With stars like Lucy Hale, Jennifer Lopez, Ana de Armas, and more recently swinging fresh chops and chin shaving (goodbye, pandemic locks), people with thicker manes might be afraid of getting a bob due to the possibility of looking boxy, awkward, bulky or, well, all of the above. Thick hair is usually flattened by its own weight, so “when it is shorter, [people] fear that it looks too thick or fluffy ”, Renato Campora, artistic director of Fekkai and hairstylist for Amanda Seyfried and Kate Winslet, tells Bustle.
Ultimately, however, bobs aren’t just for people with thin hair (although the styling looks just as awesome on thinner locks and naturally curly locks). Yes, it is possible to wear a bob with thicker hair – all it takes is smart layering and styling. “It is important to layer and remove the volume so as to leave a nice shape”, explains Laura Polko, Aquage ambassador and hairstylist for stars like Gigi Hadid and Chrissy teigen. In other words, Campora adds, avoid a totally blunt line. “It will make the hair even thicker. “
Whatever you do, don’t be afraid of the cut. A big cut can really improve the quality of your hair by stimulating the scalp and promoting greater growth, Campora explains. And don’t forget: after coming home from the salon, it is “essential to condition the hair and keep it healthy, hydrated and strong,” he adds. Read on for the three best bob hairstyles for thick hair, all handpicked by Campora and Polko.
1. The asymmetrical bob
An asymmetrical short cut – meaning longer in the front and shorter in the back – helps balance the weight of thicker locks, suggests Campora. “If you’re worried about your hair looking too big, it will help the figure. The longer front will give the overall style an appearance of length and weight and avoid looking too bloated, ”he says.
PSA: Adding a little texture to your hair will go a long way with this high-low style. Polko recommends giving strands a healthy spritz of a thermal protector like Aquage Beyond Body Sealing Styling Spray, then curl them with a one-inch curling iron (she likes the T3 Singlepass Curler Professional Curling Iron 1 “) to “get the right turn”. Seal the deal with texturizing spray, and voila.
2. The Blown Bob
Adding volume to already thick hair might seem like a no-no, but a blowout can actually frame and open up the face nicely, Polko says. You will be happy to know that it is totally DIY-capable. Polko recommends running some mousse through the braids and using a round brush at the crown “for maximum volume”. Up front, she recommends using a flat iron to twist strands away from the face. Finish by spraying a finishing spray on your fingertips and rounding the hair’s curves for more hold and texture, she adds.
If you’re short on time but still want the look, Campora suggests Fekkai Baby Blonde Multi-Tasker Air Dry Brightening Cream, which will “give your hair the right weight” in the blink of an eye. “I even use it to prep before a blow-dry to get that extra weight while still maintaining good movement,” he adds.
3. The sleek and straight bob
A longer bob (think shoulders) is also a particularly good option for thick hair, suggests Campora. Again, it all depends on how the hair hangs down. “You need some weight in the hair to keep the volume down. This way the hair still has weight [but] won’t look thicker or wider, ”he says.
Once you’ve gotten the cut, consider styling the “extra, extra straight” strands, Polko adds. Spray sections of your hair with a shine spray (Aquage Beyond Shine and Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spra(both are solid choices) before flat ironing for a “shiny and smooth, never greasy” look.