Whether it is natural or styled, curly hair is always attention-grabbing, but it can sometimes be difficult to maintain. Not only that, but curly hair can often be hard to find just the right look for, particularly if you have shorter curly hair.
A curled bob can be a fantastic way to change up your usual short hair if you curl it as well as being an ever-fashionable look.
If you have natural curls, a shorter look can also be a great way to make a change if you are used to leaving your curly hair long.
The curled bob is a style that some may shy away from, as it is admittedly difficult to style and maintain at times, but if you are brave enough to give it a chance, there are tons of different ways that you can mix and match a curly bob to gain confidence in the look whilst also making a gorgeous statement!
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 35 of the most eye-catching curly bobs to bring out the best of your curls.
Bangs are a timeless hairstyle that is not only stylish but also a fabulous way to frame your face whilst offering a youthful look. Bangs are also a great way to cover your forehead if this is an area that you are particularly self-conscious about.
Pair a curly bob with bangs for a fresh look that can also be highly practical.
If you don’t want to opt for full forehead bangs, but still want a hairstyle that incorporates a similar look, consider pairing a curly bob with side bangs instead.
Side bangs with a curly bob offer a less heavy style than full bangs, alongside a bit of an asymmetrical look.
If your hair is naturally full of curls, you might find that it can be a little hard to tame at times, no matter what length it is. Having curly hair cut into a natural bob can make it more manageable whilst also being a gorgeous style.
The messy look is a guaranteed hit no matter what style your hair might be, and the curly bob is no exception.
The great thing about the messy hairstyle is that you can have it as wild or as tame as you like, so experiment with this style to find the one that suits you best.
If you are a little nervous about going for full-on curls- and your hair isn’t naturally full of large curls – then the tousled curly bob is a great way to start out.
The curls in the tousled look aren’t quite as defined but much like the messy bob, the nature of the curls and tousles come down to personal preferences and experimenting to find the look that is right for you.
To make things a little more interesting with a curly bob, an asymmetric look is a fantastic way to go. Choose the side that you wish to make longer, and you are good to go. The nature of the curls to your hair will also add a little extra volume.
This is a look that works for black hair and can easily be obtained with a weave or with relaxed hair. The great thing about this bob is that you can change it up if you so feel the need to.
A side parting bob is a lovely option with a sewn-in curly bob, as it can frame your face to make for an elegant and well-shaped look.
Similar to the curly bob with side bangs, this look utilizes a side-swept look that extends to the entirety of the bob as well as your bangs. This is a classical look, but it may be a little more difficult to maintain if you have tighter curls.
Use plenty of product if so to make sure that your side-swept style stays that way!
If you have thinner hair, a layered curly bob is an excellent way to add some texture and some volume to your locks. Layers are also a great option for those who have long-shaped faces.
There is nothing stopping you from having any color that you want when it comes to a curly bob.
Whether it is auburn, blonde, chestnut brown, bright red or even pink or blue, the only limit is your imagination when it comes to pairing a curled bob with a different color!
You might just want a little extra color to your hair rather than a whole head, and if so, highlights are the way to go. From golden highlights to lilac ones, there is plenty of variation to be had with highlights in a curly bob.
12. Ombre Curly Bob
Ombre is also a color option that is very much possible with a curly bob, offering some texture and style in the same way that the ombre look does for hair of all kinds.
As well as full head colors, highlights, and ombre, balayage is also an option for curly bobs. This is usually a technique that is used for straight hair, but it can definitely be utilized for curled hair if you are brave enough to give it a try.
Curled bobs are truly a timeless look, and you can easily recreate the vintage nature of this particular style. This look exudes a chic and sophisticated nature, evoking the vintage glamour of the 1950s whilst never running the risk of being old-fashioned.
15. The Angled Curly Bob
An angled bob puts emphasis on the hair in the front due to its longer nature compared to the hair in the back. This is a great look to try with a curled bob, creating a unique and eye-catching style.
This is a simple and stylish look that can be achieved simply by pushing the hair at the front of your head back in a sweeping motion. This creates a blown-back look.
It can instantly change the look of your hair and is easily achievable with a curly bob to offer that windswept and interesting style.
A choppy bob is a great way to create a solid and soft silhouette thanks to the rounded shape that it creates. The choppy nature of the curls offers a layered look.
This style can get quite short, but the femininity of the look is not lost. This is a must-have if you’re considering a shorter curly bob.
Whilst we are on the topic of short curly bobs, the ultra-short pixie crop curled look is also a great choice.
A lot of people might be nervous about having a look that is quite so short, but it is definitely a look that can be made super stylish if you are brave enough to give it a try. For thick hair that is in need of some texture, a curly pixie cut is also a brilliant choice.
Opt for an ear-length bob if you are feeling particularly bold!
The graduated layers of the short and stacked bob work excellently with a curled bob. This particular style makes it easier for you to maintain the shape of your hair, all while providing tons of volume.
It is particularly stylish when paired with highlights of all kinds of colors.
This is a style that can be utilized with the aforementioned sewn in curly bob for black hair. Even if you have little volume and short hair, this is a great way to get some extra oomph for your hair.
Use box braids that are cut specifically to resemble a braided bob hairstyle to achieve this look. You can even glam the look up a little by adding some accessories, such as gold clips.
An inverted bob prides itself on the unique way in which it is cut, with longer and extended layers at the front and a lot of layers at the back.
An inverted bob is a great way to jazz up a curly bob, adding some luscious volume thanks to the layers at the nape of the neck and the added thickness at the front.
The middle parting may be a little daunting if you aren’t used to it, but it can be a great option when it comes to a curly bob due to the way that this parting can help to frame your face.
A side parting is a little more standard than the middle parting, but it is just as stylish and works equally well with a curly bob.
Choose whichever side of the hair suits your personal preference and style your curls according to the parting side that you pick to get the most out of this style of curly bob.
This particular look is certainly a statement thanks to that super straight edge at the ends of the hair. Combined with curls, this makes for a gorgeous look that is sure to stand out from the crowd.
This is another look that will require some boldness to pull off, but once you get used to the unique nature of the blunt curly bob, you are sure to rock the look in no time!
Shaggy hairstyles are another style that is widely popular for their casual nature and that controlled messy look. There is always a bit of styling involved with shaggy hair, no matter how casual it may seem.
Shaggy hair works excellently with a curly bob, as it is a style that can emphasize the thickness and the fullness of your hair.
Combine vintage waves with a short bob to get a glamorous look that would be perfect for more formal events such as parties or weddings.
Similar to the vintage look, the glamorous curly bob opts for a more toned-down style that oozes sophistication and elegance.
Just because you have a bob doesn’t mean you cannot make the most out of it and have multiple styles!
If your bob is particularly short, it can sometimes feel like there isn’t much you can do with your hair, but no matter how short your hair is, you can always experiment with various styles, such as an updo.
This can be a half-up, half-down look, or a basic pinned back look achieved by simply pinning back some of your curls with bobby pins. Try out different looks, and you are sure to find something that suits you and your curly bob, no matter the length.
That envious beach babe look is easily obtainable with a curled bob. Whether it is with tight curls or with looser beach waves, a curled bob is the perfect way to show off some beach vibes with your hairstyle all year round.
Another look that is amazing when it comes to adding volume, a crochet bob can make thinner hair come alive and it is a style that works fabulously with curls.
30. The Afro Curly Bob
For afro hair, a curly bob can be absolutely gorgeous and a great way to emphasize the natural spirals in your hair. Add bangs to frame your face and include some layering to get a bit of extra bounce to your bob.
Whether they are natural or styled, tight curls are a beautiful look that makes for an eye-catching curly bob. A bob with tight curls is incredibly versatile too, working well for both casual, everyday looks and formal styles for a wide range of occasions.
You can also opt for the looser look when it comes to curls too if you don’t have naturally tight curls, and if you find it hard to style your hair in that particular fashion. Looser waves can make for a very flattering look thanks to the style matching a wide variety of face shapes.
The curly bob is one of the few hairstyles that can make that “just got out of the shower” look work really well, and so this is certainly a style that you can utilize no matter what kind of curly bob you might have.
The wet effect can add some texture and flair to your style, whilst avoiding looking like you recently dunked your head into a fish tank!
This is a bob that is a little similar to some of the others that we have talked about here, but no less suitable for a curly bob and no less stylish either!
The graduated bob is created by utilizing layers that get longer over time, with a longer look in the front and tons of volume in the back. This works perfectly as it can emphasize the bounciness of your curls, whether they are loose, tight, natural, or styled.
For a seriously edgy and awesome look, consider pairing an undercut with a curly bob to truly make a statement with your chosen hairstyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Curls Look Better With Layers?
This is a common question when it comes to curly hair and there is no straightforward answer as it depends on a wide variety of factors, such as the density of the hair, the texture, and just how curly it is to name a few.
The most important aspect of layering with curly hair is to do your research thoroughly beforehand, look through various images of curly, layered looks and make sure you have a hairdresser that you can trust.
Once you have everything in hand, make your decision, and – if you are certain that you definitely want to add layers to your curly hairdo – go for it!
What Is The Best Way To Style Curly hair?
As you can see from the list of curly bob hairstyles that we have looked at today, there are tons of different styles available for curly hair that can make you look fabulous. These are just bob styles, after all!
There are mid-length and long curly hairstyles that are just as beautiful too (as well as updos). Layers can help large curls avoid looking too bottom-heavy, particularly if the layers that are cut into the hair are angled downwards around your head.
This is just a suggestion, though, as there is no “best” way to style curly hair. Go for whatever look you like the most, and your curls are sure to be looking chic and sophisticated in no time.
How Do You Blow-Dry A Curly Bob?
Curly hair can sometimes be a little tricky to get right when it comes to washing and drying, and the curly bob hairstyle is no exception.
Blow-drying curls is might seem like it is going to be a nightmare of a process, but as long as you have everything you need ready, then it shouldn’t be too painful.
Once you have washed your hair, use the appropriate styling products to ensure that your personal preferences for your curls are met in terms of condition and style. Once your hair is ready to be dried, blow dry it with a diffuser, but only on the lowest setting.
If you look after your hair between washes, managing your curls will become a much easier and simpler process each time.
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