Bobs, bobs everywhere, but no one ever stops to wonder what the difference between all the various bob styles is! What is an inverted bob, anyway? What sets it apart from a classic A-line bob, for instance? The main difference lies in the actual technique used for achieving this style. If you’re wondering how an inverted bob is cut, know that it’s all about stacked layers at the back, and slightly curved lines extending towards the front. You can even let your frontal strands reach the shoulder length, for an ultra-dramatic statement. Here are some awesome ideas on inverted bobs, which will be inspiring if you’re after a low-maintenance, yet modern haircut.
Popular Inverted Bob Haircuts
The curved horseshoe shape of the nape area makes this kind of bob stand out from its counterparts. Speaking of terms, an inverted bob and a graduated bob are the same things.
#1: Shaggy Inverted Bob – The Awesome Back View
We were particularly keen on showing you this inverted bob from the back, because we love how simple it is to style. Go messy chic, add a pea-sized dose of texturizer or moose for a bit of a wet look and enjoy fun days out in the sun with it!
#2: Full and Fiery
This cut is referred to as a stacked bob because the layers from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck are stacked on top of each other. An inverted bob keeps the back shorter and the front layers longer. This is ideal for women with fine hair, because this cutting technique creates fullness.
#3: Short to Long
While most looks with reverse cuts use a gradual increase of the length from the nape to the front, this hairdo cuts straight to the chase. By having a half of your hair cropped at the nape line, and the remaining symmetrical sections elongated almost to the base of the neck, you achieve an interesting spin on the classic style.
#4: Seductive Spirals
When your inverted bob is looking limp and you don’t have time to make an appointment with your stylist, one of the best ways to boost volume is with curls. A curly texture gives instant results with added fullness and thickness.
#5: Trendy Two-Tone Bob
One of the most popular dye trends is to leave the roots dark for an edgy, lived-in appearance. Plus, it is economical because it cuts down on the amount of visits that you have to make to your stylist for touch-ups.
#6: Golden Blonde Balayage Curls
A long inverted bob is more often styled straight or wavy. Many women shy away from big curls because they may seem too heavy or overwhelming. The key is to use color strategically to break up the thickness and make your locks look more lightweight.
#7: Sunset Strands
There’s a reason why people are drawn towards the allure of the rising sun—the beautiful colors! Accenting orange hair with highlights of pink and red creates a wash of blended shades similar to the jewel toned sunrise. It’s perfect for a female with a bit of imagination.
#8: Banging Bob
If you feel that your long inverted bob is overpowering your delicate face, ditch the side part for something that will frame your visage without covering it up. Fringe bangs are perfect for drawing attention to your eyes, so accent them with tons of mascara or extensions.
#9: Extreme Reverse Bob
A trick for round faces it to add length at front creating a statement shape of your cut. By incorporating an extreme angle, you are able to visually elongate your face shape drawing the eye down to the ends of your hair. It’s a quick trick and it’s much simpler than any drastic or time-consuming measures like contouring with makeup.
#10: Rock out in Red
Although the angle is less sharp on this inverted bob haircut, it still has the same lengthening effect. A bold color like this is exciting and brightens warm complexions. This is a straightforward and flattering style that will look attractive on many women.
#11: Blonde and Beautiful
When all you want is a classic and uncomplicated look, you can’t go wrong with this shoulder length hairdo that hits all of the right style notes. The shaggy layers are effortless, and the thin blonde highlights are super cute and harmonious. This cut is perfect for a mature lady who wants to look youthful yet age-appropriate.
#12: Loose and Lovely
If you love the look of long flowing locks, but don’t want to commit to the time it takes to maintain them, this inverted bob haircut is the pick for you. The loose waves are still romantic and alluring, but they don’t weigh you down like longer styles.
#13: Angled Illusion
From the front this may look like a regular angled bob, but the back view tells a different story. It’s a stacked bob with a few long pieces in the front for an enticing twist on the standard cut; a great way to set yourself apart from the rest.
#14: Fire and Ice
The quality of the cut is important for your new short inverted bob, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore color as an opportunity to elevate your look. Pairing a warm red with a cool blonde tone creates a visually exciting hair color that is flattering without being over-the-top.
#15: Big and Bouncy
As the saying goes: “the higher the hair, the closer to God;” women who believe bigger hair is better will have no issues with this wavy chin-length cut with mega volume. It’s sky high for a major impact, but the colors remain conservative.
#16: Creative and Cute
Just because you reverse the angle of your layers for a longer effect around your face, does not mean that you can’t use them anywhere else in your style. Choppy pieces throughout the crown of your inverted bob with bangs are a great way to add edge and increase movement within your style.
#17: Light and Dark
Instead of the popular dark roots trend, try something different with color. A peek-a-boo black strip around the nape of your neck instantly makes your look cutting-edge. Plus, if you choose to cover it, the deep color underneath will increase richness and depth of your ash blonde strands.
#18: Coffee and Caramel
Some hair colors just pair incredibly well. Brown and gold tones work wonderful together in inverted bob hairstyles because they are complementary, but the contrast still allows the lighter color to pop. Plus, both add brightness to any skin tone.
#19: Subtle yet Sassy
Many haircuts use dramatic flourishes, but all of that jazz may not be for every woman. If subtle style is more of your thing, this picture demonstrates something you will love to rock because it is classy and chic with no extremes.
#20: Black Bob with Body
Jet black hair always looks healthy and shiny in inverted bob haircuts because it reflects light easily. It is a perfect fit for relaxed strands that tend to appear weaker and more brittle. Also, it shows off any details better, like these soft flipped curls, for instance.
#21: Sweep it to the Side
A great way to spice up your bob hairstyle is through the use of bangs. Ladies who have round faces should accent their hairdos with side bangs. They contour the face and still look soft and romantic.
#22: Long Cut With Layered Face Framing
See how layered this style actually is? And it works like a charm with longer hair, since all those feathered layers highlight the model’s facial features. As an added bonus, this is possibly the easiest look to maintain for hair that’s grown past one’s jawline.
#23: Choppy and Blunt Inverted Bob
Black women can boast of envious hair thickness that is a big plus for a classy bob haircut. Choppy layers offer the right texture at the ends that provides the rounded silhouette. The daring fiery red tips give this look a major hipness boost.
#24: Edgy Inverted Bob with Bangs
Fancy trying on a classically Parisian look? Add short finely chopped bangs to your bob. They’ll instantly take you to the top of sophistication charts. And whenever anyone asks how you style this look, simply shrug and say “Oh, I got out of bed looking like this”. And you’ll be telling the truth!
#25: Fringed and Feathered Inverted Bob
Here’s another inverted bob with bangs, but this one’s far more demure. In fact, the middle parting and drape-like fringe add a touch of retro elegance to this look. This makes it just as appropriate for Zooey Deschanel wannabes, as well as for your mom or middle-aged co-worker.
#26: Cute and Colorful Inverted Bob Haircut
Here’s the ultimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl inverted bob, as it’s sported with highlights in all colors of the rainbow! The wispy bangs and frontal tips will make anyone wearing it look like a fairy!
#27: Adorable Inverted Bob Haircut for Black Hair
This style will work with a business-casual look, but it will also take you out on the town, in your most glamorous mini. Note that the side parting seen in this style makes it one of the best inverted bob hairstyles for round faces, as it does a great job of framing the wearer’s face.
#28. Curly Inverted Bob Haircut
As the back view of this rather sophisticated haircut shows, having an inverted bob cut shorter at the nape of the neck is essential. The cut is also a good pick for black women, or anyone else who was born naturally curly. Having trouble getting those sinewy strands sit into place? With current fashion trends, you don’t need perfect curls – the messier the better, as long as you have the right shape of the cut.
#29: Lush Medium Length Inverted Bob Hairstyle
Though the model in the photo has gorgeous, thick dark hair, this is one cut that also works wonders for fine hair, because the style itself manages to add volume. To get the look, you need a medium length hair as a base for the haircut, plus a bit of courage for the dramatically angled bottom line that this style proudly features.
#30: Hip Asymmetrical Inverted Bob
The sleek straight hair, central parting and fringe-less hairline brings back a relaxed, easygoing 90s vibe to this inverted bob. Way cool and classy, eh?
#31: Extreme, Messy Inverted Bob
For all the hipsters out there, this is one must-have easy-to-style inverted pixie-bob. Add a bit of gel, moose or spray to the tips and you’ll be all set. The contrast of the nape undercut and steeply angled tresses on top is amazing!
#32: Sleek Inverted Bob with Highlights
The beauty of inverted bob hairstyles lies in their versatility, as this highlighted version demonstrates. We particularly recommend it for women with light-colored eyes, because the brown blond strands will draw all attention to them.
#33: Grown Out Inverted Bob Haircut
Sometimes we are wondering how our haircut will look when it grows out. Wispy, outgrown strands, tousled texture and swoopy bangs are still charming, as you can see.
#34: Trendy Inverted Bob With Ombre Highlights
Bold and minimalistic are the mots du jour for this style. The distinct parting, blunt edges, and smoothly stacked layers at the back all come together into a look that’s as timeless as it is modern.
#35: Sharply-Angled Inverted Bob with Blunt Bangs
There’s a hefty dose of vintage charm to this look, from its straight blunt fringe to its curved line, and inwardly curled pointy tips. Pair it with peeptoes and a waist hugging dress and go paint the town red!
#36: Soft Golden Blonde Inverted Bob Hairstyle
We’ve got this deeply parted sleek style to show a sophisticated blonde bob with an asymmetrical twist. Note how the stacked layers at the back are complimented by the various tones of color, ranging from light chestnut to neon blond.
#37: Bohemian Wavy Stacked Bob
Inverted bobs also go beautifully with a mane of ample curls. This look epitomizes boho appeal; if you’re not convinced, try visualizing it with a long floral summer dress and a silky scarf draped around your shoulders.
#38: Contemporary Asymmetrical Inverted Bob
As far as rock-inspired inverted bob hairstyles go, this one is both hippie and punk by nature. It could be easily incorporated into a biker’s look, completed with a leather jacket, as well as paired with a boho outfit and natural flowers in these gorgeous messy waves.
#39: Inverted Bob Style for Medium Length Hair
This lovely bob is perfect for straight, thick hair that has just the right amount of volume this style requires. Monochromatic color can also be interesting – it won’t distract from the shape of your cut and the texture of your style.
#40: Chic Inverted Bob with Side Swept Bangs
Layered, effortlessly parted to one side and charming – that’s the definition of the inverted bob with side swept bangs. Depending on the shortness of the top layers, it might require some styling product for extra hold, but styling it will never be more complicated than blow-drying with a round brush.
An inverted bob is a style that requires little to no maintenance. If cut properly, following the natural lines of the hair, all it takes is a bit of volumizing product and/or fixing spritz of hairspray to style a classy ‘do. If you know of any products that work particularly well with this style, don’t hesitate to tell us, ok? So, what’s your inverted bob styling secret?