25 Beautiful Ways to Style a Grown-Out Bob

Every year, without fail, I get an urge to wear super-long extensions. Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to grow my hair longer than chest length myself, but I love to clip in extra length every now and again. However, despite my slight reliance on extensions, I always come back to medium-length bob hairstyles. This length is so easy to manage and suits most face shapes and hair textures too. It’s no wonder the length is so popular.


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I think because it’s such an easy-to-wear length, I forget how fun it is to style and play with. I usually plait my hair before bed, unravel for light waves in the morning, and that’s it. So I trawled the web for some style inspiration to revive my love for my bob, and I was not disappointed. Here are the best styles to try right now.


Sleek and Straight
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If you have a blunt cut without layers, this is a chic and simple way to wear your bob. It never goes out of style.


Matte Texture
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Finer hair types will love a spritz of dry texturizing spray root to tip for volume and hold.


Half-Up, Half-Down
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If you have longer layers that are grown out compared to the top layers, a half-up, half-down style is super cute, and the bow completes the look.


Shine Galore
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Load on heat protector pre-straightening and then mist with shine spray for a glossy finish.


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A slicked-back look can still have a little movement and body to it like April's does. Use a small amount of light-hold gel and a medium-density brush to create the look.


Space Buns
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A fun, fuss-free style for all textures but curly and coily hair types, as the buns are super full when brushed and puffed out.


Beret Lovely
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Why do berets look so great with a bob? If you have a fringe too, it’s honestly just *chef’s kiss.*


Scrunched Up

Scrunchies aren't just for long hair with loads of texture. Bundle up your bob in a neutral scrunchie for a laid-back but luxe look.


Side Sweep
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A petition to reclaim the side part as the go-to parting. It looks particularly great with a sleek bob.


Bouncy Tendrils
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Lacking definition with your front layers? A tool like the GHD Thin Wand will give you the bouncy curl you want to finish this look.


Flicked Out
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Flicking the ends of your bob up instead of under is a fun way of styling that’s simple but will require a lot of product. Holding spray, a round brush and large rollers are musts for this look.


Tendril Twists
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Twists add a twist to the tendril trend. If your hair is layered, you should be able to plait/twist to the end and use gel to secure, but if you have a blunt cut, you’ll need clear elastics at the end.


Claw Galore
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Yes, claw clips are still in and very practical for medium-length bobs when creating an updo.


Glossy Volume
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For bouncy, voluminous hair like Isabelle’s, keep a blow-dry brush on hand. It’ll give that aerated feel while achieving a smooth and glossy look.


Glam Grunge
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Growing out a bob is made even better by growing out a curtain fringe.


Gorgeous, Gorgeous Curls
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Setting your curls with a strong-hold gel and then scrunching out the cast will leave them soft but uniform.


Beautiful Bevel
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Bevelled waves never go out of style. If you use a waver, brush out the bottom layer for volume, as the way wavers clamp ca make the hair look a bit flattened.


Beachy Sheen
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I definitely find that using a straightener to create beachy waves achieves this high-gloss finish more than when I use a tong. This comes from smoothing down the cuticle as you style. Add a touch of light oil at the ends for extra sheen.


The Easy Sunday Bun
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Keeping the bun simple, accentuate the style with a smooth fringe and tendrils.


Perfect Pigtails
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Pigtails are back, along with every other Y2K style. Bobble accessories optional.


Washday Bun
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I call this a washday bun because you can step out in your pre-wash treatment on your hair washday, let it marinate and still look super chic.


Healthy Sheen
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Healthy hair is ultimately the chicest hair. Keep up your treatments and trims for a blunt cut like this to have movement and a natural sheen.


Fluffy Curls
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The enviable texture of fluffy curls works at any length, but bobs look extra stylish.


Go-To Lengths
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Ombréd hair that’s cut into a medium-length bob gets a new lease on life. For this look, add texture through the lengths by picking up pieces and spritzing, but avoid touching the root.


Halo of Hair
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Even if you have finer curls or coils, you can achieve volume on bob-length texture by using an afro comb and teasing out the root. Keep the shape by getting a curl-by-curl cut.

Next, five classic hairstyles that never go out of style.