So how exactly is this type of bob haircut different this time around? Firstly, we’re seeing far softer graduation in those long-to-short layers, and this style is cropping up in a whole range of hair lengths. Chloë Grace Moretz’s shoulder-skimming bob above has longer face-framing pieces, while Sabrina Elba has elegantly tucked those longer layers behind her ears in the cropped hairstyle below. You might also see this cut described as the graduated bob or micro bob, as hairstylist Tom Smith coins it.
“Shrinking normal bob lengths up close to the nape of the neck, the ‘micro bob’ is a great option for those willing to push the limits of the bob,” he says. He explains that the hair is cut right up to the lowest part of the hairline and often styled in a sleek head-hugging way. “This bob is a very high-fashion yet extremely practical option for those with straight to wavy hair,” he says.