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40 Best French Bob Hairstyles & Haircuts Trending in 2020

The French bob haircut is a chin-length bob paired with a fringe, which usually sits at brow level. The style originated in the 1890s, with French actress and singer Polaire, who wore her hair in a cropped bob and later became more of a widespread trend during the 1920s flapper era.

The modern-day reincarnation features a heavy fringe with blunt ends and wavy texture. Taking inspiration from the dishevelled hairstyles of French style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, it epitomises effortless Parisian style. So, if you’re ready to add a little French flair into your hair, view 40 of the best Instagram and A-list looks, right here.

Taylor LaShae Haircut

woman with short dark brown bob with bangs #Instahair is going wild for this look. Credit: Instagram.com/taylorlashae

If you’re looking for French bob inspiration, look no further than Instagram It-girl Taylor LaShae and her perfect cool girl bob and bangs combination. Credit: @taylorlashae

Short French Bob

Woman with dark brown short bob with choppy bangsCredit: Instagram.com/lais_morello

If you aren’t afraid to go shorter, this daring look is exactly what you need to make your hair feel brand new again. Credit: @ lais_morello

Tousled French Bob

Woman with chestnut brown wavy French bobCredit: Instagram.com/edosalonandgallery

This beauty proves that the only styling product you should count on is sea salt spray. These beachy waves take this bob haircut to new levels. Credit: @edosalonandgallery

Editor’s tips: If your mane is lacking texture don’t panic: you can still rock a French bob, simply by using a sea salt spray. We recommend the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray, as it adds plenty of lift at the roots, without leaving your hair feeling crispy.

Kaia Gerber Bob

Kaia Gerber with short brown wavy bob hairstyleCredit: Instagram.com/kaiagerber

Not sure bangs are right for you? Kaia Gerber‘s relaxed wavy bob is proof that fringe or no fringe, you can still channel the French girl vibes. Credit: @kaiagerber

Thick French Bob

Woman with dark brown thick hair cut into a French bobCredit: Instagram.com/chloehelenmiles

You might think that naturally thick hair doesn’t lend itself to a style like the French bob, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The shorter cut adds shape to the hair to stop it looking boxy, making it much more manageable. Credit: @chloehelenmiles

Textured Bob

Woman with dark brown textured bob haircut with curtain bangsCredit: Instagram.com/yokii.san

This season’s hottest hairstyles have one key thing in common – texture. The aim is to give your hair that just-out-of-bed but still chic look, that never looks too try-hard. Credit: @yokii.san

Curly French Bob

Woman with curly short bob with choppy micro fringeCredit: Instagram.com/erickinvisible

Whether you’ve got natural curls or use a curling wand to get them, you’ll be seriously inspired by this gorgeous haircut. Credit: @erickinvisible

Shoulder-Length French Bob

Woman with blonde shoulder length French bob hairCredit: Instagram.com/salsalhair

Give your shoulder length haircut a bit of edge with some tousled layers and wispy bangs, just like this. Credit: @salsalhair

Layered French Bob

Woman with layered dark brown thick French bob haircutCredit: Instagram.com/millenagomesa

Adding in layers into your style will make your hair look effortless 24-7, which is perfect for those who don’t like spending ages styling their hair. Credit: @millenagomesa

Clémence Poésy Bob

Clemence Poesy with golden, beachy short bob haircutCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

As far as French hair goals go, Clémence Poésy consistently takes the crown. Her grungey blonde lob flatters her heart-shaped face and adds an element of toughness to her girly outfit.

Chin-Length French Bob

Woman with dark brown short French bob hair with wispy bangsCredit: Instagram.com/cajmel

There’s a reason why Instagram stars love this popular Parisian cut! It’s classic, sultry and the ideal cut for framing all face shapes. Credit: @cajmel

Lucy Boynton Bob

Lucy Boynton with platinum blonde wavy bob haircutCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

With her icy blonde hue, blunt cut and barely-there waves, Lucy Boynton has fast become one of our go-to sources of red carpet hair inspiration.

Lip-Length Bob

Woman with dark brown short bob with fringeCredit: Instagram.com/itsabobeatbobworld/

Dare to go even shorter? Ask your stylist for a lip-length cut to make a real style statement this season. Credit: @itsabobeatbobworld

Messy French Bob

Woman with messy medium brown French bob with light chocolate endsCredit: Instagram.com/juju_masta_hair

Never managed to master the messy hair trend? Styling a messy French bob couldn’t be easier – simply use a curling wand to curl 2-3 inch sections of your hair, then use your fingers to break them up to give you loose, undone waves. Credit: @juju_masta_hair

Long French Bob

Woman with dark brown messy long bob with fringeCredit: Instagram.com/chloehelenmiles

If anyone’s going to convince you to give a long French bob a try, it’s this beauty and her perfectly tousled mane. With this cut in your mane life, you’re sure to get snapped by a street style photographer. Credit: @chloehelenmiles

Blunt French Bob

Woman with dark brown blunt cut bob haircutCredit: Instagram.com/erickinvisible

Here’s one style that never goes out of fashion: the blunt bob. If you’ve got straight hair, this glossy French cut is your best option. Credit: @erickinvisible

Léa Seydoux Bob

Lea Seydoux with golden blonde messy French bob haircutCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

Ever the hair chameleon, French actress Léa Seydoux rocks her bob in this season’s must-have honey blonde hue.

Sleek French Bob

Woman with bronde short sleek bob haircut with micro bangsCredit: Instagram.com/mjtollo_hair

We love a wavy bob (in case you couldn’t tell!), but the beauty of this versatile cut is that it looks just as chic when worn straight and sleek. Credit: @mjtollo_hair

Editor’s tip: If you’re planning on straightening your bob, be sure to always use a heat protectant to keep damage to a minimum. We like the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spray, as not only does it protect strands up to 230 degrees, it also speeds up styling and adds shine, too – we heart a multi-tasker!

Maisie Williams’ Choppy Bob

Maisie Williams with a dark chocolate choppy bob with choppy bangsCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams keeps her cropped chin-length bob looking fresh and modern with the addition of short, choppy bangs.

Charli XCX’s Coloured Bob

Charli XCX with dark brown bob with pink ombre ends and choppy fringeCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

Charli XCX is pretty in pink with these fluro pink ombre tips.

Editor’s tip: Feeling inspired to try out some coloured ends? To make sure your new colour lasts as long as possible, switch to a colour protect range like the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Shampoo and Conditioner, which will help to prevent colour fade.

Soft Waves

Woman with chin length bob with soft wet wavesCredit: Instagram.com/yukistylist

Like to stay one step ahead of the trends? The French bob and the runway wet-look hair trend combine to create this high fashion inspired style. Credit: @yukistylist

Editor’s tip: Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to go out with wet hair to get the mermaid look. Simply apply the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel to damp hair from root to tip and then blowdry for a lasting wet-look effect.

Retro French Bob

Woman with thick hair cut into a short curled bob style with bangsCredit: Instagram.com/inthetresses

Love all things retro? Nod to the flapper girl hair of the 1920s with this ultra-short rounded bob. Credit: @inthetresses

Grown Out Bob

Woman with dark brown, grown out messy bob hairstyleCredit: Instagram.com/genevievegianhair

Thinking about going short for the first time but scared to make the commitment? This in-between length is less intimidating and offers up a variety of styling opportunities. Credit: @genevievegianhair

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French Bob on Fine Hair

Woman with think golden blonde short hair cut into a very short bob with middle part bangsCredit: Instagram.com/heidiwallacehair

Bobs are a fantastic option for those with fine hair, breathing life into flat locks and giving the illusion of more body and fullness. Credit: @heidiwallacehair

Black French Bob

Woman with dark, short French bob haircut with bangsCredit: Instagram.com/thebobbedbrunette

Got medium or long dark hair? This cute cut is your fast track route to cool girl hair. Don’t forget the cat-eye sunglasses! Credit: @thebobbedbrunette

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French Bob on Straight Hair

Woman with thick messy dark brown bob with wispy fringeCredit: Instagram.com/difino_kudo0810

Feathered layers and choppy ends will give even the straightest strands a boost. Credit: @difino_kudo0810

French Bob with Micro Bangs

Woman with dark brown wavy short bob with micro fringeCredit: Instagram.com/maneaddicts

Need some convincing to give the micro bangs trend a try? Look no further. Credit: @maneaddicts

Amélie Bob

Audrey Tautou as Amelie with short dark bob with mini fringe on setCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

It’s impossible to mention the French bob without talking about iconic Audrey Tautou’s hair in Amélie. Audrey’s signature bob cut and tiny fringe in the film started the trend and is the reason why everyone still talks about it today.

Vanessa Hudgens French Bob

Vanessa Hudgens with short, flippy dark brown French bob haircutCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

With chin-length loose waves and a piecey fringe, you’ll be channelling Vanessa Hudgens vibes in no time.

Curly Bob

woman wearing a black jumper with brunette curly french bob hairFrench bob hair looks amazing on naturally curly hair. Credit: Instagram.com/janusch.ka

Blessed with natural curls? Well, you’re in luck, because the French bob looks incredible on curly tresses, creating an effortless, bedhead vibe! Honestly, have you ever seen such a stunning, nonchalant look? Credit: @janusch.ka

Editor’s tip: To keep your curls looking natural, yet under control, scrunch a handful of the VO5 Curl Defining Mousse throughout your locks to enhance your curls and fend off any unwanted frizz.

Side French Bob on Thick Hair

Woman with dark, short side French bob cutCredit: Instagram.com/lindsmarie_hair

We love the way this Instagrammer is rocking her French bob with subtle texture and a side parting. Credit: @lindsmarie_hair

Felicity Jones’ Shaggy Bob

Felicity Jones with dark brown thick bob with side swept fringeCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

Is Felicity Jones’ tousled shaggy bob enough to tempt you to go for the big chop?

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Vintage Bob

Marion Cotillard with chocolate brown curly retro bob
For a vintage, glamorous twist on the trend, look to Marion Cotillard’s glossy curled bob for inspiration. This ‘40s hairstyle will make you feel like a silver screen actress.

Blonde Bob

Woman with blonde messy French bob hairstyleCredit: Instagram.com/samkanehair

This tousled look is a must-try for blondes who want to switch up their look. Credit: @samkanehair

Fine Hair French Bob

woman with short brunette french bob hair with a choppy fringeIt’s a great way to add dimension to limp locks. Credit: Instagram.com/karolina_roslon

Equally, this style is great for adding shape and body to poker straight locks, too! The jaw-skimming length eliminates any chance of your hair weighing you down, plus it’s great for accentuating petite facial features. It’s sweet, delicate, and our new hair obsession. Credit: @karolina_roslon

Wavy Bob

Woman with chin length wavy French bob with bangsCredit: Instagram.com/yokii.san

This playful bob and bangs hairstyle is all about effortless texture, making it the ideal haircut for those with naturally wavy hair.Credit: @yokii.san

Lilac Bob

Woman wearing grey top with lilac short French bob hairGo crazy with colour! Credit: Instagram.com/salsalhair

The only real rules to this style are the fringe and the length, so there’s nothing stopping you making the trend your own by experimenting with fun colours! We love this Instagrammer’s violet hue, with her seriously bold brows adding an edgy touch to her soft bangs. Credit: @salsalhair

Alexa Chung Bob

Alexa Chung with dark brown bob with chocolate highlightsCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

If your Alexa Chung is your fashion icon, her trademark, undone French girl hair also deserves your attention. Who else is screenshotting this?

Cute French Bob Hairstyle

Woman with chocolate brown French bob with waved ends and wispy bangsCredit: Instagram.com/emaliechristoffers

Yes, the French bob can be cute, too! Credit: @ emaliechristoffers

Keira Knightley Bob

Keira Knightley with a brunette wavy bob with side-swept curled bangsCredit: Rex by Shutterstock

Go for a deep side part to channel Keira Knightley’s curly French girl hairstyle. 

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