While thumbing through Instagram or perusing Pinterest, we see a ton of wavy, messy bobs. We scoff and scowl over the fact that our hair can’t look that way without a well-trained stylist/hair wizard, but what we don’t realize is that, in 2016, stick-straight hair is back with a vengeance. Messy hair will always be chic because of its relaxed vibe, but take one look at the photos from Spring 2016 runways and you know that designers and models alike are embracing a sleek, polished texture.
If you have straight hair (or you don’t mind straightening it once in a while) and are looking to truly class up your vibe, draw inspiration from the 22 stunning stick-straight bobs below.
1. Christina Hendricks’s Straight Red Bob
Christina Hendricks is one gorgeous lady, and she couldn’t look more sophisticated or put-together than she does here, sporting this sleek long bob with textured ends. The sheen of her rich red hair helps to dazzle the eye.
2. Jaime King’s Super-Blunt Platinum Blonde Bob
Jaime King is another celebrity babe topping our list of sleek and sexy stick-straight bobs. She’s always been known for her sense of style, and that’s no different here, where she’s sporting a super-blunt platinum-blonde long bob with exposed coppery roots. Girl’s had her finger on the pulse of style for decades—how do you do it, Jaime?
3. Straight Blunt Honey-Blonde Lob with Perfect Balayage
This super-straight honey-blonde long bob couldn’t be prettier. The sheen to this woman’s hair is unreal. We also love the subtle balayage effect, which has no harsh lines but instead looks uber-natural.
4. Smooth Lavender-Highlighted Bob
This soft purple coloring is to-die-for, as is this woman’s clearly thick mane. Here it’s been made sleek and smooth—which, when paired with a chic textured cut, puts the whole ‘do over the edge into “stunner” territory.
5. Stick-Straight Deep-Brown A-Line Long Bob
The sloping A-line shape of this long bob creates a dramatic effect when paired with a sleek, straight style. We’re also head over heels for this woman’s color—a deep mahogany brown that has depth even without obvious highlighting.
6. Thick Pale-Blonde Bob with Side Part
We’re loving the sleek, combed-out style of this woman’s blonde bob. It’s a mature but fresh look that could easily be worn by women in their 50s and 60s, all the way down to women in their 20s.
7. Thick Deep-Chocolate-Brown Long Bob with Middle Part
This woman’s lovely deep brown hair is also quite thick. When straightened and styled into a sleek bob, it gives the look a sexy but down-to-earth vibe.
8. Thin Chocolate-Brown Bob
This woman’s hair is more on the thinner side, but she’s totally nailed the right length for her hair texture. (If she went any longer, her hair might appear even thinner.) The gorgeous chocolate-brown color, angling around the face, and sleek shine make this look a winner.
9. Blunt Cotton-Candy-Pink Bob
This color is another lovely rainbow hair color you can choose if you want to go against the grain but still look presentable and professional. The soft tone will work for many settings, while the uber-blunt cut and stick-straight style add some grown-up maturity.
10. Sleek Black Bob
Here’s another fantastic blunt bob that oozes style with its sleek, straightened texture. We also love this woman’s shiny black hair. Sometimes the color can be a bit stark for women with pale skin, but she’s rocking it like a boss.
11. Sleek Ginger-Red Bob with Side-Swept Bangs
This look is sweet and mature all at once. Light ginger coloring; a blunt, sleek, chin-length bob; and pretty side-swept bangs? Stop, just stop. We can’t take so much prettiness in one look.
12. Thin Black-Brown Bob with Short Blunt Bangs
This sleek, straight-as-an-arrow black bob is a perfect cut for someone with thinner hair. The short, blunt style will provide the illusion of fullness, even when your hair is as straight as it is here. The short bangs look great with this woman’s oval-shaped face.
13. Cute Chocolate-Brown Bob with Bangs and Honey-Brown Balayage
This adorable ‘do will give you a youthful edge while also putting out a polished, in-control vibe. The cut has an ever-so-slight angled effect, which is hip and trendy. The even-slighter honey-brown balayage effect is gorgeous against this woman’s chocolate-brown base color.
14. Slightly Angled Ash-Blonde Bob with Visible Roots
We’ve reached epic levels of hipness with this look. The stunning ash-blonde color is bowling us over—so is the perfectly trim line of this haircut, which seems to be angled towards the front. When blown out and straightened, this woman’s hair projects a gorgeous sheen.
15. Blunt Chocolate-Brown Bob with Lavender Highlights
We’re crazy about this woman’s crazy-blunt bob haircut. It’s super high-fashion but also super-wearable. What’s even more unique about this style are the lovely lavender-purple highlights at the front.
16. Long Black Bob with Side Part
If you’re searching for a hairstyle that’s extremely wearable and easy to maintain but won’t scrimp on sophistication, you may have just found your next ‘do. This sleek long bob is perfect for looking put-together on an everyday basis.
17. Medium-Brown Angled Long Bob with Blonde Babylights
Here’s another sleek look that’s uber-sophisticated. This angled long bob puts all the drama up front, with the longer strands around the face. The soft babylights are perfect in this woman’s chestnut-colored medium-brown hair.
18. Jourdan Dunn’s Thick Honey-Brown Bob with Visible Roots
Jourdan Dunn has an incredible sense of style and an incredible head of hair. She can rock straight or messy any day, but here she’s chosen to go sleek and well-combed—and of course she looks fabulous.
19. Short Deep-Chocolate-Brown Bob with Side Part
What haircut could be more chic and hip than this smooth, straight ‘do? It’s perfect for women who have thinner hair or are a bit more petite. But if you have thick hair or are taller, don’t let that deter you—rules are made to be broken.
20. Medium Ash-Brown Long Bob with Cool Center Part
If you want to inject a dose of ’60s cool into your look, you’ve found it in this hairstyle. We’re digging this woman’s ash-brown long bob, which is uber-glam when parted in the center. But the straight style of this ‘do is what’s really hooking us—it’s got swing and movement like no other straight style out there.
21. Gemma Arterton’s Gorgeous Slightly Angled Black Bob with Bangs
Whoever said short hair couldn’t be sexy is eating their words right now. Gemma looks beautiful with this cut, which has been blown out to a perfectly straight state. The stunning color, face-framing full bangs, and slight angle to the hairstyle cap off a perfect look.
22. Jennifer Lawrence’s Straightened Platinum-Blonde Bob
Whether she’s wearing her platinum-blonde bob messy or straight, JLaw looks fierce. (Whether she’s tripping up stairs or walking tall like the queen she is, we love her in spades.) Her sleek bob is mature and stylish, and the middle part screams trendy and modern.