Celebrities have a certain knack for effortlessly pulling off every hairstyle we've ever wanted to try but simply don't have the courage or quite the right texture to execute ourselves. Or so we thought. This season is the perfect time to spread our wings in an effort to reclaim ourselves and maybe/possibly/definitely go outside our comfort zones for the sake of head-turning beauty looks.
However, as with any great haircut, the texture of your hair will dictate the end result. To find out more, we tapped stylists Gretchen Friese and Joanna Zee for their industry insight into the most flattering styles for those with fine tresses, including which hair types and face shapes they complement best. While some of these examples feature hair that's on the thicker side, the styles themselves are perfectly suited for fine hair. With that in mind, we rounded up our favorite bob haircuts that aim to create a fuller, denser, and more volumized mane.
Meet the Expert
- Gretchen Friese is BosleyMD's trichologist and stylist. She is also a hairstylist and salon director at Foushee SalonSpa in Denver.
- Joanna Zee is a stylist with over 20 years of experience in the hair industry. From cutting to coloring to consulting, she does it all.
Keep reading for 50 super-chic bob options for fine hair.
Though Kloss has since grown her hair out (and gone icy platinum!), the model's chic bob haircut will forever live on in our hearts as one of the best options if you're Team Fine Hair. Plus, that fringe.
When we think "bob," something short, sleek, and flapper-esque almost always seems to come to mind. Exhibit A: Kat Graham's above-the-shoulder chop which "plays off her texture and shows bobs don't have to be straight and sleek," says Zee. "I like how the dimension looks with the ends of each curl," she adds.
Julianne Hough left us all awestruck when she chopped her usually long, perfectly curled hair for a short, straight bob with fringe. Friese also points out how this 'do is especially "great for fine hair because the fringe directs the eye upward to the crown where most of the hair lives."
Time pretty much stood still (for beauty lovers, at least) when Nina Dobrev took an even deeper plunge and updated her cut to a shorter, chopper look. "She shows how a bob doesn't have to be just a straight style. In fact, it can also be fun, textured, and playful," comments Zee. Just one of Dobrev's many good hair days.
Having trouble getting volume with gelled hair? Comb it over! "An all-one-lengt blunt bob (around chin length) is a great option for fine hair. It can be worn straight and sleek as well as wavy and tousled, which is very popular right now," comments Friese.
Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett is the genius behind most of Margot Robbie's iconic looks—including this straight, tucked number. It looks simple, chic, and French all at the same time.
While Hollywood is chock full of bob inspiration, we're particularly fond of this straightforward number (we mean that literally and figuratively) on Yvonne Orji. "It is a classic style that can be parted either in the middle or on the side" and flatters most face shapes, says Friese.
Kim Kardashian West
From Rapunzel-esque length to this collar-bone grazing 'do, Kim Kardashian is never short of jaw-droppingly gorgeous hair moments. We're partial to this slightly longer bob—lob, as we know it best—with the ends curved in and plenty of soft shine.
Jourdan Dunn sees the world through rose-colored glasses. It isn't hard with hair that is always on point. Her modern take on the classic bob, featuring chic bends and waves, well-placed layers, and high-brow bangs, has got it all.
Tyra Banks works it with this bob-bang combo. Side-swept bangs are stylish, easy to maintain, and ideal for fine hair: "It also draws the eye upward toward the crown where the hair has the most density, which helps create an illusion of thicker hair," says Friese.
Olivia Culpo does Old Hollywood glamour just as impeccably as she does a modern wet look or slicked-back high pony. Here, she offers up that classic style with her enviable bob, voluminous mermaid waves, and a deep side part.
Let's face it. Kristen Stewart is the queen of mastering every edgy hair look we've coveted from afar. However, this wavy take (a great option for hair craving a boost of body) presents a happy medium.
Joan Smalls never seems to do any wrong in the hair department and is always a source of inspiration as far as cut, color, and style are concerned. And as for those baby bangs, well, Bettie Page would be proud.
Do something different with your hair and opt for an asymmetrical style like Nicole Richie's bleached bob. From its platinum color to its face-framing form, this is one hairdo to add to the it-girl lookbook.
Meagan Good looks absolutely effervescent wearing a chin-length bob with hair gingerly tucked behind one ear. For extra volume at the roots, try Color Wow Raise the Root to thicken and lift ($24).
Typically, we look to actress Kate Mara for head-turning inspiration when it comes to color (she's gone from brunette to copper to blonde and back again), but she's also had some drool-worthy haircuts as of late. We love this breezy bob for its long layers and polished texture.
Naomi Campbell always has aspirational style, but look how beautiful her hair is here in a short-but-sleek blunt bob.
Gabrielle Union shows off the power of perfectly-placed hair accessories and how "clearly textured hair works well for a bob style. It's still long but also has volume," says Zee. Friese agrees: "This cut caters to her very curly natural hair and opens up her face. The layers add wonderful volume and texture to create a balanced style."
Eva Marcille's chin-grazing bob offers up the perfect loose texture with a bit of grit. To add volume to thinner hair, try a deep side part and flip the shortest front pieces over to one side.
Yara Shahidi's deep side part and perfect curls are the ultimate cure-all for limp strands. Even if your hair is stick-straight, you can still achieve the bouncy waves of your dreams.
Jhene Aiko is a vision with her slightly wavy blunt bob. According to Friese, in addition to their fine-haired counterparts, those with thicker tresses can also rock this look.
Jessica Chastain makes good use of her red hair here with a sultry-but-defined wave. The hair flip at ends adds a flirtatious finish while also creating volume in those with fine tresses.
We're now halfway through our list, so we have to ask: Are you ready to make the chop? If you're on the fence, know this: "Bobs are flattering for fine hair because usually, fine hair is limp and a bob takes weight from the bottom out, making it lighter and more bouncy," explains Zee.
Charlize Theron's wispy, short platinum bob looks lovely with her fair skin and pink eye makeup. The best part? "Bobs are so versatile. They look great on any face shape. It's where you add your layers or your weight distribution that makes it specific to the client in your chair unique for them," says Zee.
The hashtag #shorthairdontcare follows Ursula Corbero wherever she goes. Her mussy bob paired with full-bodied fringe is a match made in hair heaven. To keep bangs from falling flat or getting greasy, refresh throughout the day as needed with Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist ($12) after blowdrying with a round brush, of course.
Hollywood is gaga over slicked-back hair. But apart from being super trendy, this style also pairs perfectly with fine tresses. After slicking hair back, simply tease up the roots like Tiffany Haddish for a burst of volume.
Brandy shows some major glam with her retro waves. A simple curl or wave is a quick and easy way to breathe life into flat hair, a common side effect of fine texture.
Kelly Rowland makes the case for a middle part with this modern take on a shaggy bob.
Regina King looks like a queen with this elegant wavy bob. It's clear she knows a thing or two about the benefits of hydration given her curls' softness and shine. We're betting we could find something like Pantene Gold Series Hydrating Butter Cream ($8) in her haircare routine.
A textured or lightly layered bob—like the one seen here on Karrueche Tran—works especially well for fine locks since it lends more volume and bounce, Zee explains. Her imperfect finish is actually perfect for fine hair since a little bit of frizz can add a volume-inducing aura.
A textured, tousled bob does wonders for fine hair and can also be catered to your face shape. "Say for a round face shape, I can create a look that will make the face appear oval," comments Zee. Here, Condor's face-framing cut with a mussy finish does just that.
The pairing of her roots-out platinum lob with blackberry lipstick here makes Emma Roberts look like a grunge princess. Fine haired folks take note and finish with a volume-inducing side flip. Zee also gives props to this bob for showing off Roberts's killer bone structure by drawing attention to her strong jawline.
When it comes to hair, Ciara can do no wrong. A deep bang draws attention to the fullness and density of hair at her crown while her loosely half pulled up style favors volume. A red lip really makes this look pop.
Zendaya's beachy waves complement her neon outfit and doll-like lashes. Armed with just a few pumps of mousse, you too can score the perfect undulating texture.
She shocked everyone when she cut inches off her hair, but Lucy Liu absolutely rocks a chic bob. Zee adds, "I think most people hear bob/lob and automatically picture the classic bob [as seen here], but she reassures us, "You can do a lot with them! No matter your hair type or texture. You just have to customize it to the client."
Similarly shocking was Emilia Clarke's post-Game of Thrones hair transformation, but we love the elegance. Sure, her brows might get most of the attention, but this bob is just what the hair doctor ordered.
We might all be after RiRi's gorgeous makeup looks, but her lob is equally as flawless. To make your curtain bangs just as enviable as Rihanna's, avoid overworking it, as it this can cause it to lose its shape.
There's nothing more demure than a loose curl like the one Kerry Washington is wearing here. Waves give the appearance of hair being thicker than it is, but applying a moisturizer like Asiam Doublebutter Cream ($15) also lends a hand.
Her eye makeup might be what gets your immediate attention, but it's the side-parted bob that really pulls Lucy Boynton's look together. This is a versatile cut that you can also wear straight, but we're into the lived-in texture that makes it feel modern.
Sometimes the best bob is the simplest bob, like this classic one on Kelly Rowland. Her blunt ends lend structure and weight to her hair. "Any cut with a blunt perimeter, such as the bob, will create the illusion of thicker hair. More so than a cut with more texturized or feathered ends," explains Friese.
With one long tendril hanging down her face, Gugu Mbatha-Raw shows us how the bob can be styled. If you're trying to maintain your wave or curl, a few spritzes of medium-hold hairspray like Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode Flexible Hold Hairspray ($32) will get the job done.
Dakota Johnson's dress-lob-bangs combo takes us back to the sixties in the best way possible. Friese confirms that this style tends to work well on those with sharper face shapes (think: diamond, triangle, or square), but when it comes to hair type, anything goes.
She may have come on the scene as a long-haired brunette, but this fresh platinum lob looks incredibly natural on Jennifer Lawrence. Just keep in mind that bleaching hair, especially fine hair, makes it extremely fragile so treating it with extreme care is key.
Emma Stone utilizes the length of both sides of her bob to create volume and achieve supreme elegance while at it. Zee also explains how the right cut can work to complement and even enhance your appearance: "I love how a bob will draw your eye right to the jawline and neck. [Emma Stone's style] doesn't just show off her facial features, but accentuates her neck and shoulders."
It might be a 180 from her natural hair—gray color and all—however, we can't help but be wowed by Tia Mowry's sleek caramel-colored lob. A thick, straight-across fringe perfectly complements an oblong face.
As Michelle Williams demonstrated at the Emmys, sometimes a side part can make your whole look. And according to Friese, if you've got fine hair that is either straight or wavy, you can easily pull off this style. "It gives the illusion of thickness on the heavy side and works well on any face shape," she adds.
Rose Byrne plays with her bob's length, leaving it slightly shorter in the back and growing gradually longer toward the front. It's obvious that she knows what she's doing since "an A-line bob is perfect for fine, textured hair," says Friese.
Diane Kruger absolutely rocked this wavy lob at a 2020 Chanel pre-Oscar dinner. We love the effect of her textured waves perfectly framing her high cheekbones.
Alicia Vikander debuted this cut at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar party. Although it's a departure for her, we're absolutely into it. Since "bobs are typically worn as a veil to the sides of the face," notes Zee, they allow you to show off, accentuate, and frame your features.
We're deeming this look the TLC because it's CrazySexyCool. From its perfectly tousled texture to its cool-girl side flip, Selena Gomez nails off-duty hair.