Best long and short bob hairstyles as seen on celebrities – to inspire your next cut

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  • 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 of any age; it’s grown up, sophisticated, easy-to-wear and suits practically every woman. But it’s understandable to be nervous – especially if you’re used to having much longer hair.

    If you’re thinking of going for the chop but aren’t sure if it’ll suit your face? According to stylists, there’s a rule you can adopt to find out if chopping your hair off will suit you, before you brave the scissors: the 2.25-inch rule!

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    International Training Director of Color Wow Giles Robinson, explained to GoodtoKnow: ‘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.

    But even if the rest reveals that longer hair is more you’re bag, it doesn’t mean you can’t try out a longer bob if you’re set on getting your hair cut shorter.

    Long bobs – or lobs – are more in style than ever before, and can look brilliantly chic and sophisticated. Plus, they’re low maintenance, and for those days spent rushing after the kids when you just want to pop your hair up into a ponytail, a long bob will let you do so.

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    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.

    While you don’t have to style your ‘do exactly like the celebs, you can easily take some practical inspiration from the likes of Stacey Solomon and her easy but stunning lob, or Charlize Theron’s super sleek short bob. Just a few simple changes like adding a fringe or some layering could also 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 it take along to your hairdresser!

    Celebrity bob hairstyles: