Get yourself a good haircut and you can chill it on the styling as the shape will do the heavy lifting. A prime example? The airy bob—so named because the skillful layering and shaping makes for a cut so light, voluminous, and breezy that it defies gravity.
Despite what TikTok would have us believe, there’s more to an incredible haircut than grabbing a pair of scissors out of the kitchen drawer and going to town on our lengths.
A truly phenomenal haircut requires proportion, balance, and structure—like architecture for our strands. It’s something hair pros train for years to perfect, and each client’s facial features, bone structure, and hair texture will all go into determining where, precisely, to snip.
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What is an airy bob?
So what sets the airy bob apart? The next-level volume and movement. Essentially, “you want a classic bob that you’re able to get movement and volume from easily,” explains top hair stylist Hollie Rose Clarke. “If you have thick hair, you’ll need some weight removed so it’s easier to achieve the styling you desire. If you have fine hair, you’re best off with a blunt cut and a great volume/hold spray.”
For extra oomph? Nicholas Hardwick, principal stylist at Josh Wood Colour, swears by some super-subtle layers. “I love adding barely visible layers to give life throughout the cut and encourage root lift and movement,” he says. “It’s like the hair cut equivalent of a wind machine.” Yep, we can definitely get on board with that.
How to style an airy bob?
If the structure of your haircut is already incredible, you can wash and go, and it’ll look beautiful. But for extra liftoff, a speedy blow-dry will add swoosh. The trick is to keep any styling subtle so it doesn’t look too ‘done’ (the hair equivalent of no-makeup makeup). You want it to look like it has plenty of natural body.
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