A curly bob is a type of bob haircut for women with naturally curly hair or who add curls to their straight hair. You can make most types of bobs work with curly hair. The key is to give it the right shape for natural curls. The types of bobs include inverted, angled, A-line, stacked, graduated, and more.
Curly bob hairstyles are feminine, playful, and easy to style. For ages, the standard thought was that curly hair looked better longer because it naturally grew wide first and then down. However, this thought can be tossed out with that tube television. So go on and try out some of these rockin’ curly bob cuts!
#1: Sophisticated Curly Bob for Over 40
This curly bob is glamorous and sophisticated. The curls have the perfect definition and shape because they’ve been properly hydrated and individually defined. This bob hairstyle is for all curly gals who embrace their natural texture and are unafraid to show it off. It’s edgy and sophisticated. Notice how the right hair color can really enhance a naturally curly bob.
Choosing the right products according to your curl texture is important to create such curly hairstyles. This bob was created With Devacurl Original Styling Cream for moisture and maximum curl definition. After drying the curls, I separated them for a fuller, shiny, voluminous look using Devacurl Beautiful Mess. I rubbed the product between my hands and applied it, twisting each curl following its coil pattern. We finished with Flexible Hairspray for hold with soft movement.
#2: Barbie Blonde Curly Bob
You’ll feel pretty in a curly Barbie blonde hairstyle. The bright blonde tones catch your eye, and they enhance the appearance of the cute curls. You’ll want to ask for highlights on a natural brown root. Adding lowlights will give a dimensional glow. To achieve the shape, have your stylist cut your hair to shoulder length, with minimal layers throughout. If your hair lacks curly texture or fights frizz, you can resolve this. Use a 3/4 inch iron on small sections for a beautiful curl pattern.
#3: Stylish Inverted and Curly Bob
A stylish, curly bob is perfect for natural hair. Dry your bob naturally and use a curl amplifier for an even, uniform finish. Tell your stylist to give you a shorter back and longer front haircut to achieve a stylish, modern look. I suggest keeping layering on the sides minimal to maintain the hair’s weight. Wavy or curly hair fits well with this attractive and manageable style.
#4: Spectacular Curls on a Bob
You’ll love the way your curls look after getting a bob haircut. Consider trimming your hair for a better shape and removing dead ends. This is also known as dusting. Doing so will significantly improve your curls. A curly bob haircut can add more volume to your hair, especially if you include some long layers. If managing your curly hair is tough, ask your stylist for a deep moisture treatment. Also, use hair products that enhance hair shine and definition.
#5: Soft and Relaxed Curly Bob
Consider the sexy shape of soft and relaxed curly hair. To achieve this beautiful style, opt for your length to sit just above the shoulder. You’ll want texture cut medium layers for space and movement for this bob. And ask for a face frame angle for softness around your cheeks. To avoid a frizzy finish, touch up the top layers with a curling iron.
#6: Classic Short Bob with Curls
This is a classic curly bob. It’s a contemporary take on a textured, low-maintenance, easygoing style. I recommend this bob with curly hair for women willing to embrace their naturally curly texture and want a short, fun bob with plenty of volume that opens up their face and highlights their rad, beautiful waves.
I recommend combining Davine’s This Is A Curly Building Serum and Davines This Is A Curl Moisturizing Mousse. Combine them with their Love Curl Series Shampoo and Conditioner, and you’ve got a light, non-greasy, non-crusty solution for natural, soft waves with limited frizz.
#7: Softer Waves
This is a softer bob for the tight wavy texture. I love the amount of layers she has. With this length, it is easy for the shape to fall flat in a few months and turn into a triangle shape. But with these layers, she can grow her length out longer without feeling too heavy at the bottom. A short face frame in the front also helped achieve this shape. We were able to create shorter layers around her face to help with the longevity of the haircut. We also used “chunking” shears to remove weight but not add texture.
I recommend this curly bob for clients with a dense and thick wavy texture who prefer to maintain their haircut only every five months or so. If the client has this wavy dense texture, I would advise them not to allow the stylist to use “texturizing/thinning” shears, as this would create more frizz for them. You can adjust the shortness of the face frame to accommodate any face shape and lifestyle of the client. Ask the stylist.
#8: Specialized Spiraled Deva Cut
This is a specialized bob haircut for curly hair by Deva Curl Haircare called a Deva Cut. I love the Deva Cut because it personalizes the haircut to the client’s needs based on their curl pattern. I am a Deva-Inspired Stylist, and I use Deva Curl products. I used their styling cream, spray gel, and hairspray to achieve this bob. This curly bob would be great for anyone with medium to tight curl patterns. I highly recommend finding a Deva Stylist if you have curly coils!
#9: Short Stacked Bob
This curly stacked bob is timeless and ultra-feminine. I love the complexity of this stacked bob. Because her hair has a fine texture, her curls are springy, creating the lightness of curls around her face and interior. Cutting her hair from damp to dry, I can pick up each curl randomly to create a light texture within each curl pattern.
This stacked curly bob haircut works best with fine hair, a medium curl pattern, and a high neckline. I mention a high neckline because you can see the design line from every angle of movement. The lifestyle of this curly bob is easy. No blow-drying is needed, and curls can be encouraged with argan oil by twisting curls at the wet stage. Hydration is key to keeping hair shiny and curls controllable. Combining weekly moisture masks and argan oil will maintain the style.
#10: Curly Bob for Round Faces
This trendy, easy-to-style curly bob is perfect for women with some natural texture. I love that the bob gives a 1920s feel by the length sitting at the neck. If you find the right products for your hair texture, it can easily be a wash-and-wear style. Generally, I would suggest something lightweight, moisturizing, and soft with some hold so the finish is natural and not crunchy. This versatile curly bob can suit many face shapes by adjusting where the length and weight sit.
#11: Choppy Bob
This look is the classic bob on curly hair. I love the effortlessness and versatility of it. We’ve cut the style into her hair, so she’s always ready to go: to work, a night out, mimosa’s poolside, or on her next vacation. Consider if your face shape is right for this curly bob cut; if it’s not, perhaps it’s just the length that is not suited for the face shape. For example, consider doing a longer bob if your face is rounder.
Women with naturally straight hair who like this bob but don’t necessarily want to curl their hair to look like that every day should talk to their stylist about perming options.
#12: Curly Inverted Bob
Spruce up classic curly bob styles by opting for an angled cut. This chin-length curly inverted bob keeps maintenance minimal for curled hair. Highlights would also be great if you prefer adding more texture and movement.
#13: Curly Medium-Length Bob
I have been experimenting with the curly hair method for some time now, as I am very passionate about curly and all things natural or the way nature intended! I cut this graduated medium curly bob in a ‘deva haircut’ method which is totally dry cutting and shaping curl by curl without using a comb or brush. The shape needed to be structured externally but textured and layered internally to create something which would encourage your hair to naturally do what it wants to do and maximize your curls.
We use Bouclème for our curly clients, free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, or alcohol. We believe that curly hair should be treated differently in every way than straight hair, so different techniques and products are used. Be proud of the hair you have, and always go with it! Bigger is better! I believe the graduated medium-length curly bob is a bit like a pair of jeans. Classically fashionable. It always looks great and suits almost anyone!
#14: Remarkable Frizzy Curls
Don’t be afraid and show off your remarkable frizzy curls. Your curls will bounce with the perfect bob length, making your locks look healthier. Don’t be afraid to have a little frizz and show off your natural texture. Avoid using harsh products, and always use a leave-in conditioner to moisturize.
#15: Lob Haircut
This is a curly long bob (lob). It’s shorter in the back and slightly longer in the front, with some layers for added volume and movement. I love everything about this blonde curly bob because it looks effortless. We used two products to style her hair. First, I applied Aveda Be Curly curl enhancer and then a small amount of Aveda Confixor gel. Then we diffused it on medium heat and speed.
This haircut and length is a classic and could be symmetrical. This bob cut for curly hair gives you some volume without your locks getting too big. This curly bob haircut looks great on all face shapes and is not too much maintenance. A long bob is great for curly hair because of all the movement. Cut this bob every 4 to six months to maintain the shape and overall health of the hair. I would recommend minimal product usage – a shampoo, a conditioner, and 1-2 styling products. Also, girls with curls need a lot more conditioner.
#16: Weave and Curls
This look is a crochet curly layered bob with a water wave curl pattern. I love this protective curly bob because it’s fun, flirty, & versatile. This bob will allow you to work out and still have fabulous hair! This protective style, if installed correctly, has the potential to promote hair growth.
#17: Angled Curly Bob
This is a curly-angled bob cut that’s best done with a razor. A curly hair bob (with the right texture) can be beautifully enhanced with a razor haircut, which allows for weight removal to help curls bounce! I love that even if it’s short, there is still a lot of styling versatility. This bob haircut is great for wearing curly or straight. This is a prime example of styling and fixing a curly bob. Using a light curl cream and a curl spray with a light hold keeps the texture soft but defined when wearing curly cuts.
#18: Splendid Curly Angled Bob
Try a curly angled bob with graduated layers only from behind the ears, from the nape to the crown, to give height and remove bulk.
Roots are Schwarzkopf 9-7 with 20 volume, and ends are Paul Mitchell’s “ink works” hot pink diluted with a conditioner that acts as a rinse and gives the dark rose gold color. Styling products used are DevaCurl volumizing foam with DevaCurl set free spray, mixed and applied all over, and dried with a diffuser until 80% dry.
#19: Must-Try Naturally Curly Bob
This curled bob is gorgeous and smart at the same time! Remove the bulk off the back and keep the length in the front with some side bangs, if desired, for an easy and fresh look. Is there a better framing combination than a short curly bob with side bangs?
#20: Modern Curly Bob Haircut
Loose curls are trending for naturally curly bob haircuts, especially when they have so much definition and shine! Simple and easy to achieve, don’t forget to have the best curling products!
#21: Medium Curly Tresses
Some blonde tones would accentuate your dynamic locks and simultaneously make you look fabulously stylish! Finish this curly bob hairstyle with your best curl cream for hold and definition that can last all day.
#22: Short Curly Bob with Bangs
The key to keeping your natural curls beautiful and moisturized for a short curly bob is proper home care and salon maintenance, so talk to your stylist and inquire about what products are best for your type of hair. Cutting them short would be helpful if you want to repair your damaged strands.
#23: Curled Bob for Over 50
A short curly bob hairstyle like this is still very popular and flattering. Curls are the loveliest answer when you’re looking to make your bob look thicker and more dimensional without changing your natural texture and color. Cutting inverted curly bob hairstyles for women over 50 helps create dimension for thinning hair.
#24: Lob with Curls
Be proud of your natural curls and let them flow freely and easily by getting a curly lob. Ask your curl expert stylist for the best regimen to keep your curls bouncy and lively daily.
#25: Sew-in Bob with Curls
These perfect thick gorgeous curls are super worth the upkeep they need. Invest in the best styling products for a shiny, soft, curly hairstyle like this.
#26: Curly Lob
This boho style long curly bob with bangs is beautiful for any day of the week. Work some shorter layers into the shaggy curly bob for some texture for more flattering looks. Long curly bobs are perfect for relaxing days out and about.
#27: Curly Hair with Deep Side Part
A super deep side parted bob and a touch of highlighting bring new life to these gorgeous natural curls. Short haircuts for women are ideal for curls since they truly bring out the volume in the hair.
#28: Naturally Curly Long Bob
This bob with curls is a waterfall curly cut because each curl falls below the other to showcase each curl. This curly bob is layered to bring life and movement to the tight ringlets underneath and on top. Everything moves freely, complements her facial structure, and gives her that perfect curly shape every girl strives to achieve.
For this curly bob, you want to consider using a quality product. Try DevaCurl’s Decadence line, SuperCream, and Ultra-defining gel to give her curls moisture and definition. Give time and attention to your tight curls while applying conditioner. The more you work it in, the more definition and less frizz you will receive. You also want to ensure you have time to let it air dry because it takes a little while to dry.
#29: Cute Perm Bob for Women Over 60
Stylist Mousey Browne gives this grandma a wonderful short curly asymmetrical bob cut to add life and shape. She finished by perming her hair, giving it more body and an easy out-the-door style!
#30: Chin-Length Curly Bob Hairstyle
This look is a curly short bob that’s razor cut into a round shape. We could leave her hair natural by using some Arrojo brand curl products. No blow dryer, no brushes, and this bob look great with no effort. Realize you must get comfortable using products to enhance the bob cut. It works best on short curly coils but can be adapted for any hair texture – even straight.
The beauty of it is that it works with the contours of the individual’s bone structure. Almost anyone can wear this curled bob as long as they are comfortable showing off their face, as this cut greatly opens up the face and emphasizes the cheekbones and eye area!
#31: Layered Curly Bob
The volume with this layered curly bob is my favorite! When curls are cut dry and in their natural state, you can personalize the shape to each client. I like to keep the perimeter pretty square and strong, but when I add the layers, I use little to no tension to prevent cutting too much. Curly hair is all about the shape!
To maintain and recreate this bob, I suggest sulfate-free, paraben-free, and silicone-free products to ensure the curls stay hydrated and healthy. I only use Deva Curl products. Apply a cream when curls are wet (soaking wet, not damp). I suggest sectioning to create an even application if you have thicker hair. I find that raking the cream through curls is best. After the cream application, I scrunch a gel into the hair, followed by a microfiber towel to remove the excess water. If you don’t like volume, I suggest not shaking your hair out at the end, and when applying the products, apply in a downward raking motion to elongate your curls.
#32: Candy Colored Jaw-Length Bob
I call this curly bob “candy flossing” (used Purpleriot). This bob can be worn in many ways and always look great. That’s the perfect thing about this bob. It’s fun no matter what you pair it with. Any client could have this bob. The soft pastels make this bob a very versatile style that anyone could rock. It’s chic and ultra-femme. As with any hair trend, confidence is the key!
#33: Natural Curly Bob with Waterfall Layers
This is a low-maintenance waterfall layered curly bob with multi-dimensional highlights in a graduated manner. This chick had been relaxing her hair kinky curly hair for years and was inspired by curly girls on Instagram, so she began the outgrowth of the permanent chemical and, a year later, was ready to get rid of the damaged ends.
This curly bob haircut is perfect for those who have damaged curl ends and need a new start to their curl life or anyone who wants an awesome curly bob. The face’s roundness should be considered when shaping is taking place. For example, the symmetry of the chin, crown, and jawline structure should be considered. It may need to be touched up every 8 to 9 weeks, depending on how many outgrowths you like to allow. Some people need a re-shaping within 4 weeks because their back line has gotten out of shape.
#34: Enhanced Blonde Bob for Curly Hair
We enhanced these existing curls by making them voluminous and more defined. My favorite thing about this blonde bob for curly hair is the height I could get out of her hair while still looking soft and manageable.
Women with existing curls love when their curls look soft and effortless. Products played a huge role in creating this curly bob with blonde balayage highlights, but even a single curl cream with a diffuser blown upside down could do the trick! Simply using a smaller iron to curl (after completely dry) defines your curls while keeping the overall style looking soft. This short blonde bob hairstyle can look great for a couple of days!
#35: Lightened Up Graduated Bob and Curls
This look is a slightly graduated bob on curly hair with a few long layers. Our client had some grey hair but didn’t want to color her hair all over because it would be too much upkeep. This bob is great on naturally curly hair. It’s a wash-and-go style, so there is no maintenance!
We lightened up some pieces in this curly bob, mainly from underneath, so as not to show when growing out. Then we used the Goldwell Colors. These are anti-allergy colors and can be topped up without damaging the hair. Try Moroccan Oil with a bit of mousse to hold the curl.
#36: Voluminous Kinky Bob
My favorite thing about this curly bob is that it is screaming volume and character! This haircut shows off the fullness and body of her hair. It has a beautiful rounded bob shape and fun layers. This bob shows off the beautiful dimension in her hair color and brings out the definition of every curl! I recommend this haircut for any curly client with this curl pattern and hair type. Anyone who wants full hair with a lot of body, movement will love this hairstyle!
#37: Wavy Bob with Layers
I would describe this look as a one-length curly layered bob. This style is very versatile. It works well for wavy and curly hair that is thick, thin, fine, or coarse hair. It is also suitable for all face shapes by adjusting the length. It’s a great bob for the gal on the go or client’s trying to grow short haircuts for curly hair.
#38: A-Line Bob with Short Bangs
This is a take on a layered, A-line bob with a short fringe. I love how we continued her fringe through the sides of her hairline, which opens up her face and creates nice lines in a soft look. This brown curly bob haircut is perfect for all hair types who want something easy and flattering. The exaggerated fringe and face-framing pieces are especially good for finer hair types because it creates the structure that finer hair lacks.
#39: Shoulder-Length Bob
This is a shoulder-length curly bob haircut with lots of layers. My favorite thing about this bob is the amount of layers she has. The bob cut and layers keep her hair from having a boxy or triangular shape. Many of my clients hate the triangle. Also, the highlights are light enough to make a statement yet natural enough that they don’t scream for attention.
One of the best things about this curly bob is that anyone can wear it. Because the layers frame the face, it can flatter most face shapes. One huge benefit of this haircut is putting the bob up in a ponytail. Worst-case scenario, a few curls won’t stay in the front area, but you can put in a few bobby pins or a headband to hold it back.
#40: Asymmetrical Curly Bob Cut
I’ll describe this curly bob as fun! My favorite thing is the slightly asymmetrical shape because it adds more character. This hair is fun, cool, and modern, and it moves.
I recommend this bob for a client with a rounder face shape because an asymmetrical cut elongates the face shape. Adding shorter pieces in the front that frames the face will give you a softer look. I recommend layers that help the curls move and not look so bulky. This hot bob is great for someone with a simple lifestyle. It’s a wash, moisturize and air dry/diffuse type of style. It’s such a great bob for super curly hair!
#41: 70s-Inspired Shaggy Bob
I would describe this look as a modern take on the 70s curly shaggy bob. My favorite thing about this bob is how the curls create softness and movement within a square shape. For me, styling curly coils starts with the correct shampoo and conditioner. I used “La Biosthetique Curl Shampoo” to begin creating volume, then “La Biosthetique Anti Frizz Conditioner” to give some moisture to the hair but not weigh it down.
This bob is perfect for most curly/wavy textures as it is so customizable. It’s best for medium to thicker textures as the layering offers a nice alternative to the typical heaviness thick curls can have. It’s a beautiful wash-and-wear bob that is great for the low-maintenance guest!
#42: Messy Curly Bob for Thick Hair
This messy curly bob is carefree with lots of airiness and movement but still with a strong shape. I love working with textured hair, so I encourage my client to embrace any opportunity I have to bring that out. I’m a strong believer that there is a bob for everyone. The shape, length, and style should be tailored to each client based on their face shape, density, and hair texture. It’s also important to gain an understanding of who your client is and what their lifestyle is like.
In this particular case, my client wanted a big change. She wanted something new and sassy that would bring out her curls more and that would be a manageable styling commitment. After a thorough consultation, we agreed upon a length and style that would best suit her, like this messy bob.
#43: Youthful Bob for Older Women
This short bob cut for older women screams stylish, youthful, and sexy. After I consulted with her, I wanted to keep the length around her face as I love the long curls and the sexiness it reflects. I recommend a curl-building cream to keep the curl together (no frizz) and maintain a soft curl instead of a crisp curl. I used the Davines product line to achieve this bob.
I would not recommend it for someone with a round face. I’ve achieved this bob on medium to fine hair types but recommend that a client has the density to hold the style together. I love the versatility of this bob in that she can pull the sides back to achieve an altogether different presence.
#44: A-Line Bob for Thick Curly Hair
This is a layered A-line bob. It’s a classic! I utilized my Deva cutting skills to shape her hair dry, curl by curl. I recommend a leave-in conditioner (like Bleav’n, the Ultra Gel, or Set it Free) to protect against frizz.
I recommend this bob for clients who want a classic look, have texture in their hair, or anyone who wants to control bulky or thick curly hair. Upkeep is easy if you get a fresh shaping every 8-12 weeks. This is a great bob for someone who doesn’t want to spend too much time styling!
#45: Flattering A-Line Spirals
This is a curly A-line bob. I love this shape for all curly hair because it creates volume and lift at the crown while leaving length around the face, where most girls fear their hair getting cut too short). It’s also nice for active women who want to be able to tie their hair out of their face but also have a short length. This is a fun yet sleek shape that is easy to style.
This bob is great for every curl type, especially for girls who have straighter curls on the bottom and tighter curls on the top. It’s also great for women who have an active lifestyle that wants to lose the maintenance of a longer haircut. Such curly hair bobs are very adjustable to flatter many different face types.
#46: Soft Wavy Curly Bob
This cut is a natural, soft, wavy bob. The shape has been over-texturized with layering on her heavy side to remove weight, allow volume, and add a pleasing aesthetic shape. The bob is under-layered on her left side to tuck cleanly behind the ear without pieces falling out.
I recommend this curly bob to any client wanting to wear their natural curl texture easily and still have a fashionable bob cut. It requires some styling at home, but this bob looks effortless because of the client’s natural curl texture.
We did not curl her hair in any way. This curly bob is 100% natural in texture, just accentuated by the haircut. I love sending a client home knowing she has the best cut for her natural hair texture and will look beautiful just the way she is!
#47: Curly Asymmetrical Bob
This curly bob is a short, slightly asymmetrical layered bob perfect for summer. It was cut on dry hair based on her gorgeous natural curl pattern. My favorite part of the haircut is how it is customized to her individual curl pattern and helps bring out and define her natural curls.
Curly bobs like this are very versatile. It looks super cute and helps enhance the neckline! This curly bob complements people with rounder face shapes by adding length in the front. It grows nicely, and the front is long enough to be pulled back when needed.