The bob may just be the most ubiquitous haircut in Hollywood. Following in the footsteps of stars such as Taraji P. Henson and Ciara, in the past few months alone, we’ve seen Khloé Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Emma Roberts, and even Real Housewives Tamra Judge and Peggy Sulahian all make the major chop. Clearly, there’s a bit of scissor fever going on this fall. Heck, we're debating making a trip to the salon ourselves! But before making the commitment, we asked the best in the biz to give us the lowdown on the celeb-adored 'do.
Below three celebrity hairstylists reveal everything you need to know to pull off the hottest look of the season.
Know your face shape.
The best part about the bob is that there are so many ways to rock this look, so it truly works for everyone. "There’s a lot of variety in a bob," Kiyah Wright, who has worked her magic on Tyra Banks and Jennifer Hudson, explained."You can go shorter, wear an asymmetrical cut, get a blunt cut, a lob, or have a bob with layers." But endless possibility comes with a bit of pressure: "Before making the big chop, you need to be sure to pick the right bob for your face shape," Wright said.
For example, if you have a round face, you'll want to go with a chin-length blunt cut to enhance your features, while a more textured cut beneath the jawline complements square face shapes. One surefire way to pick a version that'll suit you: Look up celebrities with similar face shapes to yours to help guide your decision.
Don't fear the chop.
"Don’t panic!" Julius Michael (he's the owner of Julius Michael Scarsdale Hair Salon and the mastermind behind Tamra and Peggy's edgy new bobs!) shared. "Most woman go into shock when they chop off more then an inch of hair. Trust us stylists, we want you to look your best. Embrace your new look, and you can always add extensions." Even Tamra and Peggy had the jitters before lopping off their locks, Michael shared — and now, they're both diggin their new 'dos.
Make sure you and your hairstylist are on the same page.
Here's a biggie: Communication with your stylist is key. "Make sure to seek a professional known for cutting bobs, and make sure to leave the salon with the right styling and maintenance products for your new cut," noted César DeLeön Ramirêz, the Global Artistic Director for Mizani who has worked with Khloé Kardashian, Demi Lovato, and Ciara. If you are still nervous, Ramirêz suggests you "try keeping [your hair] 2-3 inches longer the first time to get used to the shorter length." Then, book a followup cut to go big.
It works on all hair types.
While a sleek, blunt bob may be most commonly seen, the haircut also looks great on curly hair. "I love a curly bob," Ramirêz gushed. "I think a bob length is super chic for someone with curly hair." All you need to know is how to style it: "I recommend using a product from Mizani's True Textures curly line depending on hair density and curl type," Ramirêz added, "along with a diffuser blow dryer attachment. Center parted textured bobs are also the latest trend."
Regular trims are a must.
Though the bob is a very low maintenance look, you should still trim your ends every 4-6 weeks, Michael advises, in order to preserve the cut.
There are so many ways to style it.
Think there's only one way to wear a bob? Think again. For straight hair, Michael recommends rough drying and twisting the ends of your hair to give you some texture and movement, or adding a few curls with a large barrel and using a dry texturizing spray to add body for a messy sexy look. "I also love when my girls pull their bobs back in low ponytails and side pieces of hair fall out for a relaxed look," he shared. "Have fun with your new do, and don’t be afraid to try different styles."
Ramirêz also explained that post-snip is a great time to "'invest in bobby pins, clips, and even hair jewelry for those days when you are in a rush or bored of your everyday 'do."
So now that we've laid it all out, we have to ask: are you tempted yet?
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