If this year has proven anything, it’s that 2023’s hair trends have revolved around the bob haircut. We’ve seen every iteration of the short-hair trend, which has been dominating our feeds, the red carpet and hair salons. From the Italian bob to the blunt bob, the bob haircut has become the chicest hairstyle going right now. However, if you’re one of the many who have gone for the shorter chop this year, you might be wondering how to style it as it grows out, particularly if you’re between salon visits or want to grow your hair long again. The good news? Of the many celebrities and influencers who have opted for the haircut are those who are now experimenting with longer “lobs” and shoulder-skimming styles. Right now, I’m seeing everyone wearing the “fluffy bob”, and it’s the perfect way to style out a longer bob.
Zendaya’s longer bob lends itself well to the fluffy bob trend and is great if you’re growing out your bob.
Like the fluffy, ’90s-supermodel hair we’ve seen on longer lengths, the fluffy bob borrows the blown-out look and applies it to shorter lengths. Think plenty of curled layers, volume and salon-worthy bounce. As seen on Zendaya above, the longer bob lends itself well to a bouncy blowout, which, if you have straight hair, gives the illusion of a shorter haircut once your hair is curled—it will bounce up a couple of inches.
Ready for some more fluffy bob inspiration? Scroll ahead for some gorgeous styles to try, as well as for the best products to style a grown-out, fluffy bob.
Flipping your hair into a side parting and tonging the lengths is an easy way to fake a bouncy blowdry on a longer bob.
The soft bends in Hailey Bieber’s bob give it a glam vibe.
Short on time? Use a pair of hair straighteners to flick under the ends of your bob for a bouncy look.
Curly hair naturally lends itself to a bouncy bob.
Kirsten Dunst’s shoulder-skimming bob with its soft curls is great styling inspo for growing out a longer bob.
I’m obsessed with the soft waves of Rochelle Humes’ shoulder-skimming bob.
Note Elsa Hosk’s exaggerated curled-under ends in her blown-out long bob.
Cass Dimicco’s longer lengths are so chic in this voluminous fluffy bob.
Look for a clarifying shampoo like Ouai’s Detox Shampoo to rid roots of product build-up that can weigh hair down. Team Who What Wear UK loves this one as a weekly detox for bouncy hair.
Equally, you want a lightweight conditioner that gives hair a glossy finish. Temple Spa’s leaves hair swishy with an expensive-looking lustre.
A hair multi-styler like the Dyson Airwrap makes light work of creating bouncy blowouts on bobs with the barrel attachments. If you’re considering investing, read our honest review of the Dyson Airwrap.
You don’t *need* a hot brush to create this look—a trusty round brush and your hair dryer are all you need to create that salon-worthy bounce. Beauty Pie’s blowdrying brushes are amongst the best. Choose the smaller barrel if you have a short bob, the medium size if you have shoulder-length hair or the large for longer hair.
Hershesons’ The Great Hairdryer lives up to its name (it’s one of the best hairdryers we’ve tried). Expect dry hair in a matter of minutes.
Do you find that your curls tend to drop? This volumiser lends hair “grip” whilst giving you ’90s-supermodel-inspired volume at the roots.
To finish, you can’t beat Oribe’s Texturising Spray to give your hair hold and a little polish and texture.