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!
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...
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.
Ha Ji Won from Hospital Ship with a softly blended bob ...
and Jung So Min sporting a lob in This is My First Life (A MUST-WATCH Korean Drama... we love it!).
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? :)
Without the weight of your hair pulling you down, your head feels lighter ...
Haircut by Kenaris Salon
and somehow, that gives you more confidence as well!
Bob Haircut by Picasso Hair Studio
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.
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.
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.
Classic Soft Bob by Ricky from The Bund
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!
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.
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!
Precision Cut by Evolve Salon
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.
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.
Graduation Bob by Aube Japanese Hair Salon
The back is more rounded rather than at a hard angle, and is created with stacked layers.
Graduation Bob by Branche Hair Salon
The front is typically a little shorter than the front of an A-line haircut.
Bob Haircut by Evolve Salon
This cut really gives a lot more volume to the back of the head to create a nice silhouette.
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 by Jimmy at Kenaris Salon
You can go without a fringe and it will still look as sleek.
Round Bob by COVO Japanese Hair Salon
Scared to go too short?
Bob Haircut by Chiho from AVENTA Japanese Hair Salon
You don't have to...
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.
Lob Haircut by Picasso Hair Studio
And you may just fall in love with bobs as much as us!
Lob Haircut by COVO Japanese Hair Salon
A common complaint we hear is that bob hairstyles are not suitable for ladies with curly hair.
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-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.
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!
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.
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.
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"!
Perm by Kiyo at COVO Japanese Hair Salon
Unlike Pixie cuts, bob hairstyles are still long enough to show off vibrant colours.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!