This Is Summer 2019's Most Popular (& Most Versatile) Haircut

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A bob haircut seems simple enough at first glance, when you're struck with inspiration on the subway gazing longingly at a stranger's perfectly tousled chin-length waves. The complexities come when considering what type of bob you want.
When you can't put your finger on one particular style (something fresh, but not choppy, with texture, but not too many layers, and definitely no bangs), you, Goldilocks, are in the market for a simple beginner's bob. And that cut — versatile, soft and polished, workable on a towel-dry maintenance plan — is the softly blurred A-line bob.
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Los Angeles hairstylist Sal Salcedo calls this style the "It girl" bob, because everyone's wearing it right now. "It's an effortless and airy bob for the girl that wants that easy texture," he explains of the bob, which falls in an A-line slant, slightly longer at the front and shorter towards the back. "The haircut has a lot of internal movement, which makes the style fall with ease."
Ahead, check out 18 ways to execute 2019's most wearable bob haircut, styled by celebrities and Instagram cool girls alike. Scroll through to find your perfect A-line cut — sure to become another morning commuter's bob inspiration this summer.
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The Avengers star everyone's talking about, Brie Larson, just shed her Marvel persona with a fresh bob haircut that falls right above her chin — and appears to be subtly longer towards the front. The shears behind the freshly tousled summer chop have yet to be claimed, but our money's on Brie's longtime stylist Bryce Scarlett.
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For the Time 100 Gala, supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a sleek, structured bob with long, blunt bangs that further proves the versatility and wearability of a bob with a subtle A-line tilt.
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Along with her freshly chopped, front-heavy lob, Mandy Moore recently took her hair a tinge darker with a rich-chocolate glaze, courtesy of her stylist Ashley Streicher.
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Natalie Portman's fresh lob — that skims just above her shoulders — is proof that you only need to add a few loose, piece-y curls to make this cut red-carpet ready.
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Carey Mulligan recently freshened up her summer style with a chic A-line bob, complete with blonde highlights, wispy bangs, and that purposefully undone texture.
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Brooklyn Decker's rose-tinted color plays well with her cut: a chin-length bob with a dimensional A-line shape.
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Gabrielle Union-Wade proves that a subtly asymmetrical bob can be styled straight and sharp, or with soft bends for body.
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L.A.-based stylist Anh Co Tran sparked the "parallel undercut" trend, which is a transitional layering technique that delivers body and movement to thin hair. A parallel undercut can be cut bluntly at the ends, and styled with that soft, A-line shape.
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Irina Shayk made a statement at this year's Golden Globes — not only with her arm candy and glittering gold gown, but because she was sporting a dramatic new haircut. The shiny brunette bob came courtesy of celebrity hair pro Harry Josh, who refers to Shayk's style as an A-line bob with texturized ends. "The subtle A-line allows the hair to swing and move freely," Josh says.
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Here, you can see how a more dramatic difference in length between front and back — with front pieces falling around the jawline — gives a gorgeous shape to naturally curly hair.
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Tim Dueñas, stylist at L.A.'s Nine Zero One Salon, tells us that the key to achieving this look is to focus on the blurred line, which gives the ends that lived-in finish. "Creating a slightly softer perimeter helps make this classic more modern," he says. "It’s also a cut that works on both thick and fine textures."
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Kiernan Shipka's blonde bob is classic and adorable, but made trendy with a soft A-line tilt.
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A few long corkscrew curls extending past the jawline gives effortless dimension to a chin-length bob.
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Salcedo shows how to perfect an A-line cut with messy texture. Not only is the cut right on trend, but the copper color is also on our 2019 mood board.
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If you like a shorter cut, consider the look L.A. hairstylist Darine Sengseevong calls the “Y2K bob” — a retro take on the modern blunt cut. The style is short around the perimeter of the head, keeping the topmost layers long, to be slicked back, styled to either side, or parted in the center framing the face.
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A subtle differentiation in length from front to back makes a curly bob easy and effortless to style with a part on either side, which keeps the cut from looking square in shape.
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The key to an A-line cut that's both polished and choppy is to keep the face-framing pieces just a little longer than the rest of the cut, while blending the ends to maintain transitional layers.
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The A-line cut gives an illusion of fullness to thin hair that tends to fall flat. The "new wave" perm styling technique can give a cut like this some extra oomph, too.
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