There are few cuts as classic or iconic as the bob. We’ve seen it shattered, stacked and layered, but we still have a soft spot for the original one-length version. Timeless, feminine and unfussy, this cut never goes out of style. It works for many face shapes and requires minimal upkeep. The mid-length version shown here has a sweet, preppy vibe that goes with just about anything. Read on for tips on getting this prototypal shape.

Step: The bob shown here is the same length from back to front, a shape often called a square bob. This cut can work at any length from chin to shoulder. Ask your stylist about which version is suitable for you.

Step: If you have straight hair the cut should have a slight bevel on its own. For a casual look hair crème will give a bit of texture and control without blowdrying.

Step: For a more polished finish, add some defrizz serum to ends before drying with a small paddle brush. The serum will add shine and allow the hair to lie smoother, giving you a glassy finish.

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