What Are the Best Bob Haircuts for Kids?

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Bob haircuts are simultaneously classic and modern. As one of the most versatile hair styles, “the bob” is suitable for all ages, nearly every face type, and every hair type. Bob haircuts for kids aren’t really all that different from those for grownups, and in fact there are a couple of reasons why they may be more appropriate. Due to the versatility of the bob, it’s best to do a bit of reconnaissance before dragging a child off to the salon, so look through pictures to get an idea of the type of bob haircut that best suits the child. Browse salon and haircare websites for bob haircuts for kids or visit your local salon for idea books.


Just like the adult versions, bob haircuts for kids can vary slightly in length, and can be graduated, stacked, soft or harsh. The biggest advantage to the bob haircut for little girls is the instant “fullness” gained by cutting the hair shorter. Toddlers and young children tend to have very fine hair when their hair is long. Since boys tend to have their hair cropped short to their head, especially around the ears and neck, most of the downy-fine baby hair has been cut two, three, or more times by the time they reach the age of three. For those girls whose hair is left to grow long, that baby-fine hair is still with them at the ends. By cutting it short, the weight is removed along with the finer hair and the result is near instant fullness.

For young girls, a short, graduated bob with clean lines is most suitable. For older kids and tweens, fringes and shaggy bobs are equally suitable. Bob haircuts for kids tend to fall to between the chin and the base of the neck in length. If a child has trepidations about cutting off their length, start with a longer version of the bob to allow time for adjusting. Aside from the length, especially when it comes to kids, the biggest question is often whether to cut bangs or not.

Cutting bangs keeps hair from falling into children’s eyes. If the hair cannot be kept unobtrusive by tucking it behind the ear, a headband or barrette may be necessary to keep the hair back – especially during activities like sports or play. Consider the activity level of the child. If it’s been a problem in the past, opt for a bob with bangs.

One of the biggest advantages to bob haircuts for kids is the ease of care. Washing is faster and easier and combing it takes much less time with far fewer tears. In fact, a bob haircut may be the perfect haircut when teaching kids to self-care for their hair. To help with this process, invest in a weightless spray-on detangler or conditioner and a wide-tooth comb that fits their hands. Be sure to show kids the proper way to wash and care for their hair before turning them loose with hair care products.


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