Unofﬁcially dubbed the Cool-girl Cut, women everywhere are lopping off their long locks for a mid-length bob. Straight or wavy, thick or thin, there are a thousand ways to wear this style. Here are ﬁve of the best modern versions.
This ’50s red carpet look is anything but old fashioned, as Cara Delevingne demonstrates. The soft wave signals instant glamour, making it the perfect look for a night out. After shampooing, spritz on a root lifter from the roots to ends.
“This will create texture and hold,” says hairstylist Alan Buki. Next, blast hair with a dryer, tipping your head upside down to create volume. Once dry, take a ceramic round brush and run it through the top section of your hair to leave it smooth.
Next, take 2 to 3cm sections of hair from the crown and, working downwards, roll hair with a curling tong. Brush hair downwards and watch the natural-looking ’50s wave appear.
Right: Goldwell Volume
Root Lift Spray,
The Faux Bob
For those who don’t have the guts to go for the chop, have no fear. You can fake it like Zendaya as seen here.
1 After towel-drying your washed hair, part your locks onto one side and then comb it into place. Brush your hair with a medium round brush while blow-drying you hair till it’s smooth and straight.
2 Section off your hair three-quarters of the way down, from ear to ear. Spray dry shampoo through this section.
3 Roll that section up into a tube-like shape under the nape of your neck and pin into place. For those with finer hair, back-comb for extra hold.
4 Once secure, smooth out the rest of the hair back over this section with a brush, hiding any pins and creating the bob. Fix with a strong hold hairspray.
(From left) Zendaya, COLAB
50ml, Percy & Reed No
Dry Shampoo, $26
Want something a little edgier? While the textured bob seen on Demi Lovato is very low maintenance, it does need a good chop with an uneven base line and lots of layers to keep its shape.
“This means your hair will look straight and even, but with more movement,” says Alan. Apply a texturiser to towel-dried hair to give it a strong hold and tousled texture, then roughly blow-dry or let it dry naturally.
Spritz in a sea salt spray, tip your head upside down and scrunch with your fingers. Shake your head and you’re ready to take the town.
Spray, $39. Demi
This is the style to try if you have long locks, but don’t want to commit to a short cut. It’s not too structured and is still long enough to put into a pony. Alan says to make sure your cut has a solid base with long mid-layers.
“It’s so easy to style that it’s the beach-girl bob,” he adds. He recommends applying about 10 pumps of salt spray to wet hair, scrunching as you go. Let it dry naturally and, if it’s looking a bit frizzy, work in a smoothing lotion.
(from left) Shiseido Professional Stage
Works Powder Shake, $31. Rene
Sexy and sporty with a sharp edge, this style is easy to pull off and always looks elegant whether you wear it to the office or on date night – cue the bob. For this style, it is best to get your hair cut to one length.
“It should be quite blunt at the ends, then it’s all about making friends with your straightening iron,” says Alan. Try applying a smoothing cream or frizz fighter after shampooing to keep it sleek, then after blowdrying, take large sections and brush flat with a paddle brush.
“This will make the hair super straight before you even start to iron it,” says Alan. Next, take hold of 2cm sections of hair and iron it downwards, working all over your head. For a glossy finish, spray the lengths of the hair with a shine spray or serum.
(from left) GHD Platinum Black, $420. Botaneco Garden Organic
Argan & Virgin Olive Oil
Hair Serum, $7.90.