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What Are the Best Bob Haircuts for Fine Hair?

By Amanda R. Bell
Updated May 21, 2024
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Bob haircuts are ideal for adding volume to fine hair. Blunt bobs, where the hair is all one length, can help make individual strands look thicker. Graduated bobs instantly add volume to the crown of the head, if cut properly, and can help to minimize stringy ends. Those with fine, curly hair may want to opt for a slightly layered bob to add shape. Nearly all of these different types of cuts can be modified with the addition of bangs, which can help to soften or emphasize the wearer's profile.

In general, fine hair, whether straight or wavy, looks best when it is all one length. The blunt bob is typically cut right to the chin, or slightly longer depending on the shape of the face, with the hair being all one length around the head. When fine hair is layered, especially if it is thin, the ends of the hair are emphasized, which can make strands look stringy or limp. Keeping all of the hair one length makes each individual strand work together, providing a thicker look.

One of the best bob haircuts for fine hair is a graduated cut. Here, the back of the hair is cut short with very blended layers, which may gradually become longer in the front, on either side of the face. This helps to lift the hair at the crown, adding volume, while still minimizing the look of thin ends in the back as the layers are kept very close together. The bottom layer of hair may be the same all the way around the head, or the front may be slightly longer, making these haircuts capable of working for nearly any face shape.

While most bobs are styled straight, they can also be worn curly, making them ideal for those with fine, curly, or wavy hair. As with most curly styles, these types of haircuts require a small amount of blended layers to prevent the hair from curling into a triangle shape. In most cases, those with fine hair should avoid very choppy layers, as they can emphasize thin strands. Light, long, blended layers typically work best.

Bob haircuts that aim to camouflage fine hair may include bangs. In most cases, light bangs look best, as heavier bangs will typically take too much hair from the sides of the head, making the hair, overall, appear thinner. Depending on the shape of one’s face, blunt, graduated, or slightly layered bob haircuts can include side swept or blunt cut bangs.

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Discussion Comments
By sunshined — On Oct 06, 2012

I also have thin hair and have worn a graduated bob for some time now. Once you get used to the extra volume, it is hard to go without it. I wear my bangs swept to the side and think I look better with some bangs than none at all.

By andee — On Oct 05, 2012

What I like about having a bob cut is the versatility I have with this style. My hair is pretty fine, so I am always looking for a style that will give me some volume.

Right now I have a graduated bob which I really like having the extra volume at the top of my head. I went for a long time without bangs, but recently had them cut in a blunt cut. Something as simple as adding bangs gave me a new look without really changing anything else about my hair.

The only disadvantage to having a graduated bob is when I want to let my hair grow out to one length again. That is always a long, slow process, but it wouldn't be any different than any other style I might try to do that with.

By golf07 — On Oct 05, 2012

My hair is thick and wavy and when I had it cut in a bob style, I hated it. It was hard to manage and even though it was layered, I felt like it made my head look huge.

I think you have to have the right kind of hair texture to look good wearing a bob cut. I have a friend who has naturally curly hair and she looks adorable with a bob cut, but her hair is not nearly as thick as mine.

I admire bob hair cuts on other people because I think they are have a smart, classy look to them, but it is just a style that doesn't work well with my hair at all.

By Mykol — On Oct 04, 2012

I have worn my hair in a bob style for a long time. This seems to be the easiest way to keep my hair styled and looking professional. I have naturally straight, fine hair so I have best results if I keep my bob one length.

This requires minimal styling for me and this is an advantage since I don't have a lot of time for myself in the mornings. I have worn this style with and without bangs, but feel like the bangs make me look like I have a little bit more hair which is another advantage.

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