A layered inverted bob is a short to medium-length cut with an angled or graduated nape. It usually has a rounded shape that creates instant volume in the hair.
Colorist and Mastercutter Lisa Monaco of Southbridge, MA finds this bob cut effortless and timeless. It works well on most hair types.
“An inverted bob with layers benefits thin, fine-haired women the most. The stack builds thickness. For thick hair, work with less graduation, and the layers must not be on the crown area,” says Monaco.
A bob haircut flatters every face shape. You only have to choose the right chop that works with your bone structure and facial features. Consult a stylist who can personalize the cut for you.
Understand the hair care routine to manage a layered bob. Knowing the proper products and tools to use at home is essential.
“A go-to tool for me is a boar bristle round brush, which creates shine as the hair dries. A blow-dry lotion is also a must,” Monaco suggests. She loves the one from the Kenra product line.
The only drawback of this haircut is the lack of versatility to change the look daily. But if you opt for a bit longer layers, you can create curls or waves, too!
This is the sign to chop off your locks. Get inspiration from these images of trendy styles for layered inverted bob cuts!
#1: Inverted Lob with Bangs
Opt for an eye-catching long layered inverted bob with bangs that’s perfect for fine hair. The haircut features textured ends to give the hair extra details on edge. It looks cute and softer if spiced up with subtle waves for a natural-looking movement.
Like this? See more long inverted bob hairstyles here.
#2: Glossing Refresh Inverted Bob
Try a glossing refresh on an inverted bob. If you want to try the traditional stacked bob, ask for an A-line bob with graduation. Ensure your stylist doesn’t layer the front if your hair is fine. It will take away the weight from the temple area and can make it too thin. The best way to maintain your blonde highlights between sessions is with a gloss treatment and trim.
#3: Inverted A-Line Bob with Layers
An inverted A-line bob with layers never goes out of style! You can do so many variations of this haircut. And this shape is a great way to explore different lengths of short hairstyles. I recommend adding lots of movement to this style. The way to do that is by adding soft layering on top and bulk removal underneath the nape of the neck. Avoid bubbly shapes or anything too structured. The beauty of this haircut is the “lived-in” effect on the layers.
#4: Inverted Blonde Bob with Short Layers and Fringe
A short layered inverted bob with fringe is perfect for mature, classy women. Layered bobs with fringe and shorter layers not only add movement and extra height, but also show off the accentuating bright blonde highlights.
According to Connecticut-based stylist Jay Roberts, an edgy bob cut was inspired by fashion icon Edie Sedwick.
“It’s a tapered inverted bob, going from short to long, using diagonal finger angles and a cut-throat straight razor. The best thing about a modern haircut is that it can be styled in many ways! It can be blown out smooth or styled with styling creams to emphasize texture and volume,” Roberts explains.
#5: Salt and Pepper Straight Bob
The straight bob will be an amazing hairstyle if you want to have movement and volume in your hair, but you like to keep it quite short at the back. Ask your hairdresser to cut a long side-swept fringe and don’t forget to style your hair with a big round brush.
#6: Inverted Asymmetrical Bob for Thin Hair
Try an inverted asymmetrical bob for thin hair if you want to add some volume and texture. The layers and texture add an instant thickness to your hair. You will look sophisticated with the length longer on one side!
#7: Layered and Inverted Wavy Bob with a Silver Balayage
A layered and inverted wavy bob with a silver balayage is a lovely combo for ladies with a cool skin tone. Balayage is low maintenance, but to keep that pretty silver color you will need to visit the salon often for a toner.
#8: Grey Inverted with Feathered Layers for Older Women
Grey inverted with feathered layers for older women is trending right now! You will feel young and chic with a classy bob with layers all throughout.
#9: Layered Inverted Hair with Subtle Copper Highlights
Consider layered inverted hair with subtle copper highlights if you want to spice up your locks. The copper against your brown base gives you a good color contrast. This cut and color coupled together is the perfect combination.
#10: Short Rounded Bob with V-Cut Layers
Consider a short rounded bob with v-cut layers if you want a classic and polished look. The layers in this cut bring out the dimension of your hair color while highlighting your best features.
#11: Long Shaggy Bob with Layers
A long shaggy bob with layers may be the style you’re looking for! The stunning length and layers are showcased by styling your hair with curly waves.
#12: Voluminous Layered Chin-Length Bob
Consider a voluminous layered chin-length bob if you prefer a hairstyle that is edgy and sophisticated. The layers on top will add texture, bounce, and volume! Style your hair with some texturizing balm to give it that messy, lived-in finish.
#13: Classic A-Line Bob with Soft Layers
Try a classic A-Line bob with soft layers if you prefer a chic and textured look. Get a timeless piece by cutting the length shorter at the back and slightly longer in the front. The layers will add an instant volume, bounce, and dimension.
#14: Shoulder-Length Layered Bob with Side Bangs
Both the cut and color of this shoulder-length layered inverted bob with side bangs work so well, enhancing facial features. The bright blonde shade brings out a glow around the face. If you’re an older lady, you can rock this layered bob cut without a doubt.
#15: Inverted Curly Bob Style for a Round Face
Check out this layered inverted curly lob for women with round faces! Notice how the longest strands reach the collarbone to match the face shape? Boost the fullness and texture of this layered, dark cut by enhancing the waves and curls with a texturizing or sea salt spray.
#16: Low-Maintenance Layered Wavy Inverted Bob
Opt for an ideal layered inverted bob for coarse wavy hair. It’s a short to mid-length hairstyle on a dark hair color, which makes it low-maintenance. One advantage of this layered wavy inverted bob is you don’t need much effort when it comes to styling. The texture is what will boost the soft, layered waves at the hair ends.
#17: Layered Razor Cut Inverted Bob
Consider a layered razor cut inverted bob haircut that offers detailed ends that work well with texture. It’s achieved with a short side-parted inverted bob cut, styled with combover bangs.
Razor cuts that end at the jawline demand little effort when styling with loose waves. It appears awesome on natural color but if you have dark locks that need a bit of shine, ask your stylist for a few traces of dark blonde color.
#18: Layered Curly Inverted Bob
The ultimate head-turner without a doubt! This layered curly inverted bob features a bulky shape, giving you a unique result. If you keep the hair length at the jaw level, the curls would have a bouncier-looking finish. You’ll nail this layered inverted cut with a texturizer or a mousse to give it a bit of a wet look!
#19: Layered Inverted Pixie Bob for Straight Hair
A layered inverted pixie bob is a must-try if you’re considering a short hairdo. Blonde highlights on the dark tresses are more exposed against those jagged ends. Opt for this layered pixie bob to benefit your oval-shaped face, too!
#20: Inverted Angled Bob with Short Layers
Add more texture and dimension to this chic angled bob with short layers. The short layers are great if you don’t have a lot of time to style. The salon owner, Lisa Liptak, is the hairstylist behind this cut. She finished this short inverted bob style off with “Bassu Moisture Mist by Surface to combat the winter dryness and add a ton of shine.”
#21: Very Short Inverted Bob with a Blonde Balayage
A very short layered inverted bob like this is best for your dimensional blonde balayage locks. The chop is great for maximizing your hair’s volume, jazzing up the babylights. A short bob like this looks stunning on women with thick, straight hair.
#22: Short Stacked Bob with Wavy Layers and Bangs
Want a drastic change to amp up your bronde hair? A short stacked, layered, inverted bob with bangs will give you a style that’s fun. Created by stylist Jean Claude of Lebanon, the most important part of this neck-length bob haircut lies in its layers. Ideally, its styling should be large but very natural.
Claude adds, “The honey-caramel balayage showcases the overall style of the messy layers. This stacked inverted bob is most suitable for a round or oval-shaped face with a base of smooth flowy hair. In order for the hair to endure such a level of layering, it has to be somehow thick.”
When styling shorter bobs, remember that the more texture, the better. To keep its textured finish the whole day, sprinkle your locks with a sea salt spray. One more thing—”You would share a classy and trendy lifestyle and must not be shy to show off your beauty and enjoy the attention,” Claude notes.
#23: Layered Shaggy Inverted Bob with Highlights for Thick Hair
Here’s a layered shaggy inverted bob for thick hair that improves a “heavy” feel. It looks more stunning with a combo of dark blonde and platinum highlights with dark roots. The longer front layers somehow give an illusion of a face-frame, too.
Stylist Vicki Felan of Texas says, “I would say pretty much anyone can wear such a shorter hairstyle. You just have to make sure you can take the time to style as needed. As with any short hair, there is little maintenance.
This shaggy inverted bob with layers and extra long front pieces secures texture and volume for a more dramatic vibe. As for products, Felan recommends a good heat protector, mousse or styling foam, a texturizing finishing spray, and a lightweight finishing paste.
#24: Short Layered Inverted Hair with a Back View
Here’s the back view of a classy short layered inverted bob to boost your hair’s texture and volume! Partner this graduated bob with a dark ash blonde shade and shadow roots to enhance the illusion of dimension.
“Since the inverted bob with layering had its breakthrough in the ’60s, it has been tweaked and played with to suit the wearer,” says Johanna Berg, a hairstylist from Eskilstuna, SE.
If you’re looking to get this style of haircut, take into consideration your face shape, hair type, and growth patterns.
“For example, a rounder face shape looks best if the hair around the face is well below the chin. It shouldn’t have too much volume on the sides but rather sleek to elongate the face. A deep side-swept or curtain bangs is flattering! This would enhance the cheekbones and narrow the chin. Longer face shape? Do quite the opposite with shorter sides and lots of volume. If you want bangs, you could go shorter, as a baby bang could give an amazing edge to this style,” Berg points out.
Additionally, if you have thinner hair, use a thickening cream or mousse and/or volumizing root spray. Curly hair needs lots of moisture, so use a curling cream or curling spray and scrunch away! And stay away from a deep side parting.
#25: Medium Inverted Bob with Layers
Offering a shape that’s on point, this gorgeous medium layered inverted bob is a classy style for any woman. The layers in a medium inverted bob remove bulkiness to prevent your locks from looking hefty.
This is a very soft sandy brown long inverted bob with layers. Ask your stylist to gently graduate the back and add soft texturized layers around the crown and facial framing to blend her long side-swept fringe. And don’t forget to ask about at-home hair care.
#26: Layered Choppy Inverted Bob for Fine Hair
This inverted, choppy bob with layers is a drastic change but with a modern touch. The color was changed to a rich dark brown along with taking off 6 inches to achieve a simple yet classic angled bob.
“With her layers cascading towards her face, it keeps her fullness on the sides but still allows her hair to have volume and texture. The whole experience with having the privilege and trust of the ladies to do this was the most rewarding part,” stylist Melanie Hilderbrand of Whitby, ON expresses.
To women considering layered inverted bobs, Hilderbrand’s advice would be to have fun with it. “It’s a lower-maintenance look, but it’s versatile to each woman’s needs. Whether you want to keep it classy and chic or bold and dramatic, you and your stylist will be able to determine what’s best suited for you and your face shape,” Hilderbrand points out.
This cut looks great with all hair textures and mainly thin to medium density hair. If a lady is wanting this look with coarse hair, Hilderbrand recommends doing an undercut, so it would lay flatter to the head shape.
#27: Short Layered Bob with Grey Blending
Easy maintenance for coloring and cutting is a short layered bob with grey blending! A good balance of enhancing and embracing your natural sparkles with some highlights and lowlights, gives easier grow out with a simple fringe and stacked layers.