Selena Gomez Proves the Flipped-Out Bob Is the Best Way to Grow Out Short Hair

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It feels like it’s never been hotter to have a bob, but that doesn’t make the chop an easy decision. Thankfully, Selena Gomez continues to demonstrate how to skip the awkward-length stage when you inevitably decide you miss your long hair.

It appears as though Selena Gomez recommitted to her bob era in January 2024, arriving to the American Film Institute Awards with a bouncy mid-length cut reminiscent of the popular baroque bob trend. However, it appeared she went even shorter by the beginning of March, showing off a flipped-out version of the bob on Instagram Stories, though it’s possible the photo was taken prior to the AFI Awards on January 12.

Selena Gomez attends the AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 12, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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From Selena Gomez’s Instagram Story on March 1, 2024.


Either way, Gomez’s bob is back to January’s slightly-past-shoulder-length that many think of as the dreaded in-between stage. Not for Selena Gomez.

In mid-March, the Wizards of Waverly Place star proved all it takes to keep a bob looking fresh at any length is volume and bounce. First, she went for a bit of a Mad Men look in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest, appearing on a panel in a flouncy red dress, sheer black tights, and a black jacket. Much like her AFI look, Gomez’s hair was styled in a chic, bouncy lob, with the millennial side part that many celebs are keen on reviving.

Selena Gomez on March 10, 2024 in Austin, Texas.

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Around the same time, she gave the look a bit more va-va-voom with a sleeker blow-out and a 2010s-inspired side bangs for boyfriend Benny Blanco’s birthday. Earlier this week, Gomez’s bestie Nicola Peltz Beckham shared multiple photos of Gomez’s bombshell look, complete with another little red dress and big red fur coat (somebody please do a wellness check on Clifford).

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