The Blurred, Swing-Line Bob
Ask for: A soft, A-line cut with no more than one inch of difference in length from front to back and internal layers. Sal Salcedo calls this style the "it girl" bob. "It's an effortless and airy bob for the girl that wants that effortless texture," he explains. "The haircut has a lot of internal movement, which makes the style fall with ease — the best way to wear it is to move it around with deep side parts and a little tuck behind the ear."
The Blunt Bob
Ask for: A blunt cut with invisible layers that floats above the shoulders. When you're trying to send a message with your hair, why not be blunt about it? Hairstylist Sal Salcedo tells us that these bob cuts are incredibly popular in L.A. "It's perfect for those with finer hair, since the bluntness of the cut creates the illusion of density," he explains. "To spice it up, spritz a little salt spray on the top, and scrunch it in — this gives the illusion of layers without having them."
The Triangular Bob
Ask for: A structured, angular cut that falls above your shoulders. Deanna Brown, stylist at NYC's DevaChan salon, tells us that the triangular bob is a great option if you're in the process of transitioning your natural hair.
The Parisian Bob
Ask for: A blunt cut that falls between the cheekbone and the chin with a slight A-line to create a flipped up finish at the front. "The timeless Frenchy bob is extremely versatile on women with naturally straight, wavy, or curly texture — no matter her face shape," says Alex Osorio Castro, an NYC-based stylist for Unite.
A Choppy Bob
Ask for: A length that falls between the ear and chin, with gradual, feathered layers. "This cut can be as short as ear level, or as long as chin length," explains Howard McLaren, the co-founder and creative director of R+Co. "It floats somewhere between the 1920s and 1940s era, and now, it’s everywhere.
The Round Bob
Ask for: A cut that falls above collarbone with rounded edges and long layers to maintain the length on top. "This fall is all about the rounded bob, with the length below the chin, hitting around the collarbone," says Darby Backes, stylist at Brooklyn's Whiteroom Salon. "The shape is instantly stylish while still being wearable.
With natural curly hair, a softly-rounded shape frames the face beautifully, while the recommended longer the layers — this is key — provides length on the top to allow the cut to be somewhere between a perfectly-rounded Afro and a lived-in bob.
The Shaggy Bob
Ask for: A shoulder-length bob with a fringe bang and soft, face-framing layers.
The shag has had numerous moments through the past few decades, and this is a play on that ever-evolving look. This style is all about working with your natural texture, Salcedo tells us. Imperfect, messy curtain bangs add a flirty feeling and dimension to the stylish shag cut.