We’re not sure if you’ve noticed by now, but bob hairstyles are undoubtedly *the* hair trend of the moment. The question is, which one do you go for? We’ve been spying the textured bob, sliced bob and blunt bobs all over our socials lately, but they all have one thing in common: they are very contemporary and striking cuts that you may not feel ready for if you’re only just braving the chop.
That’s where the layered bob comes in. Not too harsh, not too short, and instead of blunt edges, think: a feathered, subtle, soft finish. The layered bob works with your face shape (read: super flattering) and is the ideal cut if you have longer hair and are looking to brave a shorter style.
“The bob is a perennial classic working at every stage of life, but what I love about the layered bob is that you can simply adjust the length to flatter your face shape and add a little texture around the base to keep it fresh,” says Mark Leeson, Revlon Professional Global Artistic Ambassador.
“As lockdowns ease and we are able to go to the salon again, a lot of women are looking for a change and to get their hair back to optimum health after (for some) a year of not being able to visit their hairdresser. The layered bob is a great option for this – it’s fresh, textured and has an easy-going appeal, and that’s really attractive.”
So, what shall we ask for during our next salon trip to achieve the layered bob look? “Ask your hairdresser to add subtle choppy layers in line with your jaw – this is especially good for anyone with thinning hair,” explains Mark. “I love to place subtle colour around the hairline to highlight features and enhance the movement of the cut; it really adds to the texture of your hair. We’ve seen this look on the likes of Rihanna, Natalie Portman and Emilia Clarke.”
When it comes to maintaining the look, the good news is that the layered bob is pretty low maintenance. Mark just recommends booking in for regular trims every 8-12 weeks (depending on how quickly your hair grows) and using professional haircare that respects your scalp, particularly if you’re adding colour to your layered bob to frame your face and highlight your features.
“Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so I always recommend Revlon Professional Nutri Colour Filters which give endless colour options while caring for your hair, leaving it nourished and full of shine.”
Styling your layered bob is beautifully straightforward, too. Simply add a little root lift, blow-dry with a round bristle brush and tong the ends for extra movement.