We get it: The idea of chopping off almost all of your hair can be terrifying. But rest assured bob haircuts are a super chic, low-maintenance, and versatile style that will be sure to elevate your look. The best part? It's a universally flattering cut, no matter your face shape. Whether you're looking to get a lob or contemplating a full-on hair reboot with a big chop, we've rounded up the best interpretations of the classic bob in various lengths, colors, and textures (from fine hair to curly) to get you inspired.
We rounded up a grand total of 50 celeb-inspired examples to dispel every short-hair worry. From a bold, bleach blonde blunt cut to a look that works for girls with braids, there's a cut suitable for every style and comfort level. Get ready to find your perfect cut.
For wavy to curly hair, Swift's bob with bangs will be right up your alley. Her 'do is choppy and works well for hair with some texture. The side-swept bangs keeps the look fresh and fun.
Lovato's wavy bob can be achieved using a curling iron to create texture. After the curls are created, brush through them for a wavier feel.
Davis' curly bob can be achieved either with a curling iron, or even by sleeping with braids. Braid your hair the night before, then unravel them for a beautifully textured bob.
Lipa's two-toned bob made waves–literally. With an intense center part and shoulder-scraping lengths, Dua's look is enviable. This look can be mimicked with a curling wand and some texture spray.
For a glamorous look, this sleek bob that Ferreira rocks is easy to achieve. Slicking down the hair with gel, tuck the ends behind the ears for a look that's super high fashion.
With a flat iron, you can copy Hudson's sleek bob. Couple it with a side part to truly get the look down.
For some extra drama, go for this wet look looks good on everyone. Right before wash day, come some gel from roots to ends for an easy yet high-end look.
Jones' jawline-length bob is trés chic. Using a flat iron, curve the bottom edge of the hair inwards. French, piecey bangs help complete the look.
For hair with volume, Gomez's bob is super versatile. To replicate it, it's important flip the bottoms of the hair inwards towards the chin with a flat iron.
Graham plays up her dark chocolate bob by adding subtle fringe bangs that fall right above her brows. To replicate this look, add a few bends with a medium barrel curling iron for an effortless vibe.
If a no-fuss short style suits your lifestyle, try Blanchett's a-line bob, which falls right below the ear. It's a low-maintenance classic cut that's perfect for the spring and summer months.
Although Gerber has had several hair transformations within the past year, this might be our favorite. Her face-framing asymmetrical bob is the perfect compromise between her current look and a shoulder-grazing lob.
Breathe life into a classic blunt bob with a few tousled bends using your flat-iron. And play up your look even more with a fashionable hair accessory like Coehlo.
Let your roots grow out like Hale's blonde bob. Just tuck your hair behind your ears for a polished look and spritz some hairspray on for added shine.
Doesn't Boynton's bleach blonde bob make you want to go to a beach? Those waves, though! For effortless volume, separate your hair into sections and add a few bends throughout until you get your hair this wispy.
The uniformity of Paulson's sleek, salt and pepper blonde bob is what makes it look so timeless. You can do the same by slightly curling your ends under with a hair straightener and tucking one side behind the ear.
Orji rocks a bone-straight, blunt bob like it was made for her. Just look at how this chin-grazing style gorgeously accentuates her jawline.
Wilde's side-swept bob has an effortless, bed-head vibe we can get behind. A few waves and an easy hair tuck will do the trick.
JLaw is known for experimenting with pixie cuts and lengthy extensions, but this face-framing blonde bob goes down as one of our favorites the actress has ever worn.
Williams stuns with this wavy blonde bob featuring flipped ends and a deep side part. Sweep one side behind the ear and add a few soft waves to achieve this sleekness.
Washington keeps it classic with a side part dark brown bob hitting right below the chin. To add a bit of volume to your curled under bob, blow dry your hair with a rounded brush.
Style your bob with a sophisticated hat like Rowland if you really want to look like the coolest person in the room.
Yes, I-just-left-the-beach waves on bobs work well together. All you need is a good sea salt spray, like Ouai's Wave Spray (opens in new tab) ($26), to give this style longevity. Take Dewan's effortlessly tousled texture as an example.
Thompson's wet texture has a glossy shine that's practically blinding. The S-wave swoop in the the front gives this style a timeless, old Hollywood vibe.
Let's set the record straight: bobs aren't only for straight hair. 1) Curly bobs are absolutely gorgeous. 2) Curly bobs with curly bangs are next-level, which makes this such a standout style for Shahidi.
Add dimension to a wavy bob with piece-y, face-framing bangs like Kunis. And no, your bangs don't have to all be one length. Fringe bangs will give your style more texture and personality.
A sleek, bunt bob can easily feel stiff, but Brugel keeps the movement intact by cutting long, layered bangs that skim her eyebrows.
If you want to fake a bob with slightly longer hair, like Okamoto's doing here, loosely curl the ends, spritz them with hairspray, then roll and pin sections of curls to the nape of your neck.
A platinum-blonde shade is not for the faint of heart (especially if you have naturally black hair like Ricci does). But when your breakage gets bad, ask your stylist for some feathered bangs to mask the damage.
Hudgens looks every bit the fairy tale princess with a soft, wavy blowout and a white, ribboned dress.
The classic bob: pretty, easy to pull off, and easily enhanced by your hair tucked behind your ears. Pin back your hair with bobby pins if you want to keep layers securely in place.
If you're a natural brunette, take on a striking style by opting for a platinum hue (the shorter length will make it easier to maintain the lighter tones, and there'll likely be less breakage involved).
Hendricks knows how to nail a dramatic moment, and the Old Hollywood curls aren't the end of this vintage style. Top off your bob with a chic little pillbox hat like hers in the colder months.
To add even more volume to a wavy bob, choose a deep part, blast your hair at the roots, and round brush the sections closest to your face.
A blunt cut looks even more striking in creamy platinum hues and beachy waves.
Perry does her best Cleopatra impression with a rounded bob and blunt, brow-skimming bangs.
Kloss looks like the picture of a '20s flapper with short curled ends and and side-swept bangs.
This English actress keeps it interesting with cropped bangs and curled-under edges (blowout your hair with a round brush to achieve the look).
Chung keeps her bob from looking dowdy with a blunt cut and an ombre gradient.
Bey's chin-length chop was fleeting, but will forever be on our list of must-try haircuts.
Take your bob from day to night by sliding a curling iron from the roots to the ends and experimenting with a curving part.
Switching up the part on your bob can give it this cool asymmetrical look, especially if you ask your stylist for longer layers in the front and shorter ones in the back.
Williams is perpetually platinum, but plays with length—pixie, lob, or bob. Here, sea salt texture helps keep her fine hair from falling too flat.
While promoting her book, Why Not Me, Kaling showed off a chin-length coif—and thanked her stylist for the "dreamy cut."
Stewart's side-swept bob, paired with her signature smoky eye, avoids looking overly precious or perfect.
McAdams uses texture and a little bit of heat to achieve the subtle flick in her hair.
Pike's asymmetrical bob is ever-changing. Wavy one day, stick-straight the next. She proves there is nothing boring about this timeless cut.
Agron goes the bedhead route with piece-y bangs for a youthful night-out look.
Lopez goes short, but still keeps it glamorous as ever with chin-length curls. Pin one side back for a little intrigue.
Robbie's punkish slicked-back bob is a take on the "wet hair" look (opens in new tab) we can fully get on-board with. For days when you just can't deal with shorter layers in your face, straighten the sides and slick the top back.
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