The bob hairstyle has more variation of its original straight lines than any other haircut. So much so that there is a bob hairstyle out there for just about any hair type and face shape. Short updated bob hairstyles are usually chin length or shorter and often feature strategically-placed layers to add volume or shape to the cut. The short bob hairstyle is especially helpful for those with fine, limp hair as the overall shape of a bob makes the hair look thicker.
Concave Line Bob
The concave line bob, a variation of the angled bob, features shorter length in the back and a dramatically-angled front length several inches longer. The back of this bob is layered at the ends only to create a concave shape with volume at the nape of the neck. The sides and front of the bob are kept one length to create a sleek contrast to the volume in the back. This bob can be worn with or without bangs.
When styling the concave line bob use a smoothing serum on damp hair and blow dry the back with a large round brush to create the necessary volume. Switch to a vent brush for the sides and bang area to keep the lines smooth and sleek.
Inverted Layered Bob
An inverted layered bob traditionally has a closely cropped nape area that angles and lengthens toward the front. With the inverted layered bob, several short, choppy layers are added to the style to create height and texture instead of the traditionally smooth and sleek look of this cut. The shortest layers are added at the crown area to create volume in contrast to a closely-clippered nape area. The layers are gradually extended towards the face to create more length and face-framing, wispy layers.
This hairstyle works best when worn with a longer, choppy bang that blends with the sides. Use a texturizing cream on damp hair when styling and skip the brush in favor of your fingers as a styling tool. This creates a more tousled and updated look for this hairstyle.
While most bob hairstyles have ends that lay smooth or turn under, a variation on the old rule is to layer the ends to create a flip instead. The amount of layering will depend on the overall length of the bob and how much of a flip you wish to have. Longer bobs, between chin and shoulder length, should have a few layers and a gentle flip. Those with bobs chin length or shorter can really play up the flip factor with several layers to create spiky and pronounced flips throughout the front and back. Use a flat iron with a beveled edge to create smooth, kink-free flips easily. Finish off with a medium hold hairspray to keep the flips in place throughout the day.