For example, if you have a round face shape Cabbott says that having a bob can help elongate your features. If you have an oval face, however, Dan Williams, expert hairstylist and colorist, recommends a chin-length, blunt bob with waves. “You’re really going to want to accentuate the texture and pull the hair out a bit to complement someone’s elongated jaw,” he says.
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For heart-shaped faces, which is defined as a broad forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin, you might want to consider short bob haircuts that flips outward at the jaw. “What works best is a bob or lob-length cut that opens up the area around your narrow jawline,” says Michelle Cleveland, master color expert and owner of Hair Addict Salon. ”Avoid short haircuts that close in the chin, such as a graduated bob.”
If you have a square or rectangle face, however, celebrity hairstylist Glenn Ellis recommends a shoulder-length French bob or lob with blunt bangs. “People who have squarer faces tend to be recommended shorter cuts since longer ones can accentuate the length rather than complement it,” he says.
How to maintain a bob haircut
Finally, there’s bob haircut maintenance: Is it really as much upkeep as it seems like? Depending on your long-term hair plans, like if you’re planning to grow your hair out, you might not need to do any more than regular trims. But if you want to keep your hair at a consistent length, then there is definitely upkeep for your bob style.
“Having a bob requires some maintenance,” celebrity hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos reiterates. “This means getting regular haircuts and/or dusting off your ends every four to six weeks to keep the look fresh.” That doesn’t mean it’s an over-all “high maintenance” style, though. “Your hair is already cut into the style, so you have to do is wash, blow-dry, and style as desired,” he says.
Feeling inspired? From trendy cuts to tried and true classics, see 60 bob haircut ideas ahead.