If you’ve been asking yourself how to style a bob, this article is for you. The Bob is one of those timeless hairstyles that never seems to go out of fashion. It is very low maintenance and can look effortlessly chic without any styling.
There are a hundred ways to style them that you probably aren’t aware of. So here’s a compiled list of 15 unique ways to style your bob haircut.
How to Style a Bob?
1. Wispy Bangs
Adding wispy bangs to a bob haircut gives it texture and this romantic feel. Bonus points if your bob has a few layers to it.
This look has been seen on several celebrities including supermodel Naomi Campbell for its notable chic element.
You can straighten it, or even bring out your curling iron to spice it up a little, and the dimension it creates will surely put you in awe.
This can suit both thin, fine hair or even the thick-haired gurlies so do not be afraid to give it a go.
Accessories are a great way to add fun to your hair without adding heat, and there are a million ways to wear them!
You can add statement rhinestone bobby pins, switch it up with a barette or two, add bows and ribbons, and if you’re feeling a little fancy, add a tiara or crown because why not?
The best part is, that accessories can work any hair type whether you have sleek straight hair or big kinky curls, thin hair or thick voluminous hair, or even long hair and short hair bob.
3. The Wet-Slicked-Back Look
Grab your big box of hair gel for this next one. Because trust me, you’re going to need a lot of it. But it is going to be worth every penny!
The iconic wet-slicked-back look is known for being sexy and sleek, and this look is very easy to achieve if you have a bob.
This style is an easy way to try something new especially if you’re getting tired of your bob haircut because the end result doesn’t look like a bob at all.
This damp hair look is suitable for both long and short bobs, so dip your hands into the gel and get styling!
4. Italian Bob
When you’re getting your next bob haircut, make sure to ask your stylist for an Italian bob. This type of bob haircut is longer, has a few layers, and is more rugged at the top. These elements add more volume and make it unique compared to the classic bob.
The best part is that it is very versatile when it comes to styling, you can decide whether or not to add fringes, or just brush out your hair and call it a day for a messy bedhead look, but it is most commonly seen with a deep side part which is very elegant and fresh.
This hairstyle is very suitable for fine hair and also extremely easy to maintain or grow out.
5. Dip-Dye Tips
If you want a more bolder style for your bob, dip-dye tips may just be your thing. A pop of colour at the ends of your hair strands will give life to your hair and can be very eye-catching.
Not only does this look good on straight hair, but it is also good if you want to show off the natural texture of your hair, be it wavy or locks of kinky curls.
This style screams “cool girl” and a colourful dip-dye can suit the ones with an eccentric style but going for neutral or natural dip-dyes can also be a great formal option.
If you want to know an easier way to style a bob, just wrap it in a headscarf! It is easy and adds body to your hair, all while making your locks look effortless.
There are numerous ways to wear a headscarf on your hair, but one easy and popular way is to tie it like a headband.
After you blow dry, start from the base of your head and tie it on top. And for a finishing touch, pull out a few strands of hair to give it more body and you can choose whether to style it straight with your flat iron or curl it with your curling iron.
7. Deep Side Part Bob
A simple but chic look, the deep side part is a classic, iconic way to style your bob. You might want to grab your curling iron again for this one.
This haircut is very close to resembling old Hollywood beauty like Marilyn Monroe. Curl your hair, and use plenty of hairspray to hold the shape.
This look can also be worn straight, for a more neat look. The deep side part works irrelevant of the length of your hair.
8. Baby Bangs
Although an unconventional option, baby bangs work very well with the short hair bob so if you are planning to get a big chop, this is a styling you can keep in your mind.
This cut looks good even if you have finer hair, and has a very sophisticated French fashion vibe.
The perfect way to wear is to iron it with a flat iron and add texture to the bangs. You can also go the extra mile by spraying dry shampoo so the styling looks fresh all day.
9. Space Buns
Suited best for the longer bob cut ideally with thick hair, this hairstyle is easy to achieve.
After you are done blow drying, divide your hair from the middle and create a bun on each half of the head, preferably on the top.
The buns can even be a half up, and you can nail this look further by adding a fringe or pulling the buns a little to increase the volume.
10. Asymmetrical Bobs
If you want a classic bob haircut but also want something different, ask your stylist for an asymmetrical bob. Being versatile, this can suit both straight and curly hair.
If you don’t have time every morning to use styling tools, opt for this style. And you can wear your natural hair texture in the most elegant, effortless way. It adds a punch while still being classy and stylish
11. Flipped out
The flipped-out bob is one of the hairstyles that is super easy to style. This style was rocked by many movie characters including Amelie from the French movie Amelie.
Take a heated round brush, and brush it downwards from the top of your head, on dry hair, and when you’re almost at the end of your hair length, flip in at the ends to create a flicked-out wave.
This can also be created with a flat iron if you don’t have a heated round brush. The result is a cool, retro hairstyle.
12. Curly Bob
The bob is an amazing haircut to show off your natural curls. But also don’t fret if you do not have naturally curly hair, there is a simple fix.
With some heat and styling, you can create the curly bob look, and finish it off with hairspray to hold the style.
This style doesn’t have many rules and looks good on short and long hair alike, with or without fringes.
13. Half Bun Bob
Another easy way to style a bob and for the longer length bob, is to do a half bun up do. Simply divide your hair into two from behind and tie the top half in a bun.
This kind of styling is perfect for wavy hair, allowing you to showcase the natural texture and layers of wavy locks.
This is also one of the styles that are perfect for the ones who want heat-free styling.
14. Side Shave
A bolder choice of styling, only try this style in the hands of a professional stylist. Most suited for sleek and straight hair, this style is perfect to do hair flips in.
Show off your side shave by flipping the rest of your hair onto the other side which creates an asymmetrical shape.
What makes this style stand out is that now whenever you turn your head, it creates a cute hair flip.
15. Braided Bob
Whether it be a simple side braid or a head full of layers of braids, braids are a great way to style a bob. It can work on any type of hair, long or short, straight, wavy, curly, or kinky.
Dutch braids are very popularly used on bobs, as they are suited for hair on the shorter end.
If you’re going for a head full of braids, you can accessorize the ends with rings and other jewels for a more statement look.
At first glance, the bob haircut may look like there isn’t much to do to style it. But after exploring and experimenting, you can discover that there are different ways to style a bob. And you can always add a little bit of jazz to your hair with some simple styling.
Feel free to try out your own styles and try out our own and let everyone admire your bob beauty! Once it grows out, you can check out how to style your still-short hair here