25 Chic Bob Hairstyles and Haircuts

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If you’ve recently decided to go for the chop and are now on the hunt for chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found 27 stunning styles we think might tickle your fancy, and we’ve accompanied it all with some great bob hairstyle advice too. Aren’t we nice?

But grab yourself a cuppa, ladies. We’re going to talk all-things short hair. Well, short-ish.

1. LAYERS + BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

A number of celebrities have gone for the chop recently, and it’s been a look that’s come in and out of fashion for many years. In fact, some might argue that the look has never gone out of fashion at all. The bob itself dates back many years, although it was first made fashionable around the 1920’s. Things have come a long way since those days, and we’re thankful for that. We’re especially thankful for chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017 like this layers and blonde highlights look.

Layered Bob Haircut with Blonde Highlights

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2. ANGLED BOB + CARAMEL HIGHLIGHTS

For when you want to keep some length, keep it at the front with a bob that is cleverly angled to give you the best of both worlds. This angled bob has been mixed up with caramel highlights, but worked from the bottom up. This helps to keep the roots natural, and to give your hair a bit of a break.

Angled Brunette Bob Haircut with Caramel Highlights

Instagram / hairbyedwin

3. CHOCOLATE BOB + BALAYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Spring is the perfect time to go for the chop if you’ve ever considered having shorter hair. Long hair can be hard to say goodbye to, but styles like this chocolate bob with balayage highlights helps to make the transition easier. This is a slightly longer and freely-styled bob, the front left slightly longer than the hair at the back, and the lighter highlights have been kept to the very ends of the hair, and those face-framing layers too. Who said you couldn’t experiment with colours and shades when you had short hair? This look definitely proves otherwise.

Wavy Brunette Bob Haircut with Balayage Highlights

Instagram / prettylittleombre

4. CINNAMON GOLD BALAYAGE

Rose gold has been a very popular look recently, but it’s time for rose gold to move aside. Cinnamon gold is coming to town, and this balayage look shows you exact why it’s such as a popular one. You can combine both lighter and darker shades together for an exotic mix, and it’s a great way to transition from light to dark, or vice versa.

Cinnamon Gold Bob Haircut

Instagram / amy_ziegler

5. TEXTURED BLONDE BOB

Texture and bobs go together like … well, textured bobs! They were made for each other, the clever waves adding dimension to a look that might otherwise be quite limp and lifeless. If you’re finding that your hair is limp and lacklustre these days, take things in hand. Going for the chop and opting for shorter hair will allow new hair regrowth, and it’ll be healthier and stronger hair growth at that.

Textured Blonde Bob Haircut

Instagram / mikaatbhc

6. TEXTURED BRUNETTE BOB + GOLDEN BALAYAGE HIGHLIGHT

While we’re on the subject of adding life to dull hair, highlights are definitely a great way to play around with light. The combination of lighter and darker shades will help to make your hair appear much thicker, and this is definitely the case when you add tousled waves. Darker roots will allow for longer periods in between salon appointments, and that’ll benefit not only your bank balance, but also your locks.

Brown Textured Bob with Gold Balayage Highlights

Instagram / erin.boha_hair

7. STRAIGHT, STACKED BOB

Short hair is often considered to be easier hair to maintain, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the hair-TLC. You will still need to make sure you are conditioning your hair, and giving it plenty of nutrients with a decent nourishing shampoo. This will ensure when your hair grows back long again, it does so with all the power it needs to be strong and healthy.

Straight Stacked Bob Haircut for Brunettes

Instagram / hairbyedwin

8. BRONDE BOB WITH BANGS

You can still rock bangs with short hair, and specifically, bobbed hair. You just need to know how to rock it the right way. This is a great way – mixing longer length at the front with long bangs. This bronde shade helps to keep things cool and modern also – it’s one of the hottest shades for 2017. All the celebs are rocking it, Jennifer Lopez and half of the Kardashian-Jenners included.

Bronde Bob Haircut with Bangs

Instagram / kristin_ess

9. ICY BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

Dare to go platinum blonde? While you’re going for the chop, why not opt for a brave and bold new shade at the same time? This icy-blonde look is definitely a stunner, but you should be aware of the harsh pre-treatments your hair will need to go through in order to get a look this light. We can’t bang on enough about how important conditioning treatments are to your hair, and this is most definitely the case when you’re looking at going bleach-worthy lighter.

Bob Haircut with Icy Blonde Highlights

Instagram / emrahdemircii

10. CHOPPY, LIGHT BROWN BOB

This choppy, light brown bob is a really cute for in-between stages of your life. The shade is a nice one to help with those copper tones you’ll often find peeking through when you go from darker hair to lighter hair. The length and style is also a great one for when you’re making the transition from much shorter hair. If you’re growing out a shorter bob, for example, this one is a great next-stop grow-out look.

Choppy Light Brown Bob Haircut

Instagram / mayhemilyhair

11. SANDY BLONDE INVERTED BOB

One of the benefits to opting for these chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017 is that you don’t need to spend quite so much time maintaining your locks. Drying your hair will only take a fraction of the time when you don’t need to worry about all the length … It might be about the right time to give your hair dryer a break. If you spend all your time using hated styling tools on your locks, they’re going to suffer. While you have the benefit of a 20-minute all-natural hair-drying time, make the best possible use of it.

Sandy Blonde Inverted Bob Haircut

Instagram / romeufelipe

12. CARAMEL AND BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

One of the first things you should learn when you opt for shorter looks like these chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017 is that you need to give the styling products a break. Taking a step from heated styling tools is a great step, but stepping away from unnatural products entirely is a great way to put a spring back into your hair’s step. If your hair could walk obviously … You won’t need a lot of product for hair this short, and in some cases you might even find that you don’t need any product at all. Give it a break and see what you could can achieve with some gentle tousling and air-drying. You’ll be surprised at what magic may happen.

Curly Brunette Bob with Caramel and Blonde Highlights

Instagram / aaashleee

13. CURLY, CINNAMON AND BEIGE BLONDE BALAYAGE BOB

Most hairstylists would say that the bob is one of the easiest styles to both maintain and style at home. You just need to have the right products and tools to do it, and for the most part, it’s none of the tools you would think you might need to use. For example, where you might have needed to use curling irons and some serious hairspray to create a curly look on long hair that would last the entire night, short hair only requires some finger-tousling and sea-salt / beach spray. Roots are instantly livened up with some upside hair-shaking because there isn’t the length to weigh everything down, and in general, life is much easier. Doesn’t shorter hair sound super attractive now?

Curly Cinnamon and Beige Blonde Bob Haircut

Instagram / hdresseronfire

14. INVERTED & ASYMMETRICAL

For when you’re feeling modern and fresh, how about this inverted and asymmetrical bobbed look, one of the chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017 we think means serious business? There’s no hair to faff around with in the heat of the summer, which sounds like a really attractive prospect if we’re being honest about things. We’re loving those slightly lighter and brighter vibes towards the front and the face too. We just love it.

Inverted and Asymmetrical Bob Haircut with Highlights

Instagram / prettylittleombre

15. CINNAMON RED TO BLONDE

There are a lot of things to take into consideration when you opt for these chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017, and one of those things is that your makeup bag might need to change. You’re exposing more of your face than you would have done with your longer hair, and this may make you rethink a number of things. This is even more so the case if you are changing the colour or shade of your hair. You may find that your eyebrows no longer match.

Red to Blonde Ombre Bob Haircut

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16. CHOPPY BOB + ICY BLONDE OMBRE

You may find that you need a few more regular touch-ups with shorter hair than with longer hair, unless you leave it to take on a natural grow-out. This is definitely the case with bangs, which always seem to need cutting and trimming more often than the rest of your hair. The bob can be an easy and low-maintenance style, but in other respects it’s quite a fussy and high-maintenance one too. It all depends on the kind of cut you opt for. Your hair stylist will be able to tell you the problems you are likely to encounter by going for the chop, if any.

Icy Blonde Ombre Bob Haircut

Instagram / shayzahra

17. SPICY, TEXTURED BOB

Add some spice and texture to your chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017 with a stacked bob – one that has shorter layers at the back and longer layers towards the front and face. Spicy highlights have been added, caramel and almost coppery-toned blondes in this case, and they look fabulous against that rich brunette shade. It’s fun and fancy, and we just love it.

Textured Bob Haircut for Brunettes

Instagram / singi.vo

18. BLONDE LOWLIGHTS

When you’re talking about lowlights and dark hair, most hair stylists would suggest that more coppery and rose gold tones work best. You will get a hint of brassiness about the look if you’re trying to go from a darker brunette to a lighter blonde, but this can work in your favour if you work things the right way. Adding ash blondes into the mix can help to counteract too much of the copper brassiness.

Blonde Lowlights for Bob Haircut

Instagram / trevpalm

19. CHOCOLATE BROWN BOB & GOLDEN BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

When it comes to adding highlights to your chic bob hairstyles and haircuts for 2017, do so naturally in the new balayage style that everyone is utterly obsessed with right now. To be fair, we’re utterly obsessed too, and it’s not very hard to understand why. Hand-painted balayage highlights add light to the places on your hair that the sun would naturally hit. This means that you have a beautiful natural sun-kissed glow about your locks, and on short hair especially, this can look absolutely stunning.

Chocolate Brown and Golden Blonde Highlights on Bob Haircut

Instagram / amy_ziegler

20. CHOPPY INVERTED BOB

Whether you’re opting for long or short during the summer, you should always make sure you are taking care of your hair. With good conditioned hair, it doesn’t matter whether you go long or short, your hair will look great. It’ll have a good shine to it, and it will also be more likely to do as it’s told … Plus, great condition hair always looks much better than poor condition hair. Take this beautiful choppy inverted bob as a prime example.

Choppy Inverted Beige Blonde Bob Haircut

Instagram / erin.boha_hair

21. CINNAMON ORANGE BOB

Do you remember all those times you dyed your hair orange by accident? Well, how about embracing that brassiness. Better than that, how about you enhance it? Those cinnamon orange tones can work much better than you’d think with most skin tones, and it gives you the perfect opportunity to find a place in between light and dark hair too. We love it, a rose-glow, blorange hue about it. What do you think? Would you be brave enough to go orange?

Cinnamon Orange Bob Haircut

Instagram / prettylittleombre

22. INVERTED BOB + ICY BLONDE OMBRE

A slightly different end of the spectrum now, we loved this inverted and icy blonde ombre. If you’re going for a drastic new cut, you might as well opt for a drastic new shade too. If you’ve ever wanted to go platinum blonde, this might just be the time to do it.

Ice Blonde Inverted Bob Haircut

Instagram / hairbyedwin

23. HONEY BLONDE BALAYAGE

Choppy Brunette Bob with Honey Blonde Highlights

Instagram / mikaatbhc

24. LAYERS + TEXTURE

One thing that does go splendidly well with short hair like these stunning styles is a good ol’ hair accessory. Pins, grips, bows, rhinestones, whatever you like, whatever you want to throw onto your hair. There’s a brand new world of hair accessorising out there, and with short hair you have plenty of opportunity to explore it.

Layered and Textured Long Bob Haircut

Instagram / timm.morrison

25. STRAIGHT INVERTED BOB

Straight Inverted Bob Haircut

Instagram / hairbyedwin

 

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