If we learned one thing in 2017, it’s that everything old is new again. When it comes to hairstyles specifically, the bob haircut that was so popular in the 1960s came surging back in popularity last year, and it shows no signs of going away here in 2018. Of course, not all bobs are the same—there are steps you can take to put a fresh spin on yours so that it’s perfectly suited to the modern age. Keep reading for six ways to modernize a bob haircut along with the products you’ll need (such as hair spray and hair mousse) to style your look.
1. Keep It Blunt
If you really want to be hip, ask your stylist for a blunt bob haircut—even better if you pair this cut with blunt bangs. This bob style is particularly perfect for those with fine to medium hair, as it can help add the look of volume to hair that tends to fall flat. That being said, blunt bobs look best when they’re smooth, so use a smoothing system of shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner, in the shower, then apply a heat protectant and blow-dry your hair with a paddle brush.
2. Add an Accessory
Remember how just about every one of your favorite TV characters sported headbands in the mid-2000s? Well, we have good news: These accessories are totally back in favor! Headbands are not only an easy way to take a bob haircut to the next level—they can also be especially useful if you’re experiencing frizzy hair or static. Just pop a thick one on to disguise flyaways and look chic at the same time.
3. Change Your Part
Recently, we shared five stylish ways to part your hair. A side part can be especially flattering for curly hair types, from loose to tight. Show off your hair’s natural texture by laying off the heat tools. Instead, once you hop out of the shower, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto damp hair, create a side part, then let your hair air dry. Once your hair has dried completely, rake your fingers through it to tousle your bob haircut for a beachy effect. This is also a great option if you have damaged hair and want to give your hair a break from the heat tools.
4. Pin Your Ends
For those times when you have a special event to attend or just want to amp up the glamour factor for some reason, pin your ends. While you might not think you’d be able to rock an updo on a short bob haircut, it turns out you can—with the help of some bobby pins. First, wash your hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner, then blow-dry and curl your hair. Finally, pin the bottom of your curls in with bobby pins and spray with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray to help secure your hairstyle.
5. Wear It Wavy
Bob haircuts look beautiful whether they’re straight or wavy—but if you’ve got natural texture, why not play it up from time to time? After showering, apply a dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, then blow-dry your hair with a diffuser to help enhance your curl’s shape.
6. Go for Volume
A voluminous bob haircut is something you can’t go wrong with, particularly if you have fine or thin hair, so ask your stylist for inverted layers if a voluminous bob is something you want to try. Keep up your look by using the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner and blow-drying your hair, rouding in the ends.
For more bob haircut inspiration, here’s How to Rock an Asymmetrical Bob.