18 Cutest Bob Haircuts for Thick Hair

Bob haircuts for thick hair

A bob haircut for thick hair is a women’s short hairstyle done using techniques such as layering to remove weight from the hair. Voluminous hair has never looked so good in a bob than it did on megastars Julianne Hough, Rita Ora, Naomi Campbell, and Priyanka Chopra, and they’re footsteps are indeed worth following!

Getting a fitting bob is the best way to take advantage of the fullness and texture of your naturally thick mane. Plus with all those hair, you’ll surely have tons of options to choose – wear it straight and polished or wavy for an easy shattered, beachy look.

“Having thick hair gives you so many options for short hair. Women with thick hair can have fullness and texture with their bob and that is so on-trend right now,” says Holly Painter, renowned hairstylist and owner of the Prissy Hippie Beauty Shop in Virginia.

“Don’t be afraid of texture! I love the look of a blunt bob, but if you have thick hair, it will need internal texture in order to have movement! It doesn’t mean your hair will be thin! Adding texture will shift the weight of your hair to give you volume and a modern feel,” she tells us.

Holly also suggests staying away from products that will leave your hair weighed down like heavy styling creams, pomades, and strong hold hairspray. “Products I love for thick hair are a lightweight shampoo and conditioner,.., texture spray to create that beachy, textured look, and shine spray to leave it shiny without feeling weighed down,” she tells us.

You don’t have to settle for just an okay when it comes to your hair! Handle your bundle of tresses with one of these trendiest bob haircuts for thick hair!

Layered Bob with Bangs

Thick layered bob with bangs
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The wild look is all thanks to multiple layers that are cut shorter than your most prominent bob length. Arranged into ruffled manner using mousse or gel, get creative with styling out your bangs as well.

Shaggy Bob for Thick Frizzy Hair

Shaggy Bob for Thick Frizzy Hair
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Maximum texture is achieved with frizz on your hair type. Waves add a soft form to this wild cut but are still balanced out with tapered ends.

Lob for Long Thick Hair

Lob for Long Thick Hair
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Thick-haired girls can enjoy shoulder-length hair without having a shabby appearance. Multiple layers and waves add texture but maintain a tamed look.

Shoulder Length Bob With Fringe

Shoulder Length Bob With Fringe for thick hair
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Show off your thick full hair by having it in a layered bob cut right at the shoulders. The soft fringe gives a light effect contrary to the weight of the heavy bob.

Bob for Curly Thick Hair

Bob for Curly Thick Hair
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The shaggier it looks, the more attitude it has! get the look by having your curly hair cut into shoulder-length, then add some light bangs to the look.

Choppy Bob

Choppy Bob for thicker hair
Instagram @marci_and_the_mane

Great for more angular faces, shorter layers make a fuller look. The waves and the highlights add dimension without giving a tacky look.

Jaw Length Bob

Keeping a short cut for thick hair may result to a messy look but keeping the cut tapered and layered would thin out the hair a bit. This would make it more manageable and flexible for various styles.
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Keeping a short cut for thick hair may result in a messy look but keeping the cut tapered and layered would thin out the hair a bit. This would make it more manageable and flexible for various styles.

Angled Bob

Angled Bob for thick hair
Instagram @stylesbyalexis.gs

Manage those thick tresses with an angled bob. Layers make a shaggier look but you could still enjoy layers when you keep it at a minimum. An advantage for thick hair is that it keeps its form at various stylings such as this so you’ll be sure to enjoy your new look every time.

Graduated Bob for Wavy Hair

Graduated Bob for Wavy Hair
Instagram @alexisreeseee

Q&A with style creator, Reese
Hair Stylist @ Design 1 Salon and Spa in Grand Rapids, MI

How would you describe this look?

The look I was going for was a blunt but textured bob. My client has a ton of hair with a medium/wavy texture. She wanted her hair to feel less big, so I used a razor to add texture, remove weight, and give a more lived-in feel.

We balayaged her hair with Sunlights Balayage Lightener to keep her color low maintenance but still keep dimension. For styling, I used Privé Smoothing Solution and round brushed her, and when she was dry, I used a 1-in curling iron to create soft waves followed by Privé Finishing Texture Spray for separation and definition.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this style and color for someone who likes to stay low maintenance and not have to come to the salon every four weeks – someone who isn’t afraid of texture and wants to stay trendy without having to do a lot to their hair on a daily basis. She was happy she could still get it in a ponytail and loved how the highlights brightened and softened her look. She is a mom of two young kids and didn’t want to feel like she had a mom bob.

I think the bob is a classic style with many different variations, so it can be fine-tuned to fit anyone’s face shape. My client isn’t a huge product junky but understands the process of maintaining and recreating this look at home. I sent her home with the two Privé products and Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner.

Blunt Bob

Q&A with style creator, Marissa Melvin
Hair Stylist @ Spruce Blow Dry Bar Salon in Norman, OK


How would you describe this look?

This is a blunt bob haircut that we styled nice and smooth with minimal volume and beveled the ends under. My favorite thing about this type of haircut is the appearance of the simplicity of it. When looking at it, you think it’s easy, but at this short length, you can see every little detail. If anything is off or uneven, you can instantly see it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great haircut for someone who wants to have something fun and easy to maintain. This cut is great for anyone with fine or medium-density straight/wavy hair.

For styling, all you need is a little bit of leave-in conditioner and some smoothing cream and blow dry smooth with a paddle brush. This is a great hairstyle for someone who wants to be able to get up and go and still have a great hairstyle.

Short Bob

Short Bob with thicker hair
Instagram @meliquirion

Make a loud statement just with your hair! The magnificent puff by multiple layers of this bob is even more beautified by soft, big waves.

Q&A with style creator, Mélissa Quirion
Hair Stylist @ Complexe 10e Avenue in Quebec, CA


How would you describe this look?

What I mostly like about this bob is the influence of the ’20s. The chic and confidence meet to create that look. The waves give a more modern and natural feel than the classic version.

The empty space between the base and the shoulder is entirely part of the cut. This space draws a pronounced line and gives the cut a floating appearance. When I do this type of bob, I like to style it with these natural waves, which are made with a half-moon iron and are texturized by hand using a bit of Living Proof Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer for a more organic look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The most important things to consider before choosing a bob is that you won’t be able to attach your hair anymore. For an active woman usually wearing a ponytail, this might not be the best choice.

We often think that shorter hair is easier to style but they’re not. Every morning you’ll have to adjust the volume with the help of a brush and a hair blower. For thin hair, you will have to pump up the roots. I like doing it with Living Proof Dry Volume Basto, and for a coarse hair, I suggest to use Living Proof Instant Defrizzer.

Also, a straight bob will give a completely different look depending on the shape of the face. For example, on a square face, the volume of the cut is located at the base which is going to amplify the squareness of the face. For a round face, the line at the base will help to draw a thin jawline for a more defined look.

For short women, the space between the base and the shoulder will stretch out the neck. It all depends on what we want to highlight our morphology and what we want to hide. In the end, if you feel good about this look, the cut is going to be wonderful!

Asymmetrical Bob with Undercut

Asymmetrical Bob with Undercut for thick hair
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An undercut bob can be your strategy to somehow lessen your managed hair. This strategic and stylish technique, together with an asymmetrical bob, gives your copper hair its unique appearance.

Q&A with style creator, Dani TyGr
Hairstylist @ Modern Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is actually my personal favorite style to cut and even to rock myself! I specialize in this type of what I call “#GlamourEdgy” style of hair. This particular look is an asymmetrical undercut bob with balayage highlights.

The size of the undercut can range from a low one (just the section of hair in the back, below the occipital) to a high one (from the temples or parietal ridges all the way down to the hairline leaving just a mohawk of hair) or even a creative one! It’s all depending on the density of the client’s hair and the desired look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for the gal who wants to rock something edgy but still loves to be glamorous! It is best for those women who desire a short and sassy style but have and “hate” their thick hair. It is the easiest to style because just think, you have the luxury of styling only half of your hair! No need to hassle with the bottom half of your hair, as it’s not there!

I love to think of this cut as a pretty little secret: At first glance, it appears to be ‘just a bob’ but no no no.. there’s a secret hiding underneath! Sometimes I even customize the undercut with a cool and edgy geometric hair tattoo!

The best thing about this cut is that it is completely customizable to fit any face shape, and if cut correctly – meet my best friend aka texture shears. With this cut, all a girl needs is a little texture spray or dry and no shine styling wax, and she is ready to take on the day!

Mid-Length Stacked Bob

Q&A with style creator, Carolyn Showman
Master Stylist @ Master Cuts in Calgary, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is the perfect cut for someone who is looking for a polished finish but doesn’t want to spend tons of time styling. It works great with almost all hair types and textures (although textured hair will take a little bit more effort to style). The bevel and texture in the cut really help the style to fall into place.

My favorite thing about the cut is how clean the lines look and how versatile it is while styling. You can go with sleek and sophisticated, or use a curling wand and toss some texture in for a more playful look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be prepared for the upkeep for this style. To keep it looking fresh and those lines crisp, you need to be coming in to have it trimmed and reshaped every 6-8 weeks. The day to day styling doesn’t take a long time. When styling, use either a cream leave-in conditioner or light oil, as well as a thermal styler on damp hair.

I like The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell, Love Oil by Sexy Hair, and Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express by Redken. Tousle dry with your fingers, or flat wrap with a paddle brush until dry. Finish up by smoothing with your flat iron or adding texture with a curling wand. I recommend that you shampoo every other day so the natural oils stay in your hair. This keeps it from going dull and dry. Using a dry shampoo like Pillow Proof by Redken is your best bet on those days you don&rsquot shampoo. It will absorb the oils at your scalp and keep your hair looking fresh.

The cut really does work on all hair types. Just keep in mind, if your hair is fine or textured, you will need a few extra minutes of styling time.

Inverted Bob

Q&A with style creator, Lindsay Jean
Master Hairstylist and Makeup Artist @ Shear Escape Salon And Spa in Saskatchewan, CA


How would you describe this look?

Think texture, edginess, and volume when it comes to this style. I carved in an angled undercut from the far front temple to the back right corner then created this asymmetrical perimeter falling over the top. I used heavy layering to ensure optimal volume and broke up the ends with deep point cutting for a sassy, textured feel.

My trick when it comes to styling an effortlessly messy look? I used Living Proof Full Root Pump to give lift at the root when blowdrying and Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse through the midshaft and ends so the hair not only looks thicker by behaves like thick hair too. To finish, I like to use Living Proof Dry Volume Blast it a similar texture spray and spray it into the hair while I’m blowdrying on a slower speed. This helps disperse the product and gives the hair all kinds of airy volume!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is great for so many face shapes since you can adjust the length at the front to hit where it will be most flattering on the guest’s face.

An undercut is also a great way to remove bulk at the neckline, making the hair fall so much nicer – it also speeds up your drying and styling time considerably!

This cut was done on finer hair. It gives lots of volume at the crown for easy, low maintenance styling. Although, it could easily be done on thicker density hair too. I would make sure it was well texturized.

This style is great worn straight, looks awesome with a bit of bend – thanks to a wand or flat iron – or a little bit messy using a texture mist.

Textured Bob Coarse Thick Hair

You can still enjoy waves and layers even with thick hair by having longer layers. Taper the ends for easier styling.

Q&A with style creator, Leanna Walker
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Leanna Marie Artistry in Temecula, CA


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is a textured lob. My favorite thing about this type of hairstyle is its versatility. Whether your client is a blonde, brunette, or has fantasy colors, it truly can be tailored to each individual person and look amazing!

Since it’s not meant to be a structured, layered cut, there is no specific system to follow while creating this style which allows for so much artistic freedom. You and your client can really get creative when playing with styling. It can be made to look more polished with a flat iron and light styling products or can be messed up a bit and styled with some curls. In addition, use products that are denser like a hair putty or stronger hold hairspray to give it an edgier, more piece-y look that really brings out all that fun texture.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take into consideration how much time and effort you are willing to put into their hair in the morning. Short hair can be super fun and is so trendy but the common misconception is that short hair is easier to take care of, when most of the time, it takes a little bit more effort when styling. Making sure you’re willing to add a few extra minutes to your getting-ready routine is essential.

If you’re the type of person who only likes their hair in a high ponytail or doesn’t like any heat styling then this style may not be the best fit for you. If you are worried that your hair is too thin for this specific style, tape-in extensions are an amazing way to create a thicker look without damaging the natural hair.

I feel that this hairstyle can work on almost anyone’s hair type. It’s really about how the stylist executes the cut that’s so important. It definitely can be tailored to any face shape and hair density as long as the stylist knows the proper way to treat thin hair vs. thicker hair and the proper cutting techniques for each to get the desired look. I am always the stylist to suggest just going for it when looking to make a drastic hair change – it can be so liberating!

A-Line Bob Straight Thick Hair

A-Line Bob Straight Thick Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Alexey Tancura
Barber / Stylist @ Tantsura in St.Petersburg, RU


How would you describe this look?

It’s a sleek bob for lengthening the face. The haircut is iconic and has an easy styling and correct distribution volume. It looks clean, elegant, and expensive. It goes well with a one-tone hair coloring for the light reflections to create a highlight effect. For styling, I used cream, SP Satin Polish and gloss spray Eimi Wella, for smoothness.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is suitable for women of any age with straight heavy hair. This haircut visually emphasizes the lint of the cheekbones and neck. It’s ideal for those who do not have time for styling. You just blow dry your hair using products for smoothness. You can use a hair iron to create an even clearer geometric image.

Medium Length Bob

Medium Length Bob
Instagram @hairbygreer

Q&A with style creator, Greer Tepper
Master Colorist @ Mason & Friends Salon Spa in Columbia, MD


How would you describe this look?

Linda’s hair is one of my favorites! I hand-painted some subtle highlights to give her a sun-kissed look. She has a ton of hair, so this length works for her. I left it blunt but added a few layers to spice it up. When styling I used a flat iron to give her a slight wave, then used a texturizing spray to give it a messier look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is very low maintenance depending on the hair type. Since Linda’s hair is naturally only a bit wavy, it’s easy to get this look. If your hair is naturally curly it would be more difficult and higher daily maintenance but still possible.

The color is super low maintenance. These balayage highlights would grow out seamlessly without touching up! Make sure you talk to your stylist about what your goals are that way they can tell you if you can achieve them easily or not.

Short Bob for Over 50

Q&A with style creator, Heather Anderson
Hair Stylist @ Salon Paisley in Sacramento, CA


How would you describe this look?

It’s a layered, graduated bob with a fringe. The thing I love most about a graduated bob is that it is so classic and chic. It elevates your style but is simple and wearable. I like hair that is unfussy and touchable and this style, done well, is just that.

Her color was done with Wella 88/0 and a little low lighting with the same level and tone in a demi-permanent.

The thing about a graduated bob is that it can work with pretty much any type of hair. It can make fine hair look thicker and also sort of de-bulk thick hair. Straight hair looks sleek, and curly hair looks polished and edgy. It’s seriously one of the most versatile shapes out there. I always like to layer them to sort of soften the shape, but that’s my own preference.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Clients considering this style should know the length and steepness of the angle are dependent on the clients face and head shape and overall aesthetic. A graduated bob can be subtle or totally extreme in its length and shape. It really depends on the client who’s wearing it and how bold or conservative they are.

Styling of any haircut should be fairly effortless in my opinion. The beauty of a great cut is that the wearer shouldn’t have to spend tons of time or use a million products to make it look good. If done properly and cut with personalization for the client, a graduated bob should almost style itself.

For this particular client, I used an all style blow-dry lotion and did a simple blowout on her. No additional heat styling was required after the blow-dry.