Summer means only one thing: it's time to get yourself a boyfriend bob! Remember the time waist-length mermaid hair was all the rage? We all refused to cut our hair and slathered it with argan oil hoping it would grow into beautiful, long, beachy Blake Lively waves. But in recent years that has changed and now we are opting for much more practical and effortless cuts, like the bob.
And no, we're not talking about the unflattering '90s bob: this is the bob 2.0 and it has many, many incarnations. Kaia Gerber, Kim Kardashian, and Dua Lipa have shown that the new bob can be modern, fresh, and sexy (choppy bob and blunt bob, among others). And it seems like there is nothing better than Jennifer Lopez's latest bob that is very attractive, right?
Long hair has been trending for as long as we can remember, but like any great hairstyle, we always want what we don't have. Case in point: the boyfriend bob. In case you missed it, the boyfriend bob is a cool, androgynous hairstyle that is currently conquering 2022. Although the term itself is brand new, this short haircut has been in fashion for a while! It's even popular with models (there are many different variations). So if you have always wanted to try this hairstyle then you can definitely take some inspiration from them.
This new version has a slightly longer shape that almost feels like a lob, but with the '60s finish. The square shape allows the wearer to play with both straight and twisted, wavy or curly looks. For something extra, choose a bold global color or add fringes.
If you want something simple yet chic, style your chin-length bob with a center parting and tuck the sides behind your ears after a blow-out. This look suits almost any occasion, from a quick errand to a fancy afternoon tea.
Like Maureen Wroblewitz, you can throw on a hat for added panache.
Jach Manere's version of the boyfriend bob is based on the modern shag. She usually wears it with textured waves that you can recreate with a few quick twists of the curling iron and hairspray.
A flat iron is all you need to get Danica Magpantay's soft waves. Start by running the iron through your hair. Once you reach the center, turn the iron in and then out to create a small kink. Repeat this process throughout your hair, running your fingers through your curls to create an undone look.
If you have a cheekbone-length bob with full bangs, like Gucci model Hannah Locsin, a blow-out can add a lot of fullness to your tresses. For a smoother finish, spritz on some texturizing spray at the roots to add volume, and flatten the lengths with a flat iron to give them a nice shine.
A tousled, wavy bob like Sharina Gutierrez's gives the illusion of thick hair and effortlessly frames the face (getting the parting in the right place is also important). It's also a sexy, glamorous hairstyle worthy of a red carpet!
If David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust hairstyle were a boyfriend bob, it would definitely look just like this retro-chic look by Zoey Deutch. You can achieve this hairstyle by gelling your hair from the sides and then ironing the tips to get those outward flips.
Need more hairstyle inspiration? Check out Gabby Abesamis' clear side parting that will have you ready for events in no time.
How to style a boyfriend bob with bangs:
Half-Up Bun: The mechanics of this hairstyle are very similar to a half ponytail. Instead of letting the strands hang loose in a ponytail, simply twist them into a bun. Hairstylists advise first parting your hair back from ear to ear to start a half ponytail and then pinning it. Take a fine-toothed comb and comb through the hair at the base of the ponytail to create the base of the bun. Then wrap the remaining hair around the bun, secure with bobby pins, and finish with hairspray.
Faux Sideburns: Once you've created a sleek hairstyle, take a fine-toothed brush to brush your strands behind your ears. You can pin the hair in place, but leave a few strands in front of the ear for a long faux sideburn look. Finally, spread out the bangs and fan them out to give them a tousled look.