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
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 Haircut
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: Long Bob with Layers
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.
#4: Curly Bob for Fine Hair
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: 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.
#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: Long Bob with Bangs
If you feel that your long 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: Lush 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.
#10: Short Red Bob with Undercut
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: Textured Blonde Lob
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: Tousled Bob for Thin Hair
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: Sleek Angled Haircut
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: Wavy Bob in Auburn and Blonde
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 auburn red with a cool blonde tone creates a visually exciting hair color that is flattering without being over-the-top.
#15: Voluminous Short Hairstyle
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: Edgy 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!
#17: Inverted Cut for Brunettes
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.
#18: Sharply-Angled Bob with 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!
#19: Contemporary Asymmetrical Hairstyle
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.
#20: Trendy Bob with 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.
#21: Loose and Wavy Hair
Bob haircuts have a reputation of being tomboyish or severe, but today’s modern inverted bob styles couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re worried about losing your femininity with a bob cut, go for a loose and wavy style that leaves plenty of room for softness.
#22: Liven Up Thin Hair
If you are tired of dealing with fine hair texture, a short style will be much easier to maintain than long locks. Go for something choppy but not too quirky, and don’t forget the bangs!
#23: Blown Back Blonde
Hair that is naturally very dark doesn’t need to stick to browns and blacks when it comes to dye jobs. Instead, go bold and try out that blonde hue you’ve been eyeing. Pair it with layers that are tousled and styled backwards and you’ll have a fierce new look to love.
#24: Straight Cropped Style
Keep hair straight and serious with a long inverted bob that works with the natural texture and direction of your locks. Don’t have stick straight hair? Invest in a quality flat iron to get a smooth result.
#25: Silver Foxy Inverted Bob
Angled cuts and accented layers will take years off of your face and hair, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to hues you used in your younger years. Going grey is very trendy right now, with both 20 and 60-somethings. No matter your age, you can look chic with grey or silver hair.
#26: Colorful Inverted Bob
Curly girls rejoice! A stacked bob is just what you need to liven up otherwise drab hair. Even better, work some bold, bright color into your ‘do. Be it ice blue or fire engine red, there are plenty of shades to choose that are far from ordinary.
#27: Forward Thinking Bob
An inverted bob haircut is made beautiful when it follows the natural lines of your hair and facial features. In this example, a thin face with a prominent nose is softened by a bob cut that is angled toward the chin.
#28: High and Mighty Inverted Style
Tapered hair can add thickness and texture to lifeless locks. This stacked style is perfect for those who need a boost toward a winning style option. During warm weather months, be sure to brighten up strands with blonde highlights throughout.
#29: Cropped and Coiffed Bob
Keeping hair cropped into a bob is lovely, but sometimes you want to go with something a bit more original. For a totally different look, keep some front layers longer than the rest of the hair length. Curl them, wear them straight, however you feel that day.
#30: Short Simple Cut
Inverted bob hairstyles don’t have to be complex – sometimes all it takes is a little layering and shaping to give you a whole new style that’s both easy to maintain and fun to wear.
#31: Purple Grey Curls
Accentuate those wild natural curls with a cut that really shows off your color and texture. Go with your natural hue or go brave with a purple grey shade that works for many different skin tones.
#32: Modern Inverted Bob
This short, dramatic style is edgy and modern with every snip. Working in a darker under layer and leaving cool blonde strands up top, this is a style inspired by salon pictures but able to look totally unique on each and every woman.
#33: Short and Sweet Inverted Cut
Straight, silky hair is always popular. Although beautiful to the touch, these soft strands can be difficult to style. Go with a reverse bob that is short enough to hold those rebel strands in place.
#34: Bob Cut Combination
Get the best of both worlds with a short under layer and longer, thinner sections over the cut. This elongated hairstyle works well with both thin and medium hair textures, and can be styled in a variety of ways thanks to its generosity of length.
#35: Ash Blonde Bob
Breathe new life into a flat hair color with an ash blonde highlight treatment. If you have a bob hairstyle paired with this color, you’ll see every meticulous line and layer throughout. The end result? True beauty.
#36: Vibrant Bob Cut
Inverted bob haircuts are designed for confident women who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. With this in mind, why not go one step further with a bright color to finish off your style. Go with a short overall cut or leave certain sections long for a more memorable statement.
#37: Big Hair, Don’t Care
This elevated, stacked hairstyle is a fun cousin of the traditional bob. If your hair is thicker or naturally wavy, you’ll win at this tousled style that aims to really show off the whole day through.
#38: Rounded Inverted Style
Thicker strands will do well with a rounded bob cut as seen below. Opt for multidimensional hair colors, like reds or blondes, to keep things looking fresh and relevant. If you want to go with something a bit more artistic, have your stylist shape the hair at the nape of the neck into a pointed or rounded design.
#39: Jagged Bob
While an inverted bob with bangs looks lovely on many women, some just can’t pull off a front fringe. If this is the case, then go with a jagged style that will still frame the face with its longer front layers. Of course, as with any hairstyle, don’t hesitate to play with color. You might discover a fun and quirky look that’s truly a signature you.
#40: Party in the Back
This sweet and sassy style has been worn by both career women and soccer moms over the years. It remains popular due to its simple upkeep and ability to work for both casual and formal occasions. Long or short, with bangs or without – personalize this haircut to fit your own personality and lifestyle.
#41: Short to Long Blonde Bob
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.
#42: Trendy Two-Tone Hairstyle
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.
#43: Subtle yet Sassy Natural Bob
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.
#44: Curly Bob for Black Hair
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.
#45: Extreme Pixie Bob with Nape Undercut
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!
#46: Grown Out Shaggy Bob
Sometimes we are wondering how our haircut will look when it grows out. Wispy, outgrown strands and tousled texture are still charming, as you can see.
#47: High Bob for Thick Hair
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.
#48: Wavy Angled 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.
#49: Medium to Long Bob for Brunettes
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.
#50: 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?