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Short hairstyles might seem intimidating, but a bob haircut is a classic for a reason. It is attention-grabbing, puts the focus on your face, and is way less hair to deal with.

Here is everything you need to know about the trending chop and how to style it before you make your salon appointment.

What is a bob?

A bob is a short hairstyle that fits various hair types -- from straight to curly -- but cut at the neckline, typically along the jawline. It can vary in length, with some styles falling between the chin and shoulders. The shoulder-length lob, or long bob, is also considered a bob haircut by many stylists. In other words, there is a very long list of bob haircuts and different ways to style them. Here are six to get you started.

Classic Bob

The classic bob or blunt bob features a straight cut that maintains a uniform length around the hair's perimeter. To enhance the look of your straight bob, apply a texturizing spray, dry shampoo, or mousse to add volume. Use a round brush when blow-drying, starting with the bottom sections and gently curling the layers as you go. Finish with a lightweight hairspray for a lasting blowout.

French Bob

The French bob, a modern take on the classic style, is popular for its chin-grazing length and tousled look, often styled with bangs. To achieve this look, use a texturizing spray or mousse on damp hair and let it air dry. Alternatively, use a diffuser attachment with a blow dryer for added texture.

Sleek Bob

The sleek bob is all about power and confidence, with styling being the key. Celebrity hairstylists recommend using 7Seconds Detangler for a tangle-free base and 7Seconds Glossing Spray to tame flyaways and add high shine. To style, use an anti-frizz serum on damp hair before blow-drying, then use straighteners and finishing spray for a poker-straight, glass-like finish.

Old-Money Bob

The old-money bob haircut embodies quiet luxury, offering a low-maintenance yet sophisticated style. London hairstylists recommend maintaining a full perimeter and focusing on soft shaping around the face for a thicker appearance with movement. To style, use a heated round brush to flick out the ends, then apply a serum and hairspray for sleekness and control.

Outgrown Bob

The outgrown bob offers a cool-girl look with its versatile length, allowing for easy styling into a bun, ponytail, or topknot. It's a fresh style that's not too short, perfect for those growing out their bob. To maintain this look, consider adding layers or bangs, or altering the shape to keep it stylish and manageable.

Bixie Bob

The bixie bob combines the edginess of a pixie cut with the softness of a bob, offering a trendy and textured look. To style, embrace your hair's natural wave with scrunching for wavy hair, or use a styling wand for straight hair to create a bend. Enhance the tousled look with sea salt spray or touch up with a curling iron for beachy waves.