The Box Bob Is Like a Face Lift for Your Hair

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Is there anything more demoralising than limp, lifeless hair? Toward the end of lockdown, I was resembling Cousin It thanks to a lack of haircuts. Yes, volume-boosting shampoos and a bit of backcombing can temporarily alleviate the problem, but nothing adds oomph to your hair like a volume-boosting haircut.

That’s where the box bob comes in—the latest iteration of the bob hairstyle to cause a stir in hair salons. I mean, after the sliced bob the, blunt bob, the shaggy bob, and the paper-cut bob did the rounds earlier this year, it’s little surprise that stylists are welcoming a new take on the bob with open arms (and scissors).

So what is the box bob, and how does it give your hair a much-needed post-lockdown lift?

“The box bob is the new facelift for your hair,” says hairstylist Annie Redman at London’s Larry King Salon. 

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“Everyone’s going for the chop, which automatically makes you feel more stylish, and let’s be honest, nobody wants to hold on to those lockdown locks,” she says.

Redman explains that if you are struggling with fine, flat hair, a textured bob like the box bob is a great option to create fullness and shape. “It can also look really sexy when styled with an undone wave,” she says.

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The best thing about a box bob is its versatility; it suits every face shape and can be cut in a specific way to complement your specific face. “You can add shape through the front with some grown-out bangs if you have a longer face, whereas if your face shape is a little rounder, I recommend keeping more length through the front of the hair cut,” she says.

In terms of styling the box bob, it’s all about the sexy tousled wave. “I love to style my bobs using the Dyson Corrale, creating a really soft bend in the hair, or I even feed the hair through the straightener to create an S-wave; this is more relaxed than using a curling iron,” says Redman. “I always finish off with Larry King’s A Social Life for Your Hair finishing cream to smooth out any flyaways and add extra texture.” Redman says that if you prefer a sleeker look, the box bob will look just as good styled very straight and sleek à la Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, who shows off the style in the top photo. “This always looks so effortless and stylish,” Redman says.

Still hoping to add some extra volume to your hair? Those with thin hair often feel there’s little they can do  besides endless backcombing to prevent their hair from looking limp and flat. Luckily there are numerous tips and tricks to help you fake it, as proved by A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Sienna Miller, and Keira Knightley. They may not have the thickest hair, but thanks to some strategic blow-drying, as well as volume-boosting and thickening products plus well-chosen cuts, no one need ever know. From the best thin-hair shampoos and hairstyle ideas, to updos and fake fullness, we’ve gathered tips from the best in the hair business so you’ll be able to tame your fine hair in no time.

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This story originally appeared on Glamour U.K. 

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