For a hairstyle that will always deliver, there’s no better bet than the bob. No matter your face shape, hair texture, or personal style, there’s a version of the bob (or its cousin, the cropped cut) to fit the bill—be it super-short, shoulder-skimming, or somewhere in between. And, let’s be honest, short hair can make life a little easier. Who wouldn’t want those few extra minutes in the morning?
Whether you choose a collarbone lob, a short bob, or a pixie, these haircuts will give your tresses a much-needed refresh just in time for apple picking, pie baking, and football watching. So say hello to autumn and goodbye to a few inches, and find the look that’ll help you spice things up this season.
Sharp Short Bob
This chin-hugging bob is all angles, so you’ll look sharp from every side. Consider this your “I can conquer the world” cut. (Or maybe just the pumpkin patch.)
Waved Chin Bob
Bring on the vintage vibes with this face-framing, textured bob. Minimal layering makes your waves the main attraction as they bend softly around your temples.
Relaxed Shoulder Cut
Not ready for a chin-length chop? This in-between length by stylist Chrissy Rasmussen is not only effortlessly cool—the easy layering equals lots of volume and movement without much styling.
The key to this throwback-90s cut: choppy layers on top. The extra texture will give you plenty of styling potential.
Blunt A-Line Bob
Short hair doesn’t have to be boring, and this bob is perfect proof. Long, side-swept bangs break up blunt edges and (bonus!) highlight your cheekbones.
Sharp Shoulder Cut
Maintain some length and turn heads with this razor-sharp style. For those with naturally straight, fine, or thin hair, this look adds visual variety with little-to-no hassle.
Curly Layered Bob
Lots of layers enhance your natural curl pattern and volume, flaunting your hair’s enviable bounce. Wispy bangs top it off perfectly.
Textured Chin Bob
This mini bob packs tons of texture into a short cut. It owes its oomph to internal (or invisible) layers, which sit under the surface of your hair, adding volume without overdoing the dimension.
Sculpted Crop Cut
Keep things clean and simple with a boyish crop cut featuring side-swept bangs, which flatter most face shapes. Who wouldn’t want to show off their cheekbones? Exactly.
Stacked Chin Bob
If you’re looking to pump up the volume, a stacked bob will do the trick. Layering the backside shorter than the front takes weight off the crown, giving you extra height and plenty of body.
Shoulder Shag Cut
This shag cut gives your springy spirals the attention they deserve. Fringe (like this set by stylist Michelle Thompson) adds another tier of texture and interest.
Nothing frames the face like a collarbone-skimming lob. This style lets you hang onto a little length without sacrificing volume, thanks to internal layers, which subtly lift your strands.
As far as we’re concerned, curtain bangs will never go out of style—which is why we’re all for adding them to any existing cut. Shaggy fringe is an easy, high-impact move when you’re craving change.
Curly Shoulder Shag
Saucy shoulder length, tons of layers, wispy bangs—what’s not to adore about this curly girl cut?
Shorter on one side with long, side-swept bangs on the other, this edgy take on the traditional pixie gives you plenty of styling options.
The key to nailing this look is framing the jawline with extra short layers to capture that Joan Jett-inspired style. The length skims the collarbones just so.
Angled Collarbone Cut
This one by stylist Carolynn Judd is all about the drama, hitting the nape of the neck in the back and skimming the collarbone in the front. Ask for A-line (which doesn’t have any layering), instead of stacked.
Fringed Shaggy Bob
This is a modern-day version of the helmet shag, and we’re loving every single inch of it. Cropped bangs and mega layers are the secret to updating the retro look.
If you’ve outgrown the basic, straight lob, inject some texture with long bangs or layers. Face-framing fringe can transform thinner hair from flat to flowy.
We’re all for a mullet revival—so long as it looks like this: neck-grazing, full of dimension, and amazingly versatile. Swoop back your top locks for added height.
Blunt Chin Bob
For those with thick hair, a blunt, chin-grazing bob can be super-flattering. Accentuate with texture and low-key layering.
Asymmetrical Collarbone Cut
One of the longest cuts of the bunch, this asymmetrical style is the ideal way to inch your way toward a bob. A deep side part accentuates the angles.