Short Bob Hairstyles for Different Hair Types: Find the Perfect Cut for You

October 23, 2023

Gone are the days when a bob was just a simple, one-size-fits-all cut. Whether your client is aiming for a chic and polished look or a carefree and tousled vibe, there’s a short bob hairstyle to suit everyone! Still not convinced? Then read on!



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Una publicación compartida por Steven Smart (@smartest73)

Understanding the Versatility of a Short Bob Hairstyle

Inverted, blunt, stacked, wavy, straight, tousled, asymmetrical, and even shaved! The bob, which is a cut that sits anywhere from the ears to above the shoulders, is certainly a versatile style (if a little limited in the length department). It’s no wonder that the classic bob has been a staple haircut for many years but it’s never really been seen as particularly edgy or cool has it? Well the new super short take on this usually more sophisticated and elegant look is making it a must have look! The best part is that the short bob hairstyle trend can suit everyone.

Classic Short Bob: Timeless Elegance for All Hair Types

Whether your client has straight, textured, wavy, or curly hair, the classic short bob hairstyle can be customized to suit all hair types and accentuate different textures.

For clients with fine hair, the classic short bob can work wonders. Strategic layering can create the illusion of volume and movement. Thicker hair can be textured with point cutting and by adding hidden undercut panels near the nape or sides to help manage and control the density. Curly hair can be brought to life with layers and dry cutting that will encourage bounce and movement. Finally, the straighter lines and precise cut make it a perfect match for straighter hair types.


Whatever the  hair type, these basics will help you achieve the perfect short bob hairstyle.

  • Consultation is key: Talk to your client and assess their hair, face shape, hair type and texture, and of course look through some inspiration pics to ensure you are both on the same page. 
  • Precision Matters: Achieve the perfect short bob hairstyle by focusing on precise cutting techniques that create movement, clean lines, and a well-defined shape.
  • Tailored Texture: Customize the layers and texturizing techniques to suit the hair’s unique type and texture, whether it’s fine, thick, straight, wavy, coily, curly, or anything in between. Think out of the box and make sure the style works no matter the situation. 
  • Versatile Styling: Showcase the versatility of the short bob hairstyle by offering styling options, from sleek and polished to natural and tousled.


The Edgy Bob: Embracing a Bold Attitude with Short Hair

What makes this super short bob hairstyle edgy? Firstly, the ‘solid bob’ or ‘box bob’ is, as it sounds, a boxy styled bob that’s cut super blunt at chin length to almost box in the face. 

The short bob haircut shows that the wearer is willing to take a risk with their hair while the sharp edge at the base gives a cool and distinct cut that shows that this client means business! While this versatile cut looks high maintenance, it’s actually very wearable. The full edge of the hair makes the base look fuller overall and the length highlights the bone structure, making it very flattering to every face shape. No wonder it’s trending!

Styling Tips and Techniques for the Best Bob Hair

Achieving a great short bob hairstyle involves a combination of skilled and personalized cutting techniques, products, and a touch of creativity. Here are some pro tips to help you master the perfect short bob hairstyle.

  1. Prep: Begin with care and styling products that are tailored to your client’s hair type. Choose products that provide the necessary moisture, volume, or control that your client’s hair needs.
  2. Towel Dry Gently: After washing your client’s hair, gently pat it with a towel to remove excess water. Avoid vigorous rubbing to prevent unnecessary frizz.
  3. Apply a Heat Protectant: Before using heat styling tools, always apply a heat protectant to shield your client’s hair from damage caused by high temperatures.
  4. Blow Dry with a Paddle Brush: For a sleek look, use a paddle brush when blow drying. Angle the brush downwards as you pull the hair taut to create smoothness and movement throughout the ends.
  5. Add Volume: If you’re aiming for volume, add the Style Masters™ Volume Amplifier Mousse™ then blow-dry your client’s hair upside down and direct the airflow towards the roots. Once 80% dry, bring the head up and then smooth out the mids and ends with a smaller round brush. This technique lifts the hair from the base and adds instant fullness.
  6. Accentuate or Create Waves: Achieve loose waves and movement by using a flat iron. Clamp a small section of hair, twist the iron 180 degrees, and slide it down. Alternate the direction of the twist for a natural wave pattern. Better yet, if your client has those beautiful waves, curls, or coils already, give them a helping hand with some RE/START™ Curls Defining Cream then diffuse and avoid touching the hair until it’s 80% dry. Then get your client to give their hair a shake and  define those curls with Curls multipurpose hair gel-to-oil and let it fully dry.
  7. Use the Right Styling Products: Opt for lightweight styling products that won’t weigh down your client’s bob. For a sleek finish, the Style Masters™ Smooth Iron Guard™ will provides temporary smoothing and straightening while protecting the hair from the heat of thermal tools and leave it feeling silky, shiny, and soft 
  8. Texturize for a Messy Look: To achieve a textured, tousled bob use a texturizing spray or dry shampoo. Scrunch your client’s hair while applying the product for a lived-in look.
  9. Set with a Flexible Hold Spray: Lock in your style with a flexible medium hold hairspray such as Style Masters™ Must-Haves Modular™. This type of spray keeps your client’s hair in place while allowing natural movement.
  10. Regular Trims: Recommend regular trims every 6-8 weeks. This ensures that the shape remains sharp and defined.
  11. Experiment with Accessories: Make sure your clients know how to accessorize their bob! Headbands, clips, or pins are trending and can effortlessly transform your client’s look.
  12. Sleep with Silk: Recommend your clients sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase. These materials reduce friction, which prevents frizz and helps preserve their perfect short bob hairstyle.



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