The bob cut is the short to medium length style suitable for all hair textures and face shapes, as it adapts depending on whether it is cut in layers, straight, concave, inverted, shorter or longer, with or without bangs.
Although the bob cut is on the rise, it is not new. Its history dates back to the 1920s when flappers used it as a flag for women’s liberation. Outraged conservatives called it a style typical of rebellious women who wore short skirts, makeup and drank alcohol. It was even banned in schools! Another curious fact: to get this cut, women had to go to hairdressers specialized in men’s cuts, since the others did not have the tools or knowledge to achieve it.
In this gallery, we show you different variants of the bob cut, a comfortable style, with personality and easy to maintain.
All about the bob cut
What is the bob cut?
The bob is a short cut style that is characterized by its even extension around the entire head, usually at the jawline. Although the most classic version is straight and without layers, other variants include asymmetries, bangs, layers, paraded, disheveled and lengths that go from the mini bob to the long bob cut (long bob ) . This range of possibilities makes it a versatile cut suitable for all types of faces and hair textures. How to choose a type of bob cut?
Stylists often consider the shape of the face, the texture of the hair and the commitment one wants to make since some cuts require more maintenance than others. It is also important to take lifestyle into account: there are certain types of bob cuts that do not allow collected hairstyles. How to choose the bob cut according to the shape of the face?
- Round face: the most flattering bob cut is the long bob, the longest since it visually creates a vertical line that breaks with roundness. The inverted bob cut can also be a good option. The angle of this style narrows the chin area. Long or side bangs are good companions.
- Square face: in this case, what many people look for is to soften the strong line of the jaw. Therefore, it is best to avoid straight cuts that extend to that area. The inverted bob, on the other hand, extends beyond the jawline and chin, creating an angle that balances the proportions of the features.
- Oval face: here the emphasis is on the length and not so much on the angle or style. Aim for a length below the chin. The classic, inverted or asymmetrical bob cut can work.
- Long Face: To even out the axis, professionals often recommend styles that help create a horizontal line, such as a layered, jaw-length bob or adding bangs.
- Heart-shaped face: to gain volume at chin level and on the sides, faded cuts are recommended. Visually light bangs are also a great option.
What is the long bob cut?
It is the longest variant of the bob cut, the one whose extension exceeds the jawline and touches the shoulders. It is the most recommended style for people with round faces.
The bob cut styles that we like the most
Purists will want to adopt the original version of the look: chin-length, non-layered, straight, and parted down the middle. If the tips were turned in, it would be even more classic.
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Bob cut with bangs
The bangs and the bob cut are wonderful. In this case, the extension is marked by the mandible. The bangs, just above the eyebrows. These lines create a square frame around the face, ideal for oval faces.
Inverted bob cut with bangs
The inverted bob is characterized by being shorter in the back and longer in the front, making it a more angular style with more dimension. She also added long bangs to the equation. With that copper hair bob cut hairstyles for black ladies it looks fantastic.
This is a version taken to the classic style but with waves. If your texture is 2A, 2B or 2C, this example can give you an idea of how it might look. Can we also talk about that purple hair with black roots growing out? We love! And it goes to show that the classic bob cut doesn’t have to be boring.
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The bob cut at its minimum length reaches just below the ears. Take it with straight bangs above the eyebrows to achieve a balance of proportions.
Side bob cut
This bob cut has all the characteristics of the most traditional. What sets it apart from this one is the side parting. The highlights give the look even more depth.
Concave bob cut
The rounded shape of the concave bob cut is achieved with a slight variation of the extension, almost imperceptible. This style pairs well with mini bangs or baby bangs. Would you cheer up?
The lob or long bob is the longest end of the bob cut, the one that touches the shoulders. This long version is the most recommended for women with round faces.
Asymmetric bob cut
As its name implies, the asymmetrical bob cut is the one that is longer on one side than on the other. It is a modern and sophisticated style that highlights the features. The only con is that it requires some maintenance to keep its shape.
Asymmetric long bob cut
The inverted or asymmetrical style can also be worn as a long bob. Such a marked line can harden the features a bit, which you can soften with a coloring technique such as ombré.
Bob cut with locks
Those who are in the dilemma between bangs or not bangs can try this intermediate option with short highlights in the front. This detail breaks a bit with the structure of the classic bob cut and gives it a fresher and more youthful air.
Two-length bob cut
This could also be considered an asymmetrical bob cut, as it breaks the mold with the two front strands at cheekbone height. The difference in lengths, in turn, is highlighted with the styling. The front locks combed inwards, the rest outwards.
Bob tips out
This look took us back to the 70s, with that open bangs or curtain fringe and those outward ends. Factors to which platinum blonde hair is added.
Bob cut with curlers
There is a basic premise to achieve the bob cut with curlers: opt for a dry haircut. This will allow you to see where each curl is going to fall and, thus, be able to give it the desired shape. She went for the full combo and added some curled bangs.
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Parade bob cut
The parade technique provides greater lightness to the look by refining the material in certain areas. In this case, the focus was placed on the ends. Hence, this bob cut looks like the first cousin of the shag or shaggy cut .
Bob with gradient waves
The gradient, on the other hand, is another cutting technique that subtly plays with the lengths of the locks to add volume to the look. That was the intention behind this textured wavy bob.
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Stepped Bob Haircut
This long bob plays with the extensions of the front strands to give a layered effect that is combed toward the face. This effect helps to remove visual weight from the look, given the length, the black color and the long bushy bangs.
Short bob cut with U-shaped bangs
This mini bob finds the ideal partner in a mini U-shaped bang. In this way, the rounded style of the cut is emphasized. In turn, the chocolate-colored hair contrasts with the skin tone to show off this look to the fullest.
Tousled bob cut
The disheveled bob cut is the one that, when cutting, removes a little hair in order to give it another texture and more movement. It works if you have thick hair and need some control.
Layered Bob Cut
The layers in the hair serve to give volume, create dimension and movement. In addition, they help to stylize the cut without much effort. In this case, the side bangs accentuate the effect.
Long layered bob cut
We already saw that the layers are a resource to give movement. It looks very textured on straight hair, but on curly hair it helps to shape and weigh down the curls, especially long bobs. This style is also known as the surf bob .
Long bob cut round face
The long bob cut is one of the most flattering for round faces. And, even better, if they are accompanied by long bangs, side bangs or, as in this example, with long open bangs.
Long bob cut with bangs
The longer version of the bob can be combined with mini bangs, full or torn, to frame the face and give the look character. With this lightweight set of extensions, the face becomes brighter and less rigid.
Asymmetric short bob cut
This style leaves the nape even clearer and creates an angle that falls forward, following the jawline. It is a very easy cut to style and maintain.
Layered short bob cut
The layers, regardless of the slightest difference in length between them, help to create volume. They are especially recommended for people with fine hair.
The shaved bob cut combines two great trends: the bob cut and the undercut. It consists of wearing a part of the hair shaved so that the hair remains of two well-differentiated extensions. It is very original and looks even better in updos. Add a different color like this platinum for the most explosive combo.