A long bob, or lob, as it is commonly referred to, has continuously been dubbed the hairstyle of the year. It is a much deserved recognition because the style manages to be flattering for a variety of different face shapes, hair textures and complexions. To put it simply, lob is classic and universal. Find the perfect variation for you in our gallery below.
Long Bob Hairstyles
Lobs are beautiful in any texture – straight and sleek or wavy and messy. You can wear your lob as a downdo, or lift your locks up in a sort of updo or half-up hairstyle – so many options and there’s always a quick and easy styling method, depending on your hair type.
#1: Choppy and Wavy Lob
This stunning look is amazingly easy to style. Use a large barrel curling iron with no clamp and wrap large sections of hair around once or twice, holding on to the end of the piece so that it doesn’t get curled. Curling just the midshaft means super short styling time.
#2: Asymmetrical Long Bob
This long bob gets its edginess from the front pieces that are quite a bit longer than the rest of the layered strands, about two and a half inches. The peekaboo blond highlights that frame the face and lighter ends make this not only trendy, but incredibly flattering. Keep hair soft and touchable with smooth styling creams.
#3: Easy Wear Bob
This adorable cut is short, sweet, and simple. Slight layers are cut in to smooth out thick hair and give body. The absence of a bang—and instead side-swept hair that is only a little shorter than the longest layer—makes this a definite cool girl look.
#4: Long A-line with Ombre
Styles with uneven length are so fun to rock. You get the ease of short hair, while still having it long enough to tuck behind your ears. What’s more, you’ll have an air of mystery. The ombre effect is expertly done. Not only are the transitions on point, but the tone is just right.
#5: Artfully Unkempt Lob
We love us to have some attitude, and long bob hairstyles have attitude in spades. For an extra chic factor, shoot for bed head. How? Let hair air dry until its damp then blow dry it upside down. Next, add crimps with a straightener (twist it slightly) for some imperfect texture. Add some texturizing cream and you’re done.
#6: Blond Bob with Darker Roots
The lob works oh-so-well with is the darker roots look. It’s the grown-up version of grown-out hair and it’s purposefully not trying too hard. The combo of the light blond and the brown (and all the colors in between) is beautiful.
#7: Messy Chic Bob
For a messy bob with this much volume, make sure to ask your stylist for layers that are shorter in the back. The balayage with thin highlights makes for a more natural look. No need for curling irons here. Just use a large round brush during your blowout.
#8: Bob of Colors
Love to be blonde but enjoy the easy maintenance of brown hair? Get the best of both worlds with this two-toned lob that brings texture and fun to otherwise mundane hair.
#9: Medium to Long Style
Keep your medium to long length hair tousled and modernly messy with the help of a haircut that provides plenty of shape and body. This is especially important if you have fine hair – this cut will beef it up without going overboard.
#10: Smooth Cinnamon Bob
A lob haircut is a great way to let a solid color shine. Because simplicity is a huge element of this cut, all-over color coupled with straight locks becomes very chic. If you have medium skin tone and freckles, please, oh please, try this color. It’s…yes you guessed it…everything.
#11: Midnight Black Lob with Waves
The all-over black color can be a tad bit harsh for day-to-day wear, especially when it’s paired with long, straight locks. But when dark, midnight hues meet textured long bobs, that harshness is automatically replaced with pure edginess. We suggest loosely wrapping strands around a large barrel with no clamp to achieve the messy effect.
#12: Long Balayage Bob with Blunt Bangs
Incredibly low maintenance, this stylish long bob with a balayage is a deal for individuals looking to ensure their color lasts. What’s more, the bluntness of the bangs contrasts with the choppy waves of the overall style, providing a messy (but still refined) appearance.
#13: Messy Lob with Burgundy Highlights
Do you think rocking hair colors that stray from the natural blonde, brunette and red trio will make you look a bit too edgy? Think again. As this funky, chunky cherry red lob with layers helps to show, unique dye jobs can look both classy and fashion-forward. Wrap sections of hair around a large barrel curling iron.
#14: Voluminous Brunette Bob with Layers
One of the most common (and misunderstood) aspects of bobs with a long length: they are depth-less. With the proper styling tools, products and layered cut, lobs (such as the one pictured here) can look as sexy and voluminous as a full blowout.
#15: Wispy Lob with Babylights
Just because your hair is naturally flat, doesn’t mean that sporting a long bob with bangs will emphasize that texture. Rather, bob cuts with ever-so-light, face-framing layers (in addition to blunt-cut bangs) can help highlight your facial features and provide pure dimension.
#16: Long Bob Cut with Balayage
Playful, sweet and oh-so-natural, this ombre balayage lob uses soft, subtle tonality and a carefree cut to achieve that just-got-out-of-bed tousled effect. To style, we suggest spritzing locks with a light texturizing mist and finishing with a styling tool, paying extra attention to the pieces in the front.
#17: Chocolate Lob Haircut with Gentle Waves
Contrary to popular belief, long bobs with a single-length cut and an allover color don’t have to appear one-dimensional. For this long layered cut, strategic teasing, a light texturizing mist and loose curls help to inject dimension, movement and life into locks.
#18: Blonde Lob with Gentle Lowlights
The best part about any long bob haircut is that effortlessly messy – and undeniably sexy – vibe it oozes. One rule of thumb: the longer the pieces are in the front, the more undone the overall appearance you get. This soft honey hue with gentle lowlights helps to give strands even more depth and dimension.
#19: Long Bob with Ombre for Thick Hair
Thick hair can be particularly tricky when it comes to longer bobs. Cut too short, and you risk to finish with an unflatteringly poofy hairstyle. Keep the bob too long, and you lose out on shape. This style moves past both of those extremes, using varied lengths and light-catching bleached pieces to give hair life.
#20: Silver Lob with Dark Root Shadow
When it comes to a grey hair color, there are, quite literally, 50 shades (pun intended!). And when that grey is fused with a soft, silver tint, any trace of ash or dullness disappears. Try a deep side part with a dark brown or black root shadow to amplify dimension.
#21: Lob with Super Long Front Pieces
Long bob hairstyles can sometimes get extra long, but they don’t lose their sexy shape and inimitable appeal. This adorable extra long lob proves just that, mixing sweet, face-framing balayage highlights with a wavy texture within a long asymmetrical style.
#22: Ash Brown Lob with Shaggy Waves
While silver is undoubtedly the hair color of the moment, there’s still something to be said for ashy, less shiny colors. This gorgeous brown-to-purplish grey balayage with a middle part looks rather neutral and flatters a variety of skin tones. Use a flat iron to style loose waves and finish with a light-hold hairspray to achieve the full shaggy effect.
#23: Beachy Long Bob with Highlights
Beachy long bobs are the epitome of modern messy. With a deep side part pushing hair gently across one cheek, this textured style automatically helps to slim the face and gives the illusion of thicker, more voluminous hair. Soft, blended in highlights also help to brighten your facial features.
#24: Straight Lob with Gentle Babylights
Sleek, posh and structured, this long bob cut with gentle babylights is the perfect transition style for any individual looking to go shorter while still enjoying a manageable length. It curls at the ends just like the classic bob, but the length lets you wear it both loose and in different chic updos.
#25: Icy Blonde Lob Haircut
Thanks to one frozen (and famed) Disney princess, icy blonde colors are moving from runways to everyday life fairly quickly. The best part? They look amazing in pictures. To ensure you don’t resemble a cartoon character too much, try cropping your hair so it just grazes the shoulders.
#26: Straightened Lob with Wispy Bangs
There’s no question that balayage is striking. But when that dye job mixes with super straight, sleek strands, your overall look isn’t just striking––it becomes dramatically gorgeous!
#27: Bouncy Long Bob with Contour Highlight
Carefree and oh-so-cool, this lob haircut with light-catching contour highlights and a darker underlayer capitalizes on all the latest coloring trends. To style, use a large barrel curling iron that has no clamps, wrapping 1” sections of hair loosely and making sure the ends aren’t involved.
#28: A-Line Brunette Long Bob
The best part about any longer A-line brunette bob with layers is its versatility. The cut and color combination can look modern, messy and undone, as this model exemplifies. Or with the help of a hot styling tool, you can achieve a sleek professional hairstyle or even a curly vintage ‘do.
#29: Platinum Blonde Lob with Bangs
Our simple solution for keeping the bold solid platinum blonde color classy? Bob cuts. Choppy ends and layered straight across bangs create the best texture for this beautiful shiny color.
#30: Fiery Red Bob with Dramatic Part
Going fiery red can be, for lack of a better phrase, downright scary. Because let’s be honest––not all of us will come out looking like Jessica Rabbit. But with a long bob haircut, sexy, swooping side part, and thick layers, intense red hues become less comical and more runway-ready. Get ready to turn heads with this one!
#31: Trendy Tousled Bob
This long bob cut gets its shape from layers that are slightly shorter in the back and from pieces left longer in the front. If you’re looking for a no-heat solution to waves, spray hair with a salt spray, then braid just the top half of your hair. Leave in for a few hours, then deconstruct.
#32: Highlighted Long Bob with Side Bangs
Side-swept heavy bangs with peekaboos give a modern edge to this lob. Bright blond highlights liven up the entire look. Volume removal with a straightener can be essential with thick hair.
#33: Long Bob with Classy Copper Curls
The sunlight is hitting these copper tones beautifully! Twisted locks reveal soft brown hair underneath and lighter ends. This look is a great way to incorporate natural-looking highlights. Girls with medium-brown to light-brown hair can easily pull off this color.
#34: Platinum Diva Lob
Long bobs look great in trendy white blonde hues. We’re pretty sure that all of our favorite divas (and our most fashionable friends) have tried this. Grown out roots keep it from being too high maintenance, which is everyone’s least favorite thing about blonde. Blunt ends keep it modern.
#35: Straight Bob with Side Bangs
This straight bob is one of our favorite styles. Long side bangs highlight the cheekbones and give it a sexy, flirty look. The caramel color with dark under layers gives the style dimensionality—elevating it way above your average bob. After blowing out to create the shape, straighten and perfect.
#36: Sleek Long Bob with Side Part
This city-chic lob haircut is a cool customer. Ashy blond meets champagne blond for a style that is tone-perfect. To keep everything spot on, choose cool-toned clothes too. With thinner hair, it is easier to create a sleek, blunt edge cut. Swingy, playful locks for the win!
#37: Gorgeous Cardinal Lob
This dazzling shade of red is a fabulous way to stand out. Mostly an all-over color, dimension is provided by absentmindedly curling hair so that it changes the way the shade catches the light. To do it, curl strands in the middle but leave them straight on the end.
#38: Caramel and Gold Bob
The number one thing that stands out about this look is color! Long bob haircuts always look great when styled with that messy, undone finish. But when done in caramel and gold, it’s almost too amazing to stand. With shorter locks, going light is a lot easier, as you can get regular trims and not have to worry about split ends.
#39: Sandy, Ash-Toned Lob
This lob is lovely. Side part? Check. Barely there layers? Check. Blunt edge? Check. What sets it apart is the ashy tone. Gold colors look horrendous on the wrong girl. With certain skin tones, like olive, sandy blondes are far more successful.
#40: Bob with Body and Volume
This cute little number has so much volume! This is the kind of haircut that will have you running your fingers through your hair all day. Twisty locks and long bangs that fall into the face are universally flattering. To style, blow hair up and forward so that it falls to the cheek-skimming gorgeousness.
#41: Messy and Smoky Ombre Waves
A smoky gray and black blend is a popular color combo this year. While in past decades finding one gray hair would be traumatizing, now it is fully embraced by women both young and old. This color combination gives off the ultimate “hipster chic” vibe.
#42: Marsala A-line Cut
Red hair can be super sophisticated and not the bright Ronald McDonald hue that may first come to mind. This reddish-brown color packs a punch and illuminates your look without relying on the shock value of a Crayola-inspired color. Complement your chic color with flirty, tousled layers.
#43: Growing Hair Long
A long bob hairstyle is ideal for hair that is in that awkward “growing out” phase. If your hair isn’t quite long, but you’re hoping to head in that direction, a lob can bring style to the otherwise unattractive phase of hair growth.
#44: Messy, Wavy Bob Style
Don’t have a lot of time in the morning? Well then you’re in luck, as “just crawled out of bed” hair is actually trending right now! While the look is usually accomplished with a bit of effort and styling product, you can also just wake up and see what there is to work with.
#45: Vibrant, Long and Red
Who says blondes have more fun? Prove them wrong with a vibrant red-orange hair hue that’s sure to turn heads. A bob cut will help accentuate layers and curls.
#46: A Bob for Thin Hair
If your hair tends to be on the finer end of the spectrum, don’t fret – a long bob is actually the perfect style for you. Hair will be thickened up underneath, providing a boost of volume that will bring you both glamour and confidence.
#47: Long and Straight to the Point
Bob haircuts sometimes still carry the stigma of being short and thick – that couldn’t be further from the truth with today’s lob styles. This hairstyle is as simple as it gets with a center part and stick straight strands – what you probably don’t notice however, is the great boost of volume that comes from the angled cut.
#48: Bob is Feeling Blue
Hair chalk is so much fun to experiment with, and it doesn’t come with any sort of risk – the color washes out whenever you tell it to. A long bob combined with a splash of color that couldn’t possibly come from Mother Nature is a fun addition to any style update.
#49: Long Directional Waves
Curl your hair to the back of the head rather than up to the top, and you will reroute waves into a new, fun direction that will accentuate any cut. Best of all, this will work on both thick and thin hair, and the longer your length, the more stunning it will be.
#50: Flaming Bob
Show off your flaming hot personality and sex appeal with this hairdo that incorporates shape, texture and color for a stunning final look. This will work well on many different ethnicities – so pick a hue of red or orange that will really illuminate against your natural base color.
#51: Classic Blonde Bob
No one can say no to a sideswept blonde hairstyle that softly frames beautiful facial features. This is ideal for girls who like to wear their hair shoulder length or shorter, and if your hair is of medium texture, you’ll have an easier time pulling this one off.
#52: Grey and Gorgeous Bob
Jump on the young grey bandwagon and work your hair into a bob cut that brings shaggy length without chaos. Choose a purplish grey hue that looks youthful while still sporting that modern style.
#53: Bob with Blunt Edges
Long bob hairstyles are very popular right now, especially since they work with virtually any hair type. Straight or curly, thick or thin – a lob can be manipulated into a beautiful finished product on any head.
#54: Bob with Classic Waves
Keep things vintage with beautiful, perfectly set waves that seem to float above the shoulders. A darker underneath color brings even more dimension and style to this classic throw back look that works on a variety of hair textures.
#55: Strawberry Blonde Lob with Wispy Ends
Strawberry blonde hair is the perfect blend between blonde and red. A long blonde cut plays so well with this girl’s gorgeous green eyes. If you are a green-eyed beauty looking for a classic look, you can’t go wrong with this color/cut combination.
#56: Jet Black Cut with Volume
A stacked style gives hair a boost of volume by using a fair amount of layers throughout the back. This look takes the fullness to the next level with messy strands and a subtle side bang. If you are looking for tips on how to style your long bob haircut, try backcombing slightly and setting with a light hold hair spray to achieve the chic tousled effect like in the photo.
#57: Sleek Blonde Bob
Try a cool-toned color with light layering. The middle part frames the face without covering up too much or getting in the way like a side part might.
#58: Two-Toned Lob
A shaggy hairstyle is perfectly bohemian and it’s a great fit for a woman who prefers flowing dresses as well as a simple t-shirt and jeans combo instead of pencil skirts and bodycon outfits. Gradual lightening also lightens your overall look.
#59: Cute Cut for a Confident Girl
This hairstyle may not be particularly edgy, but it means the beauty and confidence it oozes. It is a timeless style that remains relevant. It suits a woman who wants to look good without seeming like she is trying too hard.
#60: Medium Cut with Side Bangs
Thick straight hair appears full without needing too many layers or colors, just a light side bang. It is a simple look that has the ability to work just as well in casual places as it would in formal gatherings; a must-have style for a socialite who has places to go.
Long bob hairstyles can work for any occasion that life may throw your way. They showcase a confident look that does not require much maintenance. The best part is that you can still rock a ponytail, which is definitely important for busy women today. Whatever your preference is, there is a perfect haircut here for any woman.