The Short Bob: What to Consider Before Taking the Plunge

Short bobs are all the rage again. We love this adorable style that cuts so much time off your styling routine and makes a bold statement for a new clean look. That said, not everyone is meant for a short bob. Between face shape, hair texture and lifestyle, there are plenty of considerations before jumping on the trend. Part of the job of a great stylist is to remind our incredible clients which styles are amazing or not-so-perfect for their unique needs. We have broken down the key things you need to consider if you are wondering if a short bob is right for you. 

Face shape

The short bob works well for many face shapes, but some shapes are better suited than others. If you have an oval face, you're in luck! The short bob will look great on you, accenting your cheekbones and shaping your face. If you have a round face, a bob with some layers and volume at the crown will help to elongate your face. And for those with a square face, a bob with side-swept bangs can help to soften the angles of your face. If you’re not sure a bob will suit you, chat with your stylist. Most cuts can be customized to fit your face shape.

Hair type
Your hair type is probably the biggest determining factor when it comes to a short bob. If you have thick, curly or wavy hair, you are going to need to be fully prepared for extra bounce and volume. Some people adore the added curls and are happy to style accordingly but when summer and excess humidity roll around, being ready with the right products is a necessity.

Those with especially fine hair need some extra layering to help them achieve a short bob that doesn’t make their hair look even thinner. Adding some layers to give your hair more volume will help to create a fuller effect for those without ample volume. 


Depending on your hair type, a short bob can require a bit more maintenance. High buns are suddenly out the window and regular trims become a part of your monthly routine. If you already style your hair regularly, the lack of length can easily cut your morning prep routine in half. But if you are accustomed to an easy pony or the ease of curls being weighed down by lengthy hair, you may want to reconsider a short bob. 


Depending on the style you are looking for, you’ll need a cut to match. A short bob can be messy and edgy, sleek and straight, layered and voluminous. Talking to your stylist about the ways that you would like to be able to do your hair is key to achieving the short bob you've been dreaming of. 

Depending on your current style, you may need a total product overhaul. Short bobs require much lighter styling products and, often less definition than a longer look. 

For more volume:
Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity

Kevin Murphy Body Builder Mousse

AG Cloud Volumizing Mousse

For tighter curls:
Kevin Murphy Killer Curls

AG Curl Fresh Definer


Now that you know all that you need to know about getting a bob that works for you and your busy lifestyle, our stylists are ready for you. As we come into the spring and summer months it is an especially fun and stylish haircut. Visit us to find out more about how to make your hairstyle dreams come true. 

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