Grow Out a Bob Hairstyle

Yes, there is "life after bob." Find out the right way to grow out your bob

Young woman with a bob haircut
Young woman with a bob haircut. Atsushi Yamada / Getty Images

So you wore and loved your bob haircut, but like many women who cut their hair short (except Anna Wintour, of course), you've grown tired of it and want to grow it out. 

Here's how to do it without looking like you're stuck in that in-between phase. We spoke with Antonio Gonzales, a hairstylist at Orlo Salon in NYC, about his best tips for growing out a bob.   

As you grow out your bob, you'll want to consider the shape of your face and your hair texture.

Ask your stylist to consider the options below. 

Option 1: Remove the Heavy Corners of the Bob
According to Gonzales, one great way to alter the classic bob is to gently remove the heavy corners of the bob while keeping the length. "This could be done in small increments rather than all at once so the client does not feel like she's sporting a shag. The result is more of a square-shaped cut that should be personalized to suit the individual's facial structure," says Gonzales. 

Option 2: Embrace the Trendy "Long Bob"

The long bob, a grown out version of the bob, has been trendy for some time now. Once your hair grows past your chin, ask your stylist to give you a version of the long bob. You may like it so much that you may keep it for years. 

Option 3: Change the Bangs

Another option is to add bangs if you didn't have them or grow them out if you did, says Gonzales. "Bangs may be the trick to ease the pain of the in-between length.

This may take at least three months to get to a point where you feel comfortable," he says. 

Option 4: Alter the "Stacked Back"
If you were sporting the "Posh Spice Bob" pictured here, Gonzales recommends altering it. "Start by even-ing off the longer sides in front and gently removing bulk that was created to give that stacked feel in the back.

By lowering the shape in the back and lifting the length in the front, you are on the road to recovery," he says. 

Option 5: Add Some Highlights

A great way to change up your bob is to add highlights. "As your hair starts to grow, painting in a few highlights may be the way to go. This will help create the illusion of softness of any heavy areas of the previous cut," says Gonzales. 

Option 6: Alter the Way You Blowdry
Depending on the shape of your bob, Gonzales recommends drying your hair differently. While classic bobs require a sleek blow-dry and sometimes a flat-iron, consider a less perfect look. Mussy is in, after all. Consider air-drying your hair or using your hands when you blow dry instead of a brush. Gonzales recommends switching from a flat brush to a round or vice versa. "Remember it is no longer a bob, so stop treating it like one," Gonzales says.