Here’s Why We’re Putting the Layered Bob On Our Short List of New Year’s Hair Resolutions

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We’ve grown just as exhausted with the “new year, new me” mindset as you have. After all, restarting the clock on a calendar year doesn’t always mean you absolutely have to commit to making a huge physical or mental change to celebrate the occasion — especially not after the year we’ve all had. But it’s OK to leave room for improvements. This is kind of how we feel about bob haircuts: it’s one of the handful of hair trends that reigned supreme throughout most of 2020, and while we don’t see it decreasing in popularity anytime soon, we think the style will see a major upgrade in 2021.

“By adding texture or layers into the hair, you give it an easier, lighter and more lived-in look.”

The layered bob is a bob haircut that’s simply cut in layers, and it’s one of a few hair trends we’re happy to have follow us into the new year. According to Michelle Cleveland, hairstylist and owner of Hair Addict Salon in New Jersey, it differs from the traditional bob in that it adds more texture to the hair. “Traditional bobs leave all the weight at the bottom of the hairline, and while this can work for some, it’s typically a stronger or harder look,” she told POPSUGAR. “By adding texture or layers into the hair, you give it an easier, lighter and more lived-in look.”

The lived-in, slightly messy look is what Cleveland says makes the layered bob so appealing; they require less upkeep than traditional bobs, which will definitely come in handy during times when getting to a salon isn’t possible. Also, many of us are still homebound and will be for much of the near future, so the need for more “professional” or polished hairstyles that work for in-office or social settings is gone. “This is the era of the ‘lived in’ or ‘relaxed’ look and that’s where this trend comes in,” she said.

If you’re looking to add some variety to your bob in the new year, check out a few of these layered bob haircuts ahead for inspiration.

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