29 Types of Ear-Length Bob Haircuts Women are Asking for Right Now

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Ear-length bobs are a very short haircut, popular for their versatility and edginess. It’s easy and fun to wear, and women of any age can try it!

The shape and layers around your face can be customized to complement your best features. Stylist Madoka of Minneapolis, MN, says you can “adjust the length a little closer to the lip line.”

There are various unique ways to achieve a short cut. The technique will depend on your hair texture, type, and density. Talk to your trusted stylist for evaluation before getting your hair chopped.

Madoka warns, “The shorter the hair is, the more maintenance will be required.” The consultation will be the best time to understand the demanded upkeep of your chosen cut. Maximize your cut’s full potential with proper styling. Learn tips and techniques from your hairdresser. Ask for the products that work best with your hair qualities. Furthermore, you’re welcome to use fashionable hair accessories to amp up the overall look.

Explore the beauty of this classic hair trend. Photos here will show you the trendiest ways to rock ear-length bob cuts!


#1: Vivid Red-Orange Bob for Straight Hair

When it comes to dyeing your hair, bright colors are always exciting to try at least once. Try this daring red-orange hair color. It complements a short bob with a heavy sideband. I would always suggest a short bob with a heavy side band to a client with naturally straight hair.

#2: Stacked Cut with Feathered Layers

A stacked cut with feathered layers will be short in the back and angle down toward the face. To get the best appearance and most volume in an ear-length stacked bob, your stylist may want to use a razor to cut the layers. This will give your layers a feathered look and keep your cut from becoming bulky.

Ear-Length Mini Boyfriend Bob with Deep Side Part
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#3: Mini Boyfriend Bob with Deep Side Part

A mini-boyfriend bob with a side part is a good example of a classic round bob. Compared to the &ldquoblunt&rdquo bob trend, this style is much softer. The look of this bob style is airy, light and gives off a youthful, soft appeal.

Rose Gold Ear-Length Wispy Bob
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#4: Rose Gold Ear-Length Wispy Bob

Isn’t this rose gold ear-length wispy bob the cutest? Try pairing this trendy French bob with beautiful rose gold hues. It creates a fusion of classic and edgy pastel looks for those who dare to be unique. An expert stylist can help you choose the color tones that work best with your skin. They can also perfectly place a bob hairstyle to complement your features.

Ear-Length Messy Curly Bob
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#5: Short Messy Curly Bob

If your hair is naturally curly, a short, messy curly bob would be a perfect look that’s easy to style. Choosing an ear-length curly bob will make your curls more bouncy. However, bear in mind that you will not be able to pull your hair up at this length. Your curls will benefit from the freedom this hairstyle provides.

#6: Side-Swept Very Short Wavy Bob

Try a side-swept, very short, wavy bob. You can achieve this look with your hair, whether naturally wavy or straight. You can also create waves manually. The side-swept bang gives the cut a sophisticated yet modern finish. When styling your curls, use a soft molding cream. This will also ensure your waves remain free from frizz.

Blunt Ear-Length Cut with Choppy Fringe for ladies with brown hair
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#7: Blunt Cut with Choppy Fringe

A blunt cut with a choppy fringe is perfect for women looking for a modern hairstyle. The choppy fringe adds texture and movement. This haircut works well for those with straight or slightly wavy hair. To style, you can start with clean and dry hair and use a flat iron when you want to create a sleek and polished finish. Apply a small amount of hair serum to the ends to tame any flyaways and add shine. With this cut, you’ll have a low-maintenance yet stylish look perfect for work and play.

Ear-Length Icy Asymmetric Bob Cut for older women with sass
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#8: Icy Asymmetric Bob

An icy asymmetric bob is an exciting way to spice up your traditional hairstyle. If you have natural white hair, using a violet shampoo is important to keep the brassiness at bay. I recommend the Aveda Blonde Revival Purple Toning Shampoo. The best way to achieve a sharp angle is by adding weight to the nape of the neck. Doing a graduated bob will give you the volume and height you need.

Ear-Length Sci-Fi-Inspired Bob Cut with Bangs
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#9: Sci-Fi-Inspired Bob with Bangs

Are you looking for a fresh, modern take on a classic cut? Consider an ear-length sci-fi-inspired bob with bangs. This y2k hair works well for those with straight to wavy hair textures. It can be customized to complement your face shape. I recommend using a smoothing serum to enhance shine and control flyaways. If you’re feeling bold, ask for a pop of color to the bangs to make them stand out. With the right styling products, this cut can easily transition from day to night.

Undercut Ear-Length Bob with blunt fringe for women with longer faces
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#10: Undercut Ear-Length Bob Hairstyle

Ask for a trendy undercut ear-length bob. For a super fine texture hair type, opt for a French bob with a bunt cut perimeter. A great style for longer face shapes, pairing with a micro bang for the ultimate balance. Invest in a soft hold shaping cream like Hairstory’s Hair Balm, comb your hair in place, and let air dry or diffuse.

#11: Ear-Length Bob with a Shaved Nape

This haircut is a classic and sophisticated cut. If you do not have a lot of time to style your hair, this is a great option to go with. The best way to style this cut would be with a round brush and a little heat from your blow dryer!

Sweeping Fringe on an Ear-Length Bob with highlights for older women
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#12: Sweeping Fringe on Short Layered Bob

The best way to add lift to your features with a cut is to have a sweeping length from your cheekbone and ear. Ask your stylist to give you an ear-length layered bob with bangs for an illusion of a longer face with an added youthful, yet still classy, look. You could add texture with a light curl to give your hair some extra bounce and personality. Adding highlights can also frame your face for a more modern, semi-casual style.

Short Hair with Shaved Side and Choppy Ends at Ear-Length
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#13: Short Hair with Shaved Side and Choppy Ends

Try short hair with a shaved side and choppy ends for an edgy look. This fun style is so versatile. You can do a deep side part to show off the shaved side, or for a whole new look, don’t part as far over and have an ear-length choppy bob. Thick hair is the best type for this style.

Ear-Length Polished French Bob Cut for Thick Hair
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#14: Polished French Bob for Thick Hair

A French bob for thick hair can work on all ages. To eliminate an overgrown style, above-chin-length hair needs to be kept fresh. Do this by seeing your stylist every 4-6 weeks. This will allow the shape to continue showing off your cheekbones.

#15: Sleek Asymmetrical Ear-Length Bob

Asymmetrical bobs are shorter on one side and longer on the other. Try this style if you want to venture into a slightly edgier style. This sleek bob is a double whammy, asymmetric and blunt cut. For styling, blow dry with a smoothing balm and flat iron, then finish with a shine serum for extra sleekness.

#16: Ear-Length Layered Bob

Give fine hair a boost with an ear-length layered bob cut. These cuts are great for showing off texture for the ultimate modern vibe. Messy layers will give your limp hair life for maximum volume. Use a texture paste to give hold and show off those messy layers.

#17: Messy Shaggy French Bob for Women Over 60

If you’re over 60, a shaggy French bob is one of the greatest short haircuts. Shaggy bobs come in all shapes and sizes and work great with natural waves. If you’re looking for easy daily maintenance, you can wash and go with a minimal texture spray like Hairstory’s “Undressed.” This is a great cut if you have a pear or triangle face shape.

Related: Best short shaggy hairstyles for ladies over 60.

Low-Maintenance Angled Ear-Length Bob for Women Over 50
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#18: Low-Maintenance Angled Bob for Women Over 50

A low-maintenance angled bob for women over 50 has soft layers and a tapered nape. An a-line bob is a popular choice for women of all ages because it’s flattering on many face shapes. If you’re considering this style, keep in mind it will look best on women with oval or heart-shaped faces.

Related: Stunning short angled bob hairstyle ideas.

#19: Textured Pixie Bob for Thick Hair

For women with thick hair, try a textured pixie bob. Thinning out hair at the nape and throughout will help your ear-length pixie bob sit correctly and feel light as a feather. Ear-length bob hairstyles are low-maintenance and great for everyday wear.

#20: Tapered Pixie Bob with Side Bangs

Tapered pixie bobs with side bangs are a great option for women who want to spend little time styling their hair. An ear-length shorter bob with bangs is also a great transition haircut for women growing their hair from a short pixie.

Ear-Length Bob with Wispy Bangs for Women Over 40
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#21: Blonde Ear-Length Bob with Wispy Bangs for Women Over 40

These bobs with wispy bangs can make women over 40 feel youthful and trendy. To keep very short bobs feeling light, your stylist may point cut into the ends of the style to add texture and reduce bulk. Bobbed hair can come in many varieties, so be sure to tell your hairstylist what you do and do not want when it comes to your haircut.

Short Graduated Ear-Length Bob with Blunt Ends
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#22: Short Graduated Bob with Blunt Ends

Consider a shorter graduated bob with blunt ends if you want a sharp style with a polished finish. A bob style is always in fashion with its clean and classic lines—Blow-dry with a round brush and smoothing cream for a head-turning finish. Keep in mind that if you have curly hair, you will need to work a bit harder to achieve an edgy shape. As an option, you could let it dry wavy for a variation.

Two-Toned Inverted Ear-Length Bob
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#23: Two-Toned Inverted Bob

If you’re looking for a fun and retro hairstyle, try a two-toned inverted bob. This hairstyle is a short bob haircut, shorter in the back, and has two distinct colors. The more contrasting the colors, the more you will stand out!

Airy French Ear-Length Bob with Curtain Bangs
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#24: Airy French Bob with Curtain Bangs

Choose a French bob with curtain bangs for an updated shape. Ask your stylist for a bang that curves down toward your cheekbone. Create an airy hairstyle with subtle layering and texture cutting that gives you movement and a flicky shape that moves with you. Blow-dry with a round brush and tousle the layers with your hands for a modern finish.

Ear-Length French Pixie Bob with a Fringe
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#25: French Pixie Bob with a Fringe

A French pixie bob with fringe happens when a bob meets a pixie, or for the more trendy, a bixie. The perimeter starts as an ear-length bob with bangs; the pixie layering transforms this style into a frothy, airy crop.

Ear-Length Side-Parted Undercut Bob on Fine Hair
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#26: Side-Parted Undercut Bob on Fine Hair

Side-parted bobs are short haircuts shaved or cut short below the occipital bone. Keep in mind that with an undercut, you will lose some thickness on the bottom, but the top will look light and airy. Gain some volume in your fine hair by styling with a thickening powder or a root lifter.

#27: Short Bob with Bangs for Women Over 70 with Thin Hair

Women over 70 with thin hair will love the illusion of fuller hair that an ear-length bob with bangs gives. Because the thinnest part of our hair tends to be the ends, an ear-length haircut will remove those ends and make your hair look its fullest. To add to the volume, Moroccanoil Volume Mousse will give lift and thickness while lightly hydrating fine hair.

Related: Stylish short bob haircuts for ladies over 70.

Straight Micro Bob with Blunt Bangs Cut at Ear-Length
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#28: Straight Micro Bob with Blunt Bangs

A straight micro bob with blunt bangs is a haircut with a heavy fringe. An ear-length blunt bob is a popular choice for young girls who don’t like dealing with long hair, but it’s also a great haircut for older women who want a younger appearance.

#29: Ear-Length with Buzzed Nape

If you love head-turning haircuts, try a cut with a buzzed nape. A geometric haircut is stunning if you have an oval face shape, especially when paired with fringe. When styling an ultra-short haircut, use a wrap dry technique with a paddle brush and finish with a flat iron to truly showcase the stunning shape.