It’s no secret that long hairstyles and pixie haircuts get a lot of love in the hair industry. Sometimes, it can feel like chin-length hair is the forgotten middle child. However, we’re here to tell you don’t need super long hair to have an array of styling options, and you don’t need a short pixie to slay a statement style.
Whether you’re a short hair lover or you’re considering going shorter for the first time, we put together 37 looks bound to inspire you for your next appointment. Keep reading for everything you need to know about chin length hairstyles.
What is a bob haircut style?
A bob haircut is a short chop that lies right around the jawline, above the shoulders. It’s the epitome of timeless style as it’s been popular ever since flappers were re-inventing beauty standards during the 1920s. Believe us when we say—it shows no signs of slowing down.
These days, the bob has become a style that is versatile and customizable for everyone. You can ask your stylist to get a blunt bob, which will have your strands all the same length. Or you can go for a different approach and get an angled bob, which is an asymmetrical variation to this look. Regardless of your hair type or texture, a chin-length bob proves to be a haircut that embodies confidence, individuality, and elegance.
How do you style a chin-length bob?
There is no denying that short hair is having a moment right now. It seems like every corner we turn, another confident woman is rocking some variation of a chin-length ‘do. If you’re looking to sport a hairstyle that’s a little more on-trend, however, add some beachy waves to your cut. Just because you have shorter strands doesn’t mean that you can’t create everyone’s favorite tousled look. Simply grab a texturizing spray like Redken’s Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray, apply it all over your locks, scrunch, and go.
For ladies who love to make an entrance, a blunt bob with pin-straight strands is all the rage. It’s a strong statement haircut that can’t help but attract all the right attention. If you’re using a flat iron to achieve a sleek look, be sure to use a heat protectant like Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Iron Tamer Heat Styling Lotion. This product protects hair against high heat damage for an easier, gentler heat styling process.
If you’re someone who values their sleep as much as we do, you’ll be happy to hear that we see low-effort hairstyles on the rise—and nothing says low-maintenance more than embracing your natural texture. Whether you have tightly coiled ringlets or pin-straight hair, rocking your natural hair texture is beautiful in its own right. Not to mention, it allows you to get some extra sleep in the morning and is totally in right now.
What hairstyle looks good on a round face?
A long bob or angled-chin length bob is a flattering cut for round faces. We understand the struggles that come with having cherub-like cheeks and a soft jawline. While it undeniably makes you look more youthful, sometimes you simply want to look and feel your age. That’s why these styles are perfect for those who want to ooze sophistication and class. These asymmetrical haircuts help to elongate your face by creating an illusion of a defined jawline. Adding dimension to your face is key if you want to make it appear a little less round.
How do I keep chin-length hair off my face?
If you’re going from super long hair to a chin-length ‘do, there’s one thing you might be wondering—how are you going to keep your strands off your face when ponytails aren’t an option? Luckily, that’s what hair accessories are for! Whether you opt for hair barrettes, a knotted headband, or standard bobby pins, there are so many on-trend ways to keep your strands away from your face throughout the day.
If you have a middle part, try placing two hair barrettes or bobby pins parallel to each other above your ear on each side of your hairline. This easy, throwback look is one of the trendiest ways to wear hair accessories in 2020.
Ready to try a chin-length hairstyle for yourself? Scroll on for 37 of the ones to try this year.
The Best Chin-Length Hairstyles To Try
Good hair day by @skummysyummy.
Traditional half-up ponytails are so 2019! If you’re going for a half-up look this year, consider swapping your regular hair tie for a stylish hair clip.
Good hair day by @glamiris.
Flipped Out Ends
Flipped out ends are one of the biggest trends of the year, and lucky for you, you have the perfect hair length to wear the throwback style. If you want to modernize your look a bit, give space buns a try.
Good hair day by @yvonniesmooth.
Speaking of throwback hairstyles we adore—if you’re inspired by all things vintage, give this voluminous-flapper-esque style a try.
It’s no secret that when you want to make a statement with your blonde hair color, you look to platinum. While we love the ashy, nearly white hue on longer strands, it packs an even stronger punch on chin-length hair.
Good hair day by @violetgrace_.
French Girl Bob
Beauty lovers around the globe have their eyes on French girl hair, and we can understand why! Parisian-inspired hair is as low-maintenance and effortless as any hair trend can be. If you’re looking for a chin-length hairstyle with a French-girl twist, ask your stylist for a classic French bob with choppy layers and full bangs.
Good hair day by @shmeggsandbaconn.
You’re already brave enough to go super short with your cut—now it’s time to think about your hair color. Bold, electric, and completely out-of-the-box, neon hair colors are perfect for any risk-taker looking to shake things up with their hue.
Good hair day by @facetofacehairstudio_.
If you’re not ready for a full head of fantasy hair color, don’t worry! You don’t have to sacrifice all of your natural hue—that’s what peekaboo hair color is for! Your colorist will apply your chosen shade to the strands under the top layer of your hair for a pop of color that subtly peeks through.
Good hair day by @shell.vega.
With cascading shades of pink, orange, and yellow inspired by the gorgeous views of a real-life sunset, sunset hair color is the multi-dimensional trend that can shake up any chin-length look.
Good hair day by @barbararabelo_.
Between hair clips, barrettes, and bedazzled bobby pins, you can’t go wrong no matter what hair accessory you choose for dressing up your chin-length cut.
Good hair day by @haircolorkilla.
Deep Side Part
Some of the smallest hair changes can make the biggest difference to your overall look. Case in point: the deep side part. Switching to a deep side part is a quick and easy way to give your mane instant volume. If you have fine hair that’s known to fall flat, this simple change is perfect for you.
Good hair day by @amburgerofhair.
The word “mullet” might send chills down your spine, but hear us out. Unlike the old-school cut beloved by ‘80s rockstars, your stylist can work with you to modernize your look. We even tapped a few experts for the best ways to style a mullet in 2020.
Good hair day by @britblends.
We’ve never met a shade of red hair we didn’t love. If we had to choose our favorite, however, ginger would take the cake. Though this orangey-red shade looks stunning on any hair length, it’s absolute magic paired with an on-trend, chin-length bob.
If you decide to try a ginger hair color, you should know that red shades are super high-maintenance. That’s why you’ll need to amp up your routine with color-protecting products.
Good hair day by @rachels_craft.
Do you love trying new things when it comes to beauty and fashion? If so, ask your stylist to layer your hair with bold colors. This unique technique is guaranteed to turn heads everywhere you go. Dyeing your hair such bold colors will require your stylist to use bleach. It’s important to note that bleach does damage hair. However, a professional stylist will ensure you leave the chair with hair that looks and feels as healthy as possible.
Good hair day by @worldofjustinisaac.
The majestic bird you know for its colorful feathers has become the latest inspiration for hair everywhere. Peacock hair is trending and, although it’s beautiful—it requires near-constant upkeep. If you want to take part in this look without committing to the maintenance, try adding subtle jewel-toned highlights to your mane.
Good hair day by @uggoff.
Getting a short haircut can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. If you want to slay a chin-length style without getting rid of all of your length, we recommend an angled bob. The cut allows you to keep some length in the front offering the familiar comfort of long locks while remaining short enough to be considered a bob.
Good hair day by @stevieenglishhair.
This electric shade of pink is the definition of a stunner. If you’re looking to gain some sweet attention, you need to try this look. The bright hue looks amazing on all skin tones and is the perfect way to add that “wow” factor to your cropped cut.
Good hair day by @pekelariley.
Name a better duo than red wine hair color and texture. We’ll wait. If you have textured hair that’s not giving you the confidence you’re looking for, cut it off! Get a chin-length, face-framing afro and add a deep red tone to give it that level of fierceness you’ve never had.
Good hair day by @rebeccataylorhair.
Following the norm can get real old quick. Go outside of the box—or the universe—and try galaxy-inspired hair. The blue-green hair with notes of purple is so gorgeously captivating that you certainly don’t need long lengths to pull it off.
Good hair day by @tomepamela.
Do you shy away from short hair because you fear it’ll lack volume? If so, we’re here to reassure you that the best waves are the ones on a chin-length ‘do. They’re cute, dainty, and way easier to achieve compared to down-to-there hair. To recreate the perfect beachy bend, use a salt spray, like the Matrix Total Results Rock It Texture Sea Salt Spray, for an effortless, gently tousled look.
Good hair day by @naivashaintl.
Bangs are one of the most intensely debated topics in the hair industry. Are they hot or not? We say swipe right on this undeniably hot style. Adding a face-framing fringe to your chin length hair makes for a stunning halo effect.
Good hair day by @beljankovski_chelseahair.
Usually when we think of a balayage, we think of long hair. However, don’t fret! This technique is equally stunning on short hair. Ask your stylist to blend beautiful shades of blonde throughout your mane seamlessly. Take some snapshots of your new look, and we promise your new Instagram photos will fulfill all of your aesthetic needs.
Good hair day by @gordon.chapples.hair.
Modern ‘20s Bob
In 2020, our beauty standards have become quite simple: the more natural-looking and effortless, the better. If you’re all about this vibe, try a revamped version of flapper-inspired hair. Adding layers to your chin-length hairstyle helps to create a modern, textured look without the use of any extra products.
Getting a traditional haircut reminds us of gathering with our family during the holidays. It’s comforting and familiar. That’s why we love this classic, chin-length blunt cut. Just like our family traditions, it’s a staple that will never get old.
Good hair day by @beautybynate.
Have you taken the plunge and chopped off your hair, but find it lacks a healthy-looking luster? Try the glass hair trend. This look adds a modern twist to your favorite ‘90s-inspired bob by giving it a shiny, reflective finish. Be sure to maintain your glossy locks by using frizz-fighting products like Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Conditioner.
We all remember the feeling of seeing our first gray hairs and immediately wanting to book an appointment with our colorist. Say so long to those days because we’re fully embracing gray hair and making it modern. Silver hair is super flattering and so chic on a short haircut, it makes us question why we didn’t love gray hair all along?
Good hair day by @trinnie_hair.
Let’s be real: There’s never a bad time for a glass of merlot. We feel the same way when it comes to wine-colored hair. This hair color is perfect for any season and looks beautiful on any texture and length, but we especially love the hue on short strands. Indulge in your favorite glass of red—it’ll be 5 p.m. everywhere you go.
Good hair day by @marcelosferraz.
Have you become nostalgic for your favorite sea princess ever since cutting off your locks? Don’t be! We’re giving mermaid hair a new definition. This style is a magical blend of sea-inspired colors that looks stunning on chin length hair. If you’re looking to keep it low maintenance, ask your stylist to keep your roots dark and add the vibrant hues throughout the rest of your head.
Good hair day by @bak4morejackie.
Nothing says edgy quite like a bold color on a short haircut. This bright purple look is not for the faint of heart, but if you do give it a shot, the rewards will be plentiful. Dyeing your hair such a bright color will require your stylist to use bleach. Add a weekly deep conditioning treatment like the L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Gold Hydrating Masque to your hair care routine, to help you hair look and feel its best.
Good hair day by @chitabeseau.
Can’t decide which hair color will complement your trimmed style? Why not choose them all! This pastel version of rainbow hair is such a delicate and dreamy way to experiment with ROYGBIV. The soft hues allow for a look that’s striking, but not overwhelming.
Good hair day by @guidopalau.
Pop On A Hat
Even on the worst hair days, there’s nothing a stylish hat can’t fix. On those mornings where you’re in a rush, hair accessories are the perfect way to hide your bed head while remaining fashionable.
Good hair day by @ellendevinehair.
Cutting off your hair is like deciding to end a bad relationship. You know you need to do it, but you can’t fully commit because it’s been your security blanket for so long. Unlike a relationship, however, you can ease your way into a chin-length style with a long lob. To achieve the perfect long lob as your stylist to cut your hair shorter at the back of your head and gradually increase the length as you get to the front of your face. It’s a gorgeous cut that will help give you the nudge you need to go shorter.
Even with summer winding down, your hair can be a wonderful reminder of everyone’s favorite season all year long. This beautiful shade of blonde reminds us of a refreshing glass of cold rosé on a hot summer day. It’s not too overbearing, and it’s deliciously sweet.
Good hair day by @guyannescissorhands.
Here’s one for the boldest trendsetters! We recommend getting a taste of the buzz cut look by shaving the side of your head. Whether you’re going for a rebellious look or want to soften it up by coloring your hair a fun pastel purple, the options are endless.
Good hair day by @jacobpritchard.
Natural curls are beautiful no matter the length. We love how they twist and turn to the beat of their own drum making it seemingly impossible to replicate. That’s why doing a chin-length style when you have naturally defined ringlets makes for a gorgeous look that’s unique and adorable.
If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s one of a kind, try this citrus blend of blonde and saturated yellow to remind you of all things summer. Top it off with a cute braid and get ready to be everyone's #hairgoals.
Good hair day by @c2salon.
What’s a queen without her crown? There’s no better way to remind yourself of your true royalty than by having a tiara you can never take off. That’s why we love chin-length hair with a micro bangs. It creates the illusion of a crown in a way that is that is utterly charming.
Good hair day by @realericvaughn.
If you’re looking to try something new, but don’t want to dye your hair a completely different color, try adding highlights to your look. It’s a timeless technique that can enhance your short hair by adding dimension and movement. You’ll be sure to stand out of any crowd—no bright colors necessary.
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