The WOB (Wavy Bob) is this years’ hottest hairstyle

You might not have heard of the name, but you’ve definitely seen the style, as it is fast becoming the go-to style of celebrities.

The WOB, or wavy/wobbly bob has been seen recently on the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Olsen and even Beyoncé.

 Sienna Miller – Image © Media Finch/REX; Beyonce – Image © Getty; Emma Stone – Image © REX


Sienna Miller – Image © Media Finch/REX; Beyonce – Image © Getty; Emma Stone – Image © REX

What is the WOB?

Sienna Miller - Image © GETTY

Sienna Miller – Image © GETTY

The wavy bob is a more youthful and less formal version of the classic bob. Instead of sharp lines and smooth locks, the wavy bob is the complete opposite. It is messier, less formal, edgy and youthful.

“The wob is carefree. The waviness brings out the sexiness in women,” says Beverly Hills-based celebrity stylist Nelson Chan.

Who can wear the WOB?

Jennifer Lawrence - Image © Getty for ELLE

Jennifer Lawrence – Image © Getty for ELLE

Stylists agree that practically every face shape can take on the WOB, and best of all, it works on all types of hair textures. So whether you have super thick or fine hair, curly or straight, you can still pull off a good WOB!

What is good about the WOB?

Katy Perry - Image © Getty for NARAS

Katy Perry – Image © Getty for NARAS

The WOB is a great cut for several reasons.

Low maintenance.
Once the hair has been cut, all it needs is a quick blow dry with the fingers and a spritz of texturizing spray and you are good to go. Remember, the style is supposed to be messy, so you shouldn’t be spending hours with the curling tongs.

Flattering style.
Whether you are young or old, the WOB is a really flattering style. It is super trendy and works with all hair colours. It is also very versatile. You can keep it casual with soft curls and waves, or you can go sophisticated and pin one side up with a statement clip.

It helps to keep the hair healthy.
As the WOB requires less styling and does not need the use of heating appliances or excessive products, this means les breakage. The mid-length choppy cut also means that split ends are kept to a minimum.

It grows out flattering.
If you tire of the cut there is no awkward grow out phase, so unlike other cuts, you can simply let the style grow out naturally. The actual cut for the style is pretty simple, there are no intricate layers involved, the movement comes from the styling.

Where did the WOB come from?

Kim Kardashian - Image Getty for NARAS

Kim Kardashian – Image Getty for NARAS

The first time the term the WOB was coined was when Lorraine Candy Editor in chief of UK ELLE tweeted her thanks to the George Northwood salon in London for the WOB (wobbly bob) at the ELLE Style Awards.

George has quite a celebrity client list, and includes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung, Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow amongst his regular salon visitors.

Latest celebrities to have the WOB

Taylor Swift - Image WEN PIXSELL

Taylor Swift – Image WEN PIXSELL

When celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift all start rocking the WOB, you know that this is one trend that is going to be a huge hit.

Rosamund Pike - Image Beauty Blitz

Rosamund Pike – Image Beauty Blitz

And at the BAFTA’s last month, UK actress and Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike wowed the red carpet when she wore a new WOB style.