Layering vs. Texturing for a Bob Haircut

By Hazel Mollison

The bob haircut first became popular in the 1920s and is regarded as a classic, timeless style, partly due to its versatility. Traditionally, your hair is cut straight around the level of the jaw. But there are numerous variations, so you can choose one to suit your face and hair type. Both layering and texturing can soften a bob and add interest and volume to target areas. Both terms can sometimes be confusing, so talk to your hairdresser first and describe the look you want.

Layers add interest and texture to the classic bob.

Bob Haircuts

There are many different types of bobs. Short bobs are ideal for fine hair and highlight your jawline. They're often cut slightly shorter at the back. Bobs cut at the chin or just below flatter most face shapes. Longer bob hairstyles are good if you have thicker hair, and suit rounder or oval faces. When choosing a style, consider your hair texture and type, and whether you want a high- or low-maintenance cut.

Layering vs. Texturing

Layering hair involves creating strands of different lengths within a style. Your hairdresser will lift sections of hair and cut them to the desired length. Layering is often used to shorten hair at the crown and front of head, creating more volume. Texturing is a type of layering, but involves cutting sections with a freer hand, into random lengths. This creates an informal, slightly disheveled look. It can also be used to thin your hair and reduce its volume. Both are best suited to medium to thick hair.

Choosing A Style

Layering and texturing can be used in many different ways to achieve your desired look. Long layers are often cut into medium-length bobs, creating a style that's fuller at the top and narrow towards the ends. A layered bob cut with the ends flicked out was popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Adding texture to a medium or long bob can soften the look, giving a low-maintenance, casual style. It's a good option if you have coarse or wavy hair.

Getting The Right Cut

Because of the number of options, it's important to describe to your hairdresser in detail what you're looking for. Cutting out magazine pictures is a good way to illustrate your desired style. Remember, not all styles may be suitable for your type of hair, so listen to your hairdresser's advice. It's best to avoid heavy layering with very fine hair, as it can end up looking flat. Try booking a consultation first if you're unsure. Shorter, layered hairstyles need regular cuts to maintain the look.