The Bob's a Perfect Choice
Bob hairstyles are a chic choice for older women because there's a bob that looks good on all face shapes. There's also a bob that can fit your hair texture, whether it's straight or curly or somewhere in between.
The bob is not boring. It often refers to hair that is cut from just above the chin or left long, almost to the shoulders. Yet, it can take on many different styles, so you're sure to find a great match for your personality and lifestyle.
A Classic Bob
Any woman with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob. The classic bob is a wonderful look that remains popular among older women. It hits right above the chin, has that lovely under curl, and it has plenty of volume.
Your personality will play a big role in whether or not the bob is right for you. If you tend to enjoy classic and clean styles and consider yourself to be sophisticated, it's an excellent choice.
A Classic Gray Bob
If you're joining the millions of women who are embracing their naturally gray hair, the bob is a great cut. At this length, your hair will have lots of movement, so it can help you look younger. Better yet, if you wear glasses, a modern, hip frame looks fabulous with a gray bob.
Keep in mind that bobs usually require a blow dryer and sometimes a flat iron to achieve a sleek look. It also requires trims every six to eight weeks to retain the length. If you don't pay much attention to your hair, think about whether you'll enjoy maintaining this look.
A Wavy Bob
Every face shape and hair texture can wear a bob; it's largely dependent on the specific type of bob you get. There are a few things to consider:
- If you have a round face, a long bob is your best option.
- Bobs work best with thin to medium hair.
- If you have curly or thick, wavy hair, a bob should have lots of layers cut in and texturized ends to reduce the volume.
- If you have fine hair, ask your stylist for a "graduated bob." It includes stacks of layers that are shorter in the back and longer in the front to give hair body and height at the crown.
A Signature Bob
Helen Mirren always looks good in her signature gray bob. She wears it so many different ways that it's hard to remember that it's nearly the same haircut. It just shows the versatility of this cut.
Whether you want a casual, lived in look or a darling wavy style, the bob leaves you enough hair to style for the occasion. Again, it looks great with gray hair and her bangs make her look years younger.
A Wavy Long Bob
If you want to leave a little more length to your hair, the long bob is an excellent option. It's very flattering on all face shapes and hair colors, especially if you have some natural waves.
The long bob can also be styled to suit your look of the day. To get this naturally wavy bob, spray in a salt spray and scrunch your hair as it dries. It can also be flat ironed straight.
An A-Line Bob
Salon owner Rodney Cutler tells MSN's Glo that the best youthful, edgy, and confident bob is cut in the A-line style. It's also called a graduated or inverted bob.
A-line means that the back is slightly shorter than the front, with an angle that can be seen from the side. It works nicely because it gives hair a great movement, according to Cutler.
A Shorter Bob
Bobs can be quite short while retaining just a bit of length in the back. By having your stylist cut in many layers, it adds volume to thinner hair that may lay a little flat.
Side-swept bangs are a great addition that is flattering to every face shape as well. Blow-dry your bangs by pointing the nozzle of your dryer downward from the top of your head. Brush the bangs to the left, right, and down the center as you dry.
The Versatile Long Bob
You can change up the look of your bob by letting it dry naturally on some days and blow-dryi it straight on other days. You can also curl it for waves.
To blow-dry a sleek bob, begin with a volumizing shampoo and mousse if you have fine hair. Use a large, paddle brush rather than a rounded brush to get the ends to curl under. If you have some wave and want it straighter, use a flat iron then finish it off with a gloss spray like Bumble and Bumble Shine On.
A Subtle Layer Bob
This bob may look like it's cut to one length, but it actually has some layers. To get this look, "ask that it be slightly shorter in the back with very subtle layering throughout," says stylist Chris McMillan in Allure Magazine.
According to McMillan, this is a cut that works best on straight hair. You can add bangs if you like, and blunt bangs would be gorgeous. If you have a rounder face, ask for longer, side-swept bangs.
A Sophisticated Bob
Many stylish women choose to cut their hair short later in life. A graduated bob that is simple and matches your hair texture can be a very sophisticated look. This version is perfect for thick hair that has a bit of natural wave, though it would be great with some curls as well.
A Youthful Bob
Iman has been modeling for decades and it's hard to believe that she's in her 60's. This look is a perfect example of just how young you can look with the right haircut. It's sleek and stylish, perfectly framing her long face and brings extra attention to her eyes. The color is also gorgeous and a great choice for African American women.