A guide to the 'boy bob' haircut – 2022's chic new do

Short hair is getting a fresh new look with the revival of the ‘boy bob’ – a messy, cooler take on the classic and clean shoulder-length cut.

Bobs are fun, but can appear ‘boring’ when cut and styled simply with a blunt and untextured finish.

A more youthful, slightly rock ‘n’ roll version is worth trying for a new year’s update.

There’s no denying that edgier cuts have been creeping back into fashion over the last few years.

The shag and the mullet both made sweeping returns – partly due to lockdown and the make-shift cuts people were doing at home.

There was also the wolf cut, which offered a slight variation on this rockstar trim.

However, the boy bob is the shorter sister to these trends.

Ricky Walters, top London hairdresser of Salon64, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The boy bob turns once mumsy boring bobs into rock ‘n’ roll chic.

‘Designed to be worn with a heavy set fringe and cut with plenty of layers, these give movement featuring plenty of sliced pieces throughout. It’s the cut to have this year.

‘Classic bob meets the shag haircut is guaranteed to turn heads.’

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRwwOJrgL6RSo why is it having a moment again?

Ricky explains: ‘We want undone, easy to manage hair with a twist on the classics we once knew and loved.

‘Lockdowns, pandemics and self-isolating have all taken a toll on the public and we want statement hair with extra attitude.

‘Pretty hair has had its day. We want a hair revolution.’

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLxe6_ghqcUIf you want to try this cut, it’s important you communicate clearly with your stylist.

‘Boy cuts’ are open to interpretation as to how short you can go – no one wants a disaster here.

To be safe, Ricky says to bring an image that emulates the vibe you want.

He adds: ‘Create a mood board of all the cuts you love and also all the cuts you hate and take this to your stylist.

‘This helps give a clear specification of the type of look your after.

‘You don’t have to talk hairdresser language but can quote fashion trends, celebrities and anything that helps portrait the vibe you want to own.

‘For example, a boho Alexa Chung or an undone Kate Moss all help the hairdresser imagine the tone of the cut.’

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRHRUSbM92BAccording to Ricky, this cut is a mesh of ‘a variety of looks that have come over the years, pasted together.’

Ricky adds that HoYeon Jung’s style is also a recent source of inspiration.

Who can wear the boy bob?

Styles are entirely personal and there’s no ‘right’ way to wear something.

While anyone can go and get a boy bob, some face shapes and personalities will suit the style better.

Ricky says: ‘This particular look works great on those with medium to thick hair, with plenty of weight sliced out for texture.

‘It’s also great for those with movement and curl but with little fluff and frizz.

‘It’s ideal for those wanting to go a little shorter but keeping a vibe that’s not too traditional or structured.

‘Rounder, fuller faces would struggle with this particular look.

‘Lifestyle is another factor to consider when cutting your hair.

‘Those wanting to appear super polished and formal will not get on with such a loose undone look.’

In terms of maintenance and styling, it’s fairly easy.

‘The cut is super easy to maintain, especially for those with a wave, curl, or movement in their hair,’ Ricky continues.

‘It’s a simple “scrunch and go” using a little product to prep and a little product to finish.

‘Product will fast become your best friend in this look.’

Using a product like a hair mousse (a modern one, not the ones from your youth) or texturising salt spray can help create volume and define any waves or curls.

Otherwise there’s not much else to do, seeing as it’s meant to look lived in.

Finally, a no-fuss do for short hair.

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