9 Haircuts That’ll Make You Want a Bob

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Is summer making you want to chop all of your hair off? Then, we’ve got great news for you; the bob haircut is back, and it’s cooler than ever, thanks to A-list fans, Brie Larson and Priyanka Chopra. Both have just debuted chin-skimming styles that are positively brimming with volume, and now it’s your turn to lose a little extra length from your hair… if you dare.

Want in? Whether you’re a pro hairstylist or a beauty lover who’s considering the cut, we’ve got all the inspiration you need, plus answers to every burning bob question. Here’s the long and short of it…

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The Classic Bob

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When you say, ‘classic bob’, this is what we think of; a cut that hovers just above the shoulders in a super-straight, super-sleek style, à la Elina Häkämies’ creation. To get that swishy, silky finish, treat hair to a mask (we love Oil Reflections Luminous Reboost Mask), then massage a shot of EIMI Oil Spritz through damp mid-lengths before styling.

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The Lob (Long Bob)

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For those who aren’t quite ready to commit to a shorter chop, enter the lob (long bob). It reaches the shoulders, falling halfway between a short and medium-length hairstyle. The best part? Ponytails, topknots and braids are all possible with this cut, so lob-lovers won’t have to wave buh-bye to up-do’s just yet. Just use a little EIMI Flexible Finish hairspray to hold styles in place.

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The Wob (Wavy Bob)

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Less about cut and more about dreamy texture, the wob adds bounce and curves to a bob, and looks especially chic teamed with a slogan barrette or statement slides. To create the look, coax straight locks into a wave with EIMI Ocean Spritz salt spray, or give natural spirals some more definition with EIMI Nutricurls Soft Twirl hair foam.

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The Micro Bob

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One of the edgiest short hairstyles going, the micro bob is seriously fierce, but neat and tidy is the goal, so make sure trims are regular. Avoiding split ends is more essential than ever, as they’re even more visible on ultra-cropped locks, so keep ends in tip-top condition with the nourishing INVIGO Nutri-Enrich collection.

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The A-Line Bob

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Get those angles on-point with an A-line bob. Shorter at the back and longer at the front, this graduation can be as subtle or dramatic as you like. One tip, though: aim to trim it so that it flawlessly follows the jawline, as this creates the most flattering finish for everyone. Then, style straight with the Pro-Straight Color iron to make the shape stand out.

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The Layered Bob

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Lift those locks with a layering technique. If you’re looking for the perfect bob for fine or thin hair; soft, shallow point cutting will allow you to snip in some body-boosting sections. Then, get a little EIMI Just Brilliant shine pomade in the palms of hands, and push up into layers for volume.

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The Blunt Cut Bob

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Another killer cut for fine hair, a choppy, blunt bob gives the illusion of plumped-up locks, swapping wispy ends for a sharp, sleek shape that looks epic worn straight or wavy. A skilful precision cut is required to get the most out of this body-building ‘do. Add EIMI Root Shoot mousse while hair is damp to take the lift to the next level.

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The Curly Bob

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Curl-friends can do a bob, too. If you’re worried shorter ‘do’s won’t work with loose loops or tight coils, just look at this curly creation by Kai Sohn. Avoid frizz in a bouncy bob with a curl-enhancing Nutricurls hair regimen, which you can read all about in our guide on how to style every type of curly hair, from 3A to 3C.

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The Bob with Bangs

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Bob haircuts with bangs look particularly chic on oval, long and heart-shaped faces, though a side-swept fringe instantly transforms this cut into a style that suits everyone. Whatever bangs you go for, defy humidity by spritzing them with a light veil of EIMI Mistify Me Light hairspray, which will stomp down on frizz without making hair crunchy.

How to Color a Bob Haircut

It’s not just about how you style a blunt bob - pulling it off comes down to the color, too. The darker the tone, the blunter and edgier your short cut will appear. If that’s what you want, go for a glossy look with a deeper shade of Color Fresh. This semi-permanent color will add a healthy, vinyl-like shine to your bob haircut.

Lighter hair can also look edgy with a bob. Try a muted Nordic blonde with Perfecton by Color Fresh, or add some pastel highlights using Color Touch Instamatic. To take your trending look up a level, add a touch of bubblegum pink to the tips, or play with an aqua color melt by blending the Jade Mint and Ocean Storm shades. You can find out more about playing with pastel hues on the Wella Education site with our Pastel Hair Color seminars.

Looking for more styling inspiration? Right now, we’re talking wedding hairstyles and festival looks. Plus, you can find endless trends and tips on the @WellaHair Instagram or Wella Pinterest page. Happy browsing…