After years of coveting princess-length strands, it can be hard to imagine chopping off your locks and embracing a short haircut. If you've been thinking about going shorter, but aren't completely convinced a short haircut is right for we're here to prove you wrong. Short bob haircuts are like the fairytale of haircuts: not too long, not too short, just right. The best 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—the best of both worlds. If you're looking to get your dark brown hair off your neck this summer, we've got you covered. We rounded up 12 short bob haircuts you're bound to be obsessed with. Just don't be surprised if you never want to grow your hair long ever again.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Love that line. Very crisp!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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