Bob hairstyles of medium length are undoubtedly the single most sought after haircuts. This statement cut offers a universally flattering shape with a fabulous wash-and-wear quality. It’s roots can be traced all the way back to Cleopatra.
London’s Vidal Sassoon refined the bob silhouette and achieved global popularity and notoriety for its strong emphasis on clean, geometric lines. His crafting of iconic haircuts worn by Nancy Kwan, Mary Quant, Grace Coddington, Peggy Moffitt, Diana Ross and Twiggy continue to influence contemporary versions.
It’s enduring popularity is evident when celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes debut this headline-making haircut. Wear it short, wear it long, or try any of these medium length bob hairstyles for a look that’s just right for you.
Classic Medium Length Bob
Q&A with style creator, Erin Mutschler
Balayage & Color Specialist @ Third Space Salon in Austin, TX
How would you describe this cut and color and what’s your favorite thing about it?
This classic bob sits just below chin with subtle interior layering. It features warm copper undertones with sun-kissed blonde balayage. I love the dimension and texture that is created by combining this timeless cut with the latest hair painting techniques. I love that there is so much versatility to this style due to the lack of heavy layering! Try throwing in a braid or top knot to add a fun variation to the style.
Haircuts with a deep side part fall asymmetric even if they are cut symmetric.
Soft Modern Vintage Waves
This one-length long bob is styled with waves reminiscent of finger waves.
Old Hollywood Waves
This long bob’s waves are more prominent and give the style a more old Hollywood glamour look.
This one-length long bob is shorter on one side and longer on the other. Having the hair one length (no layers) allows the hair to have maximum density.
This bob is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Since shorter hair always pushes longer hair, this hairstyle will make your hair naturally push towards your face.
This long bob is one-length (no layers). This allows hair to keep its maxium density. It is slightly shorter in the back and longer in front. This makes the hair naturally fall towards the face without having a steep angle.
This bob is styled with ripple-looking waves. It is worn with a deep side part and tucked behind the ear on the lighter side of the part. This gives it an asymmetric look.
This long bob is really short in the back and quickly gets longer towards the front. This hairstyle is ideal for people who want their hair to cover the side of their face. It is not ideal for people who don’t like hair in their face and for people who tend to tuck their hair behind their ear a lot.
Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil nourishes hair, controls frizz and gives hair shine.
This hairstyle makes you look like you always have your hair worn to one shoulder. It starts out shorter on one side and gradually gets longer towards the other side. Since shorter hair always pushes longer hair, the shorter hair on one side will push toward the other making it appear like you are wearing your hair over one shoulder.
Caviar Working Hairspray gives the hair a natural-looking finish with hold that lasts all day.
Curly & Shiny
This above-the-shoulder haircut is styled with beautiful shiny bouncy curls.
Alterna’s Bamboo Shine Luminous Shine Mist gives hair weightless, mirror-like shine.
Burnt Sienna Bob
This chic bob is accented with gorgeous sienna-hued panels to brighten the face.
Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.
This epitome of a blunt-edged and fringed bob is a classic look.
Use Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER.BUG for extra shine.
This multi-hued bob features soft, feathery layers caressing the face. Add crazy creative texture to this look by crimping the ends and brushing them out.
This flaxen/beige blonde lob is a vintage throwback to full-bodied bobs. Backcomb the interior for extra volume! Try Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS for a full volume finish.
Rich Caramel Bob
This rich brunette tone with soft caramel ends offers a light, airy texture to any A-line bob. Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement and sea salt spray for extra texture.
Golden A-Line Bob
Soft golden babylights enhance dimension in this lovely long A-line bob. Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility and finish with a high shine spray.
This gently layered bob in a soft buttercream hue looks positively delicious. Try a volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold or accent this style with Kevin Murphy’s COLOR.BUG for playful pastels.
This copper-tinged, shaggy bob offers a full-volume look with an edgy feel. Twist hair up into a textured updo for a a quick change.
This bob features a casual California wave set in a beachy blonde hue. Gather hair up into a cute topknot when the weather gets hot. Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.
The A-line bob is a chic cut that never goes out of style. Graceful flashes of caramel soften the structured shape. Add a Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility and use a light pass of the straightening iron over surface layers to make the look extra sleek.
This soft, rounded medium length bob hairstyle gets a a playful finish with flippy layers. Subtle shading adds brilliant dimension to fine hair. Use a light mousse and blow dry with a round brush for a bouncy boost.
Cinnamon Hot Toddy
The clean line of this chin-length edition is juxtaposed by gently frayed edges. The steamy shade draws you in for a moment of delightful repose. Try a leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine or a light serum or shine spray for brilliant reflection.
East End Edge
This piecey bob offers a strong silhouette with a versatile side-swept fringe. Jagged face-framing layers encourage movement within this color-blocked hue. Use a light hairspray for a slightly controlled finish and minimal flyaways.
This shoulder-grazing style verges on all-the-rage ‘lob’ status. A long and shattered silhouette adds a distinct airy quality to this blunt cut. Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement and a paddle brush when you blow dry for a polished finished.
Take the A-line to another realm with disconnected layers that fall into perfect points. This two-toned look perfects the art of contrast within a dreamy shape. Use a light spray wax to amplify the drama of this cut and try to create a loose, undone, natural look.
A messy, sexy bob exudes instant confidence and charisma. Get ready to steal hairstyle the show with this bodacious style. A large barrel curling iron can be used to enhance and define your bouncy waves.
This full-bodied bob makes an elegant statement. The tousled, piecey texture softens this haute hue. Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement. Backcomb the base for added volume, then finish with a few waves using a large barrel curling iron.
Nouveau Boxy Bob
The box bob is updated with deeply cut angular side layers. This fashion-forward cut merges two classics resulting in a dynamic shape.
The ultra-mod bob is back! Perfect symmetry enhances this aesthetically rich, jet-set ‘do.
It’s clear to see why this definitive hairstyle continues to enrapture women. The bob is a uniquely modern and cool cut with a dash of feminine sensibility. Try one of these medium length bob hairstyles today!
Written by Shannel Mariano and Tanya Ramirez
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