Nothing says “I’m a woman in charge of my own life” quite like Instagram’s newest trending cut, the razor bob. Gone are the days of earth queen mermaid hair falling to the waist; this year's biggest influencers are saying buh-bye to their inches and opting for minimalism instead.
It isn't just the amateurs who think so, either. Nick Arrojo, owner of Arrojo Studio in New York City and bonafide razor cutting expert, says there's an effortlessness to the bob that's appealing to a new generation of trendsetters.
It’s not too short, so it is less of a commitment than going above the chin. The razor bob is especially popular because the razor makes it easier for the hair to swing and to move.
What is the razor bob?
Between the resurgence of the bob and the overwhelming popularity of shoulder-length lobs, it’s been a big decade for short haircuts. We’ve even seen styling techniques like glass hair spring up that cater specifically to the shortest-haired ladies. With all that emphasis on a swan-like neck and a defined jawline, it’s only natural that celebrity stylists would take it one step further with the razor bob.
The razor bob’s defining characteristic is its sharp, blunt edge, and swingy length, often with an asymmetrical slant to better frame the face. While the razor bob can be worn with curls or waves, the best way to show off that edge so sharp it can practically cut is to wear it pin straight. No frizz, no frills, all glamour!
"A scissor cut cuts from the ends up and from within," Arrojo explains. "In one cut, it can only remove length or weight, it cannot remove both. A razor cuts from shaft down, in effect tapering the hair by removing length and weight at the same time."
Who should try the razor bob?
Unlike more conventional cuts, the razor bob is really as much of a fashion statement as it is a hairstyle. It’s meant to be shown off, preferably accompanying a glamorous outfit. If you’re looking for a cut that makes itself known and helps you stand out, the razor bob is the absolute best choice.
As any stylist will tell you, the most important part of any haircut is customization. If you schedule an appointment to get a razor bob, your pro will factor in your age, face shape, jawline, and about a thousand other factors to ensure your get a bob you like and one you’re prepared to maintain. And speaking of maintenance, now is a good time to talk about it. That sharp edge will require regular trims (we’re talking every few weeks) as your hair grows out, so factor that in as you consider the cut.
The Best Razor Bob Ideas To Try Now
Basic Razor Bob
You’re not afraid of change, uncertainty, or making a statement, so tell the world all that with a single glance by getting this staple razor bob. Its short length is modern and simple, so you’ll never have to worry about how you’re styling your hair in the morning. We love a streamlined lady!
Arrojo says that when it comes to styling, less is more.
"Style with a flat brush," he explains. "You can easily create wavy, lived-in texture or, if you want a more polished finish, it’s easy to create smoothness by working it consistently from roots to ends."
Angled Razor Bob
A slight variation on the standard, the angled razor bob incorporates more length around the face so you benefit from the slimming effect of face-framing pieces. Who doesn’t want to look 25 percent more like a stylish spy?
Silver Razor Bob
It’s a real power move to mix a statement cut with a color that’s equally as showstopping. If going platinum blonde has left you with damaged ends, why not cut them off and use the opportunity to try something a little different?
Flippy Razor Bob
Once you’ve got the cut, the styling options are endless. We love this flippy, ‘90s-inspired take on the razor bob that includes a dramatic side part. Like the heroine of a romantic comedy, you’re guaranteed to get noticed.
Razor Bob With Baby Bangs
Add a punk edge to your razor bob with the addition of baby bangs. The good news is that this fringe will need to be trimmed about as frequently as your cut, so you’ll never experience that awkward grow-out process!
Ready to try the razor bob for yourself? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.