The textured bob has long been the staple for fall and winter. However, as we head into FW23, a shorter version of the much-loved look will be taking over — “Le Petit Bob.” Whether you’re craving a Paris trip this season, or simply watching Emily In Paris on repeat, there’s no doubting the love affair most of us have with Paris, or just France in general.
French culture and French beauty take on a pared-back sentiment at every turn. French fashionistas confidently choose between highlighting the eyes or the lips — but never both, and unapologetically express themselves with fashion choices acutely attuned to them and only them. From purging your closet to scaling back your beauty, the latest haircut, Le Petit Bob, is an ode to the ultra-short classic French Bob, but with a straighter weight line for a bold feel. It is literally the miniskirt of haircuts, and we all know how the shorter hemlines are in this season, just ask Miuccia Prada.
Le Trend: Le Petit Bob
The term was coined by EVO Hair Creative Director and Olaplex Artist Tom Smith (@tomsmithhd) who advises those who want to recreate the look to ask for slightly shorter layers around the face frame to give that effortless French feel. Like most blunt bobs, while it can be created on all hair types, the look is ideal for adding volume to fine or thin types. Your upkeep and styling will vary depending on your curl pattern and how you want to wear the finished look. Shiny and stick straight and natural texture are both beautiful ways to wear the trend — you’ll just need to pick the right products to get the look.
Products To Get The Look
To Create Smooth Styles
Add a styling aid like Redken Spray Smooth or COLORWOW Dream Coat to damp hair and blow dry with a large round brush. If extra smoothing is needed, prep hair with Thermal Spray 11 and use a flat iron to finish your look – personally we love the Sam Villa Pro Results Cordless Flat Iron, because who doesn't love a cordless!
To Enhance Natural Texture
Air drying is ideal to wear Le Petit Bob with fully French flair. For best results, add an air-drying product like Kristen Ess Air Dry Créme or invest in a leave-in treatment that can double as a styler like Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Leave-In Treatment or Wella ULTIMATE REPAIR Miracle Hair Rescue.