37 Gorgeous and Easy Medium Bob Hairstyles

Medium bob hairstyles are undoubtedly the single most sought after haircuts. 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.

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 bobs for a look that’s just right for you.

Versatile Angled Lob

Versatile Angled Lob hairstyle Instagram @savvyliving_

Q&A with style creator, Danitza Aldana
Hairstylist @ Bellezza Hair Studio in Suisun City, CA

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a lob that is shorter in the back and slightly angled downward as it transitions forward. This is the perfect shape if you are looking for something low maintenance or not.

What I like most about this look is that you can essentially wear it natural, curly, wavy, or straight. It looks great regardless.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for any face shape, just make sure you and your stylist are both sure about the length wanted in the front. You can style it by transitioning curls throughout and keeping the curls around your hairline away from the face.

Use a light hairspray or texturizing spray for a more lived-in look. This look is perfect for anyone looking for low maintenance hair, or someone simply wanting something different. This look can either be classy or edgy.

Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds hairstyleInstagram @tinamarie_hair

Q&A with style creator, Tinamarie Possidoni
Hairstylist & Licensed Educator @ Tinamarie Hair Salon in Indian Head Park, IL


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as being the best of both worlds. It’s a length that’s very on-trend because it is short enough to have style and be considered lob, but also long enough to pull back. The color also gives interest with its thin pieces of light and dark for contrast.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is my go-to look when someone wants a big change, especially from long hair. The cut is blunt on the bottom so it has a sharp shape. The layers are soft and longer, so it still gives the look a longer feel. I love this type of cut styled straight to show off the blunt bottom. Use a root lifter for body and an oil for shine and smoothness.

I also like this cut styled with a soft wave. Using a flat iron to curl, leaving out the ends. Start with a sea salt spray and finish with some hairspray. This is a great way to soften a strong haircut! Styling this look different ways can make it appear as if you got a whole new haircut, even though you didn’t.

Natural Sunkissed Waves

Natural Sunkissed Waves hairstyleInstagram @stylebymaciel

Q&A with style creator, Maciel
Hairstylist @ Look Style Society in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a natural, sunkissed dirty blonde with the natural textured wave that every girl wants and goes for. It’s such a fun, loose and edgy cut and style that it goes well on almost anyone!

Any advice for someone considering it?

You can use a smoothing iron, curling iron, or a wand to create these textured, loose wave curls. I love using a texture touchable spray, as well as a touch of serum to apply to the ends to give them some texture after the curls are done and set. My go-to favorite is Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum.

I recommend this look for someone who likes an edgy cut with a laid back, natural style. This color is low maintenance and the grow out is seamless and blended, making the time in between color services more manageable.

This look goes well with all hair types. Because of the diversity of the cut, you can wear it with all sorts of hair textures.

Complementary Lob

Q&A with style creator, Esther van IJzendoorn
Freelance Hairstylist @ Draagbaar in Netherlands, Amsterdam


How would you describe this look?

Most of the people would describe this look as a long bob or lob, but I find it hard to give it a name because I implement a lot of my own feelings and the reactions of my client.

My favorite thing about this look is the way her hair is now complementing her face. That is one of the most important tasks for me to accomplish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I colored her hair with Wella Cendré brunette, so to maintain this beautiful hair color, I recommend that she use the shampoo for colored hair by Sassoon. After the shampoo, I use a sealer to ensure that the color does not fade quickly. I recommend the client to do the same.

To complete the look, I styled her hair with a serum, but you can also use an oil like Dark Oil from Sebastian for more shine.

It is difficult to point out a one uniletaral type of client for this look because everyone has their own unique facial contour and character. In general, it is often those with a round face or wide jawline that wear this look best because it gives length to their face contour.

Versatile Textured Lob

Versatile Textured Lob hairstyleInstagram @i.love.roots

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Leonard
Owner / Stylist @ ROOTS Studio Salon in Gainesville, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a textured lob that sits below the collarbone. It is a fabulous cut for most face shapes and hair types. A shattered perimeter and textured long layers give this cut its signature toussled vibe.

I really love how versatile this cut can be and that lived-in look is so sexy!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Healthy hair is beautiful hair, so I am a firm believer in using products that offer heat protection and keep our ends strong. For this look, I first applied Color Proof’s SuperRich Split Ends Mender to strengthen her textured ends and protect her hair from heat styling. I then applied LiftIt Mousse to her roots for volume.

Once she was blown out, I went through with a 1 1/4-inch iron to create these perfect waves. I finished off her look with Color Proof TextureCharge Texture and Finishing Spray to create additional volume and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is so versatile and most face shapes can wear it. She had a combination of square and heart shaped features, so we made sure to create a sharp angle to draw the eye downward to emphasize her beautiful jawline and slim her face. With long or oval face shapes I would be weary of leaving the front too long, keeping the perimeter closer to the collarbone and would suggest adding some face framing movement to draw the eye to the sides and upward.

This cut is so versatile that most hair types can wear this as long as the right styling products and tools are used. And because this cut is long enough to curl or put up, this is a great option for women who love styling their hair but also live an active lifestyle.

Razor Cut Bob

Razor Cut Bob hairstyleInstagram @nancyduhair

Q&A with style creator, Nancy Duhamel
Hairstylist @ Divas Hair Boutique in Red Deer, AB, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a mid-length razor cut bob. It has a lived-in and lightweight feel to it.

What I love about this cut is its versatility. Because of the length and longer layering, it can still be pulled back, worn in braids, curled, or parted to any direction. My all time favorite way to style this cut is to tuck and pin the hair at the nape to create a shorter looking bob.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Product recommendations can very depending on hair type, but my go-to products for this type of haircut would be Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity spray applied to damp hair then blow dried with volume, as well as Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair as a finisher to create natural, undone looking volume and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

All ages and face shapes can wear this modern cut as it can always be tailored to suit the client’s needs. It is perfect for someone craving a noticeable trendy change that is also a noncommittal type client. This is an easy cut to grow out or add extensions to and, as mentioned before, it keeps plenty of styling options open.

Textured Blunt Bob

Textured Blunt Bob hairstyleInstagram @miechmcc.hair

Q&A with style creator, Michelle McClendon
Hairstylist @ Method Hair in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I just love a textured blunt bob. I like that she can wear it straight or curly because the cut is super versatile. I also love the surface layers. Hard layers make it flip about, but surface layers allow it to keep its shape while still giving it all the texture.

Being blunt means that it won’t as easily revert into the 90s bob, which is a little more flat, polished and rounded under.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I love Kevin Murphy products because they work beautifully and smell amazing. I used Body.Builder on her when her hair was wet to add volume and bounce. I used Anti.Gravity spray as a setting spray and heat protectant on each curl when her hair was dry. Then, I messed it up with Bedroom.Hair.

I think the most important products to use would be a good heat protectant when using your hot tools, and then the Bedroom.Hair to create the effortless texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

People with straight to wavy hair can easily pull this off. Also, anyone with a natural wave/curl could get away with this look without curling it and just wearing it air dried or diffused. The messy bob is so in right now!

She has naturally straight hair that is medium textured, but there is not too much of it. I didn’t need to do too much collapsing, but if she did have gobs of hair, I would just need to take out a lot of it so it doesn’t “triangle out”.

I think this is a good cut for someone with a more effortless lifestyle. The curl obviously takes some practice, but even on days she doesn’t curl it it will still look great. It has surface layers that add volume and help it be messy even when it isn’t curled.

Most face shapes can pull this off. I wanted to soften her jawline and didn’t want to create too much of an angle, so just a subtle forward swing.

Green Ombre Bob

Green Ombre Bob hairstyleInstagram @xelamack

Q&A with style creator, Alex McDonald
Hairstylist @ Atelier by Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a sleek green bob with hidden texture! My client’s hair was much longer and we decided to take some length off and add some layers to play with.

I just love the dark green to light green ombré effect. I love a dark root in general, especially with my vivids.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For blowing out I would use some sort of moisturizing heat protectant. I love Nectar Thermique from Kerastase. I also love Park Avenue blowout balm by R+Co. For added shine, I recomment Oribe Shine light reflecting spray!

If you want to wake up your texture and mess it up a little, Dry Texturizing Spray from Oribe is my go-to!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone! I’ve been taking a TON of my clients from long to lob and they’ve all been loving it. And as far as the color, it is great for anyone as obsessed with green as I am.

Classic Medium Length Bob

classic-medium-bobErin Mutschler / Instagram

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Q&A with style creator, Erin Mutschler

Balayage & Color Specialist @ Third Space Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this cut and color and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This classic medium bob sits just below chin with subtle interior layering. It features warm copper undertones with sun-kissed blonde balayage. I love the dimension and texture that is created by combining this timeless cut with the latest hair painting techniques. I love that there is so much versatility to this style due to the lack of heavy layering! Try throwing in a braid or top knot to add a fun variation to the style.

Asymmetric Illusion

Haircuts with a deep side part fall asymmetric even if they are cut symmetric.

medium-bob-hairstyle-with-side-partStyle by Kelli Stevens, Makeup by Paige Jackson, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

Soft Modern Vintage Waves

This one-length long bob is styled with waves reminiscent of finger waves.

medium-bob-hairstyle-with-vintage-wavesStyle by Kelly Wuthrich, Makeup by Lexie Lazear, Barberia Salon, Foster City, CA

Old Hollywood Waves

This long bob’s waves are more prominent and give the style a more old Hollywood glamour look. Glamourous medium bob hairstyles like these can looked dated without the right hair color.

medium-bob-hairstyle-with-vintage-curlsStyle by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

This one-length long bob is shorter on one side and longer on the other. Having the hair one length (no layers) allows the hair to have maximum density.

straight-medium-bob-hairstyle-with-highlightsStyle by Genovie Gadson, Makeup by Amy Carter, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

A-Line Bob

This bob is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Since shorter hair always pushes longer hair, this hairstyle will make your hair naturally push towards your face.

blonde-medium-bob-hairstyle-with-side-partStyle by Amber Cox, Makeup by Amy Carter, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

Lob

This long bob is one-length (no layers). This allows hair to keep its maxium density. It is slightly shorter in the back and longer in front. This makes the hair naturally fall towards the face without having a steep angle.

medium-bob-hairstyle-with-beachy-wavesStyle by Ashlie Knoll, Makeup by Lizzy Watson, William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa, Davenport, IA

Ripple Bob

This bob is styled with ripple-looking waves. It is worn with a deep side part and tucked behind the ear on the lighter side of the part. This gives it an asymmetric look.

curly-medium-bob-hairstyleStyle by Amanda Mitchell, Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Steep A-Line

This long bob is really short in the back and quickly gets longer towards the front. This medium length hairstyle is ideal for people who want their hair to cover the side of their face. It is not ideal for people who don’t like hair in their face and for people who tend to tuck their hair behind their ear a lot.

straight-medium-bob-hairstyle-with-middle-partStyle by Kelley Danford, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil nourishes hair, controls frizz and gives hair shine.

Over-One-Shoulder Bob

This hairstyle makes you look like you always have your hair worn to one shoulder. It starts out shorter on one side and gradually gets longer towards the other side. Since shorter hair always pushes longer hair, the shorter hair on one side will push toward the other making it appear like you are wearing your hair over one shoulder.

asymmetrical-medium-bob-hairstyleStyle by Jessica Antoskow, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Caviar Working Hairspray gives the hair a natural-looking finish with hold that lasts all day.

Curly & Shiny

This above-the-shoulder haircut is styled with beautiful shiny bouncy curls.

modern-medium-bob-hairstyle-with-curlsStyle by Janice Busch, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Alterna’s Bamboo Shine Luminous Shine Mist gives hair weightless, mirror-like shine.

Burnt Sienna Bob

This chic bob is accented with gorgeous sienna-hued panels to brighten the face. Rich hair color can really enhance medium bob hairstyles and make them shine at all angles.

Medium Length Bob with HighlightsStyle by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

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

Sleek Perfection

This epitome of a blunt-edged and fringed bob is a classic look. Fringes have been great additions to medium bob hairstyles by enhancing the facial framing and bringing out those stunning eyes.

Sleek Bob with Blunt FringePhoto Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

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

Kaleidoscope Bob

This multi-hued bob features soft, feathery layers caressing the face. Add crazy creative texture to this look by crimping the ends and brushing them out.

Medium Length Bob with Feathery LayersStyle by Robin Cook, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

Beigey Bob

This flaxen/beige blonde lob is a vintage throwback to full-bodied bobs. Backcomb the interior for extra volume! Try Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS for a full volume finish.

Medium Full Bodied Bob HairstyleStyle by Kara Brown, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

Rich Caramel Bob

This rich brunette tone with soft caramel ends offers a light, airy texture to any A-line bob. Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement and sea salt spray for extra texture.

A Line Bob with Light Airy TextureStyle by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Golden A-Line Bob

Soft golden babylights enhance dimension in this lovely long A-line bob. Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility and finish with a high shine spray.

A Line Bob with HighlightsStyle by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Buttercream Bob

This gently layered medium bob in a soft buttercream hue looks positively delicious. Try a volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold or accent this style with Kevin Murphy’s COLOR.BUG for playful pastels.

Blonde Bob with Gentle LayersStyle by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Rockin’ Bob

This copper-tinged, shaggy medium bob offers a full-volume look with an edgy feel. Twist hair up into a textured updo for a a quick change.

California Bob

This bob features a casual California wave set in a beachy blonde hue. Gather hair up into a cute topknot when the weather gets hot. Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Art Deco-Dent

The A-line bob is a chic cut that never goes out of style. Graceful flashes of caramel soften the structured shape. Add a Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility and use a light pass of the straightening iron over surface layers to make the look extra sleek.

Brunette medium length bob hairstyles with highlightsStyle by Above and Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

Blonde Beauty

This soft, rounded medium length bob hairstyle gets a a playful finish with flippy layers. Subtle shading adds brilliant dimension to fine hair. Use a light mousse and blow dry with a round brush for a bouncy boost.

blonde medium length bob hairstyle - StackedStyle by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Medium Blonde Bob - Stacked - View 2Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Cinnamon Hot Toddy

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. Try a leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine or a light serum or shine spray for brilliant reflection.

casual red medium length bob hairstyleStyle by Lisa Scotti, Yellow Strawberry Salons, Sarasota, FL

East End Edge

This piecey bob offers a strong silhouette with a versatile side-swept fringe. Jagged face-framing layers encourage movement within this color-blocked hue. Use a light hairspray for a slightly controlled finish and minimal flyaways.

smooth deep brunette medium length bob hairstyleStyle by Salon Inga, Tampa, FL
smooth deep brunette medium length bob hairstyle- View 2Style by Salon Inga, Tampa, FL

London Look

This shoulder-grazing style verges on all-the-rage ‘lob’ status and is longer than most medium bob hairstyles. A long and shattered silhouette adds a distinct airy quality to this blunt cut. Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement and a paddle brush when you blow dry for a polished finished.

London Look Brunette Bob HairstyleStyle by Carmen Carmen Salon, Charlotte, NC

Shattered Dreams

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. Use a light spray wax to amplify the drama of this cut and try to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Spiky Blonde Bangs Medium length Bob hairstyleStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH
Spiky Blonde Bangs Medium length Bob hairstyle - View 2Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Bed-Head Bob

A messy, sexy bob exudes instant confidence and charisma. Get ready to steal the show with this bodacious style. A large barrel curling iron can be used to enhance and define your bouncy waves.

Wavy Brunette Medium length hairstyleStyle by Carmen Carmen Salon, Charlotte, NC

Royal Rouge

This full-bodied bob makes an elegant statement. The tousled, piecey texture softens this haute hue. Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement. Backcomb the base for added volume, then finish with a few waves using a large barrel curling iron.

Red Wavy medium bob hairstyle with Dramatic HighlightsStyle by Danielle Meredia, Yellow Strawberry Salons, Sarasota, FL

Nouveau Boxy Bob

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 hairstyleStyle by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV
Boxy blonde medium length bob hairstyle - View 2Style by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Bob-Au-Go-Go

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

Mod blonde medium length hairstyleStyle by Dalia Ardeu, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA
Mod blonde medium length hairstyle - Shaped BackStyle by Dalia Ardeu, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

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

Written by Shannel Mariano and Tanya Ramirez