The traditional bob as we know it came on the scene in the 1920s and has remained a go-to staple in hairstyling ever since. Today, there are many modern takes on this classic. One of the most universally flattering is the long layered bob. It possesses the sassiness of its predecessor, but without the commitment of going too short, plus the layers add a new level of movement. It really is the perfect transition cut if you’re easing your way from long to short hair or just looking for a seasonal switch up.
Layered Bobs for Any Taste
While the name itself offers some basic guidelines, there is still a full spectrum of options to choose from while searching for inspiration photos. Preparation is key when approaching a new chapter in your hair story, so here are some great examples to get you on the right track.
#1: Textured Medium Cut
Loads of layers at varying lengths add so much visual interest to the cut. Plus, by feathering the ends with a razor, you can simply use some texturizing cream to get a messy look that still leaves you in control.
#2: Lob with Fringed Bangs
A traditional bob cut is finished off with bangs cut straight across the forehead. While cute on the right face shape, it can be harsh on some. A softer approach is a long layered bob that modernizes itself by replacing the bangs’ blunt edge with fringe.
#3: Angled Bob with Long Layers
Haircuts that use an angled shape feature an element of strict geometry that can be softened with wavy styling. The long layers in the front draw the eye downwards and are perfect for elongating the face.
#4: Razored Blonde Balayage Lob
Razoring layers offers a softer appearance versus the blunt finish of a scissor cut. You’ll get more variation in the lengths which is ideal for that bedhead vibe. The razor also thins the hair, so this is a great option for those with a thicker mane.
#5: Centre-Parted Layered Lob
Choppy layers instantly create visual interest and are a great addition to a layered bob.Go no shorter than shoulder length and finish with loose curls to keep the style from appearing dated or flat.
#6: Light Brown Lob with Layers
For a softer look, go with fewer lengths in your layers. Just one shorter layer on top will provide depth without adding a ton of volume. Wrap the hair in small pieces loosely around a large curling iron for a shaggy, undone finish.
#7: Sophisticated Inverted Lob
For a slightly less dramatic take on the stacked cut, try the inverted bob. There is less weight in the back, but you still get a nice shape that is uber glam and draws attention to your face.
#8: Stacked Messy Haircut
If you have lots of hair, it is a blessing and a curse. Thick hair is gorgeous, but can be a beast to manage. Try a stackedbob haircut with layers that allows you to keep the weight in the back, but the focus up front.
#9: Easy Breezy Long Bob
Looking for an easy but gorgeous cut perfect for those casual weekends? Go with a low maintenance option that offers longer layers ready to be primped or air-dried au natural.
#10: Sophisticated Work-Ready Style
If the images of vamped up bobs aren’t doing it for you, a more polished look can be achieved by going with a slightly angled cut with layers softly tucked in. Style using a straightener for those busy workday mornings.
#11: Shaggy Lob with Root Fade
The loose waves of this layered bob add a fullness that can be a blessing to ladies with thin hair. Keeping the length on the shorter side also prevents the ends from looking stringy.
#12: Tousled Platinum Hairstyle
You’ll notice the shorter layers that fall at the cheekbone level and the side sweep that creates a faux angled bang. Both details are perfect to loosely frame the face. Remember that the more layers, the more volume, making thin hair the ideal candidate for such a cut.
#13: Dramatic Side Part
If you’re a volume junky, a deep side part will be your best friend. A light curl and lifting spray will help you achieve this glam style. The chunky layers help balance the boost for a full shape all the way around.
#14: Brown Lob with Caramel Balayage
Layered bob haircuts are some of the most diverse cuts when it comes to styling. If you’re going for a more girly look, think layers softly curled at the ends. The long wavy finish will add to the elegance and elongate the face.
#15: Gray Angled Haircut
An inverted hairstyle is a great option for anyone wanting to make a statement. While many pictures of such a bob feature straightened hair, this one tosses in some curl and a blunt bang for a funkier finish.
#16: Subtle Layers with Waves
Nothing says cool and casual better than a loose and wavy style. Fewer layers make for less style-time as you can cover larger sections with a barrel curling iron.
#17: Gorgeous Curled Bob
Perhaps the most glamorous of all layered bob hairstyles is the one that allows plenty of length for some serious curl. Shorter layers in the back draw eyes to the long locks in the front. This is a great option for black hair as the curl adds texture and shows off some amazing sheen.
#18: A-Line Lob with Highlights
An A-Line cut is less dramatic than its inverted counterpart as it offers a more gradual change in length. You’ll typically have fewer, less pronounced, layers making this a really simple-to-style lob.
#19: Layered Bob for Curly Hair
If you’ve been blessed with naturally curly hair, the long bob is a great idea for you! Go with fewer layers so that you don’t end up with too much volume around the center of your head.
#20: Long Cut with Deep Side Part
If you’re looking for drama without going too short, consider a long bob with layers served with a deep part on the side. This flattering shape accentuates your eyes and cheekbones.
The long layered bob is a really versatile cut, flattering for women of any age. It can be classic, trendy, edgy, or preppy and can be styled depending on your mood. Hopefully these images have helped you envision your own take on this great haircut!