In our quest to find out our personal styles and look our best, it can be helpful to have examples of people who may have accomplished just what we're trying to do. That's one reason why so many of us love keeping up with celebrities.
If you're thinking about a short bob, don't worry, many celebrities have already tried it, so you can look to them to help you decide whether it's right for you, too. In fact, we have here a list of 35 celebrities who rock the short bob for your amusement.
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With a few cute little waves and curls, the actress most famous for her role as Rory Gilmore proves that bobs can be a wonderful way to frame a face. Hers silhouettes her cheeks and chin in such a way as to emphasize her smile, and the dark color creates a striking contrast with her skin. It's a fabulous look for Alexis Bledel and anyone with her physical coloring.
Big, full, and with just the lightest traces of waves, the Mad Men actress looks like she came right out of the 1960s. The windswept appearance already makes the bob look fun, but Christina Hendrick's well-known red hair color only adds to the appeal, bright and happy.
Evan Rachel Wood
Extra short and evoking a no-nonsense attitude, the award-winning actress Evan Rachel Wood lets ashy strands of hair fall to her cheekbone in a bob with an undercut. She look exudes confidence and cool-headedness. If you wanted to get a bob that would convey the same message, she proves to you that it's possible.
It's hard to say whether Jennifer Lawrence is more famous for her acting roles or her off-screen antics, but either way, she's quite charming with this pale blonde bob. Accented with lightly by her wavy hair, it manages to look graceful and fun at the same time, much like Lawrence herself.
Clearly, the multitalented Keira Knightley knows how to emphasize the unique beauty of her face. This bob is mostly straight but curls ever so slightly at her chin, cupping her angular features and bringing out her cheekbones and signature smirk.
With sassy bangs and a strictly graduated dark-colored bob, Natalie Portman's look screams, "Don't mess with me." There is so much attitude in this look that you can't help but admire it. If you want to achieve something similar with your appearance, look no further than this example to emulate.
In her younger days, French actress Sylvie Vartan was the definition of "blonde bombshell." That's easy enough to tell just by studying this picture. Her bob is full and enhanced with bangs, but what makes it stunning is the adorable swirl on her cheek that looks like it should top a chocolate Kiss. If you're into vintage, this bob is definitely for you.
Although she effortlessly graced the world with her incredibly long hair in The Addams Family, Anjelica Huston shows that she can also pull off the short bob. With straight-cut bangs and straight-cut ends right beneath her ears, she looks just as unique, mysterious, and intriguing as her characters.
Having acted in many roles since her childhood, Drew Barrymore is an accomplished household name. This bob is only another reason to admire her. She's made it look light and almost fluffy while retaining great volume. It's the kind of bob that could look fantastic on just about anyone, and she suggests that it's possible to achieve.
Let's not forget the magic of curls. Gugu-Mbatha-Raw, most recently celebrated for her role in the 2017 Beauty and the Beast film, sports a bob that reminds us of the power of ringlets, which create a halo of spunk around her head. Curls can be a bit unpredictable, especially when they don't have the additional weight of long hair to hold them down, but this shows that they're worth the effort for an amazing bob.
Again, we get to observe the beauty of curls in this actress and singer's bold bob. Jennifer Lopez's ringlets are not as tight as the ones in the previous example, but they allow the hairdo to be full of volume and self-assurance. If you keep curls like this from frizzing by using products, you can obtain a fantastic bob like this one, too.
With this bob, accomplished actress Kirsten Dunst belies the many mature roles she has played. It's a simple but effective look—wavy bangs and locks that end just above her shoulders, helping to give her a sweet and youthful appearance. It's a great choice for anyone who values an innocent aesthetic.
Although she's been redheaded or otherwise blonde in many of her most famous roles, Rachel McAdams looks terrific with this dark-colored bob. Simple and straightforward, it consists of bangs and strands that just brush her shoulders, achieving a similar effect as Kirsten Dunst with her bob. McAdams, in fact, has worn many different gorgeous bobs, and we'd encourage you to search for them.
With so many young girls paying attention to singer Taylor Swift, it's great that she can show them how fabulous a bob can look, too. Hers, complete with bangs, ends at her chin and curves slightly inward, evoking a sense of poise and confidence, which is something that many of her fans love about her.
We've seen curly bobs in this already, but none quite this short. Versatile actress Annette Bening creates a diamond shape with her bob, curls falling outward from her part before coming back to gather at the nape of her neck. It's a fascinating and elegant look that many people with her facial shape would be able to pull off, too.
With its vivid red color, Emma Stone's hair enhances its bright personality with an easygoing bob that finishes just above her shoulders with a few little waves. This only serves as further proof that wavy hair can make some of the most compelling and cheerful bobs.
Although her pixie cut is probably better known, Halle Berry proves here that she looks just as fantastic with a bob. With a gradual cut that perfectly outlines her head, the ends curve delicately toward her chin. Somehow, she looks both regal and carefree.
If you're a big fan of her famous pixie cut and want to see more like it, though, you can look here.
Lightly layered and just wavy enough to curl under her chin and around her neck, actress Jessica Biel's bob is another way of showing that simplicity is sometimes the most beautiful. Furthermore, most people wouldn't have to visit a high-end salon to obtain a look like that. Thus, this bob is not only lovely but accessible.
With layered waves framing her face, actress and singer Lily Collins shows everyone how to wear a bob that enhances your natural beauty. As with Alexis Bledel, too, the juxtaposition of dark hair and light skin is visually interesting, giving a bob like this several dimensions of appeal.
With a few strands gracefully crossing her forehead while the rest hang demurely around her neck, multitalented actress Reese Witherspoon's blonde bob displays easy sophistication and effortless elegance. This is the kind of look that becomes timeless, flattering for any hair type and facial shape.
Cut right at her chin, actress Ellen page shows us another way to employ curls in a bob. Due to the nature of curly hair, the bob has plenty of volume, but the locks have also been tamed with products to reduce frizz and emphasize their beauty. The result is a fantastic a fantastic bob full of swirling, mingling ringlets. It's a worthwhile effort for curls.
Rising to international fame with Amelie, Audrey Tautou's ability to pull off a bob has long been known to the world. However, it looks especially alluring with the casual waves that fall around her face. It looks effortlessly full and graceful, an enviable bob that many people with wavy hair can emulate.
Award-winning actress Emma Thompson's hair is very short in this picture, but we can still think of it as a bob. What's so striking about it is the way that her curly strands spiral out of the part in her hair like a blonde kaleidoscope. Some of the layers rest on her ears while the rest settle on her neck. This is achievable by women of many different facial types.
Age is obviously not a factor when it comes to bobs. The highly accomplished actress Helen Mirren proves just that. Her bob consists of pearly white strands that curve inward, hugging her head in a look that manages to be both cute and chic.
Helen isn't the only celebrity with awesome hair ideas for older women, though. Check out more here.
This bob, worn by singer Jessica Simpson, has all kinds of attitude. The front rises and then plummets down to her chin, her blonde hair full of big, strong, luscious curls that will not be held down. It's the kind of bob that lets people know you aren't afraid of them and have the self-confidence to do what you want with your life.
With her bob partially resting on her face as though set there by a gentle breeze, Marion Cotillard, an actress and Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, demonstrates how it can be flattering no matter what you're doing.
Famous for her singing and red hair, Rihanna sports a perfect black bob in this picture. The ends are cut perfectly straight, leaving her locks to gleam without disruption in the light, simple in its elegance. It shows yet again that straight bobs can look just as amazing as wavy or curly ones.
Here, we see former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham exhibiting a tousled bob. Her curly strands are not being held in specific places, allowed to roam free without looking chaotic. Indeed, that's why tousled looks have endured in popularity—they find that balance.
Studying this bob, it's plain to see that proficient actress Cate Blanchett's hair has the tendency to turn into ringlets. Some of them are half-formed, while another prominent is draped close to her right eye. Indeed, if this fabulous bob is any indication, your hair doesn't have to be perfect to astound anyone who sees it.
Known as Hermione from Harry Potter and Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson shows off how versatile a bob can be. The shortness and tiny curls of the bob are adorable enough, but it seems as though her hair is parted in an unusual place for her head. This causes the hair to appear as though it has more volume. Short bobs don't mean that you're limited in how you style them.
Some of the bobs that we've seen in this list were worn at special events. In this example, Hilary Duff is going about her normal, everyday life, her bob catching the sunlight and stirring as she walks. Many celebrity hairstyles that you may admire would only make sense on the red carpet, but bobs can fit in anywhere and everywhere.
Popular singer Katy Perry reminds the world that hair can be any color you want. In this case, her bob is a luminous blue, making her straight hair look not only timelessly classy but brilliantly fun. Does it make you think of all the different ways that you can color and wear a bob? If so, try them out!
From this angle, actress Mindy Kaling's bob has a peekaboo aspect to it, which has many effects; she can look mischievous, mysterious, cute, and gorgeous all at once. Bobs open up all sorts of possibilities.
Sarah Jessica Parker
In this example, actress Sarah Jessica Parker's curly bob flares outward, wowing everyone who sees its fullness while helping to make her long face appear rounder. There are many ways that bobs can affect the perception of our faces, and that is merely one of them.
Straight, sensible, and adorned with bangs, this bob makes actress and singer Zendaya look beyond her years. Indeed, for some of the celebrities we've seen on this list, it's helped them appear younger or more innocent, while with others, it's complemented their ages. Here, the bob suits Zendaya's overall look so well that it's a surprise to learn how old she truly is.
There you have them. These celebrities all demonstrate how the short bob can look on a variety of faces, complexions, and hair types. If you haven't gotten one before and want to try something new, we encourage you to do so. Maybe you'll end up looking like a celebrity yourself!
In the meantime, if you're itching for more hair inspiration from celebrities, look no further than this post, or perhaps savor some of their tips—to you, from us. You're welcome.