Beauty

Your Ultimate Guide to Bob Maintenance: When to Trim, How to Style, and More

Bob haircuts are all the rage right now, but if you’re thinking of making the big chop, it’s important to remember bob maintenance too. From the effortless curls of the Boticelli and baby wave bobs to the cool-girl vibes of the boyfriend and bottleneck bobs, different cropped cuts require upkeep to look their very best. 

So, how often should you get your bob cut? In general, make sure to get trimmed regularly to maintain the shape and style. According to Sarah Lund, style master at Kevin Murphy, this means you should hit up your stylist every month and a half for a trim. “This all depends on personal preference, but hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month,” says Lund. “So the sweet spot to maintain your bob is around six weeks.”

This timeframe also depends on the type of bob you have. If you’re looking to transition to a lob, celebrity hair stylist and SexyHair ambassador Clayton Hawkins says you can wait a few months before trimming. “If you have a soft bob that hits your shoulders, you can get away with going several months before trims,” he says. “It can easily transition into a lob during this time as well. If you have a sharp bob that hits above shoulders, ideally you’re going in every six weeks.”

There are exceptions though—if you have a cut with bangs, make sure you stay on top of trimming. “Any haircut with bangs requires a lot of maintenance,” Hawkins says. If making the trip to the salon regularly doesn’t work with your schedule (or your wallet), there are other ways to get your bangs looking sharp. “Luckily there are lots of tutorials on TikTok to show you how to trim your fringe,” he adds. “But generally, the blunter or sharper a cut is, the more frequently you need to get it refreshed. If you don’t want to go to the salon a lot, ask for a softer cut that will grow out well.”

Ready to get your bob looking fresh? Ahead, the best tips for bob maintenance and styling. 

What bob haircut style should I get? 

If this is your first time making the big chop, it’s important to factor in your texture and hair type. “Picking a look with your natural hair texture in mind is always going to give style longevity,” says Lund. “For instance, a sleek, blunt bob on straight hair will last between washes. Naturally curly and wavy hair works great with a textured, layered bob, by simply enhancing the natural texture of the hair.”

How often should I wash my bob haircut?

This fully depends on your hair type and texture, but keep in mind that length plays a factor. “Shorter hair tends to become oilier quickly,” says Frédéric Fekkai, founder of Fekkai. “I recommend those with fine to medium hair to shampoo hair every day, and for thicker hair, you should wash one to two times a week. If you’re washing hair more regularly, try a shampoo that targets hydration.”



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