Easy to style, maintain and look after - the humble bob ticks every hairstyle box!
Bob hairstyles are having a bit of a moment and it’s easy to see why! Not only is it a really stylish cut that’s easy to style at home, but it’s also great for ALL ages! In fact a bob can really anti-age your look if you want to turn back the clock!
Bobs are a great haircut, especially for fine hair as adding choppy layers will make hair appear thicker. You can keep the ends of your hair blunt too for a thicker appearance, or lightly tong for instant movement which instantly gives the illusion of more volume. The tricks with bob haircuts are endless.
If you have a fuller face shape go for a slightly longer, layered bob hairstyle (called a Lob) so it flatters your jawline – everyone is doing it! From Amanda Holden to Reese Witherspoon, the Lob is the must-have cut of the season! It’s so easy to style as the shorter back and elongated front instantly creates a ‘style’ that you can blow-dry into place in minutes!
Or why not add a fringe? A fringe looks great with a bob haircut. Those with thick hair should certainly try this if they want to update their look easily.
And as for styling a bob, the prettiest way to jazz it up for a night out is by using straighteners or a wand to lightly tong the hair giving glamorous waves like Emma Stone below. Gorgeous!
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clark looks rather different out of character! We love her sophisticated long bob, with a few curls to soften the look.
Jennifer Lopez, 45, dazzles on the red carpet with this retro glamours bob and side-sweeping fringe.
If you’re going for a shorter length copy Jessica Alba and ask for a blunt cut, it’ll help fine hair look thicker in an instant. Wrap ends around some curling tongs and brush out for a sexy, tousled finish.
Myleene Klass is the latest celebrity to jump on the bob bandwagon and we can see why! Her caramel shade looks so much healthier with a clean, blunt finish and takes years off!
Cheryl recently swapped her long, flowing locks for this smooth and sleek shorter style. Take note and tuck one side behind ears to show off statement jewels.
50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson looks effortlessly chic with a centre-parted full fringe. Blast through some texture spray to add some extra volume in around ends.
Darcey Bussell’s smooth, sleek bob looks chic and sophisticated
We love that Helen Mirren has left a little natural texture in her hair to soften the fringe framing her face. This, combined with the rest of the bob smoothed back, highlights her cheekbones and works for her jaw line
Rachel Riley proves that you can still achieve fun, bouncy curls with short bob hair
Add a side fringe to your bob like Hollywood A-lister Rosamund Pike. Tuck half of your hair behind your ear to keep the look open and show off your eyes and cheekbones
Anne Hathaway softens her center parting with gentle, mussed up curls
X Factor’s Melanie B is the latest star to go for the chop this autumn! Style your fringe backwards to really open up your face and team with statement earrings for a killer look.
Michelle Dockery proves shorter lengths can still work an up ‘do! Leave your front sections loose and pin up the rest at the nape of your neck with a few kirby grips. Perfect for the party season and oh-so easy to try at home!
Make Sienna Miller your style muse and don’t shy away from a bob if you’ve always had long locks. Short lengths are everywhere this season because they’re easy to manage and can help take years off!
Rita Ora’s smooth and sleek bob wins extra style points! Adding a deep side parting is a great way to flatter a round face shape and avoid your hair falling flat against your face. Switch your parting around to mix things up too!
We love January Jones’ textured long bob that’s teamed with a long fringe. This style is perfect if you have medium-thick hair as subtle layers work wonders at removing some of the extra weight.
Copy Emma Stone and tuck one side of your hair behind your ears – it will really open up your face and looks feminine. Ditch the straighteners and embrace your natural texture too – it’ll save time in the morning!
Jennifer Lawrence’s bouncy waves ooze glamour. This style is great if your hair is naturally curly as shorter layers create more volume!
Victoria Secret’s model Jourdan Dunn looks modern and fresh with her blunt bob. For a relaxed finish, use a curling tong on the front sections of your hair, wrapping hair loosely to create a soft tousle. Wait for it to cool and then brush out with your fingers.
We love Emma Stone’s shorter length that frames her face perfectly. Add some shine spray after blow drying for an extra glossy finish!
Our favourite boho star has hit another style high, this time with her shorter crop. Longer strands around the front help frame her face. We approve!
If you want a style update then copy Michelle Dockery’s boho, textured look! It’s a great update from her usual smooth and sleek finish that looks great with understated and nude make-up.
Kristen Wiig’s long side fringe is a great way to update your bob! Ask your hairdresser to trim a section that finishes at chin level, then swish across your face and blast with some hairspray! We love.
Rita Ora ups the glam factor with her seriously sleek cut. A deep side parting can work wonders to open up your face.
Nicole Richie’s bright blue shade is not one for the faint hearted. If you’re not as brave as her, get a rinse put through in a lighter tone.
January Jones proves bobs can still look great in an updo. The key is to keep things loose and textured with a few loose strands around the front for a relaxed style that’s oh so easy to try at home.
Helen Mirren’s super smooth graduated bob takes years off! Team with statement earrings for extra style points.
If you want to roadtest a bob but haven’t gone for the chop yet, take note from Gwen Stefani and add some big, bouncy retro curls in to see how the length looks on you! We approve.
Jennifer Lawrence wows as usual with tousled waves that are great for adding in some extra volume!
Fake a shorter length like Michelle Williams and plait your fringe backwards towards the crown of your head. Pin down the other sides with kirby grips for an on trend look that looks super stylish and effortless.
Shorter lengths can still have movement! Curl large sections with some tongs then brush out to add body and bounce. We love Dannii Minogue’s relaxed and classic hairstyle that’s perfect for day or night!
Michelle Williams always looks flawless on the red carpet. A smooth finish is simple, chic and will look great whatever your age.
Take cue from Fearne Cotton and accentuate your features and cheekbones with a pretty updo that shows off your neckline. It’s all about the volume here so use plenty of hairspray and remember to always backcomb!
Thought bobs were dull? Mix yours up with a new hair colour! OK so Kelly Osbourne’s purple shade isn’t for the faint hearted but you could always just ditch the dye and get a bluntly cut fringe in instead! It works for her!
Rita Ora keeps things youthful with some va va voom! If you have fine hair, a deep side parting can help give you some extra height like this. Volumising dusts and powders should be your product go-to.
If you want to fake a shorter style take note from Emma Watson and tuck ends under at the nape of your neck! Keep make-up and accessories simple and this elegant look will immediately open up your face.
Kristen Wiig gets this classic style spot on. A length that sits just above the jawline can work wonders to help frame your face. Blunt ends also help to keep things modern, just visit your hairdresser for a trim every six to eight weeks to stop them going straggly.
Big Brother host Emma Willis proves how versatile bobs can be! If you have a fringe, keep it tousled and loose around the front and pin the rest back.
Queen of the bobs Jennifer Lawrence keeps things smooth and sleek with a slight asymmetric cut. Nothing too drastic or scary but and instant update all the same!
Charlize Theron’s been growing out her short crop into this slightly longer and feminine bob. This finish is classy and elegant – just add a flash of red lippie and you’re ready to go.
Coco Rocha’s waves are shiny enough to blind someone! Her 20s style bob hairstyle is pure retro glam.
Sarah Harding’s platinum blonde bob looks extremely sophisticated.
Grab your volumising hairspray to recreate Vicky McClure’s full bob.
Put your straighteners away embrace your natural curls like Felicity Jones. A fringe looks great with this hairstyle.
Ruth Wilson’s curly bob really shows off her strong jaw line and is full of volume.
“I’m always having to be told to brush my hair”, says Lena Dunham. The actress keeps it simple with a low-maintenance tousled bob.
You’ll need straighteners and some smoothing serum to recreate Marion Cotillard’s sleek hairstyle.
We love the beachy waves in Emma Roberts’ gorgeous blonde bob. Invest in a sea salt spray to achieve this look – Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray is ideal.
Jessie J’s black bob is a really strong look. We wouldn’t recommend cutting your fringe any shorter than this though.
Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera’s long bob frames her face perfectly with light flicks through the ends.
Evan Rachel Wood creates a decadent Hollywood glamour look by adding curls to her bob hairstyle. Don’t forget your red lippie.
This Katy Perry style bob is extremely cute, especially with the addition of a hair bow.
Taylor Swift cut off her long locks in favour of this demure bob. The gentle waves give it a retro feel while still keeping it youthful.
We’re very envious of Christina Hendricks’ curly bob. Curls are anti-ageing and an easy way to take years off your face.
Jessica Wright gives us all a lesson in how to achieve a voluminous bouncy bob – we’d expect nothing less from The Only Way is Essex girl.
Taylor Schilling’s long bob always looks great and is really easy to look after.
Fearne Cotton’s bob has plenty of va va voom! Copy Fearne’s look with heated hair rollers and some gentle backcombing.
Add depth to your bob by going for a dip-dye next time you get your hair coloured, like Vanessa Hudgens.
If you’re not daring enough to go for a chin-length bob, try a slightly longer style like Lily Collins. It looks great with a centre parting.
Every time we see Kelly Osbourne on the red carpet, we’re tempted to get a purple rinse. Kelly O keeps the ends of her hair looking textured.
Elizabeth Moss’ chin-length bob is extremely flattering for her face shape. To get this look use a curling tong and comb through to loosen the curls. No curling tong? Use a small amount of scrunching jelly to add some waves.
Dame Helen Mirren never falters with her red carpet hair. Is it time you added a side fringe?
Paula Patton’s Golden Globes 2014 dress received plenty of criticism, but she got her hair spot on. Slicked back hair is a big trend this season and works with all hair lengths, especially the bob.
American model, Alyssa Miller chooses a smooth sleek bob to make her hair look thick and glossy. The blunt ends show off her pretty heart shaped jawline too.
Aubrey Plaza’s bob flicks in at the ends to perfectly frame her face. Note the natural-looking highlights running through her hair.
A side sweeping fringe and voluptuous waves through the ends gives Amanda Holden’s long bob an injection of glamour.
Block colours paired with a bob looks sharp and sophisticated. Elizabeth Moss’s deep auburn shade makes her blue eyes pop!
Hayden Panettiere adds volume to her hairdo by slicking it back with plenty of hairspray. This look really shows off her face.
Reese Witherspoon’s sleek bob is simple and chic. We love the way the actress has kept her hairdo longer on one side.
A bob with flicked out ends like January Jones’ is great for accentuating and slimming your neckline while tucking your hair behind your ears is feminine and flirty.
Karlie Kloss gives her bob a retro feel with a heavy fringe and flicked out and under ends.
If you’ve got fine hair like Kelly Ripa, go for a graduated bob that you can leave tousled and textured through the ends – it will make your hair look thicker in a flash.
Lobs are perfect if you’re growing out your fringe like Nicole Richie. Get the ends gently feathered so it sits seamlessly with the rest of your style.
Michelle Dockery always looks flawless. Her layered bob is full of volume. Lady Mary Crawley would be very proud.
We love Rita Orla’s stylish bob! The blunt finish looks fab.
Kirsten Dunst glams up her bob hair by styling it to one side.
Add a soft fringe like Mia Wasikowska to give your hair an instant update.
Michelle Dockery has brushed her bob under for a glamorous evening look.
We love Michelle Obama’s wavy long bob.
Strictly star Rachel Riley looks fab with a jaw-length bob that frames her face.
Naomi Watts has nailed that natural body and movement every woman wants in their bob. Recreate it with a slightly off centre parting and subtle shorter layers at the front.
Neve Campbell’s graduated centre parted bob frames her face perfectly, lengthening her neck and showing off her jawline. We love her subtle dip dyed ends too.
The best way to get volume in a bob is to boost it with masses of curls, just like Teri Hatcher.
Jenni Falconer’s smooth and glossy bob is perfect for showing off her lovely blonde hair colour. The jawlength cut really suits her face shape too.
It might be for a film role but we did a double take when Jennifer Aniston stepped out with her bob length hair and fringe! We wonder if she’ll go for the chop sometime soon!
Actress Rosamund Pike shows off her fashionable deep side parting with this smoothed tucked-under bob. See, it doesn’t have to look severe!
Michelle Dockery looks super glam with her gently waved asymmetric bob that sits against her neck for a super sexy finish.
Adding a bend to your bobbed hairstyle like Elizabeth McGovern will give it an instant update and is a brilliant day to night look.
American popstar, Eve, adds some texture through her bob with lots of layers and a side sweeping fringe that balances and breaks up her rounder face shape.
For a relaxed everyday look, copy Corrie star, Sally Dynevor and add a wispy fringe then tuck your hair behind your ears. Easy!
Try curling and flicking the ends of your bob like Camilla Belle for a great evening look.
Slick your bob back like Julianne Hough for a stunning summery style.
We love Milla Jovovich’s soft curly bob and fringe combination – very sophisticated.
Alexa Chung’s short choppy cut looks youthful and fresh.
Edith Bowman gives her bob instant style with really blunt ends.
Perfect for fine hair we love Emily Blunt’s simple, chic cut.
Keri Russell proves you can have curly hair and a bob haircut!
Give your bob volume at the ends with tongs and hairspray like Reese Whitherspoon.
Use straighteners to get this sleek style like Milla Jovovich. It’s ideal for day and night!
Transform your bob from day to night like Kym Marsh has with lots of corkscrew curls.
Naomi Watts’ new wavy blonde bob is ageless and face flattering. We like!
We love January Jone’s half-up half-down quiffed style. She proves bobs don’t have to be boring.
Arizona Muse’s simple, chic bob is definitely worth copying. The straight cut and blunt ends will take minimal styling effort.
Anna Wintour’s glossy bob and fringe combination make for a signature style. If it’s worked for Anna…
Cyndi Lauper has gone for a graduated bob – it’s the perfect way to flatter and slim a heavy jawline.
Leigh Lezark’s side-sweeping fringe and soft waves creates an on-trend 1950s style.
Rose McGown’s blonde bob and slick curls create a glam look, perfect for a night out.
Karlie Kloss’ choppy fringed bob has already been described as the haircut of the year by American Vogue and we couldn’t agree more!
This blunt fringe and choppy bob by Kaizo is the ideal look for women of all ages. Wear it straight or tousled.
Mena Suvari’s bouncy bob and parted fringe is hot, hot hot!
Katie Holmes’ slick bob may be from yesteryear but it’s never gone out of fashion.
Blunt fringes and bobs don’t always have to be worn sleek and smooth – we love Dawn Porter’s roughed up style – it keeps it young and fresh.
Damages star, Jenna Elfman sweeps her bob into a deep side parting and adds voluptuos waves for a retro twist.
Kim Cattrall roughly waves her bob for a textured, low-key finish.
Alesha Dixon is bringing back the graduated Pob with this slick, stylish new look.
We love Charlize Theron’s short wavy bob – so chic!
We love this pink short bob styled by Headmasters. The heavy side-sweeping fringe would suit oval face shapes.
Textured looks always work well on blonde hair as January Jones demos with her choppy bob.
Try a wavy bob and fringe combination like Katie Holmes did a few years ago – it’s face flattering and anti-ageing.
If you want to update your bob then try this angled cut and fringe combination from hairdresser Barrie Stephens.
Go for a subtle asymmetrical cut like Eva Longoria, it’s really sophisticated.
Jessica Alba proves that a straight graduated bob and fringe is fun and stylish for spring.
Jessie J changes her whole look with this grown-up, all-one-length blunt bob.
Dianna Agron’s bob hairstyle looks really stylish thanks the side-sweeping fringe and loose wave
We love Teri Hatcher’s wavy, brunette bob. The soft finish is really flattering.
Katy Perry’s blunt, sleek bob will suit women of all ages
Milla Jovovich’s neatly quiffed bob with loose Marcel waves screams old school Hollywood – we love it!
Cameron Diaz proves that fine hair can look fantastic styled into a short chin-length bob
Amanda Holden’s bob is full of body and bounce while the soft side sweeping fringe really flatters her face shape.
Mad Men star, January Jones takes inpiration from her character with this tongued asymmetric bob that’s shiny and glamorous.
Choppy jaw-length bob by Ken Picton
Retro hairstyles don’t have to be saved for the red carpet as Katherine Heigl proves with this soft kiss-curled cut.
Keira Knightley keeps her graduated bob an inch below her chin and adds a subtle side parting to stop her face looking too round.
Helen Mirren adds a natural wave to her bobbed hair, giving it a playful texture that knocks years off her look.
By adding a chunky fringe, Kate Garraway’s face-framing bob is smooth, sleek and sexy!
We love this short blunt, red bob from Aveda. Great for breathing new life into your old cut!
Pastel pink highlighted bob by Aveda
Sleek smooth bob by Schwarzkopf Professional
Copper red bowl bob by Indola
Voluminous retro style bob by Toni&Guy