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: Blonde Collarbone Length Cut
Long bob haircuts let you wear your hair down, up and half up while looking gorgeous, regardless of the style choice. The front pieces graze your shoulders, drawing attention to clavicles— one of the most sensual female body parts.
#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: Graduated Long Bob Cut
When styled straight, a graduated lob cut gives an illusion of a grown out bob that happens to look so effortlessly chic. To take the minimalistic ‘do to the next level, keep tresses dyed in a solid color or try a very subtle balayage.
#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: A-Line Lob for Fine Hair
A long bob haircut can really flatter women with fine hair. When cut as an A-line style, locks not only appear longer, but they also seem fuller and thicker! Ask for cute extra long pieces at the front to achieve this whimsical wispy effect.
#6: Textured Lob with Highlights
Here’s an embodiment of today’s most popular style— a textured longer lob with babylights and highlights a few tones lighter than the base color. This ‘do makes your mane feel healthy and fresh, your complexion appear brighter and warmer and you, overall, look trendy and stylish!
#7: Tousled Streamlined Brown Lob
It’s easy to wear your long bob cut. Part your medium-length hair a little off-center and tousle to bring out the layers. The subtle highlights draw attention to the feathery ends, and the inverted shape gives it a classic appearance. The haircut is best on women with naturally straight hair.
#8: Black Wavy Lob Shag
If you’re a woman with super-thick tresses who’s looking for an edgy urban style, you’ll appreciate this choppy lob hair cut. The shaggy, wavy locks land squarely on the shoulders with natural bounce. The waves are tousled all over for a full-bodied shape.
#9: Razored Bronde Lob with White Ends
Fine hair appears lush and full of body when it’s cut and styled into a shaggy lob cut that shows off all your natural waves. The bronde balayage features bright white ends as an unexpected twist on beach blonde hair.
#10: Side-Parted Wavy Messy Lob
Combed over swoopy layers can make long bob hairstyles seem even more mysterious. The voluminous shattered waves give you that sensual appearance, especially if you opt for a soft bronde color with perfectly blended roots and highlights.
#11: Sliced Chocolate Lob with Voluminous Waves
Women with shoulder-length thick hair should cut it into a long shaggy style to show off its natural thickness and texture. Tousled lobs parted in the center are tomboyish but with an air of femininity. The copper highlights lighten up the face and add some glow to the dark sliced hair.
#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: Peek-a-Boo Lob with Long Feathered Bangs
Part your hair on one side and let some long bangs fall in the front for an authentic peek-a-boo look. The layered lob features a lot of feathery pieces throughout and we love the effortless touch they give to the style. The dark shadow roots and blonde highlights create extra volume for straight, fine hair.
#14: Voluminous Blonde Lob with Shadow Roots
The voluminous silhouette of the lob haircut with a side part shows off all the flattering angles of the model’s cheekbones and jawline. Peek-a-boo bangs cover one eye, further framing the face, and the dark shadow roots give a nice contrast to the white-blonde strands around the face.
#15: Inverted Lob with Platinum Highlights
An inverted lob is similar to an a-line, as both have the longest hair at the front. However, the difference is that inverted cuts have stacked layers at the back. Lob haircuts with platinum highlights are perfect for cooler months, or just for ladies who lean towards ashier tones.
#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: Honey Blonde Lob with Layers
Lobs are commonly seen colored dark brown or platinum blonde, but let’s not forget sweet and delicious middle hues! This hairstyle is so pretty in honey blonde, oozing warmth and softness into the cut that’s typically seen as sharp. Long layers also soften up the whole ‘do.
#18: Shaggy Chocolate Long Bob
Wear your straight hair in a shaggy, tousled bob that oozes a distinctly edgy urban vibe. The long razored pieces are straggly and messy and graze the tops of the shoulders. The peek-a-boo bangs create an air of mystery while framing the forehead and cheekbones.
#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: Textured Crop with Partial Balayage
Here’s a trendy variation on the lob hairstyle. It’s textured through the ends and touched with a subtle color. A long bob with bangs frames your face nicely. Both dense and wispy bangs suit this style.
#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: Long Layered Bob for Thick Hair
Older ladies and working professionals should consider a long bob with layers amping up the crown section. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to go too short, this style allows you to keep length while still appearing classy and mature.
#23: Voluminous A-Line White Blonde Lob
The center-parted blonde long bob will make your delicate fine hair look healthy and sun-kissed. The wispy A-line cut and brightening balayage boost volume and texture. With this lob, you can be easily mistaken for Khloe Kardashian!
#24: Shaggy Bronde Lob with Platinum Highlights
Are you courageous enough to chop your hair into a shaggy lob with lots of straggly pieces? Go for the messy long bob haircut if you have hair that needs a boost of texture. The tousled top, off-center part, and long front pieces create volume and individuality, and the dishwater blonde color with platinum highlights gives the cut a modern edge.
#25: Textured Lob with Blonde Streaks
Besides trendiness and modern appearance, the popularity of long bobs is also attributed to how versatile they are in terms of styling options. Worn pin straight in solid tones or textured and highlighted, this cut appeals to all hair types.
#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: Shaggy Blonde Lob with Choppy Bangs
If you’re interested in wearing your straight blonde hair in a simple, easy-to-manage style, consider a long bob with bangs. The ever-so-slight waves frame the face, and the bangs lend the haircut a youthful, sporty feel.
#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: Black Brown A-Line Lob Cut
The classic long A-line bob has a sophisticated silhouette that flatters most face shapes and complements any outfit. The key to enhancing the appeal of this angled cut is to style the hair so it’s super-smooth with no flyaways or frizzies. The back section hits the nape, and the front section is long enough to graze the collarbone.
#30: Brown Wavy Lob with Balayage
Subtle balayages can literally transform your long length bob giving it a new lease on life. The hairstyle appears two-tier revealing the dark, dense underlayer and textured, highlighted top layers full of movement and shine.
#31: Bright Copper Razored Lob
A shoulder-length razored lob can make even the thickest, waviest hair look neat and easily managed. Part it the way you like and get a perfect face-framing style. If you have naturally curly hair, you might want to blowdry it straight to achieve some extra length. Highlight your auburn hair with glints of copper and bronze to make the color even more gorgeous.
#32: Layered Lob with Copper Balayage
Redheads have more fun! And why choose one shade of red when you can have a beautiful assortment going from oxblood to copper and light ginger. Lobs are bold, so pairing them with striking colors is an appealing solution.
#33: 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.
#34: 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.
#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: 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.
#37: Wispy Layers for Fine Hair
Here’s an elegant rendition of the lob. Medium layers are ideal for finer hair as they plump up the body factor— shorter layers can overwhelm thin hair and long layers aren’t as effective. Curl tips when styling for added volume!
#38: Soft Angled Hairstyle for Blondes
Here’s a hairstyle that is full of duality: it’s two toned, angled, and wavy, making it the prime choice for a more indecisive lady who wants both a feminine and edgy look. Beach waves suit this lob beautifully and the partial, natural-looking balayage is absolutely stunning!
#39: Shaggy Light Brown Cut
Lob hairstyles can look super soft even when trimmed shaggy and styled dishevelled. The clue is a sensual color, like this yummy caramel brown concentrated towards the front and blended flawlessly with an ashier brown at the back.
#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: 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.
#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: 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.
#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: 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.
#54: 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.
#55: 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.
#56: 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.
#57: 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.
#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.