Every Cool Girl I Follow on Instagram Has This Exact Haircut

A few months ago, I had an "Instagram cull." If you're unfamiliar with the term, it means you have to cut the dead weight of who you follow. You wave goodbye to the ones you no longer need to stalk, hit the unfollow button on people who make you feel inadequate for never venturing further than your local postcode and mute the people you can't part with just yet but also can't handle seeing post another OOTD or deep-and-meaningful quote on your feed. During said cull, I noticed something: All my favourite Instagrammers who were allowed to stay had the exact same haircut that was short in length and always accompanied by a fringe.

I've always had a thing for the archetypal French-girl bob-and-fringe combination, mostly due to the fact I too had this exact Amélie-inspired cut as a little girl. My mother would cut my little blonde bob with kitchen scissors and give me a mini fringe every single summer before we headed to the South of France on holiday. It's a look I've dabbled with time and time again ever since. But I didn't realise just how obsessed I was with this style until 2019.

Anita Rice, founder of London-based hair salons Ralph and Rice and Buller and Rice, told me that this style of haircut can be quite versatile depending on your face shape. She recommends speaking to your hairdresser about your desired length of bob. Someone with a more pear-shaped face should opt for a longer bob and someone with a heart-shaped face could brave something cut above the jaw.

So which Instagram ladies and celebs are serving up the best bob hairstyles, complete with the all-important fringe? Keep scrolling to see.