Quick Hairstyles for Short, Layered Bobs

Singer Natalie Imbruglia shows off a sideswept style in her short bob.

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Women often have the misconception that a short, layered cut has to be styled the same way all the time. OK, so there are certain styles you can only do when you've got long locks, but don't ever make the mistake of thinking you don't have any styling options. There are plenty of different ways to play around with your short bob and achieve a chic style. There are some in particular you're really sure to enjoy.


A sassy sideswept style transforms a plain bob cut into something elegant and fun. It's a really quick, easy-to-do style that's a fab go-to style when you're in a rush to get out the door in the morning. Part your hair and straighten it off to one side, always moving the straightener in one direction. If you have a fringe or bangs, style it the same way.

Curled Under

Simply curling the hair under around your bob creates a really polished, sophisticated style that's suitable for any occasion. Part your hair off to one side to get some instant lift in your locks, then go over your hair with a flat iron, working in large sections. When you reach the end of each section, bend the straightener down toward your head to get that folded-under effect.


Curling your hair when it's in a layered bob cut creates a really soft, romantic look. With your shorter hair it doesn't look too glammed up, either, so it works even when you're just heading to the office for the day and want to look put together. To achieve the look, part your hair to the side, then curl sections of your hair with a 1-inch curling iron to create tight, defined curls. Tousle through the curls afterward with your fingers to break them up a bit and leave them looking soft and natural.


If you're looking for a funky, unique style, you're in luck because your short bob cut is the perfect length for a faux-hawk style. It's rad and rockin' and lets you show off your rebellious, feisty side. To get the look, brush the side sections of your hair back -- add a bit of gel for a more slicked-down look -- and slide a couple of bobby pins in over the hair on the sides to hold it in place. With the center strip leftover, work a bit of pomade through it, pulling it up away from your head or teasing it to create the mohawk effect.

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