If there was ever a cut that complemented every face shape, every hair texture and color, and every skin tone, the bob would be it. This classic style-which has come a long way from its 1920s, flapper-esque start-is chic, polished, and-since it doesn't weigh heavy on the back of your neck-it's perfect for summer. What's more, despite being short on length, the list of ways to wear this classic cut is long. One cut, four ways? Here's why the bob should be your summer style:
The Straight Bob
A straight, chin-length bob flatters your jawline and elongates your neck. Perfect for a big meeting at the office, this look is easy to achieve. L'Oréal Professionnel celebrity stylist Jennifer MacDougall calls the look simplistic, clean, and fashionable. You'll want to plan on a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep the ends blunt and sharp. A simple blowout with a bit of styling cream-and perhaps a flat iron touch-up-is all you'll need.
The Bob with Bangs
Already have a bob? Want to change your look without going shorter? Add bangs! New York City stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel Ambassador Drew Schaefering says that bangs help to draw attention to your facial features. He suggests using a little texturizer on your ends before blow drying to create depth and to add bulk. He also says to style your bangs first. "When the bangs are in place, the rest of the look falls into shape a lot easier."
The Wavy Bob
Whether your hair has a natural bend or you want to create it with a curling wand or iron, this way of styling a bob evokes an instantly effortless, beachy vibe. New York City Stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Amit Abraham recommends this style for movement and says it's a great way to add texture to fine hair. Spray in a texturing spray and let your hair air dry for quick, easy styling.
The Curly Bob
With curls, you'll want your stylist to add in a few layers to ensure your curls bounce and don't grow out in a triangle shape. Use mousse or styling gel and use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer for a soft curl. Abraham warns never to hairspray a curly bob-or else it will look stiff and crunchy-and try to avoid brushing it out so your curls don't lose definition.