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The bob is the celeb-approved hairstyle of summer.

Few things can transform your look (or your attitude, for that matter) like a good haircut. Shedding the extra length just feels so damn good, especially after a seemingly endless winter.

And if we take our style cues from the other side of the world, this summer looks to be the season of the bob.

The style has dominated celebrity Instagram feeds and red carpets this year, with A-lister after A-lister going the chop. Kim K recently traded in her mermaid waves for a chic, chin-length bob, and Bella Hadid followed suit, debuting a new short cut on the runway at London Fashion Week.

“Women are looking for something that really screams strong and independent,” Leader of Cutting Education and Style Director at Edwards & Co, Matt Jones, told Mamamia. 

“This look is classic and strong and pretty much anyone can wear it.”

The main difference to other short cuts is that this style is typically one length the whole way around your hair. What really sets it apart is its versatility: there’s no end to the ways you can style a choppy bob – and whether your locks are straight, wavy or curly, there’s a version to suit you.

You’re best to consult with your hairstylist on the variation that will best work with things like your face shape and hair texture, says Matt.

“Listen to your stylist when it comes to what length,” he adds. “What you see on a Kardashian might not actually suit you, but they could recommend something similar which will play to your features and strengths.”

If you know a dead straight, slick bob like Kim’s will never be your vibe, fear not.

“Texture can absolutely come into play,” says Matt. “I find women like that because they don’t have to go to as much trouble in the morning trying to get it perfect. If anything I think adding a slight bend or wave is what carries this trend into something more current.”

If you’re prone to thinner strands, your stylist may recommend adding texture into the ends to add some volume.

And though it may look low-key, you’re going to need a little more maintenance than your usual haircut to keep your style on point.
“Given that this is a very strong shape, you’ll find between 6-8 weeks you’ll lose that fresh feeling,” Matt says. “By 10 you usually get a slight flick as it hits the shoulder. I recommend no more than 8 weeks for a refresh.”

Convinced? In the name of hair-spiration, here are 10 other stellar ladies embracing what we’re affectionately calling the B-Bob.

Brie Larson

The Oscar winner looked all kinds of gorgeous with this retro take featuring tucked-in ends, a look also loved by Margot Robbie.

Emilia Clarke

A-list hairstylist Jenny Cho snapped Emilia’s elegant brunette bob, showing the look has timeless appeal.

Naomi Watts

Naomi has always favoured shorter styles. She gave her look an edgy twist earlier in the year with this ultra-blunt cut.

Lucy Hale

The queen of cool hair showed off effortless texture in this selfie taken last month.

Kaia Gerber

After chopping off her long locks earlier this year, Kaia recently told Vogue Australia how happy she is with her new look. “It felt very cleansing; it was actually a weight off my shoulders,” Gerber told the mag. “I definitely feel more ‘me’.

Irina Shayk

Harry Josh, the hairstylist who manned Irina’s tresses for the Oscars, simply ran a flat-iron through the model’s game-changing style ahead of its debut.

Lucy Boynton

The British actress has long been a fan of the wavy-textured chop, which works so well with her icy blonde tone.

Charlize Theron

Charlize left us shook when she switched up her signature blonde for this super-short darker ‘do.

Carey Mulligan

Jenny Cho helped Carey achieve this tousled take on the style. We’re coveting her cool shaggy fringe.

Jen Atkin

The celebrity hairstylist to the Kardashian clan is an early adopter of the trend, making it her signature look.

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Author: Ben