A long inverted bob is a shorter haircut in the back and gradually gets longer in the front as it reaches the shoulders or collarbone. This universally flattering bob haircut lets you have length and movement without having to deal with the challenges of long hair or short hair.
If you’re considering long, inverted bob hairstyles, know that they are a super versatile cut that suits all textures, all seasons, and, surprisingly, all face shapes. Depending on your desired result, you can customize the angle and the length for a haircut that fits you perfectly.
Also known as inverted lobs, these haircuts can be styled in many incredible ways and infused with different textures. This is why many wear an inverted lob cut, including fashion A-listers Gabrielle Union, Keira Knightley, Sevyn Streeter, and Emily Ratajkowski!
Here are pictures of this year’s most popular long inverted bob haircuts for your next inspiration!
#1: Longer Inverted Bob for Naturally Curly Hair
Go for a low-maintenance style with a longer inverted bob for naturally curly hair. An inverted bob will save you styling time in the morning and frequent trips to the salon. Using the right products is key to making your morning routine a breeze. Keep your curls hydrated with a leave-in conditioner. Also, a smoothing product for frizz will be helpful to keep your natural curls happy and full of bounce.
#2: Classic Asymmetrical Inverted Lob
An elevated bob is a perfect way to give a longer facial appearance if you have a rounder face. To add more narrowness, ask for a more severe angle or length in the front. Your best bet is to keep your frontal area with little to no layering to close the width of your face. When cutting the hair, make sure to thin the ends toward the face. That way, they pivot inward.
#3: Flattering for Round Face Shapes
Long inverted bobs are flattering for round face shapes. Be it a steep angle or slight, leaving more hair in the front will balance and elongate rounder jawlines.
#4: Inverted with Side-Swept Bangs
Another incredibly flattering haircut is the inverted bob with side-swept bangs. This longer in the front and shorter in the back cut will help slim the face while keeping hair off your neck.
#5: Long-Stacked Inverted Bob with Balayage
#6: Before and After
A long inverted bob is a great way to test the waters with a bob but keep its length intact. A long inverted haircut features shorter lengths at the nape that gradually get longer towards the face. Inverted haircuts are a great way to have short hair but keep length around the face and can work well to lengthen the overall face shape, making it perfect for round or square faces.
#7: Inverted Sliced Lob
Try an inverted sliced lob for an impactful and dynamic haircut. Inverted bob haircuts are a fantastic way to have short hair while keeping length around the face. A lob is a longer version of a bob, which caters even more to women who want to test the waters without committing to a big chop.
#8: Collarbone-Length with Layering
Try collarbone-length with layering if you’re looking for something new and different. The length in the front of this cut modernizes it and makes it trendy. Also, because the front is longer, it is easier to put it back when you need it out of your face.
#9: Razor Cut Inverted Lob for Older Women
A razor-cut inverted lob for older women is always an excellent way to go. This cut is stunning and will turn heads wherever you go. Keep in mind that it will take some work to get this sleek look if you have any waves in your hair.
#10: Nice Back View
A nice back view shows how flattering a blonde bob can be. Styling this cut can be challenging if you have a wave in your hair, so talk to your stylist about whether or not this style can work for you. Using a little Olaplex Bonding Oil can help you get your hair sleek and straight with minimal damage.
#11: A Medium-Length Bob
A medium-length bob with a long front is highly sleek and classy. It suits round face shapes as it helps to elongate and can be styled in many ways.
#12: The Mid-Length Bob
Try the mid-length long, inverted bob if you’re tired of split ends. Cutting the hair a bit shorter makes it appear healthier and shiny. This mid-length style allows you to have soft feminine hair with a sharper shape. You can add a long side bang for more versatility around the face. Mid-length hair quickly dries with a medium to large round brush.
#13: For Women Over 50
Long bobs are a great style choice for women over 50 looking for a new complementary shape. The inverted bob looks great on just about everyone. Make sure you ask your stylist for a length above the shoulder, so it doesn’t flip up. Minimal layers work best with this cut and allow you to blow dry smooth or curl for a fun change.
#14: For Women Over 60
Women over 60 might want to consider a shoulder-length style. Bringing the length up can make you look younger and helps aging hair look healthier and thicker. Bobs are the perfect choice to perk up sagging facial features. Try blowing out with light oil, such as Oil for All by Redken, for a shiny and beautiful finish.
#15: Beach Wavy Long Inverted Blonde Bob
A fantastic long wavy, inverted bob cut is steeply angled and subtly stacked in the back to enhance its dramatic A-line shape.
Adding framing or wispy bangs to a wavy lob will break up the line and change the look of long inverted bobs.
The long inverted bob cut is accented with organically placed blonde balayage highlights and tousled waves, keeping the style current and on-trend.
For straight hair textures, wrap hair in sections away from the face loosely around a medium barrel iron. Try adding a texture cream or salt spray for naturally wavy hair and let it air dry.
#16: A Shoulder-Length Inverted Long Bob Style
A very long, inverted bob haircut looks fantastic with a straight, ruby-red hair color. You’ll find these on runways and red carpets.
Inverted long bob styles with a long front instantly give a classic vibe.
Love the look in this picture? See more pictures of long bob cuts.
If given a chance, always opt for a shoulder-length inverted bob.
An inverted bob haircut is simple yet sexy-chic, bringing life and edginess to the modern bob.
#17: Choppy Long Inverted Bob for Thin Hair
Opt for the ideal choppy long, inverted bob for thin hair. Getting a long reverse bob haircut will increase the structure of your hair. Consider adding highlights on strawberry champagne hair for an enhanced style.
Related: See more inverted bobs for thin hair.
#18: Inverted Razored Long Bob for Fine Hair
#19: Long Inverted Bob with Bangs and Layers
A long inverted bob with bangs and layers will give a more rounded look, which flatters women with a round face.
#20: Angled Inverted Lob with Bangs
An inverted lob with bangs is superb for women with straight hair. Rather than going with a bob with side bangs, try straight, blunt bangs. Stylist Sonya was right to choose blunt bangs in an edgy jet-black color!
#21: Shaggy Long Inverted Bob with Layers
Hair Stylist Alexandria Furnari of Bombshell Hair and Beauty Studio in Albany, NY, created this gorgeous haircut.
“An inverted straight bob is great because it adds depth, dimension, shine, and texture,” Alexandria told me.
Struggle with fine hair? “An inverted long bob with long layers was cut to keep the fullness while adding pieces of movement throughout using a collaboration of cutting and coloring techniques,” she said.
#22: Long Undercut Inverted Bob for Thick Hair
Consider a long inverted, undercut bob haircut for thick hair. It’s a modern take on the classic bob never goes out of style.
If you have a lot of hair, shaving the hair underneath helps take out the weight.
The key to a perfect long inverted bob for thick hair? Get a consultation to find out how much of an angle you want. This long bob haircut also works on different textures of hair and most face shapes depending on where you put the weight line in the front.
#23: Side Parted Lob with Fringe for Straight Hair
A long inverted bob cut with fringe is the perfect way to frame your face and draw more attention to your eyes.
“For long inverted bob variations, having straight hair also helps bring more attention to your highlights,” said Katie Martin, the Lead Master Hairstylist at Prodigo Day Spa & Salon in Harleysville, PA.
Want a change from long hair? “Long inverted bobs are a great change from long hair, but you don’t want to go super short. Having that length in the front is good security for them!” Katie added.
Here’s how to style a long inverted bob:
1. Start with a great blowout, as a great blowout gives you more longevity with the hairstyle.
2. Starting at the nape of the head, blow-dry the hair in sections with a ceramic and ion thermal brush, over-directing the hair in all directions to give maximum volume and smoothness.
3. Finish by sweeping the bangs to the side.
4. After, put a smoothing oil on the ends and lightly slide a flat iron through the hair to give a more sleek look.
5. Finish with a flexible hairspray.
6. For the bangs, rest the bangs together with your hand underneath and spray to keep the bangs together without separating.
Katie told me that the great thing about a long inverted bob is it really isn’t hard and can be done quickly.
As for the best facial shapes and hair types?
“Inverted lobs are flattering for any face shape and hair type. An inverted lob with side bangs is great for fine hair because the blunt cut makes your tresses look fuller and thicker.”
#24: Textured Extra Long and Layered Inverted Bob
Opt for a wavy long, inverted bob that is a stunning textured cut with copper balayage pieces added throughout.
Lacey Thompson, a Salon Owner at FabuLace in Menomonie, WI, cut and colored this inverted lob cut.
Lacey’s best advice for it?
“A long layered inverted bob is great for women with fine hair who want to add volume. The textured wavy bob cut itself adds fullness. It’s versatile and looks great straight or curled!”
If you’re looking for products for a long, inverted bob haircut, Lacey suggests dry texture sprays, volume sprays, and light/medium-hold hairsprays.
#25: Long and Sleek Inverted bob
For something sleek, try a long inverted bob. This look is daring, different, and will turn heads. Apply a few drops of Olaplex Bonding Oil to the ends to get a fantastic shine.
#26: Blonde Inverted Bob for Women Over 40
A blonde inverted bob haircut for women over 40 is a classic style for professional women. Height added in the fringe area, and a low bevel in the back of the haircut help balance out convex profile face shapes. Blonde highlights over dark hair help bring out the haircut. Try leaving depth underneath to complement the inversion.