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A shaggy bob haircut combines multiple layers with long bob hairstyles to create a tossed, fresh look. Most shaggy bobs reach between chin and shoulder length and include several layers around the crown of the hair. These layers are often styled to stick out from the main body of the hair, giving the hairstyle more depth and visual appeal. Many versions of the shaggy bob haircut also have bangs, usually sweeping to one side of the face.
The length of a shaggy bob haircut can vary, but generally falls within the medium range. Shorter styles of the bob fall to the chin line, or slightly below, at the longest points. Longer styles of the bob rest on the shoulders at the longest points. Some styles have a few layers that extend slightly past the shoulders, but this is less common.
Layers are the main focus of the shaggy bob haircut. After cutting the bulk of the hair to the desired length, such as to the chin or the shoulders, a stylist will add in several layers starting around the face and continuing over the crown. The front layers frame the face, giving the hairstyle a professional look. Remaining layers are cut into different lengths around the crown, which gives the hairstyle the shaggy appearance.
To play up the shaggy part of the style, most stylists use a hair straightener and hair products to straighten the hair strands and pull the layers out and away from the face. A hair straightener is run over the entire head to remove any natural wave or curl. Once straightened, a hair product, such as gel or pomade, is added to the ends of the hair strands. The ends are then flipped away from the head, making the hairstyle look shaggy and slightly messy.
Many versions of the shaggy bob haircut include bangs or fringe along the forehead. Side sweeping bangs are the most common for this hairstyle. The bangs are cut so that the hair falls naturally to one side of the face, covering the eye, and tapers into the sides.
While less common, some versions of the shaggy bob haircut have straight bangs extending from one side of the forehead to the other. Straight bangs are cut short to fall across the eyebrows or slightly higher on the forehead. Typically, the bangs are styled with hair product, such as gel or hairspray, to make the hair lie flat.