After years of extensions, blowouts, plus waves and curls as far as the eye can see, we think you’d agree with us that it’s definitely time for a palette refresh. And of course, we can always look to our favourite K-pop stars for some #hairinspo in bob central, being the lightning-quick trend-adapters they are.
Bringing out their best facial features and framing their faces for that fresh look, these Korean short hairstyles are rocked by fan-favourite celebs – and they’re chic, on-trend, and most importantly, dripping with aegyo.
The best part? You’ll never have to go through the hassle of putting your long hair up in a bun again when the weather gets too hot to handle.
Need some ideas? From Song Hye Kyo to Blackpink’s Lisa, here are some pegs you should save before your next salon visit! Trust us, you’d want to take the plunge and just chop it all off once you take a look at our list.
We reckon you’d be hard-pressed to name another celebrity who could rock a better short bob like Lisa.
There simply isn’t a hairstyle that she can’t rock, but this particular short bob is one to remember.
It brings attention to her face without being too distracting – plus, what’s not to like about pink hair?
If you’re an avid K-drama fan or have come across a hallyu star’s Instagram, you’ll notice how they have a penchant for feminine and soft hairstyles that frame the face perfectly.
As demonstrated by TWICE’s vocalist Jihyo, sharp layers or harsh highlights aren’t a thing, so it’s the perfect hairstyle to get if you want natural-looking tresses that are far from boring.
After starring in the crime-drama Netflix series Vagabond, Suzy has been in the public eye more than ever before.
Here, she rocks an easy-to-style tapered short bob with bangs – proof that short hairstyles can be versatile too.
It’s important to have volume in the bangs, but try not to go for full bangs especially if you have thin (or thinning) hair.
Kim Nam Joo
If we may be honest, a bob can’t get any chicer than this style on actress Kim Nam Joo.
On her, soft waves are added for a touch of elegance, but just enough without crossing the party-ready territory.
This is certainly a good hairstyle to try for a date or important event. To achieve the look, wrap your hair loosely around the wand of a curling iron instead of crimping it between the clamps.
Lee Se Young
To prepare for her role of Han Ae Ri in the time-crossing fantasy thriller drama Kairos, Lee Se Young took a leap of faith and chopped her locks to play the part.
The bold move has also been said to be the first time the actress has ever been spotted in a short ‘do since her debut.
Yes, there was a time when Jennie had a lob (short for long bob) and not the long lustrous hair that she currently flaunts.
And she rocks the short hairstyle well like her bandmate, Lisa, if you ask us!
Song Hye Kyo
Want to add a bit of volume to your fine or limp hair? You can consider a bob with loose waves, just like the look spotted on Song Hye Kyo here.
This adds volume and texture to your tresses without taking too much length off.
If you’re used to seeing Son Ye-jin’s long, curly locks in the hit Netflix series Crash Landing On You, you’ll definitely be surprised to see the actress on our list.
Here, she’s rocking a lob cut that’s a perfect option for everyone as it somehow flatters virtually all hair types and face shapes.
If you’re game, ask your hairdresser for some light brown highlights to give your look a subtle pop of colour.
Choi Soo Young
Soo Young shows off another example of a short, wavy ‘do, that looks chic and sexy with the right styling.
Before you commit to a perm, use curling tongs to create a similar effect and decide if that’s something you want to live with for the next few months.
From the blonde strands to her bangs, Jeongyeon’s haircut definitely catches attention.
It frames her face perfectly, and it’s definitely a look to consider if you have a high forehead.
This member of the K-pop girl group Apink certainly looks stylish with a sleek and straight bob that totally complements her diamond face shape.
It ends just at the nape of her neck, but if you’re more adventurous, you can get your hairstylist to cut it about two inches shorter to achieve a boyish charm.
Got a high forehead like Bo-mi? Consider getting some straight-cut bangs to frame your face and add some layers to your bangs so they look effortlessly natural.
You probably recognise Lee Joo-young as the transgender Ma Hyeon-yi in the hit Netflix series Itaewon Class.
For an effortlessly chic vibe, you won’t go wrong with the bold pixie cut topped with classic curtain bangs that she’s rocking.
To recreate this effect, remember to prep your hair with a spritz of hairspray and a quick blow-dry for maximum volume and shine.
Kim Hyo-yeon, a.k.a DJ Hyo, is known for her daring styles, like this short bleached bob.
So if you’re looking to make a statement with your hair, a chic look like hers would probably be your best bet.
If you’re not ready to bleach your whole head, fret not – you can consider getting a balayage, which are coloured highlights that run throughout your hair.
Go Joon Hee
If you’re looking to put an edgy spin to your hairdo, this K-drama actress’ chin-length may just be the pixie cut you need to emulate.
Pop on a thick headband to make a statement in your outfit – although we’re pretty sure this haircut is already a statement in itself.
Park So Dam
You probably know her as Jessica who played the crafty sister in Bong Joon-ho’s iconic – and award-winning – film Parasite.
She had shoulder-length hair in the movie but here, the actress is spotted rocking a sleek chin-length cut that accentuates her features and frames her face perfectly.
Tired of your natural hair colour? Switch things up a little and opt for some copper-coloured locks as Nana did, so your short hairdo will easily stand out from the crowd.
During her career as a singer (she was part of the girl group After School) and actress, she’s rocked many hairstyles but this short ‘do is definitely our top pick.
DV tip: If you’re nervous about going full-on copper, try starting with highlights first.
Park Shin Hye
The Sisyphus actress is known for her long and luscious locks, so it’s definitely shocking to see her in short hair. But boy, did she make the right choice.
It ends just at her nape, which is the perfect length if you’re gunning for some versatility, as you can tie your hair up in a mini half-updo or leave it as it is for an effortlessly chic look.
Lee Ji-eun, or more commonly known as IU, is a multi-talented singer-songwriter and actress known for her many varied hairstyles.
She’s gone for long Rapunzel-like locks, the classic medium-length cut, and the short bob. Here, she rocks a hairdo that grazes just above the neck with wispy bangs.
The singer from the girl band EXID opted for a blunt chin-length bob, which not only gives an illusion of a smaller face but also nicely complements her sharp jawline.
Her fringe falls slightly below her brows, which gives off a cool-girl vibe. What’s not to like?
Korean makeup guru Pony inspires her fans to be bold with more than just makeup; she also shows that adding a bright pop of colour to your hair can make you stand out in the best way possible.
Here, she went for an eye-catching faded pink that matches well with any ensemble, including a white tee.