How to Grow Out Your Bob in Style

Young woman with a bob haircut
Young woman with a bob haircut. Atsushi Yamada / Getty Images

Sometimes you just need a change, even if you've been sporting a classic cut like a bob. It's a totally natural urge, but transitioning between haircuts can often leave your hair looking kind of awkward or unkempt. For some tips on managing the transitional phase, we spoke with Antonio Gonzales about how he helps his clients grow out a bob. While these tips are fairly universal, you should definitely keep in mind the shape of your face and your hair texture—with hair, there's rarely such thing as one-size-fits-all. 

Meet the Expert

Antonio Gonzales is a hairstylist at NYC-based Orlo Salon.

The first method Gonzalez offers up to alter the classic bob is to gently remove the heavy corners of the bob—adding in some layers—while keeping the length as is. "This could be done in small increments rather than all at once, so the client doesn't feel like she's sporting a shag," says Gonzalez. "The result is more of a square-shaped cut that should be personalized to suit the individual's facial structure." Of course, keeping the length can also mean keeping split ends, so discuss with your hairstylist exactly how long or short you're willing to keep it.

Another, less conventional option is to add bangs if you didn't have them, or, if you did, to grow them out (although growing out bangs is a pain in and of itself). Gonzales tells us: "Bangs may be the trick to ease the pain of the in-between length. This may take at least three months to get to a point where you feel comfortable." Consider your lifestyle beforehand, though—the most common complaint from people who get bangs is that they're too high maintenance, and the last thing you want is more hair regret.

Stimulate hair growth by giving yourself a scalp massage. For double the benefits, incorporate a nutrient-rich oil like rosemary.

It's important to think of your goal hairstyle, too: if you've been sporting the "Posh Spice Bob," also known as an A-line bob, Gonzales recommends altering the shape. "Start by even-ing off the longer sides in front and gently removing bulk that was created to give that stacked feel in the back. By lowering the shape in the back and lifting the length in the front, you are on the road to recovery," he tells us. Similarly, adding highlights can alter perception of the shape, no shears necessary. "As your hair starts to grow, painting in a few highlights may be the way to go. This will help create the illusion of softness of any heavy areas of the previous cut," advises Gonzales. 

Don't know where you're going next? The long bob, a grown out version of the bob, can be a good place to start. Once your hair grows past your chin, ask your stylist to give you a blunt cut. It's a great neutral hairdo, and provides a versatile canvas for your next style.

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