How To Style Your Bob When You're Out Of Ideas, Courtesy Of Kelly Rowland

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A common issue that many people run into after cutting their hair is a general lack of inspiration. Sure, you like your new, shorter cut, but finding fun and interesting ways to style a fresh chop is far from simple. Or, maybe you've even fallen out of love with that 'do you got in January — and are feeling antsy come summer — but there's no room for boredom when it comes to beauty.
Kelly Rowland is a great example of this: she makes a bob look like the most versatile chop on the planet with her countless styles. And let's not forget that she cut her hair not once, but twice within two days last year: she began with an asymmetrical look, then went chin-length the next day. Since then, we've seen her transform her length in a myriad of ways, each more fabulous than the last.
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If you're in a rut, or are unsure if your bob is worth keeping, simply scroll ahead for some major inspiration from Rowland.
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Try Beach Waves

Yearning to try out a new sea salt spray? Well, you've got the best length: since your hair is on the shorter side, it has less weight dragging down any natural volume you uncover — so start scrunching!
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Cut Bangs

If you're fine with your base length and you're just looking to switch things up a bit, consider cutting some brow-skimming bangs (or getting realistic-looking clip-ins). Kelly's April 'do looked like a whole new style with fringe.
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Try A Center Part

Want to look like you have your shit together when you're feeling so-so? A ruler-straight center part always does the trick. Bonus? Your hair doesn't have to be straight — Kelly wore hers with a slight bend throughout, for added body, but any texture gets polish with a sharp part.
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Sweep It Back

On those irritating days when you can't get your part to go straight, just add some styling cream and brush all of your hair back, like Kelly did here. If you want a wet look, try using a little bit of baby oil gel, too. (Here's a how-to.)
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Play With Your Proportions

Chuck Amos once told us that the angled bob is his vision of what a postmodern Black hairstyle looks like. Kelly's curly, shaped style is one we'd rock in any century, tbh.
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Add Some Extensions

If all else fails, you can transform your bob into a lob by adding some extra hair. Clip them, tape them in, or have your stylist sew in a row of tracks to the midsection of your hair, right above where your bob stops. This makes for seamless blending — plus, you won't stress your hairline out as much as you would with a full sew-in weave.
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Pull It In A Ponytail

Take advantage of the summer's easiest glam go-to by pulling your bob in a ponytail. Tip: Pull a few strands out along the way for face-framing texture.
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