The bob is back, and it’s had a modern update. We’ve spied myriad style setters flaunting perfectly tousled cuts all over Pinterest, and so far removed are they from the ‘mumsy’ bobs of old that we’re sorely tempted to lose a few more inches ourselves.
In perfect timing for spring, this choppy, undone and uber-nonchalant short ‘do has overtaken long locks as the hairstyle of choice right now (the A-list included), so if you’re tempted to go for the chop, read on for tips from the pros on how to manage and maintain shorter styles…
A bob can be tricky to pull off. Who does it suit?
“An oval face is the best for a bob haircut. Those who have a sharper face shape (so square, diamond or triangle) should try this hair cut as a long layered bob.” – Joanne Williamson – Director of Styling and Education at aer Blow-Dry Bar
Who does it well?
“I love Alexa Chung's messy, choppy effortless bob and Gemma Arterton for her sleeker straight bob with a fuller, thicker fringe.” – Joanne Williamson
“Someone who really does the bob well is Jourdan Dunn. It's very chic.” – Sam Burnett, owner of Hare & Bone
What should we ask the stylist for?
“A length and line that will suit your face shape and highlight your best features. Ask them to consider the movement and density of your hair; this will determine if A-line, layers or graduation would work best.” – Sam Burnett
"Be honest with your stylist about your lifestyle, how you wear your hair and what you’re hoping to achieve so you don't come out with something you can't handle at home." – Errol Douglas, owner of Errol Douglas Salon
Alexa messy or Anna Wintour-style smooth?
“It completely depends on the person. I would probably go for the messy look for the day and in the evening go for the sleek look. If you have a full fringe, it looks really glamorous.” – Joanne Williamson
"Flat and straight bobs have one option for styling whereas messy styles allow you to create different looks. Messy is more contemporary and can take you into a different mood." – Errol Douglas
How can you make it modern?
“Go ombré – it adds a modern edge to the hair by just highlighting the ends and creating a sun-kissed look.” – Joanne Williamson
What products are bob must-haves?
“A dry texture spray like Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray by Oribe will keep your bob maintained.” – Joanne Williamson
Always use a good shampoo and conditioner to get the hair prepared – I recommend the Kérastase Bain Fluidealiste, Fondant Fluidealiste and a good smoothing and taming cream like any of the Thermique's from Kérastase – they’re anti-frizz and anti-humidity, giving you the perfect finish with glass-like shine.” – Sam Burnett