A lob is just the right cut if you’re after a medium length hairstyle that shows some serious versatility. Don’t be scared of this hairstyle change – it will look super awesome on any type of hair, no matter what your challenging angles may be.

Let’s Do the Lob

Ready to get a ‘happy medium’ cut? Check out the following lob hair styles and get inspired to lose a few inches. (Or more.)

Whether you’re growing out a short hairstyle or shedding some inches for the sake of change, a lob is a happy medium that can provide endless styling options and achieve everyone’s ultimate hair goal – a variety of looks.

Read all about this trendy hairstyle and you’ll see why a lob makes the cut for those seeking a change without losing their mane.

What is a Long Bob?

Remember bobs? Bobs were at the height of hair fashion in the 20s. Worn by free-spirited flappers and women who were embracing their independence, their freedom to vote, play sports, and get a job – the bob hairstyle defined women’s participation in the feminist movement. It was a new style that became the signature look of the era!

While this traditional cut has never ceased to be popular, change inevitably comes to everything. In the hair world? Enter the lob.

A lob is a popular hairstyle that essentially means a long bob hair cut. Ideal for many hair textures and types, this timeless look can flatter a variety of face shapes and be dressed up or worn casually, depending on the occasion.

There are many different styles of a lob to suit everyone’s tastes! For example, A-line bob (long in front, short in back), inverted, graduated or swing bob (same as an A-line except with stacked layers in the back), asymmetrical (one side in the front is longer than the other) or a more dramatic blunt bob (straight cut).

#1: Lobs with Waves

Medium Layered Brunette Balayage Hair


A choppy lob provides texture and exciting movement. This wash and go cut can be styled with hot rollers, a large barrel curling iron, and texturizing spray for waves that live on for days.

#2: Asymmetrical Long Bob

This long bob gets its edginess from the front pieces that are quite a bit longer than the rest of the layered strands, about two and a half inches. The peekaboo blond highlights that frame the face and lighter ends make this not only trendy, but incredibly flattering. Keep hair soft and touchable with smooth styling creams.

Shaggy Angled Lob


#3: Graduated Long Bob Cut

When styled straight, a graduated lob cut gives an illusion of a grown out bob that happens to look so effortlessly chic. To take the minimalistic ‘do to the next level, keep tresses dyed in a solid color or try a very subtle balayage.

Angled Layered Bob For Straight Hair

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#4: Long A-line with Ombre

Styles with uneven length are so fun to rock. You get the ease of short hair, while still having it long enough to tuck behind your ears. What’s more, you’ll have an air of mystery. The ombre effect is expertly done. Not only are the transitions on point, but the tone is just right.

Chopped Angled Ombre Lob


#5: A-Line Lob for Fine Hair

A long bob haircut can really flatter women with fine hair. When cut as an A-line style, locks not only appear longer, but they also seem fuller and thicker! Ask for cute extra long pieces at the front to achieve this whimsical wispy effect.

Steeply Angled Blonde Bob

Instagram / @rafaelbertolucci1

#6: Textured Lob with Highlights

Here’s an embodiment of today’s most popular style— a textured longer lob with babylights and highlights a few tones lighter than the base color. This ‘do makes your mane feel healthy and fresh, your complexion appear brighter and warmer and you, overall, look trendy and stylish!

Choppy Long Bob With Subtle Balayage

Instagram / @maeipaint

#7: Long Bob Cut with Chunky Layers

Many ladies prefer layered cuts to uni-length ones because they bring more movement and texture. Choppier lob hair appears fashionably piece-y, complementing alternative and edgy wardrobes. To take it a step further, go for an icy color like silver or white.

Platinum Blonde Choppy Lob

Instagram / @mizzchoi

#8: Bob of Colors

Love to be blonde but enjoy the easy maintenance of brown hair? Get the best of both worlds with this two-toned lob that brings texture and fun to otherwise mundane hair.

angled dark brown lob with blonde balayage


#9: Medium to Long Style

Keep your medium to long length hair tousled and modernly messy with the help of a haircut that provides plenty of shape and body. This is especially important if you have fine hair – this cut will beef it up without going overboard.

messy blonde lob with dark roots


#10: Smooth Cinnamon Bob

A lob haircut is a great way to let a solid color shine. Because simplicity is a huge element of this cut, all-over color coupled with straight locks becomes very chic. If you have medium skin tone and freckles, please, oh please, try this color. It’s…yes you guessed it…everything.

Long Layered Bob With Side Bangs


#11: Midnight Black Lob with Waves

The all-over black color can be a tad bit harsh for day-to-day wear, especially when it’s paired with long, straight locks. But when dark, midnight hues meet textured long bobs, that harshness is automatically replaced with pure edginess. We suggest loosely wrapping strands around a large barrel with no clamp to achieve the messy effect.

Long Asymmetrical Choppy Bob

Instagram / @hairbyedwin

#12: Long Balayage Bob with Blunt Bangs

Incredibly low maintenance, this stylish long bob with a balayage is a deal for individuals looking to ensure their color lasts. What’s more, the bluntness of the bangs contrasts with the choppy waves of the overall style, providing a messy (but still refined) appearance.

Shoulder Length Layered Hair With Bangs

Instagram / @styledbylizsustaita

#13: Burgundy Lob Cut

Why not color your long bob cut a bright trendy hue? Burgundy is mystical and makes green and brown eyes pop! Whatever hair hue you choose, make sure its undertone, warm or cool, flatters your skin.

Log Bob With Choppy Ends

Instagram / @valloveshair

#14: Voluminous Brunette Bob with Layers

One of the most common (and misunderstood) aspects of bobs with a long length: they are depth-less. With the proper styling tools, products and layered cut, lobs (such as the one pictured here) can look as sexy and voluminous as a full blowout.

Centre-Parted Shaggy Brown Lob

Instagram / @mizzchoi

#15: Inverted Lob with Platinum Highlights

An inverted lob is similar to an a-line, as both have the longest hair at the front. However, the difference is that inverted cuts have stacked layers at the back. Lob haircuts with platinum highlights are perfect for cooler months, or just for ladies who lean towards ashier tones.

Dark Brown Lob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @hairbymai

#16: Long Bob Cut with Balayage

Playful, sweet and oh-so-natural, this ombre balayage lob uses soft, subtle tonality and a carefree cut to achieve that just-got-out-of-bed tousled effect. To style, we suggest spritzing locks with a light texturizing mist and finishing with a styling tool, paying extra attention to the pieces in the front.

Shaggy Bronde Balayage Lob

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

#17: Honey Blonde Lob with Layers

Lobs are commonly seen colored dark brown or platinum blonde, but let’s not forget sweet and delicious middle hues! This hairstyle is so pretty in honey blonde, oozing warmth and softness into the cut that’s typically seen as sharp. Long layers also soften up the whole ‘do.

Layered Caramel Blonde Lob

Instagram / @saidhenriquegyn

#18: Blonde Lob with Gentle Lowlights

The best part about any long bob haircut is that effortlessly messy – and undeniably sexy – vibe it oozes. One rule of thumb: the longer the pieces are in the front, the more undone the overall appearance you get. This soft honey hue with gentle lowlights helps to give strands even more depth and dimension.

Long Brown Blonde Bob

Instagram / @kccarhart

#19: Long Bob with Ombre for Thick Hair

Thick hair can be particularly tricky when it comes to longer bobs. Cut too short, and you risk to finish with an unflatteringly poofy hairstyle. Keep the bob too long, and you lose out on shape. This style moves past both of those extremes, using varied lengths and light-catching bleached pieces to give hair life.

Angled Messy Brown Balayage Bob

Instagram / @bevasconcelos

#20: Textured Crop with Partial Balayage

Here’s a trendy variation on the lob hairstyle. It’s textured through the ends and touched with a subtle color. A long bob with bangs frames your face nicely. Both dense and wispy bangs suit this style.

Angled Choppy Lob With Bangs

Instagram / @hairxjojo

#21: Lob with Super Long Front Pieces

Long bob hairstyles can sometimes get extra long, but they don’t lose their sexy shape and inimitable appeal. This adorable extra long lob proves just that, mixing sweet, face-framing balayage highlights with a wavy texture within a long asymmetrical style.

Honey Brown Asymmetrical Lob

Instagram / @maria_hairtease

#22: Long Layered Bob for Thick Hair

Older ladies and working professionals should consider a long bob with layers amping up the crown section. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to go too short, this style allows you to keep length while still appearing classy and mature.

Blonde Layered Lob

Instagram / @mygypsyhairstylist

#23: Layered Angled Lob Cut

Now, for those who want an anti-age ‘do, a layered angled lob is sure to cut years off your appearance. The inverted nature of this long bob hair style is youthful and contemporary; it looks particularly modern when rocked in solid colors.

Asian Layered Long Bob Cut

Instagram / @hairxjojo

#24: Straight Lob with Gentle Babylights

Sleek, posh and structured, this long bob cut with gentle babylights is the perfect transition style for any individual looking to go shorter while still enjoying a manageable length. It curls at the ends just like the classic bob, but the length lets you wear it both loose and in different chic updos.

Long Brown A-Line Bob

Instagram / @saidhenriquegyn

#25: Textured Lob with Blonde Streaks

Besides trendiness and modern appearance, the popularity of long bobs is also attributed to how versatile they are in terms of styling options. Worn pin straight in solid tones or textured and highlighted, this cut appeals to all hair types.

Layered Wavy Lob

Instagram / @hairbynoora

#26: A-Line Brunette Long Bob

The best part about any longer A-line brunette bob with layers is its versatility. The cut and color combination can look modern, messy and undone, as this model exemplifies. Or with the help of a hot styling tool, you can achieve a sleek professional hairstyle or even a curly vintage ‘do.

Angled Chocolate Brown Lob

Instagram / @hairbyedwin

#27: Classic Brunette Balayage

This long choppy angled bob is a fresh take on the traditional A-line bob. The simple texture and the elongated face-framing pieces add a sense of a “soft edge.” A beautiful balayage technique brightens the brunette and adds dimension to each angle for an overall put together look that doesn’t try too hard.

Classic Brunette Balayage

Instagram / @mikaatbhc

#28: Shoulder-Length Bob with Choppy Layers

This super sleek look shows off the choppy layered long bob. Imagine running your hands through the straightened tresses to tousle the hairstyle for an effortless shock of playful volume. The mixture of high and low lights make this choppy bob hairstyle a home-run.

Shoulder-Length Bob With Choppy Layers

Instagram / @swank_on_main

#29: Above the Shoulders with Curls

Wanting the maximum amount of length but still yearning for a shoulder-length “lob”? This long blonde bob sports textured waves for an ultra-modern feel to it. The fully-highlighted and somewhat messy feel is perfect for summertime beachy short-hair don’t-care attitude.

Above The Shoulders With Curls

Instagram / @roxxaayyyhair

#30: Dark, Collar-Bone Length

Just a touch of attitude and a hint of balayage color toward the end of this choppy bob makes it look naturally perfected. No one has to know it was carefully planned. This hairstyle sports the cool-girl length, falling right at the collarbone. The short and sleek choppy bob can be made extra rockstar by sporting a far side-part.

Dark, Collar-Bone Length

Instagram / @donovanmillshair

#31: Blonde Balayage with Choppy Layers

Keep the length extra long past the collarbone if you want to rock some serious curls. This polished angled bob has extra choppiness in the back for added volume and a softer front pulled together with curls from a curling wand. Because of its length, it’s easy to have an ombre or balayage technique for extra light ends, as seen here.

Blonde Balayage With Choppy Layers

Instagram / @donnyandhair

#32: Brunette Bob with Blonde Balayage

While most blunt haircuts lie straight to show off the perfect edge, the bluntness here is accompanied by lots of texture. The layers shave off a bit of weight, making the overall look much lighter and more playful than a typical blunt bob. The added blonde balayage and dark roots polish off the look.

Brunette Bob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @polishedbypaigey

#33: Bright Blonde with Beachy Waves

Bringing your hair up to a bright blonde can take a lot of maintenance. Going blonde with long choppy bob haircuts is both stylish and healthier for your hair, making touch-ups much easier to perfect. Achieving the beachy blonde babe status is a breeze with just a curling wand and a spritz of hairspray.

Bright Blonde With Beachy Waves

Instagram / @brendakamt

#34: Milky Way A-Line Bob

When you have short hair, it’s easier to do bold things with the color. Add random chunky highlights two to three shades lighter for a trendy, playful color. These caramel colors that move effortlessly over her dark brown hair are just too delicious. With a splash of face-framing blonde sections, the end result draws the attention back to her face.

Milky Way A-Line Bob

Instagram / @justhairobsession

#35: Soft Champagne Razor Cut Bob

Bob haircuts work well on fine hair because adding texture and volume is a sitch. For angled bobs, add a soft wave in the longer front portion and just a touch of product all around to give the rest of the hair some body. This textured razor bob produces lightweight tips that practically style themselves.

Soft Champagne Razor Cut Bob

Instagram / @hairbymirna

#36: Long Choppy Bob with Bangs

Combine two bold moves in one: bangs and short hair. A textured wispy bob with soft bangs softens a full face but anyone can find the perfect bob and bang combination that pleases them. Keeping the bangs a more natural color brings sultriness and intrigue to the eyes while playful balayage adds dimension throughout.

Long Choppy Bob With Bangs

Instagram / @hairxjojo

#37: Straight Bob with Blonde Balayage Ombre

Can I get a tall order of lived-in blonde balayage ombre on straight shoulder-length hair, please? The perfect blend of blonde has nowhere to hide in this long textured bob, showing off the soft layers and shine. A feminine look easy to style with a flat iron and shine serum or using a round brush and hairdryer for some extra volume.

Straight Bob With Blonde Balayage Ombre

Instagram / @countjackula_hair

#38: Choppy Long Angled Bob

Show off the dimensions of your newly hand-painted hair during a night out with this perfectly waved hair. The long choppy bob has the attitude of a tough girl intertwined with the dreamy caramel colors that are sweet and innocent. Rock the best of both worlds with this haircut if you dare to dream.

Choppy Long Angled Bob

Instagram / @roxxaayyyhair

#39: Long Mocha-Colored Bob with Bangs

Slightly textured and every so sweetly hand-painted with a few highlights to brighten the mocha color, this cut is not to be overlooked. The extra long bob hairstyle, also called a lob, is both cute and sexy with straight tresses paired with heavy bangs.

Long Mocha-Colored Bob With Bangs

Instagram / @betsyduggan

#40: Rooty Blonde Bob

If you are hot then you’re cold and can’t decide on a hairstyle, try this ultimate choppy blonde balayage look. With notes of both warm and cool tones, it’ll suit those with a neutral skin tone. The dark roots and the bright blonde pieces strategically placed closer and further to the root means no harsh lines when your natural color grows in.

Rooty Blonde Bob

Instagram / @countjackula_hair

#41: Ashy Bablylights with Texture

Keep things cool with choppy layers and ashy tones, great for those with a cool skin tone. Babylights bring the ashy tones from the root downward, saturating the tips with an on-trend grey-blonde color. The ashy brown roots keep the look down-to-earth.

Ashy Bablylights With Texture

Instagram / @hairbykacie1

#42: Smokey Tapered Bob with Long Bangs

Sleek hair with choppy layers thin out and soften the ultra A-line bob. The gradual gray on dark hair gives the color a smokey look while the long wispy bangs graze the eyebrows for an overall smoking hot vibe.

Smokey Tapered Bob With Long Bangs

Instagram / @hairbyedwin

#43: Polished Bob with Face-Framing Highlights

If you need a simple choppy bob hairstyle to tussle in the morning and still look put together for the office, this could be for you. Add face-framing blonde pieces and side swept bangs to make the overall look a little bit more playful.

Polished Bob With Face-Framing Highlights

Instagram / @timm.morrison

#44: Multi Color with Lots of Texture

Great for an everyday look at the office, this blend of babylights (thin highlights) swirl throughout this multi-colored bob and it has us mesmerized. Looking for a polished and feminine hairstyle? Give this bob a go.

Multi Color With Lots Of Texture

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