If you’re running out of ways to style your longer locks, or you’re thinking about getting a dramatic cut, look no further - we’ve got the answer.
Short bob hairstyles suit everyone as they look fantastic on both thin hair and thick hair, and they’re super easy to style. If you’re feeling a bit apprehensive about going for the chop, keep reading for 9 short bob ideas that’ll make you want to visit your stylist ASAP.
Short bob hairstyles for fine hair
If you have fine hair, there are a few tips and tricks to help your locks look thicker - and a short bob style can be part of your arsenal. 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’ll be able to enjoy a relatively low maintenance hairstyle - with maximum volume.
1. Layered short bob
Layers are a fail-safe way to add tons 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
If you can’t commit to a straight-cut bob, go for an inverted cut, where your 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
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.
Top tip - this style responds well to dry shampoo a day after washing. Spritz your roots, ruffle gently with your fingers, and away you go.
Short bobs for curly hair
Curly hair can look amazing cut short, as long as you’ve gone for the right style - 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.
4. Short choppy bob for curly hair
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.
5. Short curly bob
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 all of your natural texture under control and repel any frizz and flyaways with our Frizz Ease range.
6. Short curly bob with highlights
Highlights that complement your natural hair colour add dimension and depth to your curls, and create an eye-catching contrast. If you’re getting your curls cut at the same time as your highlights or balayage, try an A-line cut - it gives your style an edgier feel and dials down the cuteness.
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 shiny hair to keep your sleek style looking ultra glossy.
7. Short blunt bob
A blunt bob is perfect if you’re 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 a face-framing fringe into the mix.
8. Short graduated bob
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.
This style works best with straight hair, but it looks equally chic with almost any face shape and hair type. Use curling tongs or curl your hair overnight to give your layers a little extra oomph.
9. Short pixie bob
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. It’s practical, easy to maintain, and perfect for people who don’t have lots of time to style their hair every morning.