To bob or not to bob? That’s the question we’re all asking ourselves as the weather heats up. There’s something refreshing about leaving our long layers behind and embracing a shoulder-grazing, blunt bob. You might think there’s no variety left once you go for the big chop, but contrary to popular belief, there’s a world of short bob hairstyles out there to give your look that little extra sass. Needless to say, for your look to be a chic bob and not a mum bob, be sure to visit a professional hairdresser to get the big chop. Cue our top 11 bob haircuts for summer.
Kicking things off, the Geometric bob was created by Mr Vidal Sassoon himself and showed his style and taste for strong shapes and lines.
This is the bob style that normally comes to mind when you’re considering the chop. The straight, smooth bob is a timeless classic that won’t outdate. To achieve this style, you need a blunt, above the shoulder bob, with no layers. Do regular treatments, as the condition of your hair is the focus here. Straighten with the Digital Sensor Straightener, then finish off with a shine spray. If it’s good enough for the Kardashians…
Worn by: Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Miranda Kerr.
The long bob is a controversial one, with some loving the trend and some saying it’s passed. We’re still for it and think it’s the perfect style for those long-haired girls that are indecisive. Get your locks cut bluntly below your shoulders, then style with the Diamond Luxe Straightening Brush to get a clean finish. If you dare, you can always go shorter, or easily grow it out if it’s not for you.
If you’re not sure if this style suits you look for celebrities with a similar face shape to you to see what’ll work for you.
Worn by: Ariana Grande, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Pump up the sexiness and volume with the help of the Digital Sensor Hot Air Styler, no hairdryer needed with this bad boy, great for those Friday drinks when air con leaves your hair flat as a pancake. It’s also a great look to try if you feel your bob is feeling a little flat! Take it from our icon Gigi below, the voluminous bob is a great look to try!
Worn by: Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift.
Victoria Beckham is infamous for starting this style, now it’s having another moment in fashion circles again. The key to keeping it fashion forward is to ask your hairdresser for an inverted bob, then blow dry with the Digital Sensor Hairdryer and a round brush. This will ensure a sleek and straight finish.
Worn by: Mila Kunis, Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley.
We personally think Margot Robbie can do no wrong, so we’re more than happy to follow her straight into this hair trend. Ask your hairdresser for a long side fringe, then style with a deep side part. Finish with glam waves starting halfway down your hair with Salon Curls. Don’t forget to finish the look with some hairspray to hold your style in place all day.
Worn by: Margot Robbie, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett.
For this look, you want a choppy style, finished with the Big Hair Soft Curls before bed. In the morning, run your hands through to get rid of any tangles and loosen. If you want to really give this look a messy choppy feel, take some matte pomade between your hands (a 5cent size amount will do). Then run this through the ends to give you a piece-y look.
Worn by: Hailey Baldwin, Sienna Miller, Clémence Poésy.
If you dare, go for a bold makeover with the ear skimming short bob, as favoured by Jesinta Franklin. It’s not for the faint-hearted, so make sure you’re going to commit before making the chop. To make your decision, look for celebrities who have a similar style to you.
Psst! How gorgeous is her rose gold hair? It’s one of the hottest trends this summer too.
Worn by: Jesinta Franklin, Emma Watson, Selena Gomez.
This style is all about the attitude. Ask your hairdresser for a chin length, choppy bob, then rough dry it with a hair dryer so that it’s not too straight. Complete with a slightly off centre part. Favoured by It girls like Alexa Chung and Rita Ora, it’s a style that’ll always be on-point.
Worn by: Rita Ora, Michelle Williams, Alexa Chung.
If you’ve done the bob look already and are looking for something more unique, you can always cut a fringe. This is a retro look, that brings the focus to your eyes. You can opt for a straight or wavy look here, but we like the messy look with a fringe, as it’s easier to wear and tends to be more flattering and less harsh. Get the look by using the Diamond Waves Spiral Curling Wand in large sections, then use your hands to loosen for an imperfect look.
PRO TIP: When you’re curling your hair, don’t hold the tong in your hair for too long, as you don’t want it super curly.
Image by: Kal Loftus on Unsplash
Worn by: Zooey Deschanel, Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone.
The mermaid inspired, coloured hair trend is still hot. To dip your toes in gently, go for a coloured hair chalk or spray the ends of your hair in pink, lilac or amber tones. For a bold look, go for a semi-permanent in an all-over block colour. Do your research and find a colourist that knows how to dye your hair type. It’s always good to make sure you go on the safe side when it comes to going lighter to prevent long-term damage to your locks.
Worn by: Hilary Duff, Nicki Minaj, Jamie King.
Try the Smooth & Wave styler for an updated look on all of the above, this will add a glam finish to any length bob. Start by sectioning the hair in easy to curl sections. Feed your hair through the styler and let the curl cool. For a messy look run only your fingers through your hair to give it an effortless wavy bob feel!
Worn by: Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Kristin Wiig.
Which bob style was your favourite? It was so hard for us to pick! If you’re brave enough to make the cut, we have a range of high-quality stylers, dryers and straighteners that help you style your new do at home! Then find out where your nearest stockist is to get yourself one!
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Love your style, from the VS Sassoon team x