Bobs are iconic for a whole host of reasons. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, for example, and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. It’s a 21st century look often sported by spirited and passionate women, those who aren’t afraid to think outside the box and opt for short locks rather than luscious long ones.
If you need a hand finding your next haircut, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Chocolate Brown Lob Haircut with Layers
Keeping length at the front is very flattering for most face shapes, and those slightly highlights created with a balayage or hand blended method, really tops the entire design. It’s beautiful, manageable and super fashionable too. It ticks all the boxes.
2. Blonde Balayage Lob
And for those that aren’t a fan of dark hair, what about this one? A stunning blonde balayage lob which uses an ombré idea – hand panting from dark to light before styling with those wide ringlet curls. If you’ve ever wanted to go lighter, summer is definitely the time to do it and let’s face it, short hair is always cooler and easier when the temperatures are at their hottest.
3. Straight, Angled Lob Haircut
The best thing about these gorgeous long bob hairstyles is that they are as super simple as they look. Massive impact with not that much work necessary to keep it looking like that. This straight, angled lob haircut is easily recreated in the morning with hair straighteners and some smoothing serum. You can keep the face framing layers long to really soften the look, or opt for something blunt and edgy. That’s the good news – the choice is yours. And boy is there plenty to choose from!
4. Lob Haircut for Thick Hair
Thicker hair can benefit from high and lowlights in much the same way that thinner hair can, especially with these touseled waves. Keep the layers at different lengths, and ask your stylist to thin out your hair before adding lighter lowlights and a few highlights. It will help to lighten out the bulk of your hair, a big problem for those wanting to go for the chop with thick hair.
5. Curly, Angled Lob Cut + Caramel Balayage
A sharp bob is often too sharp and intense for some women. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is well known for her rounded business-bob, a blunt edge and super straight without a single hair out of place. We love this curly, angled lob cut, completed with a caramel balayage over the top to bring it all together. Just because you’re going for a short look doesn’t mean it can’t still be cute and girly.
6. Blonde Sombre Lob
Sombre hair, in case you didn’t know, is ombre hair but softer – the softer ombre. Clever name right? It’s a very clever way of incorporating that ombre gradient but on a much more natural level, so you can barely make out the various shades individually.
7. Layered Lob Haircut + Honey Blonde Balayage Highlights
January Jones recently opted for a beautiful honey coloured lob, just grazing her shoulders. This is a similar look, and one that can be work in a number of ways. Even changing the parting from centre to side (or vice versa) can make the difference.
8. Blonde Ombre Lob
Beyoncé is another fan of the lob look of late, opting for a balayage ombré in her design, much like you can see here. As far as long bob hairstyles go, we think this one combined with those colours might just be our favourite. Do you have a favourite yet?
9. Curly Lob + Caramel Balayage Highlights
Rose Byrne was another lovely Hollywood lady to go for the chop recently, trimming her tresses to a shoulder-skimming bin with a dark roots and slightly fed tinged but caramel blonde ends. It’s cute, girlie and sophisticated. Did we mention super quick to style?
10. Messy Lob Hairstyle + Ice Blonde Balayage Highlights
Short hair can really be a brave choice for women who are used to rocking long locks, so opt for a long bob (or lob) to make the transition a little easier. If you love it, you could always trim / cut it shorter and shorter. You can always cut more hair off, but you can’t add hair back on when you don’t like the cut.
11. Blunt Lob Haircut
Long bobs certainly have their advantages. You might want short hair but still want some showing off capacity. You might want a look that takes just five minutes to style in the morning, yet also looks super cool. You might just want something the kids can’t grab at all the time. People often think that shorter styles often mean less playroom but this really isn’t the case. Just because you don’t have length on your side doesn’t mean you can’t still show off with a wide variety of tones and shades.
12. Wavy, Balayage Ombre Lob
This is a more obvious balayage ombre lob, a look that we must admit, is definitely one we’d love to rock ourselves. The lighter, blonder sections are more compacted towards the front of the face and sides of the look rather than the back, really concentrating that colour flash. Another great tip for those who want to play with colours and shades but don’t have length on their side.
13. Long Bob Haircut with Side Bangs
Bobs and bangs are hard work together, and you’ll also find that you need to wash and style your hair every day without fail unless you want the awful greasy-bangs look. It’s one of the reason we don’t have bangs ourselves even though we love them so. Side swept bangs make life a lot easier than short and full bangs. You can achieve this look by having shorter layers cut around the face, creating a faux-bang as such when you flick it all over to one side.
14. Choppy Long Bob Haircut
If you do want to go shorter, add choppier layers around the ends of the hair to break things up a little. Long layers, when added in, can help to thicken the hair, but also stops it from being a blunt and awkward bob.
15. High Contrast Ombre Lob
High contrast, high impact – that’s what a lob look like this one offers. The length is actually quite long, just skimming below shoulder-length, giving you a mid-length cut that could easily be used as a transitional one. If you’ve had short hair before and want to grow it out, this could be the perfect in-between look. And if you’re going short but aren’t brave enough to go super-short, this is yet again a great in-between, transitional style.
16. Angled Lob Cut + Red Balayage Colourmelt
We love red hair, mostly because it’s so difficult to get right when you weren’t blessed with rosy red locks to start with. This angled lob cut has been perfected with a colour melt of reds and strawberry-blondes, using a hand-painted or balayage style to help make it look more natural. If you want to go for red hair but don’t like the idea of one-tone brassy red all over, this colour melt is a great place to start.
17. Pearl White Balayage Lob
At the other end of the spectrum, blonde is big for summer and this pearl blonde is definitely one of our most favourite shades. It’s a clever mix of platinum blondes and warmer, ash blondes, all neatly mixed with a slightly darker anymore natural root.
18. Layered Lob Cut + Golden Blonde Highlights
The best thing about balayage blends like this beauty is that you can be as creative with the brush as you like. If you want your layers and tones of blondes to be choppy and a little unstructured, you’ll have a look that comes out a little like this one which, obviously, isn’t a bad thing. Golden blonde highlights are a great way to add some lighter textures and tones to a darker look – perhaps a dark grow-out idea?
19. Modern Pink Blunt Lob Haircut
She changes her hair like the wind but Rita Ora recently opted for a simple one length bob but this time in a pastel / candy flood pink colour and with a deep side parting. Nobody said your long bob needed to be a ‘boring’ and muted colour. Go as bold and as bright as you dare, although we’d definitely recommend starting with this pretty pastel pink pop.
20. Choppy Lob Cut + Blonde Balayage Highlights
As far as these looks go, this is one of the simplest and easiest, once again adopting that balayage style to really make the most out of the design. Kate Mara recently went for a beautiful ombre look like this one. Darker at the top, lighter at the roots, clever combinations of the two used to blend it all in the middle.
21. Blonde, A-Line Lob Cut
The A-line bob is very big right now and just as the name suggests, the hair is cut into an A-line shape, just like the skirt. There are loads of ways in which you can play around with this simple, staple cut but we love this blonde version and we think you might too.
22. Blonde, Blunt Lob Haircut
Ferne Cotton, Jessica Alba, Lily Collins are just three names thrown into the long blond bob hairstyles mix. This blunt lob has been cleverly muted with a beautiful mix of blondes, giving you an easy and faster way to go from dark to light.
23. Wavy, Balayage Lob
To really bring your long bob hairstyles to life, consider ‘stacking’, a term used when layers of hair are ‘stacked’ one on top of the other to create a really full and voluminous finish. These stacked layers work brilliantly with lowlights, highlights, and the balayage ombre trend too.
24. Angled Lob Cut + Beige Blonde Balayage
An angled long bob hairstyle is great for when you’re not brave enough to go as short as you’d like to. You can still keep the length confined to the front to stop the look from being too harsh on your face, whilst still benefitting from the shorter hair at the nape of the neck, going as short as you dare.
25. Layered Lob Haircut + Honey Blonde Highlights
To really bring your ombre to life, add some bouncy beachy waves. Why? Because it helps to show off all the colours in your hair. Why wouldn’t you? Spiral curls are often too much for a delicate look like this one, and the loose waves help to stop it looking overdone. Just the right amount of bounce!
26. Wavy Lob + Chocolate Highlights
You can still use your regular curling irons even if you do want beachy waves. Just use some seal salt spray and you gainers to comb the curls through until they look more wavy than spirally. It’ll take a few attempts but you’ll get there and when you do, you’ll realise that this really is a look that takes just five minutes in the morning.
27. Curly, Layered Lob + Golden Highlights
Katy Perry is a big fan of the lob but she loves to wear hers with a crazy array of shades and colours. Her green look was a particular favourite of ours. If you’d rather rock a more neutral option, what about this one? Golden highlights that look good enough to eat!
28. Choppy, Chocolate Blonde Lob
Kerry Washington recently sported a look like this, a darker brunette at the top and a lighter, brighter but still with subtle red-fine mahogany. We have an actual crush on this hair. It’s summery but could still easily be worn right through into autumn and winter as it grows out, becoming a longer ombre look.
29. Messy & Curly Lob + Blonde Balayage Highlights
When your hair looks messy, embrace it. Boho waves are always in style, especially when it comes to the warmer months when the sun comes out to play. If you can get away with just running your fingers through your hair in the morning with some wax to create a few tousled waves, and off you go, do it. Your hair will thank you for the lack of heated styling tools and over-styling.
30. Blonde Lob with Dark Roots
And just like embracing the messy hair, you should also embrace your roots. There has never before been a better time to let your hair grow free and NOT worry about that touch-up salon appointment. When the celebs are rocking darker roots than the rest of their ‘do, you know it’s okay for you to do it too. Finally a hair style we can actually get on with!
31. Choppy, Beige Blonde Lob
And finally, back to blonde for another look that will take your breath away. It’s an icy cool blend of blondes, in a short bob but with longer choppy layers that help to break it all up. Without the layers and waves, this look would look quite limp, so if you have fine hair, this is a great one to hope for.
32. Chic Blonde Long Bob
Our next hairstyle features a chic blonde long bob. The hair is cut to a length that sits just below the shoulders. At the root, the hair is dark and then the hair changes to a light brown. The brown is also blended with a beautiful blonde shade too. It is a gorgeous hair idea and it will look amazing for the summer.
33. Pastel Blue Lob
Want a new hairstyle that will make you stand out from the crowd? If so, this could be perfect for you. For this look, the hair is black at the root and then it changes into a pastel blue shade. The blue color is trendy and beautiful. It is perfect for the ladies that want a complete hair transformation.
34. Light Blonde Stacked Long Bob
A cool cut that you should consider trying is a stacked lob. When a long bob is stacked it will be cut on an angle, so it is shorter at the back and longer at the front. You can have very short layers at the back or go for something a little longer like the one featured here. It is a chic hairstyle that will look amazing on everyone. Try the blonde look or you can have a stacked lob in any color.
35. Dark Long Bob with Warm Balayage
If the bright blondes and bold colors are not for you then you can try something subtler like this. The hair is black with warm balayage and the shades range from a coppery color to a honey blonde. It is a gorgeous look and a color, and cut like this will give your tired hair a lift.
36. Sleek and Stylish Angled Lob
The next hairstyle we have to show you is sleek and super stylish! For this look, the hair is shorter at the back and longer at the front. It is styled straight and it is a stunning black color. We love this hairstyle because it is such a trendy and edgy version of the long bob. This is perfect for the ladies that are bored with their hair and want a new cut that is modern and chic.
37. Long Wavy Bob
The summer is coming so why not try a stylish haircut like this one?! This is another hair idea where the hair is longer at the back and shorter at the front. It is styled with textured beach waves too. This is a gorgeous version of the lob and it will give you a trendy boho look ready for the summer season.
38. Trendy Blonde Lob Hairstyle
If you are bored of your hair and want to try something new, then consider a trendy lob like this one. This bob is quit long and it is colored with a stunning bright blonde shade. A cut and color like this will transform your hair from being tired and drab to stylish and fab. A longer cut is also great for the ladies who have long hair and are nervous about going too short.
39. Cute Long Bob with Subtle Blonde Color
Our next hair idea features subtle blonde color. The hair is cut into a cute long bob and it is dark at the root. Towards the ends of the hair, the color changes to a soft blonde shade. The blonde is very low-key and it is easy to wear too. You can also recreate this simple long bob in any color.
40. Pink Lob
Next, we have another cute and stylish long bob. For this look, the hair is cut to a length that sits just below the shoulders. The hair is a dark color to and then it changes to a light, pastel pink. We love the pink color and the lob together, it is the perfect summer look. You can try a similar pink color on a shorter lob too.
41. Bright Blonde Long Bob
The next hairstyle we have to show you is another easy to wear look. This lob is cut to just above the shoulders and the hair is dark with bright blonde highlights. The blonde here is just beautiful, it gives the hair a sunkissed look. It is a chic and stylish hair idea and it will look gorgeous on anyone.
42. Caramel Blonde Long Bob
Another stylish haircut and color you can try is a caramel blonde lob. Here is a stunning example. The hair is beautifully cut and it has a gorgeous blend of color. At the root, the hair is dark and then it blends into a warm caramel blonde and finally into light blonde. It is an elegant look and it is one of our favorites.
43. Dark to Light Ombre Lob
Looking for a trendy new hairstyle? Then this could be perfect for you. This long bob starts black and then changes into a gorgeous icy blonde color. The ombre blonde looks amazing with the lob cut. You can recreate this look or you can choose any ombre color combination for your long bob.
44. Bold Blue Lob
Earlier in the post we featured a pastel blue bob. If you loved that idea, then you may like this one too. This long bob also uses bold blue color but instead of being pastel blue, the hair blends from dark blue to a light shade. The cut looks gorgeous and so does the color, it is one trendy hairstyle.
45. Trendy Textured Long Bob
Our next hair idea is trendy and edgy. This hairstyle is a gorgeous black color and it is cut into a long bob that is about shoulder length. The hair is then styled with textured waves. It is a beautiful hairstyle and it will let out your inner rock chick. You can of course recreate a lob like this with your own hair color too.
46. Long Bob with Blonde Highlights
If you love the boho hairstyles then you need to check out this idea. For this look, the hair is cut to just below the shoulders and it has stunning light blonde highlights. It is finished off with relaxed waves too. This is a beautiful hairstyle and it will be a gorgeous choice for the summer season.
47. Warm and Fiery Hair Idea
Are the blondes, browns and other dark colors not your thing? Then why not try a warm and fiery color like this?! This long bob is shorter at the back and longer at the front. It is colored in a dark red tone too. This is a beautiful hairstyle and it will look fab in the fall and winter seasons.
48. Platinum Blonde Long Bob
Want a complete hair makeover? Then this hairstyle is for you. Here we have a cute long bob with a length that sits just above the shoulders. The lob is also colored in a bright, platinum blonde shade. It is a super stylish hair idea that will make you stand out from the crowd.
49. Boho Chic Lob
The next long bob we have to show you is one of our favorites! For this look, the hair is shoulder length and it has beautiful ombre color. The hairstyle is finished off with loose waves too. We love this style because it looks chic but it also has a relaxed boho vibe too. This lob would be perfect for the summer.
50. Classic Long Bob with Bright Blonde Color
Our next hair idea is chic and classic. This hairstyle is like the bob we all know and love but the length is just a little bit longer. The hair is also colored with beautiful light blonde too. This long bob is easy to wear and it will suit everyone. You can recreate it with any hair color if the blonde is not for you.
51. Beautiful Dark Brown Lob
Next, we have a beautiful dark brown lob. The hair is a little longer at the front then it is at the back. It is also styled with light brown highlights and curls too. As the colors used almost match, it makes the highlights look natural. It is a gorgeous long bob and you can recreate it or try a shorter length too.
And there you have them – 51 beautiful long bob hairstyles that we definitely think you should consider for your next hair appointment. We love them, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with too! Happy chopping!