9 Reasons Why You Should Rock a Bob Hairstyle for The New Year

Published on Dec 13, 2017

Trends come and go, but they always end up coming back in full circle. It seems like the time for super long beachy hair has passed, making way for the chic shorter cuts. Specifically, bobs. It may be simple and common, but they can be unique and stylish too. Though bobs have been around a long time, it's a timeless hairstyle that can be worn by almost everyone!

1. Many A-list Hollywood celebrities are sporting bobs RIGHT NOW!


Versatile, timeless and easy-to-manage, it's no wonder many celebrities are trading in their long locks for a bob or lob. A-list celebrity Mila Kunis opted out of having long hair this September, and even Cate Blanchett is flaunting a bob that suits her to a T.

Miranda Kerr has had a bob for quite sometime now, and this is just goes to show you that bobs work well on round faces too! Although some might argue that Miranda is able to pull anything and everything off...

2. Many Korean Dramas showing late 2017 are featuring actresses with bob hairstyles


Hollywood celebs are not the only ones to be sporting a bob. K-dramas are hopping on the bandwagon as well! This includes Suzy in While You Were Sleeping, with a graduated bob and see-through bangs.

Suzy Bob Haircut

Ha Ji Won from Hospital Ship with a softly blended bob ...

Han Ji Won Bob Cut

and Jung So Min sporting a lob in This is My First Life (A MUST-WATCH Korean Drama... we love it!). 

Jung So Min Long Bob Haircut

Somehow we feel that bob hairstyles tend to bring out a strong personality and youthfulness that are characteristics of Korean female characters. If you identify with any of them, why not sport a similar hairstyle? :)

3. Bob haircut makes you feel brand new and gives you more confidence! 


Without the weight of your hair pulling you down, your head feels lighter ...

Bob Haircut at Kenaris Salon

Haircut by Kenaris Salon

and somehow, that gives you more confidence as well! 

Long Bob by Picasso Hair Studio @ Bugis North Bridge Rd

Bob Haircut by Picasso Hair Studio

4. Bob Hairstyle is versatile and can be customized to your face shape!


Created by Polish-born hairdresser Antoine de Paris in France in 1909, the bob is a short haircut in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level, often with a fringe at the front. The bob is cut at the level of ears, below the ears or above shoulders.

Short Straight Bob

However, bob haircuts have evolved in recent years into various styles that can suit everyone. Depending on your facial features and personality, the right type of bob cut can enhance your looks and take your look to the next level. Bobs can be worn straight, wavy or curled. Take into consideration your hair type and face type if you are deciding to rock a bob. It's a pretty effortless hairstyle to pull off, so you don't have to fret over looking like a mushroom head. 

Concave Bob

Classic Concave Bob by Ricky from The Bund

The classic bob is pretty much your standard bob, cut just below the ears. Most women tend to wear bangs along with this hairstyle, creating a doll-like look. It can shave years off your face but if you already have a baby face and want a cut that makes you look more mature, we recommend giving the classic bob a miss.

Blonde Bob

Classic Soft Bob by Ricky from The Bund

Straight Bob with Bangs

Blunt Bob by Evolve Salon

Blunt bob is your classic bob, but with blunt edges. Notice how the ends don't curl inwards like the classic bob. It's an edgier take on the classic bob and usually worn by hip youngsters. However, it's not just reserved for the young. If you've got the face type and confidence to pull it off, then go for it!

Messy Bob Haircut at Flamingo

Japanese Styled Bob by COVO Japanese Hair Salon @ Keong Saik Rd

The layered bob is a popular Japanese hairstyle as it gives it a more natural, bed hair feel. Japanese perms also have dreamy, wispy ends, and the layered bob embodies this. It might not be the most appropriate hairstyle for working professionals as this haircut is meant to be worn slightly messy for that effortlessly cool effect.

It doesn't have to be too messy though, your stylist should know what to do to reduce the layers and yet still ensuring that your cut frames the face well.

In A-line bobs, the layers framing the face are slightly longer than the rest, and this type of bob is usually worn at chin length. The framing layers also help to give an illusion of a sharper jaw.

Gradation Bob

A-line Bob by Essensuals Hairdressing @ Orchard Central

It is very often paired with bangs that add to the angles and the seriousness of the cut. 

Of course, you can still make it cute with your dressing if you want to!

Short Bob with Micro Bang

Precision Cut by Evolve Salon

Short Edgy Bob Haircut

Short Edgy Cut by Bump by AVENTA

If it's too serious for you, up the texture with some styling and you may just be able to get the beachy waves look you're going for. 

Classic Bob Haircut

Another long-time classic bob style is the graduated bob. As its name suggests, its shape moves gradually from high at the back to longer at the front.

Cute Bob Haircut at AUBE

Graduation Bob by Aube Japanese Hair Salon

The back is more rounded rather than at a hard angle, and is created with stacked layers. 

Elegant Bob Haircut

Graduation Bob by Branche Hair Salon

The front is typically a little shorter than the front of an A-line haircut.

Graduated Bob Cut

Bob Haircut by Evolve Salon

This cut really gives a lot more volume to the back of the head to create a nice silhouette.

Short Bob with Bangs

Round Bob by No. 8 Hair Studio

Though not fancied by everyone for the fear of looking like a mushroom head, a round bob will definitely make you look more cute and youthful. Even if you are in your 40s, a round bob can make you look fresher and more stylish with just the right layers and cut like the one below.

Round Bob Haircut

Round Bob by Jimmy at Kenaris Salon

You can go without a fringe and it will still look as sleek. 

Tidy Round Bob Haircut

Round Bob by COVO Japanese Hair Salon

Scared to go too short? 

Shoulder Length Round Bob Haircut

Bob Haircut by Chiho from AVENTA Japanese Hair Salon

You don't have to...

Long Round Bob Haircut

By Manami at Bump Hair Design @ The Rochester Buona Vista

Depending on what you're comfortable with, just go a little shorter inch by inch.

Long Bob Haircut

Lob Haircut by Picasso Hair Studio

And you may just fall in love with bobs as much as us!

Feminine Bob with C Curl Perm

Lob Haircut by COVO Japanese Hair Salon

5. Bob haircuts are not just for ladies with straight hair


A common complaint we hear is that bob hairstyles are not suitable for ladies with curly hair. 

Curly Bob

Curly-Haired Bob Haircut by Annie at Ann's Studio @ The Adelphi

Well, that isn't true. If you meet the right hairdresser, they can work with your hair texture to give you a bob hairstyle you've never dreamed you could pull off!

Curly Bob Haircut at Ann's Studio

Curly-Haired Bob Haircut by Annie at Ann's Studio @ The Adelphi

One of our favourite hairstylists for curly haired ladies, Annie, is able to create different types of bob haircuts for ladies with different curl types. Depending on your face shape, curl type and preference, she can give you a personalised stylish bob.

Hair texture is actually a very interesting thing to grasp. There are some ladies whose hair is curly only when they grow to a certain length.

Long Curly Bob Haircut

Bob Haircut by Art Noise Japanese Hair Salon

You don't have to go too short if you're not comfortable. Just tell your hairstylist to stop where you want it to and try it out for yourself!

6. Bob hairstyles are a valuable addition to a perm / volume rebonding / keratin treatment 


If you're intending to get a perm / volume rebonding or keratin treatment, consider going shorter because the transformation can be even bigger and better than you imagined. 

Short Bob with Wavy Perm

Textured Bob with Cushion Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

Shorter bob styles tend to give your hair that extra volume that isn't there with longer hair. 

Shoulder Length Bob Haircut at Leekaja

C Curl Volume Rebonding by LeeKaJa

If you find your bob hairstyle too flat, you can add style and texture to a bob via perm or styling. Styling or perm adds dimension too and that extra "oomph"!

Bob Haircut with Perm

Perm by Kiyo at COVO Japanese Hair Salon

7. Bob hairstyles can still be long enough to show off your vibrant hair colours


Unlike Pixie cuts, bob hairstyles are still long enough to show off vibrant colours. 

Bob Haircut with Ash Lavender Hair Colour

Unicorn Hair Colour on a Bob by _Chez Vous Hair Salon_

Although it does challenge your stylist a little more to make sure that the colour stands out.

Peach Bob Haircut

Orange Ombre by 99 Percent Hair Studio @ Bedok Point

Even if you don't go too crazy, a simple ombre can really give the hair the additional dimension you can't see with just a cut.

Red Hair Colour Bob Haircut

8. You can add an undercut to make a real fashion statement


Ladies Bob Undercut with Hair Tattoo

Bob with Undercut by [Kenaris Salon](http://bu.sg/hair/kenaris-hair-salon-wheelock/

Graduated Bob with Undercut by Hair Illustrated

Combine it with an undercut and the silhouette is even more obvious! 

9. It is not too expensive to maintain


If you go for the soft bob that ends near your chin, you can avoid going for a full-fledged haircut for 6 months or so until it reaches your shoulder.

Neat Bob Haircut

Soft Bob Cut + Colour by Project Hair @ Jurong East JEM

This, however, depends on how skilful your stylist is in creating an easily manageable shape for you. 

Shoulder-Length Bob Haircut

Bob Style Perm by Du Sol Korean Salon

It also depends on the style you choose. If you perm your hair, you'll realize that the shape will basically keep relatively stable for 3-6 months with occasional trims required to keep the ends looking fresh and healthy.

Are you thinking of sporting a bob or already are? Let us know in the comments which bob styles are your fave!

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