Shoulder-length bob hairstyles are bobs cut at or just below the shoulders. A shoulder-length bob can be styled different ways, such as with bangs or balayage. Your medium-length bob can be wavy, straight, shaggy, or layered. Bobs offer you various options to keep your style modern, classic, or trendy. When it comes to medium bob hairstyles, bobs work on all hair textures, too!
Medium bob hairstyles are iconic and trendy this year. This statement cut offers a universally flattering shape with fabulous wash-and-wear quality. Its 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 medium bob haircuts worn by Nancy Kwan, Mary Quant, Grace Coddington, Peggy Moffitt, Diana Ross, and Twiggy continue to influence contemporary versions. Its enduring popularity is evident when celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes debut this headline-making haircut. When it comes to a bob, you can wear it short, wear it long, or try any of these medium-length bobs for a look that’s just right for you.
So before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of shoulder-length bob hairstyles.
#1: Burgundy Stacked Short to Medium-Length Bob
There’s nothing sexier than a literally flawless and perfectly cut stacked bob! These smooth and shiny straight strands on this medium bob haircut also gorgeously emphasize the vibrant burgundy shade.
#2: Long Bob with Undercut
An eye-catching long bob with an undercut is suitable for thick-haired women with straight or wavy hair textures that want to amp up their style with a dose of impressive edginess.
#3: Shoulder-Length Blonde Balayage Bob Cut
#4: Long Choppy Angled Bob
A glamorous long choppy angled bob hairdo requires special products for hair color. The treatment needs to be intense to maintain your hair hue and to take care of the health of your hair.
#5: Mid-Length Bob with Feathered Layers for Older Women
A pretty mid-length bob with feathered layers for older women is a fabulous choice if you are afraid to go too short. The mid-length still allows you to feel the length of your hair while the feathered layers work well to brighten your face. Highlights can complement this style in hiding the grays and creating a bright glow. A mid-length bob should be cut every 6-8 weeks, making it a fairly low-maintenance cut.
#6: Weave Mid-Length Bob Cut
A flawless sew-in neck-length bob like this will undeniably give you the confidence to look like you’re in your A-game at all times. This medium-length bob hairstyle is best for round faces and women with a large forehead. Having straight hair adds length to your face and makes your bone structure pop out!
#7: Sew-in Bob for Medium-Length Hair
One of the best ways to reduce the time it takes to style your hair is by having a naturally curly texture in a shoulder-length bob hairstyle. Popular medium bob haircuts can gorgeously give you those feminine sexy vibes wherever you go!
#8: Inverted Bob for Medium-Length Hair
An inspiring inverted bob for medium-length hair is the perfect style for ladies looking to make a statement. Shoulder-length inverted bob haircuts have no layers and are best styled on sleek, straight hair. However, you can add soft beachy waves and tousel your hair for an edgy, undone look.
#9: Medium-Length Graduated Bob
Wear this head-turning long graduated bob or get a straight layered bob to add bulkiness to your hair without weighing it down. This medium-length bob cut is perfect with a sandy beige or honey blonde hair shade. The layers and the chop’s rounded shape are what can enhance the dimension of your hair color.
#10: Tapered Medium Bob Haircut with Long Side-Swept Bangs and Ash Blonde Hue
If you have thin hair, you can add ash blonde tones and layers to this wispy rounded bob to give the illusion of thickness. The subtle lowlights and side-swept bangs show off your tapered above-the-shoulder bob well.
#11: Trendy Mid-Length Bob
The best thing about this mid-length bob haircut is the texture and how elegant it shapes the face. This is a good cut for women who want an easy yet fun medium-bob haircut. There is a lot of versatility with mid-length bob hairstyles. You can make it straight and sleek or curl for waves. Also, you can still put it up and wear it down for a sleeker style if you need to.
#12: Angled Bob for Medium Hair
You don’t have to worry, a classic angled bob never goes out of style! This unique medium-length angled bob haircut creates a low-maintenance style on straight, black tresses. It’s the chop that reinforces the density of thick hair. Go for this haircut if you want to soften your jawline and add symmetry to your face.
#13: Naturally Curly Bob on Medium-Length Hair
A fantastic naturally curly bob brings out a cute and stunning statement. The texture isn’t the only thing that makes it beautiful. Curly hair must be neat and defined, too! Medium bob hairstyles can be at their best when shiny, so don’t forget to keep your hair moisturized.
#14: Icy Blonde Wavy Bob with Bangs
An icy blonde wavy bob with bangs is for women who love a youthful and stylish hair style. This lovely shoulder-length bob with fringe, enhanced with waves, accentuates the best facial features. The haircut grazes the shoulders to keep the locks looking fuller.
Hairstylist Liz Sustaita of Los Angeles, CA created this hair idea. “It’s a chic A-line cut that has movement because of the soft/ invisible layers added to it. Also, long bangs that taper off to the sides, creating a soft face frame,” she explains.
When it comes to certain types of textures, Sustaita says, “These cuts really work on just about most hair textures and any hair type. It’s for women who want it short and long at the same time. It’s a shape that gives automatic style whether it’s worn straight or wavey you can see the chic shape in any form.”
#15: Messy Shoulder-Length Brown to Blonde Ombre Bob
This flirty brown-to-blonde medium bob was created by stylist Gabriel Deodato of Sao Paulo, Brazil. “This sun-kissed shoulder-length bob, besides being practical, is modern,” he states. This ombre shoulder bob features naturalness with low contrast. From the roots to the ends, there are three shades of difference. For hair styling, Deodato says, “after blowdrying, you can comb out your curls and use a salt spray to get a messy vibe.”
#16: Brunette Medium-Length Bob with Auburn Highlights
This super modern and sophisticated medium bob was created by hair artisan Alexandre Silvestre of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He firmly believes it’s ideal for the modern woman. For at-home maintenance, Silvestre advises, “use weekly hydration treatments at home and at least once a month, go to the salon for a deep treatment and color maintenance. Use texture products with a matte effect to maintain modern medium bob hairstyles like this!” If you’re unsure which shampoo to use at home, ask your hairdresser while at the salon.
#17: One-Length Blunt Bob
This is a blunt, one-length medium bob that is fun and flattering. A medium bob looks good on all women and is especially flattering on women with thinner hair. Chop a lot of hair off to try out a blunt bob if you have longer hair. If you want to get such a haircut, there is a lot to consider. You have to be willing to learn how to style your hair differently if you’ve never had short hair before. You also have to be willing to use hair products to really get the desired style and to battle frizzy hair. It takes some practice but is really simple once you learn how to curl your hair to fit the prettiest style of the cut.
#18: One-Length Bob with Wispy Bangs
A charming one-length bob with wispy bangs makes a great combination for a romantic yet classic look. It’s a perfect cut and style that can be worn day and night. Style medium-length bob haircuts with all Aveda Smooth Infusion products and a small round brush to create a sleek, straight finish.
#19: Lived-In Medium-Length Shaggy Bob
This shaggy, piece-y bob is a lived-in shag or a textured bob. You get a lot of versatility with a mid-length shag cut like this. It’s meant to be messy, voluminous, very easy, and cool. The strategic removal of weight gives an airy texture and it can be worn many different ways.
A shaggy bob is really flattering on so many women because you can really customize the layering to enhance your best features. It’s also great for women with a natural wave, but can also be worn straight or you can add loose waves with an iron.
When it comes to the length, it’s very easy to work with as long as you have the right tools and some great products. Volume and texture are key with this bold medium bob style. Apply a light volumizing mousse like Elevate from Unite to damp hair and then blowdry. To create the waves, use a 1 1/4-inch iron like the Stylewinder from BioIonic which is so easy to work with. Next Day Hair by L’Oréal Pro is an amazing dry texturizing spray used to finish the waves for that cool, lived-in feel.
#20: Dark to Light Chocolate Ombre Bob
“This shoulder-length bob haircut is chic, current, and effortless,” says hairstylist and creator Antonio Ceja of Chicago, IL.
Ceja says, “maintain shoulder-length bob haircuts every five to six weeks. Almost any face type can rock this cut. Your stylist can show you how to achieve the best finish based on your face shape. This particular cut is best suited for women with a bit of natural wave in their hair.”
For styling, he believes you should “power dry using Creme for Style by Oribe to bring out texture and movement, then follow up with curling the surface of your hair with a 2-inch iron. To protect from heat and to add hold, use FreeStyler by Oribe, followed with their Dry Texture Spray and a good shake.”
#21: Versatile Angled Medium-Length Lob Haircut
Go for 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. This shoulder-grazing wavy angled bob 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 vibe.
#22: Straight Medium Bob for Thin Hair
A straight bob for thin hair is best when grazing the neck or the collarbone. The result is bolder and fuller! Straight medium bobs are the go-to look when you want a big change. It makes an excellent cut, especially when transforming from long to shorter hair.
#23: Sun-Kissed Wavy Medium Bob Hairstyle
“This mid bob is a natural, sun-kissed dirty blonde on dark roots with a natural textured wave that girls wants. It’s such a fun, loose and edgy cut and style that it goes well on almost all women,” says hairstylist and style creator Maciel of Las Vegas, NV.
For styling, Maciel says, “you can use a smoothing iron, curling iron, or a wand to create these textured, loose wavy curls. Use 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. Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum is a great product for this.”
This medium-length bob with blonde highlights goes well with all hair types. Because of the diversity of the cut, you can wear it with all sorts of hair textures. And depending on your face shape, it can suit some side bangs, too!
#24: Medium-Length Bob for Thick Hair and Bangs
With this medium bob with bangs, your hair can complement your face. That is one of the most important tasks for stylists to accomplish. To complete the shoulder-length bob with bangs, style your hair with a serum, but you can also use an oil like Dark Oil from Sebastian for more shine. Also, it’s often women with a round face or wide jawline that wear this look best because it gives length to their face contour.
#25: Dark Brown Textured Shoulder-Length Layered Bob
This textured shoulder-length layered bob haircut was created by owner and stylist Danielle Leonard of Gainesville, FL. “It’s a fabulous cut for most face shapes and hair types. A shattered perimeter and textured long layers give this cut its signature tousled vibe,” she explains.
For styling, Leonard states, “healthy hair is beautiful hair, so use products that offer heat protection and keep the ends strong. For this medium layered bob, first, apply Color Proof’s SuperRich Split Ends Mender to strengthen the textured ends and protect your hair from heat styling. Then apply LiftIt Mousse to your roots for volume.”
She adds, “once you’re blown out, go through with a 1 1/4-inch iron to create these perfect waves. Finished off your styling with Color Proof TextureCharge Texture and Finishing Spray to create additional volume and texture.”
#26: Mid-Length Razor Cut Bob with Textured Ends
A razored bob haircut offers more detailed and textured ends. Thick hair can enjoy a razor cut such as this, making it seem lightweight. What most beauties will love about this messy bob is the versatility. Even without waves, the effect is still stylish!
#27: Textured Shoulder-Length Blunt Bob
A textured shoulder-length blunt bob is a good way to create movement in your hair. The layers and texture in this medium-length bob make styling easier and more manageable. They also create those subtle bends in your hair. Finish off with a dry spray wax like Evo She-Bang-A-Bang when styling blunt medium bobs like this.
#28: A Classic Medium-Length Bob Style
This is a shiny and straight black medium bob hairstyle with a middle-part that frames the face. Its length grazes the shoulders, which will elongate a round face shape. Iron the ends for a more polished finish.
This was created by hairstylist Soso Vashimwung of Mumbai, IN. “A classic medium-length bob style will always add body to your hair. A classic bob haircut will never go out of style,” she explains.
Vashimwung states, “this is easy to maintain and works with most face shapes and hair types.”
#29: Asymmetrical Bob for Medium-Length Hair
#30: Bob Hairstyle with Old Hollywood Waves for Square Face Shapes
This bob hairstyle with old Hollywood waves is giving us a major royal vibe! It makes a classy shoulder-length bob hairstyle that stands out in a fun, elegant ball. The style is perfect for adding movement and volume to straight, blonde locks.
#31: Medium Relaxed Black Bob
Have a relaxed black bob, and look elegant every time! What’s great about this style is how natural it appears, especially on an oval face shape. This shoulder-length bob cut can be pulled off on casual days or formal events.
#32: Sleek Medium-Length A-Line Bob
If your hair is in need of a new style, a sleek a-line bob screams sophistication. This hairstyle does the best job if your tresses are black and straight. The result is guaranteed to look classic. Opt for this medium-length A-line bob when looking for a gorgeous go-to cut.
#33: Collarbone-Length Lob with Bronde Balayage
A collarbone-length lob with bronde balayage can freshen up your look and thicken your finer hair. This hairstyle works ideally for fine locks as you’re bringing the length into a blunt one-length bob. This keeps all the weight in the edges, keeping your hair to its fullest.
#34: Cute Mid-Length Deep Side Part Bob
Medium bob hairstyles like this deep side part bob never fail to offer a trendy, fashionable vibe. It’s a great alternative for straight hair that needs a root volume. Try styling it with texture, too, so it looks more graceful. What to love about it is it’s versatile, and this one isn’t an exception.
#35: Middle Part A-Line Shoulder-Length Bob
A middle part a-line shoulder-length bob looks best on round-shaped faces as it can help elongate your face. A medium bob haircut with a middle-part has no layers and looks best with a sleek bob style.
#36: Asymmetrical Shoulder-Length Bob with Subtle Golden Blonde Highlights
An asymmetrical shoulder-length bob complements most hair textures. It adds a modern twist to a classic shoulder-length cut, too.
A medium-length asymmetrical bob emphasizes the side-part with an extra flowing length on one side. This adds a bit of glam to your style. Try a deeper side-part for more height for round or square face shapes.
#37: Medium Formal Bob Hairstyle
A formal long bob hairstyle goes well with chic and elegant attire. Shoulder-length bobs like this are a great length to add in curls for a gorgeous evening vibe.
The volume at your hairline brings out the extra height to your mane, which suits women who have a heart face shape. Try Alterna’s Bamboo Shine Luminous Shine Mist to give your hair a weightless, mirror-like shine.
#38: Blonde Shoulder-Length Bob with Layers
“A blonde shoulder-length bob with soft layers is a super hot trend right now,” says style creator and stylist Molly Jackson of Fort Worth, TX. “Revive your length with a shoulder-dusting blunt cut instead and a blonde color to pair it with!”
“Internal weight removal helps deflate overly dense hair so layers are minimal if any. Face-framing is minimal but can be customized according to face shape. It’s also a great length for any style bangs,” she says.
When it comes to hair texture, Jackson believes, “this medium bob with layers is great for straight to wavy textures (since most curls like more layering). Most densities work with this bob, but thicker hair may need more internal weight removal.”
#39: Rockin’ Shoulder-Length Choppy Bob Shag with Bangs
This mid-length bob with short shaggy layers is a great cut for any face shape. When styling, use a texturizing spray and diffuse to create beach vibes all year round.
#40: California Beachy Medium Blonde Bob
Going blonder is a great way for women to show off their dimensional texture in a medium bob with jagged ends. Seek a stylist who specializes in blonding and balayage colors to achieve this long blonde bob. The California beach blonde trend is currently the latest obsession, whether you have short, medium, or even long hair. Prep and style with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Conditioner with Keratin to protect against sun and heat damage.