9 Ideas for Beautiful Short Bob Hairstyles

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If you’re running out of ways to style your longer locks, or are thinking about getting a dramatic cut, look no further! Short bob hairstyles suit everyone as they look fantastic on both thin and thick hair, and they are super easy to style. If you’re scared to go for the chop, keep reading for 9 short bob ideas that’ll make you want to go shorter ASAP.

Short bob hairstyles for fine hair

If you have finer hair, there are a few tips and tricks to help your locks look thicker and a short bob style could do just that. Shorter haircuts give the illusion of thicker hair strands, making them a great option for those with thin hair.

Along with a little help from our guide to the best products for fine hair, you will be able to guarantee a relatively low maintenance hairstyle, with maximum hair volume.

1. Layered short bob

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Layers are a fail-safe way to add tonnes of volume to fine hair, with different lengths giving lift at the roots and creating movement. For an extra boost of volume, try our Volume Lift Range to make your hair look even fuller!

2. Short inverted bob

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If you can’t commit to a straight-cut bob, go for an inverted cut – where the hair is longer at the front and shorter at the back. This means you can keep some of the length at the front, plus the angular cut will give the illusion of thicker hair. Short inverted bobs are just one of the many hairstyles for fine hair, and its versatility works on all hair textures and face shapes, making it a popular choice.

3. Short messy bob

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If you’re looking for an edgier short bob hairstyle, go for a messy bob. Not only does a messy bob guarantee extra volume, it’s super easy to style. All you need is to get a flattering bob haircut and select the right products for your hair type to maximise volume. For more tips and tricks on how to achieve the look, check out our guide on the top five ways to add volume to fine hair.

Short bobs for curly hair

Curly hair can look amazing short, as long as you’ve gone for the right cut – the key is to find the right style that works for your face shape. A short bob can naturally highlight your facial features and curls, providing the perfect texture to frame your face. If you’ve got naturally curly hair, here are three short styles to opt for, and check out our guide on the best curly hair products to help maintain your new look.

1. Short choppy bob

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Adding choppy layers to curly hair will add instant volume and texture. If you don’t have natural curls and you’re using a heat styler to create the look, make sure to use a heat protectant and learn how to restore heat damaged hair, to keep your hair looking healthy!
2. Short curly bob

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Cutting your curls into a short bob will provide loads of texture for a super playful style. A curly bob with properly cut layers will give your hair a flattering shape and emphasise your curls even more. Keep that texture under control and repel any frizz and flyaways with our Frizz Ease Range. 

3. Short asymmetrical bob

An asymmetrical bob is an uneven bob where one side is longer than the other. The great thing about this cut is you can adjust the length and angle to suit your face shape, or to highlight a specific facial feature such as your jawline. This unique and fashionable hairstyle fits any face shape or hair texture, but looks especially good with curly hair. If you have curly hair, an asymmetric cut will allow the curls to fall nicely at the front, resulting in an edgier and shorter look.  Ensure your new hairstyle stays frizz-free by reading our guide on how to tame frizzy hair

Short bobs for straight hair

If you have naturally straight hair, going for a shorter style is the perfect way to add definition and frame your face. Check out our top tips on how to get healthy looking hair to keep your sleek style looking ultra glossy! 

1. Short blunt bob

A blunt bob is perfect if you are blessed with naturally straight hair, as it will be super easy to style. This sophisticated style is surprisingly versatile and can look good on anyone, and it also looks great if you add some face-framing bangs into the mix. If you’re feeling inspired, discover our round-up of nine different fringe hairstyle ideas to accompany your short bob.

2. Short graduated bob

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This statement cut has short layers at the back and longer pieces at the front, making it the perfect cut if this is your first time trying a shorter style. The gradation of length provides extra volume, and requires little maintenance as well. All it needs is a little TLC - our Hydrate & Recharge range will help keep your locks silky smooth. This style works best with straight hair, but it looks equally chic with almost any face shape and hair type. 

3. Short pixie bob

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If you dare to go ultra short - the pixie cut is for you. This shorter ‘do will give you both texture and volume as well as being super easy to style. This style is practical, easy to maintain, and provides the perfect hairstyle to experiment with hair colours! If you’re going for a completely new look, refresh your hair at home with our range of foam hair dyes.

Whether you want a layered short bob or a chic short pixie bob, now you’ve got all the inspiration you need for your next haircut! If you’re not ready to go super short but still want to have a bit of a change, check out our long bob hairstyles for all the inspo you need for your next trip to the salon.

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