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Best Short Bob Haircuts For Women Right Now

28 August 2017
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Junior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Short bob haircuts are like the fairytale of haircuts, not too long, not too short, just right. The great thing about bob haircuts is that they’re short enough to have all of the carefree low maintenance of a pixie, but still long enough to have lots of fun with your style.

If you’re looking to debut a super trendy new ‘do for the rest of the year, look no further than these amazing bobs.

Wedge

Wedge cuts are perfect for anyone looking for tons of volume. The classic wedge cut hits right about ear length with a neat nape. Ask your stylist to cut the strands at the back of your head at a 45 degree angle. While the classic cut is a relatively short style, make it your own by going super short or go for an elongated look with longer strands framing your face.

Undercut

The perfect undercut is like a strategically placed tattoo—you only have to show it off when and where you want. Shaving off the hair on the back of your head but keeping the rest of your hair chin length allows you the freedom to unveil your new style only when you see fit. If you want to take your style to the next level, ask your stylist to shave a geometric design into your undercut.

Angled Bob

Angled bobs allow you to keep the longer face-framing strands you love in the front while getting rid of some of the length in the back. Like wedge cuts, angled bobs are typically longer in the front but are not tapered at the nape.

Blunt Bangs

Bangs are the perfect way to spruce up any basic bob. If you have full hair, consider getting blunt bangs cut straight across your forehead. The bangs will highlight how full your hair is and frame your face.

Blunt Bob

The classic blunt bob is huge this year and for a good reason—it looks good on everyone. Whether your hair is thin, thick, straight, wavy, or textured, you’ll be able to pull off this look flawlessly. For a style that’s universally flattering, ask your stylist for a razor sharp, single length cut that just grazes your chin.

Textured Bob

If you’re worried your bob will fall flat, are your stylist to use a razor on the ends for extra movement and texture. A textured bob is perfect for anyone with thick hair who wants to get rid of some bulk.

Modern Mullet

It’s been a few decades since mullets have been considered stylish, but the new and improved mullet is here to change your mind. Forget feathered, shaggy bangs and unsightly rat tails; the modern mullet is all about sleek, straight lines.  

If you’re ready to try out this daring look, ask your stylist for blunt bangs that fall straight across your forehead. Next, ask your stylist to use a razor to cut the hair on the back of your head, to remove any bulky weight and get tons of movement. The final result leaves you with two fabulous styles in one.

Short Layers

Layers aren’t just for ladies with long tresses. Ask your stylist to cut some short, face-framing layers to your bob if you want to add extra volume and movement to your locks. Layers are perfect for anyone with thin hair because they create the illusion of a fuller mane without any extra work.

Modern Bowl

Don’t worry—you won’t look back on this bowl cut 15 years from now and regret it. This retro cut has been given a major upgrade with more modern lines and texture, and you’ll love how the style frames your face. Ask your stylist to cut full bangs and cut the rest of your hair chin length all around. Steering away from the single length cut will bring your style into the 21st century.

Ear Length

A traditional bob usually ends about chin length, but not all bobs are the same. If you’re looking for a fresh, new spin on this classic style consider going a bit shorter and having your bob end at about ear height. Ask for a blunt cut if you’re looking for a super modern style or side swept bangs if you’d like a softer style.

Ombre

If you thought ombre hair was reserved for long locks, think again. Ombre is the perfect way to switch up your look without getting rid of any length. The key to a perfect ombre is to make sure the transition between colors is subtle and seamless. To make sure you pull off your ombre flawlessly, you should keep your chosen secondary color close to the very ends of your hair. Anything including traditional brunette to blonde ombre or pink to platinum would look amazing with a bob haircut.

Asymmetrical Bob

The asymmetrical bob is taking over this year, and we absolutely love it. Ditch your go-to a-line bob and follow the lead of trendsetters who are cutting either the left or the right side of their hair just a few inches shorter than the opposite side.

To pull off this look, ask your stylist to give you a super blunt cut that will allow you to see the contrast between both sides. The longer side framing your face coupled with a blunt cut makes the style is almost universally flattering and slimming on all face shapes.

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