The bob hairstyle has somehow earned a reputation for being a safe, somewhat boring choice for a hairstyle. But with so many different interpretations of a bob hairstyle and ways that you can customize it to suit your needs and personal taste, the bob cut is anything but boring. A catch-all term for hair that is cut anywhere from just above the chin or almost below the shoulders, the bob can take on many different vibes, so you're sure to find a great match for your personality and lifestyle.
The best part? Bob hairstyles are a chic choice for any person, regardless of their age or face shape. When deciding on your next cut, the only important factors to consider are your hair texture (fine, thick, or in between), hair type (straight, wavy, or curly), and the amount of work you want to put into styling your hair each day.
Ahead, 18 variations of the bob hairstyle on different textures and lengths to inspire your next haircut.
A Versatile Lob
If you currently have longer hair and are looking to tip-toe into the short hair trend, start with a lob that hits somewhere just above or just below your shoulders. Longer than a traditional bob cut, the aptly named "lob" haircut is a favorite for its versatility. Long enough to pull back if you need, yet short enough to classify as short, the mid-length lob allows you to not feel tied down to any single style. Hair this length looks just as good when you let it air-dry naturally (like Lauren Hutton's style shown here) as it does when you style it with a blow-dryer or flat iron.
A Sleek Bob
This sleek, rounded bob with minimal layers proves that a simple hairstyle can still be bold and not at all boring. For a finish this smooth, straight, and shiny, use ultra-thin sections of hair when flat ironing it to straighten each strand evenly. Then, warm a little bit of oil between your palms and run it through the ends of your hair to finish the look.
Part Pixie, Part Bob
Not quite a pixie cut but not bob, this hybrid hairstyle has all the edginess of a super-short crop but with a little more softness to it. If your hair has a natural wave, scrunch it to style. If you have straighter hair, use a styling wand to give your strands a cool bend like Tilda Swinton's.
A Classic Bob
A classic bob this length is perfect for creating volume in finer hair textures that get easily weighed down by longer lengths. Keep in mind that to maintain the shape of a classic bob, you'll likely need trims every six to eight weeks. If you're not someone who likes to commit very much time or money to your hair routine, you might want to consider a more textured look that grows out nicely.
Mid-Length Beach Waves
If you want to leave a little more length to your hair, the long bob is an excellent option for all face shapes and hair colors. To get this naturally wavy bob, spray in a salt spray and scrunch your hair as it dries. The slight bend will bring out the dimension of highlighted strands.
A Bob With Bangs
Helen Miren proves the bob cut is more versatile than it gets credit for. Create piece-y texture with a wax pomade for a more lived-in look, or wear it freshly blown out for a softer finish—whichever one suits your mood at the moment.
An A-Line Bob
Yolanda Hadid's cut is slightly shorter in the back than the front, which allows for great movement and an angle that can be seen from the side. Whether you know it as the graduated bob, inverted bob, or A-line bob, this asymmetrical take on the classic cut has a youthful, edgy vibe. To give your hair body and height at the crown, ask your stylist for stacks of layers that are shorter in the back and longer in the front.
A Smooth Bob
Lots of layers don't necessarily make it a choppy haircut—take this smooth, voluminous bob for instance. By having your stylist cut in many layers, it adds volume to thinner hair that might lay a little flat. To blow-dry a sleek lob, 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.