Sick of constantly having to untangle a knot in your long hair? An inverted bob is an answer. Unlike regular bobs, inverted bobs (also know as graduated bobs) are short at the back and long in the front. There are so many styles to choose from and about a million colors as well. If you want to dye your hair that is. It’s entirely up to you. There are even a few lobs (long bob) in there too. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best-inverted bobs we’ve come across. So sit back and check them out. Oh and most importantly, enjoy.
1. SHORT BLONDE BOB
Do blondes really have more fun? We bet they do if they have this hairstyle! Whilst this cut is quite short, it’s still soft and playful with the incorporated ombre technique. And you can pull it off too.
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Taking care of the colour and shine is your only job to maintain this look. You don’t even have to worry about your roots growing through – it’ll just add to the look.
2. BLACK INVERTED BOB + LONG FRONT LAYERS
Cutting your hair short can seem quite daunting. This look is perfect if you’re not 100% ready to take the plunge. You’ll get all the volume and boost from having a bob, but still have some length in the front to play with.
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A jet black bob is quite a striking hairstyle and it’s definitely one we recommend. It’s a lot easier to maintain than any other colour that’s for sure.
3. LOB STYLE + BALAYAGE HIGHLIGHTS
Lobs or long bobs are way easier to manage than their shorter alternative. The added length means you can style them in tons of different ways. It’s the best of both worlds.
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If you like the look of chunkier highlights in your hair, you should definitely try out the balayage technique. Balayage is of French origin and means “to sweep”. Literally sweeping any colour you want, through your hair.
4. INVERTED COPPER BOB
Going red doesn’t mean you have to go bright, bright red. There are so many tones you can choose from. This warm coppery tone is great if you want a more natural style.
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It’s a lot easier to maintain too. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll still need to use colour protection hair products, but the colour will take longer to fade. Which means fewer visits to the salon for you.
5. SUN-KISSED INVERTED BOB
This bob is perfect for spring… and summer too! With the sun highlighting all of the lovely hues running through this style, you’ll feel like a million bucks. The sun will even help brighten you hair over time – intensifying this look.
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Having it long at the front makes this quite a soft, romantic look. The all over ombre makes for a flawless finish, as the chocolate, caramel and blonde colours sweep effortlessly through the hair.
6. SHORT, STACKED BOB HAIRCUT
If volume is what you want, volume is definitely what you’ll get with this look. This hairstyle has so much boost in it, we’re mega jealous. We’re pretty sure most of it is natural volume though.
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Although there definitely could be some back-combing in the mix too. Lots of short layers make up this style. They’re also the reason for all of that volume too – well some of it anyway.
7. COPPER BOB WITH BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS
This inverted bob is truly flawless. Just look at how effortlessly the copper tones melt into a dark blonde toward the end. Highlights are the best way to create a softer look, rather than just picking one uniform colour.
Not sure whether a bob’s for you? Don’t worry ladies, we’ve got you covered. This style is on the longer side, so if you like it you can always shorten it. And if you don’t – just let it grow out.
8. TRENDY HAIRCUT
This is by far the most natural style we’ve come across. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t want to colour their hair at all, or someone that’s so sick of dying their hair that they want to get back to their roots – literally – this look is for you.
Instagram / hairbyedwin
It’s all about the cut with this one. The choppier the ends, the edgier the look. You don’t even need layers to boost this hairstyle up.
9. MESSY, LAYERED INVERTED LOB
Want to rock the messy look? This one’s for you. The sexy just-rolled-out-of-bed look is one we’ve all tried at one point. It seems so hard to get right though, doesn’t it?
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We’ve finally found the solution. Layers. It’s that simple. Think about it, when you add layers it adds volume. And volume is good. Now throw in a bit of colour and your once lifeless hair has been completely revamped.
10. SHORT ORANGE RED BOB
Here’s to all the natural redheads out there. Oh how we wish we could have your hair. Thankfully now, we’re actually in with a shot. Well we’ll still have to maintain the colour and get our roots done once in awhile, but it’s totally worth it.
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This oh-so-striking orange is perfect for the spring and summer months. Just imagine walking down the street with you hair glittering under the sun’s warm rays.
11. SHORT & SLEEK INVERTED BOB
This is such a fashionable cut. Just look at that volume! This sleek graduated bob is perfect for any and all occasions. Work, parties, even going to the supermarket. You’ll be the envy of each woman you pass in the aisle.
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This style would look stunning in any colour. So you’ve got no reason to not try it out. We definitely think this hairstyle would suit someone with a long slim neck as it would accentuate it beautifully.
12. BLONDE INVERTED BOB WITH LAYERS
This blonde bob has to be one of the best ones we’ve seen. The fade between dark to light blonde is flawless so this look is perfect if you want to go for quite a natural look, but still want a trendy do.
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Check out those choppy layers! We love how the curls look too. They make the hair look so voluminous and add quite a messy look to the style.
13. VOLUMINOUS STYLE
Volume, volume, volume. If you like a bit of boost in your hair you’ll love this style. Short, choppy layers are definitely the way to go and they’re so easy to manage too.
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The long wispy ends that frame the face make the entire look appear a whole lot softer. Especially as the back does look quite uniform being that it’s only a single colour. That matte look of this bob really adds to the edginess of it.
14. GRAY INVERTED BOB
Going gray isn’t a bad thing anymore. It’s actually a trend believe it or not. This woman is of course too young to have gone gray naturally so she must’ve had her hair dyed.
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Just think, if you can rock a gray bob in your younger years, you know you’ll look damn fine when your real gray hairs start peaking through. This gray hair glints under the light so nicely too.
15. LONG INVERTED BOB + CARAMEL HIGHLIGHTS
Here’s another lob for you long-bob-lovers out there. Chock-full of delicious caramel highlights. This look is perfect if you want to keep your hairstyle quite low-key on the maintenance front but still turn heads.
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The transition between chocolate and caramel tones is quite subtle in this style. When the light catches this hairstyle it really does come to life. It illuminates each shade wonderfully – intensifying the entire look.
16. CHOPPY BOB CUT + HIGHLIGHTS
Highlights really help to elevate any look. And that’s exactly the case with this next ‘do. You’ve got to love how bright those blonde ends are – it’s one of our favourite parts, that’s for sure.
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Check out how choppy this cut is, too. It really brings the whole style together. It goes to show that layers are required all the time to add volume to a look. This one doesn’t need them at all.
17. PASTEL PURPLE BOB
Are you speechless too? Speechless in a good way that is. The way the different shades of purple have been blended together to form this look is truly inspiring.
Instagram / cassderosa
Pastel purple really isn’t your regular hair colour choice, but if it’s done right it can look really spectacular. Just look at this ‘do. We bet you’re thinking about going purple now. And we don’t blame you – we’re thinking the exact same thing.
18. SHORT BLONDE BOB
Here’s quite a unique style. Not that the one before wasn’t or anything. We really like the long ends in the front and how the flow from short to long is pretty steep.
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Making this quite a dramatic look. The blonde hues of this style are so bright. They’re probably even brighter when the sun is shining on them. You can be sure you’ll be noticed walking down the street with this ‘do.
19. MEDIUM LENGTH BOB
Best of both worlds. This ‘do is great for all you long hair lovers. It’s not even that short in the back so you won’t have to worry about getting a cold neck. If that’s something that people actually worry about.
Instagram / glamiris
We like the incorporation of highlights in this look. Especially how they start off as highlights and blend into the only hair colour towards the ends. This style will still look great even when the hair starts to grow out.
20. WAVY ROSE GOLD BOB
Rose gold is so “in” right now. We’ve seen it more on jewellery but it’s so great to finally see it transition into the hair industry. This is such an effortless look and you can replicate it pretty easily too.
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Just get your hair ombred with a rose gold hair colour and then have it cut into an inverted bob. For the curls you don’t need to spend too long creating them. The looser, the better
21. CHOPPY BLONDE BOB
We love how pale the blonde is in this hairstyle. The fade between dark blonde and light blonde is so pretty. Having to go back to the salon every 4-6 weeks to have your hair re-dyed can be a pain.
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The great thing about this style is that it will still look just as pretty when your roots grow through. You’ll save some time and money too, which means you can buy that bag you’ve had your eye on.
22. DRAMATIC MEDIUM HAIRCUT
Business in the back and party in the front. This bob is sensational. It looks like quite a normal looking bob from behind and you wouldn’t think any differently. But with the front pulled back you can see the flawless way the hair has been shaped.
There’s so much volume in this ‘do. And it looks really natural too. Don’t worry if your hair isn’t as naturally thick as this model’s. A bit of back-combing and a spritz of hairspray and you’re sorted.
23. INVERTED BOB WITH LONG SIDE SWEPT BANGS
Those bangs are just exquisite, aren’t they? Their length softens the entire look. We love how far back they start too. If your hair is thinner, you’ll want to incorporate less hair into your bangs, otherwise the back of your hair won’t be as full-looking.
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This is because there won’t be enough hair to create that much loved volume we all look for in a bob hairstyle.
24. STACKED SHORT BOB WITH HIGHLIGHTS
What a phenomenal hairstyle! The whole thing looks like it took ages to create. And it probably did. If this was us, we’d be too scared to touch it just in case we ruined it. Scratch that, we wouldn’t even want to move.
Instagram / glamiris
The colours are incredible and the curls really help to highlight the different tones ombred into the style. Don’t get us started on the volume at the back. We’re in complete awe.
25. WAVY, SHOULDER LENGTH INVERTED BOB
The waves in this graduated bob really do make the whole hairstyle come to life. They also accentuate the colours flowing through the hair. We really love the slight messiness to the look.
Instagram / cassderosa
It makes the hair look pretty effortless and really quite sexy too if we’re honest. Windswept messy, we’ll call it. The fact the darker blonde can be seen peaking through the lighter blonde adds another dimension to the style.
26. STRAIGHT, SHORT BOB HAIRCUT
The back, the sides… even the front. We adore this whole hairstyle. The overall choppiness is a really nice touch. You could get rid of all your split ends with a cut like this. Not that we’re saying you have split ends. Well, you know what we mean.
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It’s quite wispy towards the front of the look, but it really works. You wouldn’t have to go jet black for this style either. Any uniform colour would look great.
27. MEDIUM BOB WITH FACE FRAMING HIGHLIGHTS
Ooh that’s new! It just goes to show that you don’t have to have highlights all over your hair. You can just highlight a small area. Take this style for instance, you can just get the hair surrounding your face highlighted.
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Face-framing highlights are also great if it’s your first time getting highlights and you want to test them out before you take the plunge and get your whole head done.
28. PASTEL BOB HAIRSTYLE
Yay, another pastel bob! And you have to admit, this one is quite remarkable. The hours it must’ve taken to create this perfection were totally worth it. You must agree.
Instagram / glamiris
You can see some of the back-combing techniquer nestled in the back of this ‘do, but we don’t even mind. You could pick any of your favourite pastel colours to recreate this look with. A minimum of two would be required, but we think 3 or more would look even better.
29. INVERTED LOB + BEAUTIFUL CARAMEL HIGHLIGHTS
Lobs are the perfect medium between bobs and long hair. You have more freedom with new hairdos you want to try. For instance, you have more hair to curl and you can even put your hair into a ponytail.
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The caramel highlights in this style are great if you’re looking for a natural-looking hairstyle. They’ll also brighten up when the sun gets to them. Creating a much lighter look over time.
30. CHOPPY & MESSY CUT
Another messy one! Well we couldn’t leave it out now could we? Just look at it. There’s quite a choppy style to it, but the feathered ends give it a weightless look and feel overall.
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It’s really shiny too. Normally when you go messy, all the shininess runs out the door. Also, you don’t have to dye your hair. This bob proves you can still look amazing with natural hair and a trendy cut.
31. STRAIGHT, CLEAN CUT BOB
We couldn’t not include a classic. Sometimes simple is better. And you can see why. Uniform colours look best for this look. It’s such an elegant style.
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Errors in this cut would be really difficult to hide, so you’ll want to make sure you get someone you trust to cut your hair, or a qualified professional of course. Also, use a hair product that will help your hair retain its shine and stay straight for longer.
32. LONG BOB CUT FOR THICK HAIR
Long graduated bobs are great for thick hair. Having thick hair is advantageous, so make the most of it. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Think about it. You won’t need to back-comb for ages and use a ton of hairspray to make it all stay in place.
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This is a pretty natural look, with only a few highlights to create a bit of dimension. It’s simply beautiful though.
33. BOB CUT WITH LONG WISPS AT THE FRONT
This cut has the perfect mix of dark and light. Dark brunette tresses flow into light blonde ones. There are a few wispy bits at the front, framing the face. This softens the look, making it appear a whole lot girlier.
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Not in a child-like way though. A womanly-girly, if there’s such a thing. You could recreate this cut and keep your natural hair with no problem. Adding a bit of colour really does elevate the look though.
34. SLEEK, LONG BOB HAIRSTYLE
Sleek and sophisticated. Here’s another one for you natural beauties out there. The graduated of this bob is quite subtle. Not too subtle that you don’t notice it though.
Instagram / BeautiiedTina
This is such a great style. No layers, no curls, no fringe – just simple elegance. Don’t think you have to have black hair to pull this look off. Any hair colour would look lovely. Just leave out the frills to keep it chic.
35. SHORT, TEXTURED BOB + BOLD COLOR
Go crazy! Pick any wild, bold colour you like the look of. The purple they’ve used looks almost metallic, doesn’t it? We absolutely love it. The shine is incredible too.
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There’s so much texture in this style too. Loose curls with a windswept look. Defining the curls at the front really help to frame the face. Making this rock-chic style have a more feminine feel and look.
36. ELEGANT BOB HAIRCUT
The colours in this inverted bob are sensational. They just light up when the sun reaches them. Just the way the bob flows from short in the back to long in the front.
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Chic and sleek. We love the way the dark blonde shows through the light blonde. Such a great contrast. You could try out this style with any two tones. It’d look great with pastel colours.
37. SHORT AT THE BACK, LONG AT THE FRONT
You’ve got to love how this style has the hair curled inwards at the back and pointed at the front. Just look how pointy the tips are. There’s a subtle lightness at the bottom too, which is a really nice touch.
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You could have this style in any colour as it’s such a simple cut. Even creating a two tone effect would look amazing as well.
38. SHORT CUT + BALAYAGE HIGHLIGHTS
Another balayage look. These defined highlights really take this style to a whole other level. You’ve got to love it as much as we do.
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The dramatic graduation of this cut is sensational. Plus all the hues mixed in really pull the whole hairstyle together. Oh, and who can forget those curls. The loose waves add so much volume to the ‘do. But we’re sure it’d look great with straight hair too.