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Updated on July 25, 2021
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When it comes to simple yet stylish haircuts for women, graduated bob haircuts are a great option. If you are ready for something new – either to kick off a new season or just embark on a fresh start, this is a style that will work with almost any hair texture and color.

Graduated Bob Haircuts

The gradation of length provides both volume and a beautiful silhouette of your classy bob cut. View the following pictures with examples and pick a haircut idea for your next visit to a salon.

1. Wispy Stacked Layers

Wispy, layered hair gets a volume boost. If you’re wondering what a risk-free graduated bob is, this hairstyle is a great choice. It’s angled without being extreme. You will quickly learn how to style a graduated bob with little to no effort.

2. Haircut with Dimension

One of the best parts of a short haircut is that it can work well with a variety of hair types. This bob adds thickness to the nape of the neck, with layers thinning out towards the chin.

3. Short Colored Cut

A short graduated bob haircut is always lovely, and adding some fun color makes it even better. Anything from purple, teal or fire engine red inspirations – color your hair something that will help you to stand out from all of those everyday blondes and brunettes!

4. Modern Bob with Layers

Bobs don’t always have to follow a particular pattern. Sometimes hair can be shaggy, choppy or stacked – however if you choose a bob, don’t forget the bangs. Side swept or straight across bangs add dimension and style to your quick casual ‘dos.

5. Graduated Bob with Height

The shorter and higher the layers, the more volume you’ll achieve. If you like to have “high” hair or make a bold statement wherever you go, this very short, peppy hairstyle on model`s red hair is an ideal choice.

6. Chestnut A-Line Cut

In the workplace, there’s no short style or cut better suited than a traditional bob. Clean and polished with a long front, this type of chestnut-colored lob exudes professionalism in an understated way. And paired with wispy, layered bangs in the front, hair retains movement and life.

Angled Brown Bob

Instagram / @marcostasti

7. Light Brown Bob with Babylights

Not all bobs need to be oddly chopped, high maintenance or ridiculously eye-catching to look cool, as this simplistic graduated bob exemplifies. Sweet and subtle babylights in the bangs help to lighten the base, while wispy, angled front layers highlight your features.

Layered Brown Bob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @anhcotran

8. Chocolate Bouffant Bob with Layers

One of the easiest ways to slim the face (especially in pictures), bouffant hairstyles inject serious volume into your hair even if you’ve always considered it fine and hard to manage. And when layered and spiced with subtle blonde highlights, that multi-dimensional appearance is enhanced even more. Be sure to tease your hair at the crown, spritzing occasionally with a light hold hairspray.

Brown Layered Lob

Instagram / @studio417mac

9. Bob for Thin Hair with Swoopy Layers

Contrary to popular belief, not all bobs require tedious styling before work in the morning and time- and cost-eating upkeep. This just-got-out-of-bed chin length bob dispels that notion even more, with wispy, side-swept layers helping to give hair movement––even without a styling tool.

Short Layered Bob Haircut

Instagram / @petermenezes

10. Black Graduated Cut with Burgundy Highlights

Assume you need to wear converse sneakers and rock out at punk shows to pull off wildly colored bobs? Think again. When applied strategically and with fine strokes, bright colors woven into a long graduated bob can look classy, edgy and appropriate in any setting.

11. Carefree Beachy Bob with Highlights

Just because you live hundreds of miles away from water (or even a warm climate), doesn’t mean you can’t rock a beachy, carefree bob any day of the week. The trick for pulling off multi-colored strands, without looking striped? Balayage. Opt for lighter strands in the front––especially near your bangs––to give the enhancement to your best facial features.

Blonde Layered Bob

Instagram / @sigatony

12. Rounded Bob with Red Tint

While beachy, wavy medium bobs are undoubtedly trendy, their sleeker looking long and short counterparts are equally fashion-forward. Perfect for the workplace or simply to project a more professional image, try pairing yours with a simple, yet sophisticated color.

13. Asymmetrical Cut with Accent Colors

Sporting a long bob with graduated layers is a surefire way to be noticed. But when that style is an extreme graduated cut with fiery colors and an asymmetrical twist, you are destined to turn heads left and right. Consider reds (similar to the one pictured here) or other equally bold hues to use as a statement color near the face.

14. Yellow Stacked Bob

Paying homage to the punk-rock 80’s scene and comic book characters and even Lady Gaga herself, deeply saturated yellow hues are not for the faint of heart. But with an aura of cool confidence (and a great textured cut), this look is easily rockable. Consider a V-cut nape undercut you can spice up with hair glitter or sequins for extra oomph.

Yellow Stacked Bob

Instagram / @jaymz.marsters

15. Choppy Bob for Thick Hair

Bobs with long front layers present the best of both worlds: the shorter length creates height and volume in the back, and the longer strands help to frame and/or elongate your face. To highlight your best facial features even further, try applying thin- to medium-sized highlights throughout, paying special attention to the hair around the face.

16. Inverted Bob for Natural Hair

If you have naturally curly tresses, chopping your hair past the shoulder can be nightmare inducing. But as this graduated haircut shows, naturally curly bobs are anything but unruly and frantic. Just be sure to be ready for regular trims to preserve that awesome shape.

Layered Bob For Natural Hair

Instagram / @dasilva_hair

17. Electric Blue Bob with Choppy Layers

In beauty, finding a common ground between classically beautiful and pushing the boundaries can be difficult. This blue hair color, especially along with the chin length bob, offers just the right amount of edgy and posh. Ask your stylist for a slightly angled cut and choppy layers.

Straight Blue Bob With Layers

Instagram / @wherezashdoinhair

18. Choppy Angled Black Bob

Bobs and lobs are unofficially the coifs-of-the-moment for starlets, models and celebs, as Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Lovato and Kylie Jenner have shown. Rock your gorgeous A-line cut with wispy layers in a solid color or try a chic subtle balayage.

19. Angled Cut with Honey Highlights

The no-frills chin length bob is designed for simple, manageable upkeep. To style, simply straighten with a flat iron or scrunch with a texturizing product and get two completely different looks. These graduated bob haircuts are ideal for ladies with thinner, naturally straight hair.

20. Sexy Honey Brown Bob

Whether chestnut brown, honey-dipped or with blonde balayage highlights, bobs of varying lengths are effortlessly sexy. Angled cuts with side parts are definitely the coolest!

Brown Angled Side Part Bob

Instagram / @gustavoblesa

21. Layered Bob for Thick Hair

Blonde hair with a darker underlayer never goes out of style (or out of season). And while this particular cut is typically best suited for thicker hair, girls with thinner strands can enhance volume by adding in textured layers throughout.

Bronde Layered Bob

Instagram / @wherezashdoinhair

22. African-American Stacked Bob

Thanks to the noticeable layers, bouncy curls and dramatic descending line of the cut, this short graduated bob is anything but ordinary. This is a style to show off your individuality and sense of style with chunky earrings and a strategically placed neck tattoo.

African American Curly Stacked Bob

Instagram / @sorayahstyles

23. Pink Bob with Layers

Pixie bob haircuts are undeniably adorable, and when that cut is upgraded with a light pink hue, the cuteness is almost unbearable! Although the thought of transitioning to a bob might make you wince, take solace in the fact that the trend is making major waves on runways and red carpets. You’ll be a chic babe (and will look pretty fearless in pictures, too).

Pastel Pink Choppy Pixie

Instagram / @dasilva_hair

24. Amber Cut with Blunt Bangs

Not all edgy bobs are extreme graduated cuts. Some, like this sleek geometric style, combine both round and angular shapes with minimum layers in the back to create a highly dynamic look. So, if you want a statement graduated bob with bangs, draw inspiration from our gallery and consult with a hair stylist you trust.

Red Angled Bob With Bangs

Instagram / @clintoncutshair

25. Graduated Bob with Highlights

Easy to maintain for most hair types, the graduated bob haircut with the blunt bottom is a classically timeless look. Channel your inner old Hollywood actress by opting for either bright blonde tones or deep brunette shades. Be sure to smooth any frizzies over with serum or pomade.

Blonde Graduated Bob

Instagram / @fernthebarber

26. Sleek and Straight Cut

Sleek and straight to the point, this haircut is ideal for those who really don’t want to fuss and primp on a daily basis. Thin-haired girls will really rock this style, which lays flat against the head with longer layers on one side. Pair it with highlights for a sweet, summery style.

27. Beautiful Back View

One of the best parts of a bob haircut is the chance to really show off the back of your head. While other styles fall short in excitement, a graduated bob is especially lovely and unique. Choose a shorter cut where medium textured hair will easily comply with being swept forward for a beautiful style.

28. Choppy Graduated Bob

Edgy and cute, this bob will work well on straight hair for a youthful style that stands out from the crowd. This isn’t one for curly locks, unless you’re committed to daily straightening. The A-line focus of this cut makes the variable lengths work well.

29. Long Graduated Layers

Deep chocolate brown hair looks positively decadent with long, soft layers. A graduated cut will take things up and above the nape, leaving a few long strands to frame the face. The gradual slope upward adds body to the back of the head – something many thin-haired ladies lack. Cute and textured, even when this style gets messy, it remains lovely. It’s also a wonderful solution for hair that’s currently growing out.

30. Extreme Short Chops

Since so many bob cuts focus on softer layers and asymmetrical styles, going for some choppy, extreme layers will really bring uniqueness to the cut.

One of the best things about a graduated bob is the fact it can be cut, styled and worn in so many different ways. Work with your favorite hairstylist to discover what will look best on you, and don’t be afraid to try more than one look over time.

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