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20 of the Most Exquisite Medium Length Bob Hairstyles Ever

The single most sought after haircut is undoubtedly the bob. This statement cut offers a universally flattering shape with a fabulous wash-and-wear quality. It’s roots can be traced all the way back to Cleopatra. The legendary Queen of Egypt wore her blunt-edged, short fringe hairstyle adorned with decadent jewels. It became distinctly associated with elite and ruling-class women. All the while, long hairstyles prevailed amongst common women.

It wasn’t until the early 20th century when Irene Castle, a renowned American dancer and fashion trendsetter, caused a sensation by chopping her hair into a bob. Castle popularized the look along with contemporary film stars like Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and famed fashion designer Coco Chanel. This departure from long hairstyles triggered a revolution in 20th century American hair fashion. Young women rejected traditional roles and lined up outside barber shops (in lieu of the hairdressers) for the latest short cuts such as the medium length bob hairstyle. By the 1960s, a resurgence emerged from across the pond.

London’s Vidal Sassoon refined the bob silhouette and achieved global popularity and notoriety for its strong emphasis on clean, geometric lines. His crafting of iconic haircuts worn by Nancy Kwan, Mary Quant, Grace Coddington, Peggy Moffitt, Diana Ross and Twiggy continue to influence contemporary versions.

It’s enduring popularity is evident when celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes debut this headline-making haircut. Wear it short, wear it long, or try any of these medium length bob hairstyles for a look that’s just right for you.

#1 Burnt Sienna Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This chic bob is accented with gorgeous sienna-hued panels to brighten the face.

Medium Length Bob with Highlights

Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush or paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for fine to medium hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Use a light pomade for a piecey finish.

#2 Sleek Perfection

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This epitome of a blunt-edged and fringed bob is a classic look.

Sleek Bob with Blunt Fringe

Photo Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight leave-in treatment to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush. Create a sleek finish by using a straightening iron.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or square face shapes. It is ideal for medium to thick hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Use Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER.BUG for extra shine.

#3 Kaleidoscope Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This multi-hued bob features soft, feathery layers caressing the face.

Medium Length Bob with Feathery Layers

Style by Robin Cook, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for medium to thick hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Add crazy creative texture to this look by crimping the ends and brushing them out.

#4 Oil Slick Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This mood/color-changing bob is enhanced by a structured blunt edge and a wispy fringe.

Medium Bob with Blunt Edge

Style by Leslie Williams, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush or paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY for a textured finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for fine to thick hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Create waves or curls for a different look and to really show off that color play.

#5 Beigey Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This flaxen/beige blonde lob is a vintage throwback to full-bodied bobs.

Medium Full Bodied Bob Hairstyle

Style by Kara Brown, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman or a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS for a full volume finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or square face shapes. It is ideal for medium to thick hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Backcomb the interior for extra volume!

#6 Rich Caramel Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This rich brunette tone with soft caramel ends offers a light, airy texture to any A-line bob.

A Line Bob with Light Airy Texture

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight smoothing lotion to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush or a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for medium to thick hair with straight or wavy texture.

Tip:

Try a sea salt spray for extra texture.

#7 Golden A-Line Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Soft golden babylights enhance dimension in this lovely long A-line bob.

A Line Bob with Highlights

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light smoothing lotion to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair a Denman brush or a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or square face shapes. It is ideal for fine to medium hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Finish with a high shine spray.

#8 Buttercream Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This gently layered bob in a soft buttercream hue looks positively delicious.

Blonde Bob with Gentle Layers

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light volumizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for fine to medium hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Accent this style with Kevin Murphy’s COLOR.BUG for playful pastels.

#9 Rockin’ Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This copper-tinged, shaggy bob offers a full-volume look with an edgy feel.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for extra volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for medium to thick hair with straight or wavy texture.

Tip:

Twist hair up into a textured updo for a a quick change.

#10 California Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This bob features a casual California wave set in a beachy blonde hue.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush or paddle brush.
  3. Create waves by wrapping large vertical panels around a curling iron or wand. Brush curls out once cooled.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or square face shapes. It is ideal for fine to thick hair with straight or wavy texture.

Tip:

Gather hair up into a cute topknot when the weather gets hot.

#11 Art Deco-Dent

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The A-line bob is a chic cut that never goes out of style. Graceful flashes of caramel soften the structured shape.

Brunette medium length bob hairstyles with highlights

Style by Above and Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush for a smooth finish.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define the fringe.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This medium length Bbob hairstyle is ideal for square, round or diamond shaped faces. It easily works on a variety of hair types including medium to thick coarse hair.

Tip:

Use a light pass of the straightening iron over surface layers to make the look extra sleek.

#12 Blonde Beauty

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This soft, rounded medium length bob hairstyle gets a a playful finish with flippy layers. Subtle shading adds brilliant dimension to fine hair.

blonde medium length bob hairstyle - Stacked

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Medium Blonde Bob - Stacked - View 2

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight volumizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush or paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for square, round or heart shaped faces. It will work well with fine to medium hair of any texture.

Tip:

Use a light mousse and blow dry with a round brush for a bouncy boost.

#13 Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The clean line of this chin-length edition is juxtaposed by gently frayed edges. The steamy shade draws you in for a moment of delightful repose.

casual red medium length bob hairstyle

Style by Lisa Scotti, Yellow Strawberry Salons, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light leave-in treatment to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush for a low volume finish.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for oval, round or heart shaped faces. It is perfect for fine to medium hair with straight or wavy texture.

Tip:

Finish with a light serum or shine spray for brilliant reflection.

#14 East End Edge

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This piecey bob offers a strong silhouette with a versatile side-swept fringe. Jagged face-framing layers encourage movement within this color-blocked hue.

smooth deep brunette medium length bob hairstyle

Style by Salon Inga, Tampa, FL

smooth deep brunette medium length bob hairstyle- View 2

Style by Salon Inga, Tampa, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight volumizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush for a sleek finish.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for square, round or heart shaped faces. It is perfect for medium hair with straight to wavy texture.

Tip:

Use a light hairspray for a slightly controlled finish and minimal flyaways.

#15 London Look

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This shoulder-grazing style verges on all-the-rage ‘lob’ status. A long and shattered silhouette adds a distinct airy quality to this blunt cut.

London Look Brunette Bob Hairstyle

Style by Carmen Carmen Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Apply a thickening lotion to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush or a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for square, round or heart shaped faces. It is perfect for fine to medium hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Use a paddle brush when you blow dry for a polished finished.

#16 Shattered Dreams

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Take the A-line to another realm with disconnected layers that fall into perfect points. This two-toned look perfects the art of contrast within a dreamy shape.

Spiky Blonde Bangs Medium length Bob hairstyle

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Spiky Blonde Bangs Medium length Bob hairstyle - View 2

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for square, round or oval shaped faces. It is perfect for fine to medium hair with any texture.

Tip:

Use a light spray wax to amplify the drama of this cut.

#17 Bed-Head Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

A messy, sexy bob exudes instant confidence and charisma. Get ready to steal the show with this bodacious style.

Wavy Brunette Medium length hairstyle

Style by Carmen Carmen Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light texturizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold texturizing spray for fullness.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for square, oval or heart shaped faces. It is perfect for medium to thick hair with straight or wavy texture.

Tip:

Use a large barrel curling iron to enhance and define your bouncy waves.

#18  Royal Rouge

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This full-bodied bob makes an elegant statement. The tousled, piecey texture softens this haute hue.

Red Wavy medium bob hairstyle with Dramatic Highlights

Style by Danielle Meredia, Yellow Strawberry Salons, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight volumizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair a round brush or paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade for extra volume.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for long, oval or heart shaped faces. It is perfect for medium to thick hair with straight to curly texture.

Tip:

Backcomb the base for added volume, then finish with a few waves using a large barrel curling iron.

#19 Nouveau Boxy Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The box bob is updated with deeply cut angular side layers. This fashion-forward cut merges two classics resulting in a dynamic shape.

Boxy blonde medium length bob hairstyle

Style by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Boxy blonde medium length bob hairstyle - View 2

Style by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV

How To Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight leave-in treatment to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using fingertips or a paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is perfect for medium to thick hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Use a light serum to nourish your hair and enhance the texture with high shine.

#20 Bob-Au-Go-Go

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The ultra-mod bob is back! Perfect symmetry enhances this aesthetically rich, jet-set ‘do.

Mod blonde medium length hairstyle

Style by Dalia Ardeu, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Mod blonde medium length hairstyle - Shaped Back

Style by Dalia Ardeu, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light volumizer to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush or paddle brush.
  3. Finish with a light hold pomade to separate and define.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, oval or heart shaped faces. It is ideal for medium to thick hair with straight texture.

Tip:

Use a light hairspray for a soft finish.

It’s clear to see why this definitive hairstyle continues to enrapture women. The bob is a uniquely modern and cool cut with a dash of feminine sensibility. Try one of these medium length bob hairstyles today!