Just when we thought we’d seen every iteration of the bob hairstyle, the maxi bob came along to cement its status as the hairstyle of the season.
The traditional bob’s more flirty sister, the ‘maxi bob’ is the unapologetic, ‘more is more’ autumnal haircut that’s already been worn by Jenna Ortega and Zendaya so what’s not to love?
“If you’ve found yourself stuck in a rut as far as your hair’s concerned, the maxi bob can be a fun and flirty way to breathe new life into your hair,” says Cayom, Creative Director and Stylist at London hair salon, Top One.
The maxi bob is a ‘more is more’ version of your standard bob that plays with layers and lengths with a more structure, allowing the hair to frame the face more naturally.
Larry King said the maxi bob is his most-requested style as we head into autumn, noting: “The trend is inspired by that 90s supermodel bob, which is really full bodied, slightly rounded at the front corners and with a really bouncy moveable fringe, that can be flipped from side to side.
“To achieve the shine and bounce to this look I go in with lots of My Volumising Hair Mist, my hair dryer and a round brush, adding in loads of root volume whilst maintaining that mirrored finish shine. I add some of my Social Life For Your Hair Cream to finish the ends. This look really says, quiet luxury like nothing else. Bouncy, clean healthy looking hair.”
Regardless of what style you’re going for, Larry says hair health is key to this look. If your hair is healthy, it will always look so much better,” he says. “My number one rule is always embrace your natural texture, you’ll need to do less to make it look good and therefore you’ll reduce damage.
“Start with your hair washing routine, add a generous helping of hair oil to your scalp, massaging it through to the ends, then allow it to soak in for as long as you can. Then, I recommend using a double shampoo and finish with a lovely nourishing treatment like our Liquid Hairbrush conditioner.”
Thinking about going for the chop? The style suits various hair textures and face shapes, but the cut needs to be adapted to complement each person perfectly. If your face is on the round or square side, opt for a wavy, middle part that will bring attention to the centre of your face, creating the illusion of a longer shape. You should also invest in a wave spray to give the cut more movement with this face shape.
For an oval face shape, allow the layers to flow and sweep away from the face. Opt for chin, or just below chin length, for an off centre diamond-like effect. Whilst this length can often appear too voluminous if not styled correctly, the addition of feathered layers that work with the hair’s natural texture will achieve a look that is face-framing and flattering.
If you have a heart-shaped face, chin length curls can help soften the face and add some movement, creating fullness around the jawline, bringing balance and symmetry to the heart-shaped face.
As for different types of hair texture, make sure to go to a professional with experience in this style that can incorporate texturising techniques into their chops. With thick and coarse hair, the ‘butterfly wing’ effect can be more challenging, but certainly not off limits. The key is to keep the layers long enough to allow room for shrinkage, and cutting according to your face shape.
As well as the maxi bob, hairstylists are seeing requests for much more natural, untamed looks as we head towards the end of the year, with mullet-inspired wolf cuts, choppy layers and wispy bangs all highly-requested. Need some more inspo? Check out our autumn hair trends guide for a plethora of on-trend styles.
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