The best bob haircut for your face shape

May 20, 2024

It’s easy to love super long hair: looking after it, pampering it, and styling it in so many different ways. But, there comes a time in everyone’s hair journey when you want to embrace change. The best way to satisfy your desire for a hair reset is to make a simple, clean break, and take the plunge with a statement-making cut. So if you’re searching for a short style that is universally flattering, elegant, and fashionable—look no further than the classic bob! And if you’re unsure about whether or not a fabulously short bob hairstyle will flatter your face shape, keep scrolling—we’re uncovering everything you need to know to rock this trendy cut.

A woman with a bob haircut


The bob is undoubtedly one of the most popular and highly requested hairstyles every season in hair salons. But there’s many considerations to take into account before rocking that effortless bob look—including your face shape, hair type, and hair texture (curly or fine, straight or thick). If that all sounds overwhelming, there’s no need to give up on your bob dreams just yet. There are plenty of variations of bobs to choose from to complement all types of hair. The following tips will help you select the best type of bob for you—based on your face shape and hair type—for an ultra-modern and instantly glam hairstyle. Let’s find your perfect bob!

A woman with brunette bob haircut


The pear face shape

The pear face shape features the jaw as the widest part of the face, with a round chin and narrower forehead and cheekbones.

A more classic bob suits this face shape—with a cut that is shorter towards the nape of the neck. The hair should be cut diagonally towards the chin to help balance the angles of a pear-shaped face. Although this type of cut is usually ideal for straight hair, bob fans with curly hair can still rock this look with the help of Style Masters™ Fanaticurls™ for maximum control and hold.

curly bob haircut

The Heart Face Shape

The heart face shape features a narrow jawline, softly pointed chin, a wide forehead, and high cheekbones.

This face shape is wider at the forehead and narrower towards the chin. A long bob with side bangs (not too short!) and sleek layers from behind towards the chin work beautifully for anyone with a heart-shaped face. To enhance this stylish look, you can even lighten the ends of your hair using the balayage technique and define them with Style Masters ™ Fiber Wax™.


A woman with a bob haircut


The oblong face shape is longer than it is wide, with a high forehead, a long and pointed chin, and angular features.

The bob hairstyle is a wonderful choice for this face shape. Since long hair can further elongate your face, the bob can really complement the features of an oblong face. You can even opt for a chin-length bob with bangs to balance out a high forehead. This versatile haircut can be worn sleek and straight, or wavy and curly, for that natural, tousled look. To achieve this look effortlessly, grab Revlon’s Style Masters ™ Memory Spray™—a texturizing hairspray with a flexible hold that provides instant body and texture.


The square face shape features a wide forehead, square chin, and strong jawline that is equal in facial width and height.

With square-shaped faces, the ultimate haircut should help soften the face. For this reason, an asymmetrical bob is the perfect choice, where one side is visibly longer than the other. Another option for this face shape is the angled forward bob, into a chin-length cut that almost brushes the shoulders. Finally, to keep your bob sleek and under control, we recommend using Style Masters ™ Brightastic ™—a dual-action primer and anti-frizz shine serum for a silky, shiny finish.

Straight Bob Haircut


The round face shape features a full face, with few clearly defined angles, a round chin, wide cheekbones, and almost equal proportions between the length and width of the face.

This face shape is better suited to a slightly longer, classic bob. This cut should be styled just below the chin line, with added volume to the top of the hair and base of the neck (not the sides). Although the round face shape is usually complemented by a bangs-free style, there are plenty of other ways to mix up this traditional bob. The right tools can make all the difference, like Style Masters ™ Lissaver™—the perfect frizzy hair treatment to help protect against damage from heat styling tools and prevent split ends.

Bob hairstyle for round faces


The oval face shape features a jawline that is rounded and proportional, with a forehead slightly wider than the jawline. For this shape, the cheekbones are the widest part of the face.

Typically, this face shape can pull off most haircuts pretty easily. For example, a shaggy inverted bob with plenty of layers would be fantastic for anyone with an oval face shape. This type of cut features a short back (you could even use the razor technique), with choppy layers finishing at the chin level. To finish off the look with an edgy flair, try defining the ends with Style Masters™ Matt Clay™.

Short Bob Haircut

Ready to be bold and try one of these sophisticated short cuts that’ll never go out of style? Whether you prefer a more classic or modern look, there’s a perfect bob hairstyle waiting for everyone. It’s time to head confidently to your trusted hair salon and take the leap into this timeless, empowered hairstyle.

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