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.)
#1: Curly Jaw-Length Bob with Choppy Layers
Jaw-length bobs with choppy layers create thickness and liveliness necessary if you have thin or lackluster hair. To blend chin length layers into the rest of your cut, curl the top sections of your hair away from the face for a glossy and glamorous aesthetic.
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#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.
#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.
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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.
#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.
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#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!
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#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.
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#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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#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.
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.
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.
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.
Instagram / @hairbyedwin
Layered Bob Hairstyles as They Are Today
Nonchalant styles are sported by many red carpet regulars. These days everyone wants to look fresh, rested and as if just from a luxurious resort. Layered bobs offer freedom in the choice of styling solutions: sleek flat styles, slightly tousled and voluminous curly dos are all at your disposal this season.
Chin-grazing and shorter cropped cuts are occupying the leading positions as the most stylish bob versions. These show off cool choppy or fringy edges, fun asymmetry and gorgeous textures. “Demi-bobs” with better length opportunities can be worn both in loose styles and chic updos. The trendiest long bobs of today often feature breathtaking highlights or ombre.
Texturized bobs look fantastic on thin and medium dense hair. Thick straight or curly hair with a bob cut has a risk to settle in a triangular shape that doesn’t look very appealing. Thourougly texturized ends and heavy layering helps to save us from the dreaded triangular. A good option loved by many contemporary women is a graduated or stacked bob with shorter stacked layers at the nape and longer tresses in front. Okay, time for pictures!
#27: Pretty Pale Blonde
If you have thick hair, you don’t really need the dye tricks to make your strands look fuller. Instead a solid color adds a cool touch to your layered bob haircut. The pastel blonde is romantic and whimsical with a bit of toughness; perfect for a woman who is both seductive and sweet.
#28: Modern Blonde Bob
For a layered bob with urban appeal, try a deep side part and long bangs that blend in with the rest of the choppy cut. There are lots of options for styling the layers and helping them stand out. You can use sea salt spray or pomades designed for short hair. Experiment to see what works for you personally.
#29: Stylishly Wispy Bob
In need of a bob cut that will have you feeling girly and modern at the same time? This bob is mostly all one length, but with some wispy pieces that give it a soft feel. What really pulls the cut together is the swooping hair at the front and the volume in the back.
#30: Finely Chopped Tousled Bob
A colored bob that has been finely chopped creates a smart and sophisticated look with added depth. The extra attention to detail takes the weight out of thick and heavy hair, while the highlights and tousled styling generate a breezy and sun-kissed feel.
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#31: Sophisticated Bob with Subtle Layers
A layered bob with blunt edges is more intense when paired with a dark or vibrant hue. The subtle layers build shape and texture to your tresses while allowing your color to shine. Wear straight for a neat, polished look.
Instagram / @hairbydarcigray
#32: Half in the Shadow Bob
This bob features short layers — great for anyone who wants to try the all-one length look but also wants a little dimension. The colors are just stunning! From a dark deep purple through orchid fuchsia to white…we’re in love. With dark under layers, the colors gain even more visual interest.
#33: Touchable Easy Wear Bob
Here’s a look that will have you playing with your hair and tossing it back and forth all day. For a cropped cut with expertly done layers, you’ll want to go to the best stylist you can find. Scope out their pictures on Instagram or Facebook to be sure they can do the layered style you’re after.
#34: Tousled Lavender Feathers
So pretty! Layered bob haircuts are definitely having a moment. Remember when young girls rarely went for short hair and the bob was considered more of a “mom” cut? Yeah, well that is no longer. Everyone is experimenting with short hair now, because it’s so freeing. These pink, lavender, soft brown, and blonde colors are worth a try.
#35: Cute Straight Bob
For a classic bob, go for hair that is slightly longer in the front (near the ears) with side bangs, body in the back, and soft layers. This style gives you endless styling options. For a more modern look, you can part it deeper on the side and add some texture with natural waves or heat-styled crimping.
#36: Messy Chopped Bob with Extra Short Back
Super sassy and youthful-looking, this stacked bob is heavily layered with an extra short back, which increases the volume at the crown of your head. The long bangs can be left tousled, curled, or blow-dried straight depending on the occasion and your mood.
Instagram / @shmoakin_hair
#37: Teased Layered Bob
Our favorite layered bob hairstyles make a woman feel like a million bucks. Otherwise, what’s the point? This style is really flattering, and the reason is simple. Volume! It’s so much easier to get body when the hair is short because it’s lighter. So tease your hair sky high and rock it.
#38: Curly Bob with Highlights
For a stunning, dimensional bob, opt for layers that reveal highlights and lowlights. Because of the beautiful colors, these curls are more like swirls. Curl the bottom layer under, and the top and middle layers in alternating directions for a gorgeous, feminine style.
#39: Steeply Angled Bob with Layers
The dynamic lines of a steeply angled bob mean that it’s not for the faint-hearted. With this cut, the bigger the slant the better! To style, fluff up your locks at the roots and apply a styling paste or mousse to the lengths to accentuate your natural volume.
Instagram / @kendallxfire
#40: Blonde Layered Collarbone Bob
Layered bob hairstyles with balayage colors are particularly fashionable right now. For those who like the chicness of the bob, but don’t want to lose their length, choose a tapered collarbone cut and you won’t be disappointed!
Instagram / @ashalily
#41: Medium Shag with Subtle Highlights
Meant to be worn messy, a medium shag cut is layered to various lengths and then feathered throughout. This approach suggests that your tresses are generally fuller yet thin at the ends, giving off a cool and carefree impression.
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#42: Short Layered Bob with Accurate Edges
Precision is key when it comes to getting a short layered bob with accurate edges. Retro-inspired and associated with Mary Quant’s hair from the sixties, this cut has been given a contemporary twist in the form of highlights and choppy layers.
Instagram / @becca_vanmichael
#43: Neat Rounded Blonde Bob
To create the circular effect of this layered bob, the ends have been graduated. If you have a round face, be sure to wear the long face-framing layers straight. A word of warning: bobs that have been curled under can make your face look rounder.
Instagram / @_ninamonique_
#44: Steeply Angled Brunette Bob
Quirky and unique, the image shows that this steeply angled bob is meant to appear uneven and slightly disconnected. Rather than creating a smooth slanted line, the stylist opted for an unexpected detail – elongated front pieces that live somewhat separately from the rest of the cut. The subtle warm brown highlights add to this striking effect.
Instagram / @luisramirezpr1
#45: Curly Bob with Cool Toned Highlights
This gorgeous bob has chunky layers and blunt-cut ends for a cool, modern style. The ashy tone of the blonde and brown balayage highlights is undeniably on-point. When you have cool toned hair, it’s best to mirror that in your makeup too. The berry lip and gray shadow create a lovely combo with the colors of the curls.
#46: Inverted Shattered Bob for Straight Hair
The shape of an inverted bob looks sleek and sexy on straight hair, especially because the nape section is lifted. By adding shattered layers, you create a rough texture that will make your facial features sweeter, in contrast.
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#47: Wavy Layered Bob
This adorable look features cute short waves and a warm, cinnamon-honey color that would be nothing short of life changing for anyone with brown or red hair. Women with naturally wavy hair will have a haircut that is as close to wake-up-and-go as possible.
#48: Ash Blonde Voluminous Shaggy Bob
This fluffy bob haircut with layers throughout gets its shaggy appearance thanks to backcombing styling. The ash blonde hue adds to its fashion-forward appeal. Whether you wear the shaggy bob smooth and straight or edgier, with a messy touch, you’re guaranteed to turn heads for all the right reasons.
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#49: Stacked Bob for Poker Straight Hair
Rocking a stacked bob poker straight gives it a jagged and intentionally unbalanced aesthetic. As the layers are incredibly short at the crown compared to their collarbone length in the front, there is a visible juxtaposition that is dramatic yet beautiful.
Instagram / @mint_salon
#50: Classy Bob with Angled Midshaft Layers
Layered bobs can be given dimension by implementing angled midshaft layers. Ask your hair colorist to lighten your ends for added interest. Then allow your tresses to fall naturally for a subtle and classy look.
Instagram / @hairbyedwin
#51: Disconnected Bob with Dynamic Waves
A short bob with long layers always makes an impact, whether it’s disconnected or cohesive. You can put energy and life into your long bob by incorporating fresh and dynamic waves. To style pick out a few of the top sections and curl loosely with a curling iron.
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