Thinking about trying out a bob? You’re definitely not alone. In fact, the bob is one of the most requested hairstyles right now, and with good reason too! It’s chic, glamorous and it will completely transform your look. It’s also a versatile style that can be modelled in a variety of different ways, and it’s perfect for those long, hot summer days.
Chopping off all that length is a big commitment though, so it makes sense to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the ins (and outs) of this increasingly popular cut.
To help you out, we’ve whipped round a few of our expert stylists, and collected this list of tips and tricks:
1. You’ll need to rethink your makeup
Whether you wear it messy, sleek or teased into picture-perfect waves, the bob is a statement cut that’s characterised by its bold lines and dramatic edges.
It’s also the kind of cut that deserves to take center stage, so you’ll want to switch up your makeup so that it’s not competing with your chic new ‘do.
We’re talking about subtle and understated looks that prioritise natural tones, and let your hair do the talking. Think nude lip; gentle highlights and (maybe) the faintest touch of eyeshadow
It’s also worth remembering that short haircuts do change the shape of your face – drawing attention to your cheekbones; your eyes and your forehead. This means you’ll need to take extra care to ensure that your complexion is smooth and even at all times; using a little concealer to cover up any imperfections and adding some highlights to really emphasise the angular elements.
This might sound like a lot to take in, but trust us; it’s well worth the effort. The right makeup can *make* a bob, and totally redefine your look for summer.
2. You’ll discover a whole new world of hair accessories
Glittery clips, lace headbands and accessorized bobby pins are about to take over your makeup station. And no, we don’t mean that in a bad way!
See, a bob cut is a little like a blank canvas: It *can* look a little one dimensional on its own, but it’s also super easy to elevate, and it only takes a few (well chosen) accessories to transform the way it looks. This means you can quickly throw in a headband or headscarf to tone down your look for a casual day at the shops, or throw in a few jewelled hair clips to take it to the next level before a night on the town (or a date with your bae).
Hair accessories are also a great way to keep your brand new bob up and out of your face; particularly if you choose to go bang-free. And no, you won’t have to rethink the way you’re wearing your hair each and every time you want to experiment with a brand new accessory, so get stuck in and start playing with those glittery clips!
3. The texture of your hair will definitely change
Because it weighs less, short hair tends to have a very different texture to – say – shoulder length tresses. It’s less inclined to lie perfectly flat, and much more likely to curl up; frizz out or twist itself into all sorts of strange cowlicks.
Now, this might sound like a bad thing, but it’s worth stressing the fact that all that extra texture can look magnificent, particularly if you’re willing to experiment with salt sprays, clays and other texturising agents.
You could also think about leaning into that extra texture by throwing in some beach-ready waves, or just straighten the whole thing out with a good pair of irons. The point is that you have options, and your new bob will probably add a whole new dimension to your hair so be prepared, and take the opportunity to experiment with your lively, fresh new cut.
4. You’ll need to visit the salon more often
Speaking of, it’s important to remember that cutting your hair short will give it a whole new lease on life. You’ll be shearing off dead ends, and rejuvenating tresses that have probably been weighed down with old growth for quite a while now.
This means that your hair will look sleek, glossy and totally revitalized. Sadly it also means that your hair is going to start growing quite fast, and since bobs really do need to be kept neat, you’ll have to spend a bit more time in the salon chair if you’re going to maintain your chic new look.
According to our top stylists, the frequency with which you should get your bob trimmed depends on the style you opt for. If you’re sporting a messy bob you’ll probably want to book in once every 3-4 weeks, but blunt, or asymmetrical bobs (or bobs with a fringe) will need some TLC once every 2-3 weeks at least.
If you’re not sure how often you’ll need to get your hair trimmed, just ask your stylist. They’ll be able to give you a personalised recommendation that’s based on the health of your hair, and the type of cut you’re going for.
5. Your neck and back will be more exposed
By dint of being relatively short, a bob cut will leave your back (and neck) exposed to the elements. This means you’ll probably need to be a bit more careful with the sunscreen come summer time. It also means that you’ll want to think about giving the skin in these areas a little bit of extra TLC.
See, the skin on your shoulders, back and neck is in constant contact with your tresses (assuming that you’ve got long hair right now ofc). This means that it’s constantly picking up sebum oils, dirt and grime from your hair – leaving it prone to breakouts; irritation and the dreaded “backne”.
Since we’re abouts to swing for a style that’ll leave your shoulders and neck, a bit like Irina Shayk, it’s probably worth thinking about getting your hands on a good cleanser, and spending a little bit of time rejuvenating the skin in these hard-to-reach areas.
Exfoliants, scrubs and clarifying serums are all good options, as long as they’re designed to dissolve ils and lift dirt away from your skin. And no, you won’t have to use them for long before you start seeing results. In fact, a good exfoliating skin scrub will clear up blemishes in a couple of weeks; allowing you to go out and enjoy the summer sun without or a night out worrying about the condition of your skin…
6. Your hair will take longer to style
Short hair is gonna be less hassle, right?
Well, actually no. Not at all. Your new bob *will* be quicker to wash, but you’re going to be spending a lot more time in front of the mirror, particularly if you want super-chic and salon fresh hair like this super cute ‘do on Vanessa Hudgens. This is because short hair tends to be a lot less forgiving than longer, weightier tresses. It’s much more prone to frizzing up, and you’re going to notice curls and cowlicks that you’ve never seen before.
You’ve also got less in the way of last-minute styling options. After all, you can’t throw short hair into a messy top-knot, or drag it back into a high pony seconds before you walk out the door.
This means you’ll need to block out plenty of time to style your hair every morning. It also means that you’ll want to invest in some good styling tools, so that you can dry, straighten or curl your new bob without damaging your newly rejuvenated hair.
This doesn’t have to be a negative though. In fact, these longer, more involved styling sessions are a great opportunity to spend some time getting to know your new bob – not to mention an excellent opportunity to start exploring some fresh new styles.
7. You’ll need to use a good heat protect spray
Following on from our last point, it’s important to protect your brand new tresses with a good heat protect spray. This will prevent heat damage, which is a real risk now that you’re going to be styling your tresses every single morning, and it’ll also help to maintain the health of your new ‘do.
And this last point is an important one, because bobs *can* be super rejuvenating for your hair, as long as you take care to nourish and protect your hair after its been cut. A lot of women find that cutting off split ends and dead tresses gives their hair a gorgeous, glossy shine that looks 100% salon fresh, but this lustre will fade if heated styling tools, humidity and excessive sun are allowed to split open the protective, cuticle layer that surrounds the outside of individual hair – causing moisture to seep out, and leaving your hair looking tired and dry.
To prevent this from happening, you’ll want to invest in a good heat protect spray, which will coat your hair in a protective film that locks in moisture, and leaves your tresses looking salon-fresh.
Your stylist should be able to recommend a good heat protect spray, so remember to ask when you book in for your new bob. We promise you’ll thank us later!
Ready to take the plunge?
Now that you know exactly what’s involved in caring for this season’s hottest style, you’re probably raring to go. Lucky for you, our expert stylists are standing by to transform your look. Just book into your local Regis salon and let them take care of the rest!
Our stylists are also well-placed to offer practical advice about caring for a bob, so if you’ve still got some unanswered questions, remember that you can also book in for a consultation and grill them on the ins and outs of this glamorous style.