How to Choose The Right Bob For Your Face Shape

Hair trends come and go, but one style that always seems to stand the test of time is the bob. There are different variations of this classic cut, but the general distinction is that hair typically ends around ones jaw line. From the looks at this year’s fashion week, (thanks Keira Knightley!) the current "in" bob is more tousled than sleek and bangs are an option but certainly not a requirement. 

According to celebrity hair stylist Justin Surh, of the Michael John Salon in Beverly Hills, as long as you take face shape into consideration, anyone can make a bob work. For a round face, the 20-year styling veteran says chin length tends to be most flattering.  

"Have your part off center and bring the hair forward keeping the sides smooth and straight," Surh says. "And a little volume on the top will help to elongate your face." If you want your hair longer, he recommends getting graduated layers from your lips down. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/jingdianmeinv1)

Surh believes those who have an oval face are in luck, as really any style bob will do. For that stylish, classic, chic look, opt for the version Victoria Beckham famously flaunts. A chin length bob with side-swept bangs flatters a long face and covers the forehead. Curls or waves will soften the look and add texture to the style. To style curls or waves, Surh likes to apply a leave-in conditioner and either let the hair dry naturally or scrunch it with a diffuser.

For a square shape face like Keira Knightley, try a wavy bob. Surh advises you ask your stylist for a "graduated bob that hits at the chin," which tends to soften the square jaw line. You can also go for a long bob with side-swept bangs, which will add length and a rounded appearance to a square shaped face.

Finally, for a heart shape face, opt for a classic A-line bob. Surh suggests telling your hairdresser to "style the tresses slightly past chin length and brush the hair towards the face," to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. For this shape he cautions you steer clear of blunt bangs.

Once you find a shape that works for you, try experimenting with asymmetrical styles and lengths. A nice perk of the bob is that if you change your mind, it won’t take forever to grow out!

Elise Edwards

Elise Edwards began her career as an award-winning writer, producer, anchor and reporter for CNN in Atlanta. She freelance writes for publications including 'Los Angeles Confidential' and produces for Medstar Television. Edwards' most recently served as Supervising Producer for E! Networks' 'The Daily 10.' Her other titles include Senior Manager of Creative Services for Medco Health, writer for th...(Read More)

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