The Best Bob Hairstyles for Different Face Shapes

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The Best Bobs for a Round Face

Cameron Diaz in a mussy bob. Tim Whitby for Getty Images

The bob hairstyle is so classy, chic and cool it will never go out of style. There are simply some versions that become trends of the moment (witness the long bob and the shaggy bob).

If you are considering getting a bob and you have a distinct face shape -- either round, long, square or heart-shaped -- you may consider a bob that will be flattering on you. Your goal is to make your face appear as oval as possible. 

In this photo gallery, learn which types of bobs work best on each face shape and why. But first, make sure you know your face shape. For example, bobs may not be flattering on a round face.

They can look rounder with hair cut to the chin, encasing the head like a helmet. The best bobs for round faces are long bobs with or without long, side-swept bangs.

Cameron Diaz (who has a round face), common perceptions about the bob. She stepped out on the red carpet in 2012 with her hair cut into an adorable bob that she wasn't thrilled with at first because it was much shorter than she expected.

"I just burst into tears and started crying, and I felt so vulnerable," Diaz said to Jay Leno on his show. Apparently, Diaz was so upset, she yelled, which made her stylist cry. "I ended up writing her a few emails after, the next couple days, assuring her I wasn't going to kill her."

But the style looks good on her. Here's why:

  • Side-swept bangs, which add angles to otherwise soft features.
  • Lack of body. Diaz's hair doesn't have much body, which is good, because you don't want too add width to the sides of the head when you have a round face.
  • Diaz has a long neck. Women with short necks need length to elongate their necks. You don't want a bob to hit right at the jaw, as Diaz's does, when you have a short, thick neck.

She looks great, although she didn't keep her short hair for long. Months later, she was pictured growing it out. 

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Best Bobs for a Square Face

Keira Knightley's graduated bob. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

This graduated bob works beautifully on Keira Knightley, who has a square face. Graduated bobs are shorter in back, longer in front and the best bob for you will hit an inch or two below your jaw.

You don't want your bob to hit right at the jawline. Square faces tend to have super strong jaws and the angles could be too much, making your face appear "boxy."

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Heart-Shaped Face? Long Bobs Are Flattering

Jennifer Aniston's "lob" hairstyle. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston has a heart-shaped face (this means her jaw juts out into a point) and as you can see from this picture, she looks phenomenal in a long bob. The length here is perfect -- had the bob ended at her chin, it would have shown off how pointy it is.

Aniston stepped out in a long bob back in 2011 and again in late 2013 and she reportedly loves her look. 

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Bobs Are a Great Choice for Heart-Shaped Faces

Actress Katie Holmes. Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for CDG

Note how Katie Holmes's bob is heavy at the chin, this balances out her amazing cheeks with her pointed chin. Chin-length bobs are great for your face shape, just make sure the ends are a bit tapered. Side-swept bangs are also gorgeous on your face shape.

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Long & Oval Face Shapes: The Best Bobs for You

Linda Fargo bob hairstyle
Linda Fargo bob hairstyle. Cindy Ord for Getty

As perfect as we all think they are, oval faces can be on the long side. If you have a long face, or an oval face that is long-ish, consider a sophisticated bob such as this one. The angles show off a strong jaw and long layers add some movement so the bob isn't too boxy or helmet-like. Long bangs will mask a high forehead. Ask for layers cut in at the eyes and cheeks.

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Long Faces: The A-Line Long Bob

Adrianne Palicki. Getty Images

Consider the uber-trendy long bob (as seen here on actress Adrianne Palicki), which is very flattering on a long face. A long bob with a bit of wave to it is a favorite look for a long face. The bob should end just below the jaw to show off bone structure. 

Ask your stylist for an "A-line Long Bob," where the back is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the front.

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Bobs With Blunt Bangs: Great for Oval, Heart & Long Faces

A model at Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2012. Pascal Le Segretain // Getty Images

Bobs with blunt bangs are great with oval, heart and long face shapes. This would not look good on a square or a round face shape. 

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A Long Choppy Bob: Great for All Face Shapes

Ali Larter's AMAZING HAIR. From left: Jason Merritt and John Sciulli for Getty Images

This long, graduated bob with a bit of wave in it, as seen here on actress Ali Larter, is adorable. It's a look that's flattering on all face shapes. 

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Great for All Face Shapes: The Long Bob With Side-Swept Bangs

Naomi Campbell. Andrew H. Walker // Getty

The long bob is universally flattering on all face shapes. The cut gives a round face angles and structure, which balance out soft lines. The length (2 inches or more below the chin) is the key to this cut. You can get long layers cut in to add texture and cutting hair at an angle along the line of the jaw makes this cut less boring and more modern.

If you have a square face, try parting hair in the center. For long faces, part hair at the side.

Curl hair for more width if you have a long face. Straighten hair if you have a round face.