This face-flattering style comes in multiple age-defying variations, as demonstrated here by gorgeous celebs Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, and Helen Mirren. Discover the best bob for you and get a fresh cut that will make you feel like a star this fall!
Go for a full fringe to mask wrinkles.
For an instant face-lift — no surgery required — opt for a style with bangs, like Kerry Washington sports here. The eyebrow-skimming style instantly hides any furrows along the forehead. What’s more, the bold bangs draw focus upward, pulling features like cheeks and eyes with it for a youthful, face lift effect. What to ask for: A blunt bob that sits just above shoulders with full, brow-length bangs and textured ends that are cut with a razor.
Try an asymmetrical bob to slim your face.
This cut’s uneven shape causes the eye to scan down the face, optically “stretching” it so it appears longer and leaner, as you can see here on Naomi Watts. What to ask for: A blunt, beveled bob that’s tapered in the back and skims the jawline in front, with one side slightly longer than the other.
Choose a bob with choppy layers to plump fine hair.
Helen Mirren looks lovely with a choppy bob that makes the most of her gorgeous gray hair. Infusing the shorter cut with cascading, stacked layers creates depth and dimension that visually thickens hair so it looks fuller from roots to ends. What to ask for: A chin-length bob with wispy, graduating layers and angled ends. (And if you’re blessed with silver locks like Mirren’s, try one of the best shampoos for gray hair!)
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.