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The Bob: Sleek & Slicked Back vs. Voluminous Curls

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Curly vs. straight bob

Which bob is best?

Which one reigns supreme: A sleek and slicked back bob or a bob full of voluminous curls? Decide for yourself, ahead!

Real talk: Bobs may be one of the most classic hairstyles. They've been around for years and years, with a popularity that has only seemingly increased over time. Needless to say, the bob cut is here to stay (at least for the foreseeable future), and we're not surprised one bit. Not only is the cut chic and timeless, it's also incredibly versatile! Available in various lengths and textures, the bob can complement many different face shapes. In other words, should you decide to take the plunge, you'll have no shortage of options to choose from. Whether your bob is long or short, the debate remains the same: which style looks best-curly or straight? It's no easy choice, but we're here to give you a helping hand! Keep reading to discover the differences between a straight, slicked back bob and a bob with a whole lot of bounce!


A straight bob is a sleek statement style. It's simple, effective, and perennially chic. Whether it grazes your collarbones or your jawline, the straight bob beautifully enhances facial features for a neat, put-together look at all times. While a straight bob looks gorgeous on its own, up the sleek factor by slicking it back. Doing so adds another layer of sophistication, a bold touch to pull together your entire look. Plus, it's super on-trend right now!

Before blow-drying your hair, apply a frizz-control product-like L'Oreal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Double Serum-to help tame flyaways and keep your bob looking straight and smooth, especially in humid conditions. As you can imagine, frizz and straightened hair aren't notorious for playing nice.


Looking to add some extra volume and 'oomph' to your hair? The curly bob may be right for you. With locks that bounce and move with you as you walk, the curly bob is super stylish, fun and flirty. Depending on how it's styled, a curly bob can also give off an edgier vibe. To add width to the style, try a wavy or curly bob with bangs! According to New York City Stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Amit Abraham, a curly bob with bangs is perfect for gals with narrow faces or chins.

If your hair is naturally curly, get your bob cut by a professional. They'll be able to determine the proper amount of volume and layers your hair needs. When styling your new cut at home, be sure to use a heat protectant product-like L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Blow-Dry Cream-beforehand. To add some shine and keep curls well-defined, use volumizing mousse and/or hair oils. Steer clear of hairspray as this can affect the movement and bounce of your coils.

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