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31 Short Bob Hairstyles to Inspire Your Next Look

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The short bob hairstyle is such a classic look and one that always comes back into fashion. For the summer of 2016, everyone seems to be going for the chop from Demi Lovato and her chocolate-brown sleek and shaped bob to Jemima Khan’s long and lazy lob – long bob. With more and more ways to wear this short style, and easier ways of growing the look out too once you want long hair again, there has never before been a better time to go for the chop and in case you needed a little more inspiration… Here are 31 short bob hairstyles to inspire your next look:

1. Inverted Bob Cut + Blonde Ombre

Just because you don’t have length on your side doesn’t mean you can’t play around with color and different tones and shades of color in your hair.

Short Blonde Ombre Bob Haircut

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We love this look – the bob cut with blonde ombre, two looks that are very much on-trend right now and are set to continue right through the seasons.

2. Short A Line Bob + Blonde Balayage Highlights

Slightly more structured, this short A-line bob has been accentuated wonderfully with blonde balayage highlights, adding depth and dimension to a look that might otherwise come across quite flat and lifeless.

Short A Line Bob with Blonde Highlights

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The balayage / ombre look is very much in-demand right now so this look is another that will make a statement for all the right reasons.

3. Messy Bob Hairstyle

For the girls that don’t want structured locks, or just want a way to wear their smart and sleek bob slightly dressier and edgier from time to time, this messy bob hairstyle is super awesome.

Short Curly Bob Hairstyle

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Use a curling wand to add those beautiful wide ringlets, and tease them out with your fingers. Heated rollers can be used to add some oomph at the roots if that’s your problem area, and some hairspray will keep the look in check. Remember, you don’t have the weight of long hair so the curls won’t fall out as quickly! Bonus!

4. Ash Blonde Slicked Back Bob

Still the simple bob but this time, worn slightly differently. The 80’s trends are coming back and just one of them was wet-looked slicked-back hair.

Short Ash Blonde Slicked Back Bob Hairstyle

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If that’s a little too much for you, keep things relatively simple with this look – the ash blonde slicked back bob. Simply use a comb and some wet-look gel (as much as you’re brave enough to use) to comb the hair back away from your face and back towards the nape of the neck, behind the ears. It’s a simple look and one that packs an impact, but definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted.

5. Curly, Burgundy Bob Hairstyle

Who wants subtle hair when you could have a stunning look like this one – a curly, burgundy bob hairstyle that is sassy for all the right reasons!

Short Curly Burgundy Bob Hairstyle

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That red color is absolutely beautiful and works well with her amazing makeup skills, plus those curls add a little something extra to the mix, offering a great way to liven up your short hair for a big date or occasion.

6. Asymmetrical Bob

If you have a round faced, a bob and, in fact, short hair in general can be very difficult to wear. There’s always the worry that the cut will make your face look rounder which, when you’re worried about it to begin with, is not a good thing.

Short Asymmetrical Bob Hairstyle for Black Women

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One way to counteract that round concern with short hair is to go for an asymmetrical style which helps to balance things out. The focal point won’t be in the centre of your head as it would be with a centre parting, and the off-centre location will help to offset the roundness of your face. It’s a very clever trick!

7. Textured Short Bob Cut

When all else fails, just add some texture. It helps to liven up any look as you can see form this graduated bob, longer at the front and shorter at the back, tousled with some mousse, some waves added with a curling wand, and a slightly off-centre parting thrown into the mix.

Textured Short Bob Haircut for Thick Hair

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It would need just about ten minutes to perfect this look at home and in order to get that big volume you want, try blow-drying your hair upside down.

8. Cute & Wavy Short Bob

If you have a square face, layers are your best friend with short bob hairstyles, especially cute and flicked out curls that start around the jaw line and beneath that.

Wavy Short Bob Haircut

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If you have a one-length cut with a square face, you’ll make it appear squarer still and you may find that the bob look just won’t suit you. Opt for something lighter and feathered rather than sharp and sleek and you’ll have about the right idea.

9. Messy Blunt Bob

This look is very Kim Kardashian-esque and there’s a good reason for that – it’s bang on trend. Most of the Kardashian sisters have rocked the messy bob like this at some point, blonde, brunette and in the case of Kylie Jenner, even pastel shades too.

Messy Short Blunt Bob Hairstyle

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Opt for a blunt cut that falls just below the chin and have some choppier layers thrown to add texture and bulk. When you’re styling it, try using a textured wax to get that mussed up look.

10. Blonde Bob with Layers

If you’re a slightly older woman, a harsh bob can be too much for your delicate facial features and ideally you want a look that will soften your face rather than the opposite.

Short Blonde Hairstyle with Layers

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One way to get this with short bob hairstyles is to go for a bob with layers and in this case, a beautiful blonde bob with layers that will easily grow out to ombre mid-length hair with minimal maintenance.

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1 Comment

  1. Jane

    August 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Loving these short bobs! Number 8 is my favourite!

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