Bob hairstyles are back—these chic looks will give you all the inspo you need
From blonde and wavy to dark and sleek bob hairstyles to try
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Bob hairstyles are back. The style became the world's most popular haircut in 2020, with a whopping 222,580 average internet searches a month — which also makes it the most popular look in an impressive 52 countries, including the US and the UK.
Now the bold look is back again for 2021, and all our favorite celebs are jumping on the trend.
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So if you’re thinking about rocking the #1 hair trend, we’ve got all the inspo you need.
From Holly Willoughby and her fine waves, to supermodel Duckie Thot’s blunt ends – there are plenty of different variations to suit every face shape. Whether you’re looking for a bob hairstyle with a fringe, or one with layers, we’ve got you covered.
But because there’s so many styles, it makes sense that we hunted around the internet for the best old and new bob hairstyles to give you fresh new haircut ideas in seconds. So, whether you want to update your short locks, or go for the chop, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help, before you take the plunge.
Plus, every hair type is different. You might want to browse through specifically bob hairstyles with bangs — or have a gander at the best bob hairstyles for thin hair or the best bob hairstyles for thick hair. Well luckily for you, we think we’ve pretty much found them all.
What face shape suits a bob haircut?
Different bob hairstyles suit different face shapes for various reasons.
According to L’Oréal Paris celebrity hair stylist Jonathan Colombini (opens in new tab), long bobs are great for those with a round face shape. Speaking to Byrdie (opens in new tab), Colombini explained that this is because the style elongates round face shapes, drawing the eye longer.
Similarly, Sam Burnett (opens in new tab), Founder and Creative Director at salon HARE&BONE told FEMAIL (opens in new tab) that a blunt chin-length bob is perfect for anyone with a diamond-shaped face — like Jennifer Lopez — as it will “add width, whilst layers to tuck behind your ears will frame your jawline and highlight cheekbones.”
How to look after a bob hairstyle
There are a couple of golden rules when it comes to maintaining your bob hairstyle.
A regular trim
Kerry Cape (opens in new tab), hair care and colour expert at Naturtint says it is important to “have a trim every 3-6 weeks,” whilst also explaining how helpful styling mousse can be for perfecting a bob look, in an interview with Prima.
Sapphire Lewis (opens in new tab) from Bleach London also told Stylist that avoiding a traditional hair brush and using your fingers to detangle your hair is always best. "Short hair is less likely to tangle than long hair. Brushing it through with fingers is generally enough to shape and style it a bit." But if you prefer using a brush, make sure it’s a bristle brush.
So with no further ado, whether it’s Gemma Chan’s voluminous wavy bob, or Khloe Kardashian’s shiny ‘do‘ that you’re after, get screenshotting and take one of these celeb hairstyles into your hair appointment.
Bob hairstyles: the best chic looks to inspire you
1. Kaia Gerber
flower arrangement extraordinaire Kaia (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @kaiagerber on Dec 8, 2019 at 2:44pm PST
2. Bella Hadid
Vogue italia by @zoeghertner @suzannekoller 🖤 Bella 🦋 (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @bellahadid on Mar 7, 2020 at 5:25am PST
3. Naomi Campbell
#grammyweekend 🤍 Makeup by #FranCooper Naomi Campbell (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @naomi on Jan 27, 2020 at 6:48am PST
4. Allison Janney
#newlook #covid19 #conversion #greyhair #haircolor Guys ... I had so much fun color my muses hair. She endured a total of 10 hours for this transformation ! No an easy task , but man #worthit #2020transformation #lovetothefans #makeup @sergiowastaken Jill Crosby (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @jillcrosbyhair on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:38am PDT
5. Serena Williams
Live at 6pm EST @alexisohanian Serena Williams (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @serenawilliams on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:32pm PDT
6. Myleene Klass
Texture! Texture! Mermaid curls for a Monday morning. * (Thanks for the hairspiration @lanslondon) myleeneklass (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @myleeneklass on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:28am PDT
7. Patrica Bright
Hello there lovely people how is the week going for you?! I can’t lie this week has not been it...but that’s ok, I’m going to sip my wine and work on ‘productivity’ later. We all have permission to chill 🍷 . With that being said I’ve decided that I wanted to pull together 12 glam care packages for NHS workers filled with some beauty goodies. I know it’s not much but I know that little pick me ups can make someone’s day. Let me know if you are an NHS worker (UK) and tag anyone you think might love this 🎁 PatriciaBright (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @thepatriciabright on Apr 16, 2020 at 7:48am PDT
8. Holly Willoughby
#Repost @patsyoneillmakeup ・・・ Finale ❄️ with @hollywilloughby for @dancingonice ❄️ Barnet magic @cilerpeksah_hairstylist / Frock @angiesmithstyle// Make up / skin Prep @muradskincareuk primer @suqqu_uk_official / brows @blinkbrowbar / eyes 👀 @glossier liner @hourglasscosmetics scattered light glitter pot in Aura / lashes @lashunlimited clusters / lips @lipstickqueen nude rose #makeupbypatsy #thefinal #bts #makeupartistry #hollywilloughby #doi #werk Holly Willoughby (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @hollywilloughby on Mar 8, 2020 at 2:24pm PDT
9. Emily Atack
Hacked my extensions out with pliers and used paper scissors to trim it. All doing fine over here 😶 Emily Atack (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @emilyatackofficial on May 12, 2020 at 6:10am PDT
10. Adut Akech
Look what you guys have done 😩 @ramoneyluv @gracegraceahn @alex_jordan_harrington 📸 @lucagalasso Adut Akech Bior (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @adutakech on Sep 21, 2019 at 6:43am PDT
11. Perrie Edwards
Perrie isn’t here right now. She’s lost her F***ING mind during isolation. So hi 👋🏻 Perrie Edwards ✌️🌻 (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @perrieedwards on Apr 12, 2020 at 5:05am PDT
12. Jordyn Woods
🤍 HEIR JORDYN (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @jordynwoods on Jul 4, 2020 at 2:51pm PDT
13. Kate Middleton
Savannah House, run by social justice charity Extern, provides a safe space to support vulnerable young people and families who are going through challenging times. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined young people supported by the charity for a range of activities that helps to equip those at Savannah House with key life skills, including budgeting, meal planning, and most importantly…cooking and healthy eating! #RoyalVisitIreland Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @kensingtonroyal on Mar 4, 2020 at 7:58am PST
14. Duckie Thot
switched up the inches... 💁🏾♀️ thank you @badgalriri for having me at your #diamondball last week! and love to @voguemagazine for having this look in the top 10 best dressed during #nyfw wearing @naeemkhannyc 💋 Xx Duckie Thot (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @duckiethot on Sep 18, 2018 at 3:38pm PDT
15. Taylor Hill
#challengeaccepted so grateful to be surrounded by such strong, uplifting, positive, badass women. Beauty starts from within. @loumtaylor @haileesteinfeld @nikibaratta @jillianlentz ♥️ thanks for the nomination! Taylor Hill (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @taylor_hill on Jul 28, 2020 at 11:34am PDT
16. Gemma Chan
📸: @larajadephotography for @modernluxury Gemma Chan (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @gemma_chan on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:05am PDT
17. Ashley Benson
Up close and personal Ashley Benson (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @ashleybenson on Feb 28, 2020 at 2:02am PST
18. Cardi B
Baby I got you Cardi B (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @iamcardib on May 7, 2020 at 11:58am PDT
19. Saoirse Ronan
New blunt vibes on this magical human. #saoirseronan for @littlewomenmovie. #saoirseronan #hairbyadir #newcut #withvirtue Adir Abergel (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @hairbyadir on Oct 24, 2019 at 9:38pm PDT
20. Emma Roberts
here’s for better days 🤍 sending love and light to everyone 💫 Emma Roberts (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @emmaroberts on Apr 14, 2020 at 11:36am PDT
21. Jackie Aina
#TooFacedAmbassador #TFBornThisWay my favorite long wearing concealer for full coverage, moisture, hydration and an even complexion 😍 @toofaced Multi Sculpting Concealer. I use shades Chesnut to highlight, Sable to contour, and Spiced Rum to correct 💗 #ad Jackie Aina (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @jackieaina on Oct 16, 2019 at 6:51pm PDT
22. Lucy Liu
Fantastic evening celebrating @sesamestreet and all the other brilliant 2019 @kennedycenter honorees! Massive thx for this gorgeous look: @georgeschakraofficial @judithleiberny @lorraineschwartz @aldo_shoes Glamteam extraordinaire: @rebeccarestrepo @_marcosantini1 @_leeharris_ Watch it Dec 15th 8pm CBS Lucy Liu (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @lucyliu on Dec 9, 2019 at 2:09pm PST
23. Penelope Cruz
My new @atelierswarovski collection launching today at @harrods !!! @swarovskicreateddiamonds #mertandmarcus #ad #Repost @swarovskicreateddiamonds ・・・ Launching today at @Harrods, discover the sparkling @atelierswarovski Penélope Cruz Fine Jewelry collection featuring precision-cut Swarovski Created Diamonds and gemstones. Take a moment to experience the range in all its glory. . . . #AtelierSwarovski #Harrods #ConsciousLuxury #SwarovskiCreatedDiamonds #FineJewelry #penelopecruz Penélope Cruz (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @penelopecruzoficial on Nov 2, 2019 at 1:28am PDT
24. Fearne Cotton
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #loveislove #loveisallyouneed #pride Fearne (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @fearnecotton on Jun 28, 2020 at 2:23am PDT
A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by on on Aug 15, 2019 at 7:38pm PDT
26. Rosamund Pike
Wrapping out on I CARE A LOT. Bye bye Marla Grayson, hello Moiraine... Take me through all shades of blue. Rosamund Pike (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @mspike on Aug 20, 2019 at 7:24pm PDT
27. Khloe Kardashian
Good Sweats OUT NOW @goodamerican. 📸 @pierresnaps Khloé (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @khloekardashian on Aug 20, 2020 at 9:40am PDT
28. Selena Gomez
A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by on
Selena turns out to be a huge fan of the look, getting her hair cut again for the fall season but this time into a blunt cut bob.
@selenagomez (opens in new tab)
Only Murders in the Building watch party 10/19 6:00pm PST!♬ original sound - Selena Gomez (opens in new tab)
29. Taylor LaShae
A post shared by Taylor LaShae (@taylorlashae) (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by on
Can you think of a bob hairstyle without thinking of Taylor? No? Us either, babe. On countless bob mood boards, Taylor's is choppy and the perfect length.
30. Ariana Grande
OMG ARIANA GRANDE pic.twitter.com/xfDCNvCcZfNovember 1, 2021
Though this was just for Halloween, Ariana made a serious case for the 60s style, blown-out bob with face-framing bangs—and doesn't she just look amazing as a blonde?
Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty. She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.
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