I Hate to Say It, But I'm Done With My Bob—12 Low-Effort Hairstyles I'm Dreaming of Next

First things first. I feel like I need to disclose that as I type this very article, I am in fact growing out my bob. I just want to make it clear that I’m not going back on the multiple times I’ve told Who What Wear UK readers I will never have long hair again. Aside from me sounding ever so slightly dramatic, it still holds true that short hair does suit me a lot better. But over the spring/summer months especially, I just feel like a few extra inches really wouldn’t go a miss. And while bobs are certainly not "out", nor are they "over", since I've been sporting one for a while now, I have to say, I'm in the market for longer lengths again.

“A grown-out bob is a great option if you’d like short-to-mid-length
hair but miss the versatility that longer hairstyles can offer,” explains top
hairstylist and trend forecaster Tom Smith
. “It can be far more playful and versatile when it comes to styling and so if you’re someone who likes to change their look on a daily weekly basis, this is a great choice. It’s also a great way of wearing a mid-shape that can still be tied up for aesthetic or practicality reasons such as working out.”

Hailey Bieber Grown-Out Bob

Hailey Bieber at Coachella was my initial inspiration for growing out my bob...

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For me, the latter holds particularly true and with Glastonbury and a
few cheeky trips abroad on the horizon, I want to be able to have the option of
tying my hair back. And I’m in exceptionally good company. “Lili Reinhart, Christy Turlington, Raye and Jennifer Aniston are all sporting longer bobs,” says Smith. “They all hit the shoulders which encourages texture, lift and movement. As the wearer moves, the hair looks more energetic as it bounces around the shoulders and gives the look of vitality and playfulness.”

Smith goes on to explain that while they can work straight and sleek, for
best results you should style with a bit of texture in the form of bouncy or
more beachy waves. “If you prefer a more glamorous look, blow-dry using a round barrel brush or a tool like the Dyson Airwrap. If you’d rather a more relaxed, casual texture, try bending the hair randomly with a large straightening iron or large curling tong. Finish with some texture spray to add to the lift and movement."

Scroll on to discover the best low-effort, grown-out bob hairstyles and shop the prodcuts you need to recreate some of the looks yourself.

The Best Grown-Out Bob Hairstyles:

Laura Harrier Grown-Out Bob

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Hard evidence for a shoulder grazing bob. Living for the soft waves and side parting.

Jennifer Aniston Blonde Grown-Out Bob

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Jennifer Aniston is giving 90s Posh Spice and we are so here for it.

Christy Turlington Grown-Out Bob

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Christy Turlington making a strong argument for a straight grown-out bob in a centre parting. And pin stripe suits.

Claire Most Grown-Out Coily Bob

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Grown-out bob + coily hair = match made in heaven.

Sydney Sweeney Grown-Out Blonde Bob in Centre Parting

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To achieve Sydney's chic look, flick out the ends of the hair with straighteners and finish with a generous helping of hairspray.

Rochelle Humes Grown-Out Bob Centre Parting

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Ever since Rochelle cut her hair into a bob, she's been my go-to inspo. You really can't go wrong with a centre parting paired with loose waves.

Elle Fanning Grown-Out Bob

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To achieve Elle's beachy soft tousled waves, celebrity hair stylist Jenda applied Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In to control her natural wave and give the high shine factor.

Maude Apatow Grown-Out Bob

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Maude's bob is longer at the front, giving extra length around the face, but shorter in the back, giving the cut more shape and movement. I'm seriously tempted.

Emmanuelle Koffi grown-out bob

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The long bob paired with curtain bangs is a trending look on both curly and straight hair.

Lili Reinhart Grown-Out Bob

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Lili has recently grown out her chin-length bob and it really suits her face shape.

Miss Enocha Grown-Out Bob and Adidas Cap

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The good news, a grown-out bob and baseball cap is the perfect look for summer, whether it's for a festival or a picnic in the park.

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Mollie Burdell is a freelance beauty editor, presenter and host. She trained as a makeup artist at the prestigious Delamar Academy, covering everything from prosthetics and theatre to TV and film, and then went on to graduate from university with a First Class Honours degree in journalism.After completing internships at Grazia, Look, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, she landed her first writer role at Superdrug's Dare magazine. Mollie then joined the Harrods content team as a beauty writer before being promoted to the deputy beauty editor. There, she developed the content strategy, tone of voice and creative identity for H Beauty—Harrods's standalone regional beauty stores. When she wasn't interviewing the likes of Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Regé-Jean Page, you'd find her on a live broadcast, hosting an event, shooting video content, reviewing the lastest beauty launch on social or crafting a magazine feature. She has also hosted and contributed to the LuxeGirl by SheerLuxe YouTube series.When Mollie isn't writing about beauty, you'll find her talking about it on a TikTok shop, dancing to pretty much anything with a beat, reading a crime thriller or performing a solo rendition of "One Day More" from Les Mis.