The bob haircut’s popularity shows no sign of abating. It was the haircut to have for the entirety of last year and looks set to maintain its dominance for 2021, too. While there are already various iterations of the classic style (the French bob, for one), fresh takes are now surfacing just in time for spring. Enter: the little bob.
If you liked the French bob, the little version offers the same je ne sais quois and effortless sensibility, but with a couple of key stylistic differences. “The length is an important distinction with the little bob,” says Luke Hersheson, co-founder of Hershesons, who knows his way around the style. “It hits around the jawline which makes it ‘little’—and it feels cuter.” Slightly more daring in shape than other types of bobs, it’s the perfect cut for anyone who’s sick of their long lockdown hair—and its nape-bearing length makes it a great style to adopt when it gets warmer.
Good examples of little bobs include influencer Taylor LaShae’s chin-grazing style and curtain bangs; Winona Ryder in the ’90s; and model Barbara Valente, whose curly bob is always a stand-out on the runway. Hersheson has been cutting some with an equally little—and soft—micro-fringe for a low-key Amélie effect, but warns the look doesn’t suit everyone, so ask your hairstylist for their opinion. Other than that, it works brilliantly on all face shapes and textures. Curly girls, in particular, can pull off the little bob with aplomb.
“What makes this look great is natural texture and an imperfect finish,” says Hersheson. “If you’re not comfortable with wearing your hair completely natural, blow dry it if you want to, but then mist a water spray or face mist on top of it. You want that ‘just been out on a damp London day’ kind of finish.” The maximum amount of product you should need is a styling cream to take down excess frizz (if it bothers you), or to help with a wild fringe, but the idea is to keep it imperfect, natural and wholly un-styled.
The other great news—and another reason to earmark this style as your post-Covid look of choice—is that it doesn’t need to be cut all the time. “When it grows out it becomes something else; you get a few nice stages out of it as it gets longer,” says Hersheson. “It’s a brilliant investment cut.”
This story originally appeared on British Vogue.