21 Ways to Style Bobs and Lobs -- Thanks to These Celebrity Chops

The best short-haired celeb styles, explained!

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OLIVIA WILDE

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Wilde, who recently bleached her dark brown blunt bob a golden shade of blonde, wears her hair stick straight, parted to the side an tucked behind her ears.

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BEBE REXHA

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The singer's angled platinum bob was styled into a rounded shape curving in at the ends, which she then parted to the side to add volume and an undone vibe to her look.

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CARDI B

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Blunt edges and straight brow-grazing bangs created a doll-like look on Cardi, who changed up her usual lob length for a new crop.

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JOURDAN DUNN

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A 3/4 in. curling iron is the secret to scoring a look like Jourdan's, which was parted to the side and curled into whispy waves that added a roughed-up texture to her chin-grazing bob.

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JENNIFER LOPEZ

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After saying goodbye to her waist-length hair extensions, hairstylist Chris Appleton smoothed the star's strands into a straight, center-parted look that flipped out slightly at the ends. To recreate it, straighten your hair with a flat iron, gently twisting your wrist outwards at the bottom.

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SELENA GOMEZ

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Using high-shine hair gel and a fine-tooth comb, smooth already-straightened hair backwards. Add more gel as you need to create a wet look like Selena's, leaving the ends dry.

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DEMI LOVATO

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Demi chopped her long strands to reveal a piecey, textured lob. To score a style like hers, Tip: Just avoid getting slimed, which unfortunately changed her hair style's fate.

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GABRIELLE UNION

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The key to perfecting Gabrielle’s chin-length bob? Just keep cutting, according to the star. “We were like, 'Stop. Let’s go shorter. Let’s go shorter.’ [Hairstylist] Larry Sims just took a hatchet to it and just hacked it off," she told PEOPLE. To score her style, try twisting a 1-in. curling iron in different directions, to create smooth-yet-undone texture.

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KELLY ROWLAND

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Keep things sleek and smooth like Kelly’s — just spray heat protectant all over and flat iron strands, curving them slightly under to create a chic, timeless look that works with any outfit.

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OLIVIA MUNN

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Munn and "long gorgeous wavy locks" were practically synonymous — but the star finally took the plunge with a major 12-in. cut that she had been wanting for a while, her hairstylist Christian Wood tells PeopleStyle. Since “her hair is quite straight naturally, we went a bit choppier with the cut and created an overall undone look," he says. Add extra texture with a 1-in. barrel curling iron and a bit of sea salt spray.

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SHAY MITCHELL

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Love the look but scissors-shy? So was Shay, who went for a change without letting go of her “security blanket”. Take a page out of the star's book and fake it by braiding up the bottom layers of your strands and adding a shorter hair piece in their place, letting top layers fall over it, says her hairstylist Chris Appleton, who created the look.

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CIARA

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Another star who traded trademark long, beachy waves for a killer cut, Ciara's mane makeover also included shaggy, center-parted bangs. To recreate her '70s-inspired look, smooth your bangs with a blow dryer and a round brush before waving the rest using a 1.5’’ curling iron, which will create big, barely-there waves.

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KATE HUDSON

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Hairstylist Cameron Rains tells PeopleStyle that to create Kate’s curls, he applied Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Defining primer and anti-humidity gel-oil all over her hair and let it air dry, before parting her hair to the side and curling it away from her face using a 1-in. barrel curling iron.

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JESSICA CHASTAIN

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Like the asymmetry of Jessica's longer-in-the-front bob? Ask your stylist for an “A-line cut.” Then give it a loose, slightly bent wave with a flatiron: Pass through 2-in. sections of hair, twisting your wrist in and out as you slide down the shaft. The zig-zag motion will create bends in the hair without forming curls.

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LUCY HALE

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Lucy's textured chop is particularly perfect for day two or three into a blowout. Her hairstylist Kristin Ess recommends a quick pass with a flat iron, followed by a mist of dry shampoo all over, which will add the piecey wind-blown texture that the Pretty Little Liars star pulls off so well.

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ROSE BYRNE

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After blowing her hair smooth using a Harry Josh Pro Tools round brush and blow dryer, hairstylist Harry Josh adds body and texture to this new mom's hair using a set of rollers. “I take the front and center pieces of the head and create a 'Mohawk' with the rollers,” he says, then curls one-to-two-inch pieces of hair with a curling iron to create piecey waves.

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TAYLOR SWIFT

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Starting with straight or slightly wavy dry hair, mist salt spray all over and gently scrunch strands from the bottoms up in order to create a look similar to Taylor’s barely waved, freshly-bleached style.

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CATE BLANCHETT

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A 1-in. flat iron is all you need to create Cate’s sleek style. After prepping dry hair with a heat protectant, pass the iron through small sections, starting from the roots and gradually twisting your wrist under to create a smooth round shape, flipping the ends inwards.

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PRIYANKA CHOPRA

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“I know it seems counterintuitive to apply mousse to hair before you blow it out, but it controls frizz and makes hair moldable, which is so important when you have shorter hair,” says hairstylist Harry Josh. He then blows her hair up and over to one side (focusing on the roots) using a round brush and a blow dryer, before creating waves with a 1-in. curling iron.

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KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN

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For those days when dry shampoo is not enough — but you don't have time for a full blow-dry – Khloé’s wet look is a must-have in your style arsenal. First, rake leave-in conditioner throughout the hair to dampen it (her hairstylist César Ramirêz uses Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk), and follow it with a handful of a strong-hold mousse.

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JENNA DEWAN-TATUM

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Beachy waves might all look similar, but every technique is different. After prepping Jenna’s damp strands with OUAI soft mousse and Sachajuan Ocean Mist, hairstylist Justine Marjan blew her hair dry using a boar bristle paddle brush, creating lift at the root. Then, to add texture, Marjan tells PeopleStyle that she “alternated between a 1’’ GHD curling iron and a flat iron, using the curling iron for tighter waves and the flat iron to create an s-pattern.”

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