Messy bob hairstyles are super chic, convenient, trendy and easy to style. All you need is to get a flattering bob haircut and select the right hair product for your hair type. Naturally wavy hair is the direct indication for a messy bob. But even if your locks are straight, there are ways to achieve the popular messy texture. Here are 50 cool ideas for messy bob enthusiasts!
Messy Bob Haircuts and Hairstyles
The following examples will give you all the clues on messy bobs and lobs for different hair types and textures as well as some styling tips. Get inspired and plan your next chic bob cut or a cute messy bob hairstyle!
#1: Shaggy Medium Length Bob
This shaggy medium length bob with disconnected ends is amazing in its carefree vibe. It looks like the hair you woke up with! Think of an interesting hair color to move your style to the next level. Subtle ombre highlights are a great solution.
#2: Choppy Balayage Bob with Bangs
The choppy layers of this medium-length bob seamlessly blend with the long side bangs, and the metallic copper balayage highlights placed randomly throughout the style assemble the shattered strands into one harmonious whole.
#3: Stacked Bob For Round Faces
Non-layered messy bobs often add volume on the sides of the face which is not flattering for round faces. But if you go for an elongated stacked bob, sharply angled to the front you’ll avoid the pitfall. Pair it with light side bangs.
#4: Shoulder Length Layered Wavy Hairstyle
A long messy bob is charming when worn as a free-flowing hairstyle, but with this length you can also pull your locks up and enjoy a variety of creative updos. Balayage is used almost in every modern look, because it really adds a lot to any basic style.
#5: Layered Shag
A bob with loads of layers, this style features both volume and movement. The bottom layers are carved out with a razor to keep the ends wispy, and a round brush is used to achieve those adorable light flips at the ends. Those with thick hair, who struggle to maintain their tresses, should embrace this cut, as it takes the bulk off at the expense of expertly done layers.
#6: Inverted Layered Bob
Can’t decide between short and medium hair? Have it both ways with this inverted bob hairstyle. The back is just below the hairline and tapered slightly. The cut angles sharply toward the front, and the all over layers give the style body and bounce.
#7: Messy Casual Bob
Short messy hairstyles, like this one, work great for those who like a little chaos in their style. The cut gives volume to fine hair thanks to light layering at the bottom. Use a bit of volumizing mousse and scrunch your hair while blow drying, creating the major portion of volume towards the ends of the hair.
#8: Blunt Chin Length Bob
This trendy bob is perfect for those who don’t mind making a bold statement. The style works best on fine to medium-textured hair, and will make fine hair look thicker than it actually is thanks to its one-length cut. Use a styling putty or hair wax to create the dishevelled, messy texture.
#9: Messy Lob With Lightened Ends
A long messy bob is sometimes better than its shorter counterpart, because you get more freedom to sport different hairstyles, including updos, while a free-flowing hairdo like in the photo is still a very pretty option you’ll enjoy when being short on time or styling inspiration.
#10: Razored Brunette Balayage Bob
When the ends of your bob are maximally thinned out with a razor, you get a super sharp cut that will look awesome in messy hairstyles. Add some delicate balayage for a color variety and interest points. Dark brown and chocolate is always a winning color combo.
#11: Wavy Bob
A blunt bob doesn’t have to be so prim and proper. Barely-there waves, like the ones in this messy bob, give off a relaxed and casual vibe. Using a flat iron to give your strands a bit of a bend makes it easy to re-create this look.
#12: Bob for Curly Hair
Don’t fight those natural curls—celebrate them! This medium-length bob takes full advantage of her natural waves with long layers that help to put some spring in her spirals. Use a light-weight spray gel on damp hair and let it air dry instead of blow drying to avoid frizz.
#13: Textured Bob With Bangs
Layers and the right length of your bob haircut are the factors that guarantee beautiful texture, even if you do not spent time on styling on a daily basis. This haircut works equally great for fine and thick hair. Bangs are a harmonious compliment to the cut.
#14: Messy Bob with Wispy Layers
Thinking of a quality messy bob haircut, keep in mind choppy layers that can be either rough and chunky or delicate and finely chopped. Make your choice depending on your facial features and, certainly, you can’t neglect your hair type.
#15: Shaggy Brunette Bob with Face-Framing Balayage
A long bob with choppy ends is a worthy medium-length haircut option for thick hair. How to style such a cut? Messy, barely-there waves done with a straightener are a wonderful styling solution that flatters the silhouette of the cut and natural texture of thick hair.
#16: Modern Teased Hairstyle
Unlike the flawless teased bobs of the past which were heavily backcombed and then covered with a smoothed out top layer, the modern teased bob has no secrets hidden beneath. It’s pointedly messy and imperfect. Such a texture looks best when you have a shaped haircut, like this cute rounded bob, for instance.
#17: Stiff Blonde Waves
Stiff, disconnected waves within your messy bob give the greatest volume and the look of the least effort – something which is highly appreciated in modern hairstyles. But let’s not forget that every trendy look today also goes with a sophisticated hair color. Balayage is top-ranked.
#18: Short Teased Pastel Pink Style
A funky hair color and a messy hair texture guarantee an edgy hairstyle. This bob is a great inspirational example you can take cue from and come up with your own trendy look. Pastel pink can be substituted with ash blonde or ash brown. Vary the length of your bob, experiment with bangs and, of course, try new hairstyles.
#19: Natural-Looking Disheveled Hairstyle
Very soft waves with sticking out ends and very subtle highlights make an absolutely natural hairstyle, as if your locks have been teased with refreshing sea breeze and kissed by the sun. Such looks are usually the most moving and romantic.
#20: Medium Hairstyle with Loose Shaggy Waves
This brown blonde bob is ultra modern and super chic thanks to its texture and color. A medium shaggy cut is the base to start with. And then you just choose a hair color you love and style some loose random waves. Blending ombre and balayage in one style is often a very good idea.
#21: Wavy Brunette Bob with Balayage
The short messy bob still looks pretty neat yet careless and fun at the same time. The stacked version of the cut looks equally flattering in both straight and wavy hairstyles. A sophisticated hair color solution like balayage is called to create a customized look that is entirely yours.
#22: Light Ash Brown Wispy Bob
Messy waves sometimes look rather rough, but a wispy bob with tousled waves is traditionally feminine and tender. An excellent way to upgrade a traditional style is to pick a trendy hair color, like silver blonde or light ash brown.
#23: Multi-Tonal Wavy Hairstyle
Every girl who hasn’t got long locks or extra short hair, wants a gorgeous wavy brown blonde bob like this. It’s a truly harmonious style with bouncy waves and lovely, smooth transitions of hair hues, close to natural ones and appealing to the eye.
#24: Gray Angled Bob with Shaggy Ends
Gray, silver and ash blonde bobs have been all the rage lately, and it’s evident why. These silver waves with black roots and shaggy ends are quite eye-catching, bold and very stylish. Combine textures and hues for one-of-a-kind style that helps to express your personality and taste.
#25: Shag with Highlighted Layers
A messy bob with layers is initially easy to style, since the ends of the layers give you some cute natural flicks. If you want to enhance them and create more depth within your locks, consider caramel, dark blonde or light brown balayage for dark brown hair.
#26: Shoulder Length Brown Shag with Ombre Highlights
This long shag will work for fine and medium textured hair. Style with a texturizer and no previous combing to preserve the natural pattern of every lock. The messy has never been so pretty! Want more visual volume? Subtle balayage is the key thing.
#27: Precision Bob with Weightless Waves
A messy bob haircut is not only incredibly cute, it’s also a low-maintenance and practical cut you’ll want to stick to for a while. It can be either angled to the front or straight cut like in the photo. Both have their special charm and can be worn either straight or wavy.
#28: Lively Asymmetrical Bob
The fascination of this bob is in its super cute texture. It not as messy as it’s lively and natural-looking. The asymmetry is an extra quirk that participates to the beauty of the style. As we see, bob in a solid color can also be very interesting.
#29: Dark Brown Wavy Bob With A Messy Touch
The highest skill level in styling messy hairstyles is achieving the texture that looks unkempt with silky healthy-looking locks involved. If your hair is dry and damaged, the impression will be completely ruined. So, don’t forget to pamper your mane with regular trims and quality care products.
#30: Sun-Kissed Wavy Lob
A messy texture always pairs well with light waves. In this case your messy hairstyle looks maximally natural and effortless. Sun-kissed balayage is an optimal hair color for such a texture. And, of course, it’s beautiful when your tousled waves stop right above the shoulders, grazing your collarbone and softly framing your face.
#31: Easy-to-Style Bob with Textured Ends
This simple-to-style version features effortless strands enhanced with highlights and textured ends. The cut works for both thick and fine hair. You’ll want to use a styling putty or similar product to create the slightly dishevelled layers, avoiding an overly smooth and dated look.
#32: Choppy Blonde Combover Bob
Choppiness conveys just the right amount of harshness to your hairstyle that works on the contrast to enhance your inner tenderness and femininity. Backcombing and a bit of hairspray is an easy method to achieve messy texture for straight hair. Try to style your bob in a popular today combover style.
#33: Long Messy Bob Haircut
Here is an angled A-line long bob haircut that gives the feel of incredible lightness and depth. Remember that the right cut is the base, but a successful hair color solution and styling are no less crucial. This chic and whimsical hairstyle is achieved with simple backcombing.
#34: Graduated Bob For Thick Hair
The biggest threat of bob for thick hair is its unflattering triangular silhouette that can widen your face and look unappealing in general. Serious layering towards the ends is a way out. It removes the bulk and provides the harmonious shape of your cut. Add a sprinkling of sun-kissed highlights and define the angled tips with a product or… just blow dry without anything!
#35: Straight Cut Shaggy Shoulder Length Bob
Shaggy ends and soft flowing waves are a winning combo, as this hairstyle demonstrates. Style some random loose waves with a curling iron or a straightener, leaving the ends straight for the cute fringy lower edge. A bit of honey-colored balayage highlights will only bring in more charm into your final look.
#36: Ombre Bob
An angled bob is a great way to show off your ombre hair color. The cut is kept one length and a sea salt spray is used to create loose waves, accentuating the fade of the color from roots to ends. This sexy style works great for those with a little natural wave in their hair, so if you’ve got it—flaunt it!
#37: Shoulder-Length Messy Bob Hairstyle For Thick Hair
Thick hair is rather high-maintenance. To reduce the time and efforts you spend on styling, go for a layered lob, like in the photo. It’s the optimal length for a downdo, half up or updo, and it’s not as demanding as long thick hair.
#38: Steeply Angled Messy Bob Haircut With Forehead Bangs
This cut offers beautiful razored layers that you can style in very light messy waves to come up with this lovely romantic look. Forehead or side bangs? The choice is yours!
#39: Tousled Bob with Chunky Highlights
Messy bob hairstyles make the perfect canvass for showing off some bold streaks of color. The length is cut just below the chin, so it works with most face shapes. A hint of layering at the very ends lends a flattering shape to the style without creating too much volume. Use a large-barrelled curling iron to style a few well-placed waves throughout.
#40: Choppy Chin-Length Brown Bob
A short messy bob is easy to style and maintain with hair care and styling products suitable for your hair type. And although it looks rather destructed in texture with disconnected, uneven ends sticking out in different directions, its silhouette is readable and highly appealing.
#41: Tousled Medium Length Lob
The lob, short for “long bob”, gives you the classic look of a bob, but lets you keep some length. It’s perfect for those wanting to transition from long hair to something a little shorter, without suffering from the scissor shock. This messy bob haircut features razor-cut layers that start short in the back and angle longer toward the front.
#42: Adorable Messy Bob Hairstyle For Wavy Hair
Girls with wavy hair, you’ll love this! If your locks tend to light waves, you know that they commonly flip cutely at the ends. You might have disliked this feature in the past and tried to fix it with a curling iron. Forget it and make the best of what was given to you by nature. With some mousse applied to wet uncombed hair you will easily style this ethereal cuteness!
#43: Blunt Cut With Fantastic Texture
Blunt haircuts sometimes look motionless and blocky, but not if you choose the right hair color solution and styling. Very subtle ombre highlights, some lift at the roots and a texture-enhancing product for your hair type will do magic.
#44: Short Feathered Messy Bob Hairstyle
Messy texture looks equally good on long, medium or short hair. This cute cut makes an emphasis on the texture with wispy layered strands, enhanced by the exquisite copper balayage highlights. If your hair is wavy, you will only need a bit of a curl enhancer or a sea-salt spray to style this beautiful bob.
#45: Light Copper Tousled Hairstyle with Bangs
Your trendy bedhead hairstyle can be not so messy, just slightly imperfect but still maintaining its rounded bob shape. A bit of extra backcombing will help to boost the volume and achieve that special effortless feel. Go for a sophisticated hair hue to raise your style score even more.
#46: Red Hot Hair
Eye-catching hair colors are always presented in the best light when paired with short, messy hairstyles. This rounded bob features long layers that give just enough lift and shape to the cut. Setting your hair with large hot rollers is a super-simple way to create the tousled curls seen here. Pictures don’t quite do this style justice, as a color this bold will look absolutely radiant when out in natural sunlight.
#47: Rounded Bob
This chin-length bob is the right choice for those who like to turn up the volume. A large, round brush is used to mould the style, and a little styling wax works to give the ends some extra definition. If you’ve got highlights to show off, this style does that too.
#48: Inverted Bob With Highlights
If you are in search of a cool short hairstyle for fine hair, this inverted dark brown bob with blonde highlights is a windfall. Thanks to the shorter length, stacked layers and strategically placed highlights, your visual hair thickness is significantly enhanced with this hairstyle. And when you style it messy, you add even more thickness points to your look.
#49: Side-Swept Bob
If you’re looking for a new hairstyle that’s cut above the ordinary, this short, messy bob has it all. The asymmetrical cut starts off short and simple, but then angles drastically to create length on one side. Use a styling pomade on dried hair to define the layers and create some tousled texture.
#50: Bob for Thick Hair
Looking to give shape to your super-thick hair? Short, messy hairstyles like this one will certainly do the trick. The cut is layered at the nape to give the style shape. The rest of the cut is layered slightly and angled to the front. A little splash of a lighter hue around the face adds interest and depth to the style.
Messy bob is a true hairstyle gift of our time. Quick effortless styling and charming natural looks are something contemporary girls on the go heartily welcome and enjoy. So, let’s take advantage and make the best out of the current hair trend!