Bob hairstyles are back. The style has become the world's most popular haircut in 2020, with a whooping 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.
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So if you’re thinking about rocking the new #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 only made 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, long bobs are great for those with a round face shape. Speaking to Byrdie, Colombini explained that this is because the style elongates round face shapes, drawing the eye longer.
Similarly, Sam Burnett, Founder and Creative Director at salon HARE&BONE told FEMAIL 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, 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 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 you’re after, screenshot and take one of these celeb hairstyles into your hairdressers.