The bob is a classic, easy to maintain cut that looks good on practically every woman. Get some bob-spiration from our gallery of all the best bobs in the world of celebrity...
The bob is a classic hairstyle for women, it’s grown up, sophisticated, sexy, easy-to-wear and suits practically every woman.
Thinking of going for the chop? According to stylists there is a rule you can adopt to find out if chopping your hair off will suit you: the 2.25-inch rule!
International Training Director of Color Wow Giles Robinson, says: ‘It’s all about the angles. The Rule was created by John Frieda, and it is a fool-proof guide for hair stylists to use so they can tailor the cut to make the length as flattering as possible to the face shape.’
So how does it work? Take a ruler and a pencil and place the pencil under your chin horizontally. Pop the ruler under your ear vertically – the intersection of the pencil and ruler should indicate a measurement. If it’s less than 2.25 inches, then, like Halle Berry and Katie Holmes, your face is made for short hair. If it’s more, like Sarah Jessica Parker, then long hair will be the most flattering choice.
In honour of the bob, we’ve rounded up a gallery of all our favourite bob hairstyles, with a little inspiration from some of the best bobs in celebville. And who knew there were so many? And in so many different styles, lengths and colours?
Having a good bob hairstyle is all in the length, typically starting from either just under the ears or just lightly brushing the shoulders, or somewhere in between. Have a flick through our gallery of bob hairstyles to see how the celebs are wearing theirs and get some bob-spiration of your own! From sleek and straight, wavy beachy styles and some volumous bobs, this gallery of bob hairstyles is bound to have something that takes your fancy.
And are you looking to re-invent your bob? How about taking some inspiration from Jennifer Aniston’s choppy one, Rihanna’s bright red bob, or Jessie J’s 40s style one? Just a few simple changes like adding a fringe or some layering could completely change your look.
Which is your favourite of all these bob hairstyles? Be sure to let us know in our comments section below, and don’t forget to print out the bob you like and take along to your hairdresser!
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She’s hit the headlines recently for her stint in ITV’s Sugar Free Farm, and now it seems Gemma Collins has taken her image overhaul to the next level with a drastic hair makeover!
The TOWIE star shared a snap of her new shorter do to her Instagram with the caption: ‘Feeling fresh in this snow ❄️❄️❄️@chloesbeautybaressex ❄️❄️ getting my hair snow ready x #joel’
And it seems her fans are loving the new look! One commented: ‘Love your hair and you look amazing without make up,you actually look years younger x’ and another added: ‘Looking fab doll gorgeous hair don’t care.xxx’
We absolutely love the new hairstyle Gemma, in fact we might be taking this pic to the salon for our next visit…
Katie Piper has gone for the chop – shortening her shoulder-length hair into a sharp, chic bob!
The star debuted her new look at the Military Awards in London, dressed in a floor-length red dress which showed off her bright blonde look.
But rather than opting for a celeb hairdresser to work their magic on her locks, the mum of one opted for a much more DIY approach. When asked by OK! magazine when she cut her hair off, Katie replied: ‘Yesterday, in my kitchen!’
The 33 year old added: ‘With no mirror in front of me! My friend did it for me – it’s kind of like, really short.’
Brave move Katie, but it’s certainly paid off!
After winning I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here we think Scarlett deserves a bit of pampering! The Queen of the Jungle posted a snap of her gorgeous new bob to Instagram, captioning her post, ‘New hair. I’m missing Dr bob that much I thought I’d get myself a bob.’
We love her tousled waves and the volume created at the roots to give her locks a fuller look, especially with her smokey eye make up.
Fans have been quick to tell Scarlett how much they love her shorter style, commenting on her Instagram post with words of encouragement like, ‘Loving the hair without extensions, your natural beauty shines through 👌🏽😘’ and ‘
Your hair looks amazing’.
Holly went a few inches shorter and revealed her glam new bob on Instagram while on the set of her new show, Meet The Parents.
‘New show… new lil’ chop! @itvmeettheparents thanks everyone who came down to watch tonight! #meettheparents #love’ captioned the presenter.
Fans were loving her new look, commenting ‘You looked amazing last tonight! Well done!’ and ‘L
ovely hair Holly!’We love this modern update!
We’re so used to seeing Mrs Beckham’s hair long and dark that this transformation was quite the surprise!
The mum-of-four posted the candid snap of her new style in progress to her Instagram account, captioning it ‘#chopchop X @lukehersheson @wendyrowe using Victoria Beckham make up X Kisses VB’
Fans were quick to praise Victoria’s new short, lightened bob, with one commenting
‘You look so much younger!’, and another adding ‘Hair looks so much nicer on you, really does suit you, I love it’.
We have to agree that the shape and colour of Victoria’s new hair is really flattering – perhaps we’ll take a leaf out of her book for our new summer style too…
It takes a bold lady to opt for a short, sharp, chin-length bob, but it turns out Caroline Flack pulls it off with ease!
The 36-year-old presenter took to Instagram to share a picture of her new ‘do, which has also been dyed a dark shade of brown – a striking contrast to her usual shade of beachy blonde.
The shape of Caroline’s cut frames her features perfectly, and is a great match for her dark, groomed brows.
If you want something similar, ask your hairdresser for a blunt bob with a slightly asymetric shape (or you could just take this snap of Caroline along for them to copy, of course… )
It’s amazing what a couple of inches off the length of your hair can do!
Former glamour model and mum of five Katie showed off her new shorter ‘do on Instagram accompanied by the caption ‘chop chop’. With her sleek style and minimal make up, she seems like a whole new woman!
Katie’s sophisticated makeover first hit the headlines back in January 2016, when she ditched her trademark extensions, and since then she’s been going for an increasingly natural look.
We think this blunt, symmetrical bob showcases her features perfectly. Loving the new you, Katie!
It seems our favourite TV presenter has finally ditched her long-locks and gone in for a new look for the new year.
Holly Willoughby, presenter on This Morning, teased her Instagram fans with a snap of her new do from the back, captioned; ‘May have had a tiny chop?!!! thanks @cilerpeksah x’
The mum-of-three, who graced the final cover of FHM magazine this week, eventually shared a picture from the front of her new look, explaining; ‘New Year…New hair!xxx’
We think the new style really suits Holly, especially with the choppy curls!
No, we’re not looking at Cheryl’s flowing locks – we’re looking at Adele’s amazing choppy new hairstyle!
The mum-of-one debuted her sleek new ‘do on the X Factor final, and the sophisticated style is a big change from her previous bouffant shape. This pic, shared by Cheryl on her Instagram account after the show aired, shows the chin-length crop in all of of its glory, and we have to say, we might even prefer it to her glamorous look before.
Adele’s not one for mixing up her trademarks often, so this must have been a brave moment in the hairdresser’s chair, but it’s definitely paid off. We know where we’ll be looking for hair inspiration this Xmas…
Singer Katy has ditched her usually long and colourful hairsyle for a trendy bob, and doesn’t she look great?
Ms Perry is usually seen sporting red, pink, blue and even green hair, but this time the singer surprised fans with a more demure hairstyle in jet black.
The ‘Roar’ hitmaker revealed her short hairstyle at a charity gala in LA, and styled it parted on the side with slightly curled ends.
Katy once revealed in an interview the reason for her everchanging hairstyle: ‘I’m naturally the most boring dishwater squirrel brown. So I’ve been playing with colors since I was 15. I loved the grunge green, and shocking blue was fun. Colored hair is such a huge accessory that you don’t even need to add extra stuff.’
For shiny hair like the californian native, make sure you condition your hair in every wash and soak it in a natural oil – coconut, argan or rosemary – once a week.
We’re loving her new do and she’s already our new bobspiration go-to gal!
We’re used to seeing Khloe with a long mane of hair, but now the middle Kardashian sister has opted for a long blond bob, and we have to say, we think it suits her just as much as her former flowing tresses!
The style was debuted on Khloe’s hair guru Jen Atkin’s Instagram account, where the stylist to the stars wrote:
‘Guess who just joined the #ShortHairDontCare club! Do we like? #LOBS4LIFE makeup @joycebonelli thx @traceycunningham1 @oncolourground for ur help!!’
A ‘lob’, or long bob, is perfect for those who want a change without committing to a chin-length chop.
Hands up who’s taking this pic of Khloe as inspiration on their next trip to the hairdressers?
In prepartion for hosting the new series of X Factor Live shows, Rochelle Hulmes has gone for a brave new makeover, and we are already in love!
She has swapped her trademark mermaid waves for a textured bob, reminding us all that the celebrity lob is still on trend.
Rochelle is obviously pleased with her new look as she shared it with her 795k Instagram followers.
Taking a photo of her chopped hair on the floor, the mum of one, said; ‘I’ve been brave today.’
She then posted this mirror selfie of the finished result, which she had done at the George Northwood hair salon in London. Looking good Rochelle!
Blake Lively is one of those Hollywood stars who sends us into a fit of hair envy every time we see her – and this new glam do is no exception!
The star, who gave birth to her first child – daughter James – back in January, was snapped sporting a rather different style on the set of her latest film. Blake, 28, has been busy filming a new Woody Allen project, and debuted a stunning curly blonde bob in the process.
It’s a new look for the star, who’s best known for her long beachy waves, which she keeps in tip top condition by air-drying her hair as opposed to using heated tools. She also revealed to Mail Online that she runs some coconut oil through the ends before shampooing, too.
Blake, you and your hair can do no wrong in our eyes!
Frankie, we hardly recognised you! Known for her trademark pixie cut with a sweeping fringe, the new mum has opted for a longer look thanks to some nifty hair extensions and we’ve got Frankie hair envy again.
Enjoying a well deserved night out six weeks after giving birth to her second son, Carter, Frankie shared this selfie, saying:
‘Rooms a mess… Shoes undone… Thanks for the barnet @inanchlondon @danielgalvinldn @henrymassey_hair oh and @nickpetershair’
Forget the room, Frankie, the new bob looks fab!
Sporty Spice has lightened things up! Melanie C shared this salon snap on her Instagram page with the caption:
‘New hair vibes courtesy of @adamreedhair. Thank you @percyandreed I <3 P&R’
We’re used to seeing the mum of one rocking a blonde and brunette dip-dye look of late but we LOVE Mel’s new look. Her hairdresser, Adam Reed, revealed on Instagram he used L’Oréal Blond Studio to achieve the lighter locks and ghd’s Curve Classic Wave Wand to get that great volume. We’re stocking up!
Denise has gone for the chop – getting her long blonde locks cut over the weekend – and we absolutely love her new style!
The mum of one visited a salon in London and went for a brand new look, swapping her long hair for the blunt bob that’s become a bit of a trend amongst A listers at the moment. And it’s easy to see why…
A bob is a great way to freshen up your look and is incredibly face-flattering, particularly the soft layers and waves that Denise has opted for. In fact a new shorter ‘do can take years off your look (not that the 41-year-old star needed any help with that, of course!)
Wow! Doesn’t Alesha Dixon look fab? The 36-year-old star’s completely overhauled her bob and gone blonde!
Alesha’s previous style was a sleek, angled, brunette bob, but we have to say we love this blonde, more relaxed style on her. It’s reminding us a little of the beachy-style Beyoncé was sporting last year.
The mum-of-one shared the snap of her new ‘do on her Instagram page with the caption:
‘New blonde hair for my exciting new project with @htc_uk #blondehairdon’tcare!’
Well, they do say blondes have more fun…
We almost didn’t recognise GBBO winner Jo with all her hair chopped off! The Essex star, who won our hearts with her baking skills in the 2011 series of the Great British Bake Off, decided it was high time she lost her long locks – and all for an amazing cause.
Posting the pic of her new do to her Facebook, she captioned the photo:
It made me think how lucky I am, so I decided I’d do this on my birthday, I’m sending my hair with a donation towards the cost of making the wig, if anyone would like to donate or do the same here’s the details xx
Wow – what a difference a chop makes! Jennifer Lopez has ditched the extensions and swapped her usual long golden tresses for a shoulder-length bob.
The mum of two was pictured walking through LAX airport with her new ‘do on display, and wowed the gathered crowds with her natural new look.
The short layers and shaping around the face make this cut a smart, sophisticated look, which flatters the angles of 45-year-old Jen’s face no end. The next time we take a trip to the hairdressers, we know whose picture we’ll be taking for reference!
Well that’s one way to make an entrance Katie!
The 36-year-old actress stepped out at the Met Gala in New York over the weekend with a very directional new do that was a far cry from her usual long flowing locks, debuting a jaw-length blunt bob for the cameras. Mum of one Katie has also had a short sharp fringe cut in, which really emphasised her eyes.
We absolutely love this length and the angled cut is incredibly flattering, perfect if your short hair is in need of an update!
Look who’s gone and chopped her hair off!
Christina is the latest star to cut her hair into a short trendy bob, following in the footsteps of Jessica Alba and Myleene Klass who’ve both been seen with cropped locks in the last few weeks.
The mum of two debuted her new shoulder-length, wavy do at a red carpet event in Hollywood, and we love it! Getting your hair cut just above the shoulder into a blunt bob is a great way to update your look in an instant, and the messy texture is great for quick morning style fixes.
Well look who’s chopped her long locks off! Myleene is the latest star to join the recent bob-cutting trend amongst celebs, following in the footsteps of Cheryl Cole and Lily Allen with a new shorter do!
The mum of two shared this snap with her Instagram followers, captioning the pic: ‘Check the hurr. @benclockonego handy work’
We absolutely love it. Form an orderly queue for a copy-cat cut at the hairdressers please ladies!
Just when you thought Jessica Alba couldn’t get any more gorgeous, she goes and cuts her hair off and looks like THIS! The mum of two is the latest star to follow the blunt bob trend and we have to say, it definitely suits her.
The sharp textured bob is a great way to update your look, and the fact it can be worn wavy means less effort in the mornings too. Winner!
Oooh Caroline, loving the new locks! The Strictly Star has gone for the chop and had a sharp bob cut in, and we have to say we’re huge fans. The angled cut suits this glam gal down to a tee, and we can’t wait to see her debuting her new look on our TVs this weekend!
The Beyoncé bob is back! Queen Bey has had, pretty much, every hairstyle under the sun, but we have to say we do love a bob on her.
The star showed off her new angled cut on her Instagram page. Here’s hoping she keeps these lovely locks for a while (although, knowing Bey, she’s probably changed it already!).
Ruth needs something manageable as well as glam for her early morning starts, and her textured bob ticks all the right boxes! The soft fringe is flattering and a great way to hide any pesky lines too.
We loved Stacey’s hair when it was cut into a shorter, wavy bob! The natural waves suit her age and it looks soft and pretty. To achieve this look use a larger barrelled curling tong to wave random sections and finish with hairspray.
Cameron’s bob is just like her – fun and carefree! This layered bob would be really easy to style and maintain as it can be worn sleek and straight or messy like Miss Diaz’s.
Lulu’s messy layered bob is a great option if you’re stuck in a hair rut and in desperate need of an update. The layers and fringe frame her face perfectly too!
From Downton to the red carpet, Michelle’s shiny sleek bob always looks gorgeous! We love that she can wear it slightly tousled or straight, and tucked behind her ears it looks glam as well as manageable.
How glamorous is Claire Danes’ bob? The star has gone for a deep side parting and blow-dried her locks smooth. The length really suits the shape of her face too!
Doesn’t Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne look super glam with a sleek bob? We love this look and think the fringe compliments the sharp cut perfectly. Gorgeous!
Looks like Rose isn’t the only Bridesmaids star to have the chic bob look covered, we absolutely love Kristen’s cropped blonde bob! If your hair is mid-length and looking a little lifeless, then a bob like Kristen’s is a great was to freshen things up.
Alexa is often named top of the crops, and looking at her soft and sweet bob it?s easy to see why! A messy bob is a great way to wear your hair in the summer, just rub some salt spray through the ends for a textured look.
Talk about sleek and sexy! We absolutely love Alesha’s grown-up sharp bob, and doesn’t it suit her? This is a great length to maintain and a good idea if your hair has split ends, is lacking a bit of life and needs a freshen up. Bob-tastic!
Alicia has worn her hair so many ways in the past, but one of our favourites has to be this grown up sleek bob.
Well here’s a picture we didn’t think we’d ever see! Not only has Kerry gone for an ultra-bold razor-sharp bob and fringe, but she’s been reunited with her old enemy Katie Price (the pair haven’t seen each other in 7 years after Katie labelled Kerry a ‘druggie’ back in 2007 – yikes!)
Kerry’s dramatic new haircut comes just as she’s about to give birth to her fifth child, her first with fiancé George Kay. And we have to say we like this new look on her – the fringe really suits you Kerry!
She’s been top of the hair charts ever since Friends took to our screens, and 19 years later Jennifer Aniston isn’t ready to give up her spot just yet! Sporting a brand new look in a photo she posted to Instagram, the stylish star has gone for the chop with this blunt and sexy bob. Standing next to her trusted hairdresser Chris McMillan, the star looks thrilled with her shorter tresses and we don’t blame her. We think this style really suits our favourite Friend!
Well, look who’s gone back to their old ways!
Lily posted snaps of her new (old?!) ‘do on her Instagram with the captions ‘Back to black’ and ‘Hairdid’.
It looks like the 28-year-old singer had missed her trademark black bob and blunt fringe and was pleased about getting it back again.
We love Lily with this blunt bob, very Cleopatra! What do you think? Let us know in a comment below.
Tulisa showcased her new bob at this year’s V Festival. We think the shoulder-length cut really suits her and this style is much more sophisticated than those streaky extensions! What do you think?
Emma Watson’s girly sandy-brown bob is lightly curled at the ends and we love how she’s clipped it back behind her ears for a sleeker look.
If you’re blessed with a strong jaw line like Keira, a graduated bob that flatters the line of your jaw can look showstopping.
Amanda Holden has long been a fan of the bob, but she debuted this darker style with a bit of added curl and a slight fringe at the auditions for Britains’ Got Talent 2013. Do you like it?
Victoria Beckham really set the trend for the bob when she famously ditched her lengthy extensions in 2006 and opted for the sleeker, more sophisticated ‘do.
The star pulled off the look so well that it was aptly dubbed ‘the pob’.
We love her with this slightly edgier, choppier cut too.
She’s become known for her super stylish pixie crop, but it seems Frankie fancied a change and has gone for a longer look thanks to some nifty hair extensions!
The 26 year old, who’s mum to one-year-old Parker and currently expecting her second baby with husband Wayne Bridge, took to Instagram to share a snap of her new look. She captioned the photo:
Sarah Harding really suits this length. It makes her hair look really full and we love that the cut is graduated so it’s longer at the front than the back.
Scarlett Johansson’s bob is pretty, but we think it’s a little traditional for her. This sweeping style would be suited to a more mature face.
Sophie’s always looked great with a bob. Her shoulder length style is relaxed and playful.
We do love a curly blonde bob! Tess’s bright blonde bob with centre parting is great as it will look lovely sleek and straight or relaxed and wavy, and is just about long enough to fit into a little ponytail.
Nicola Roberts has come a long way since her terrible pigtails during the early Girls Aloud days! We love her take on the bob, it’s grown up, unusual and cool.
Pixie Lott’s cutsie long bob is girly but elegant.
Didn’t you just love Rihanna with red hair? Her volumous bob with side parting was thick, glossy and gorgeous.
Lily’s dark feathered bob and side fringe is Tom-boyish but cute at the same time.
Michelle’s bob is just like her: classy, sophisticated, with just the right amount of flair.
Naomi has nailed the ‘no styling necessary’ bob. Messy and relaxed, it looks effortlessly stylish.
Kelly’s had a fair few hair transformations in her time, but we think that this long bob really suits her. We like the simpleness of the cut, but it’ll be an expensive one to maintain if your hair grows quickly!
Doesn’t Kerry look nice here? Her blonde bob is really sophisticated and grown up. But be careful not to add too much volume as bouffant bobs can tend to look a bit ‘mumsy’ if they’re overstyled.
Gaga has sported a few bobs in her time but this one has to be one of the most eye-catching. We’re not sure we’ll be asking our colourist for the same…
(We just had to include her adorable dog in this picture too!).
We love Kate’s classic length bob with full fringe, it’s simple and smart.
Katie Holmes went for a shorter cut back in 2009, wavy and relaxed, she added a cheeky side fringe for some added detail. What do you think of it?
Never one to shy away from a new hairstyle/colour/wig! Katy Perry’s candyfloss-coloured ‘do was a take on the bob we hadn’t seen before, and we liked it!
Jessica’s cute curly bob is a bit schoolgirl-ish but we think it really suits her soft features. The length is a little longer than a classic but a flattering shoulder-skimming length.
Jessie J isn’t shy of a hair transformation or 2, but this elegant glossy bob with uniformed waves has to be one of our favourites.
We like Jenni’s simple little blonde bob. The side parting and slight side fringe keep it young.
Jen shows how to make a bob sexy. The choppy layers make the look flirty, textured and fun.
Want to copy the look? Ask for piecey layers that are longer around the front of your face and and inch or two shorter at the back.
A bit of sea salt spray will make your bob look beachy and wavy.
Jenny Frost’s bob perfectly mirrors the length of her jawline, and we love her sweeping side fringe. A nice style if you’re looking for something a little shorter.
This length of bob has been so popular in 2013. Falling just around your shoulders, it’s not too regimented and can be dressed up straight and sleek or relaxed with soft curls around the shoulders.
We like that Heidi has parted her light fringe to either side, too!
Helen’s bob is perfect for her face shape, it’s quite short, but the added volume and side fringe keep it feminine.
We think Helen’s overdone the volume a little bit here. If you have a small, heart-shaped face like Helen’s you don’t want your bob to sit too closely around your face – almost engulfing it!
A little less volume and layering or maybe losing the fringe would be a more flattering style.
Eva Longoria’s angled bob is lovely. It tucks just under her ears and we love that one side is slightly longer than the other – a trend that Frankie Sandford pulled off perfectly with her pixie crop.
This is a great style for Fearne, it’s a very long bob, in fact it’s almost bordering on a mid-length cut, but the way she’s styled it to curl in slightly at the ends make it a gorgeous, bouncy long bob.
Gwynnie seems to crop up in all our hair galleries (she does have gorgeous hair after all). This asymmetric bob is lovely, really sleek and simple, there’s been no attempt to add extra volume which can sometimes make bobs look a little frumpy, it’s simply a classic cut bob.
Well done Gwyneth!
Remember when Cheryl went over to the blonde side? Her honey blonde curly bob was cute, but it just wasn’t the same Cheryl, was it?
Dannii has got the length of her bob absolutely spot on, and we love that the ends of her hair are slightly lighter that the lengths – a dip dyed bob!
Carey’s 1920s style bob is sleek and clean cut, it’s quite boyish, but as Carey has such soft and girly features she makes it look effortlessly feminine.
We love Emily’s bob, it’s simple but pretty and the thick loose curl round the front adds an extra bit of detail.