beach waves which can be achieved with a wand or curling iron (just remember to leave the ends out when curling).

Sassy Angled Bob

Sassy Angled Bob hairstyle
Instagram @carlybighamhairstylist

Q&A with style creator, Carly Anne Bigham
Hair & Makeup Artist @ Carly Bigham Hair Stylist in Rushville, IL


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

I would describe this look as sassy, fun and chic. It is a perfect cut for any age. I’m passionate about the angled bob, whether it is long or short. Dramatic or exaggerated are also good styles!

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

The products needed to maintain this hairstyle would depend on the client and their hair texture or needs. For example, my client shown in the photo has a lot of hair, but it is super fine and heavy. Some teasing spray, a teasing comb and hairspray will take her all the way.

For those with fine to medium hair, I recommend a creamy mousse (I use Redken) and a texture spray or texturizing balm to make it fun!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend short bob hairstyles like this one to anyone me with a long or oval shaped face. This look will give the illusion of fuller hair, yet take away from your long or oval shaped face.

Ombre Piecey Bob

Q&A with style creator, Paige Leible
Hair Stylist & Colorist @ Beautique in Lees Summit, MO


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

With this balayage ombre look, I balayaged her ends and kept her base natural so she doesn’t have to worry about roots! My favorite thing about this look is that it is so low maintenance.

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

Bedroom.Hair by Kevin Murphy is a product I’m obsessed with right now. It’s a textured hairspray so it helps give lift and grit to the hair to hold the beachy loose waves in place! I topped this look off with Kevin Murphy Shine Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for someone who wants something with easy upkeep! Most balayage clients can go 6-12 months before they need a touch up.