Medium 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. Medium bob hairstyles 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 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.
Burgundy Stacked 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.
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. Having straight hair adds length to your face and makes your bone structure pop out!
Sew-in Bob for Medium Length Hair
Reduce the time it takes to style your hair by having a naturally curly texture. This shoulder length bob hairstyle gorgeously gives you those feminine sexy vibes wherever you go!
Inverted Bob for Medium Length Hair
What an adorable way to switch up your hairstyle! Combine a shoulder length inverted bob with these honey highlights with side bangs. Add a little wavy magic at the ends that beautifully creates a bouncy and textured sling bob style!
Medium Length Graduated Bob
Wear a graduated bob to add bulkiness to the hair without weighing it down. This medium-length bob cut is perfect with a sandy beige blonde shade. The layers and the chop’s rounded shape are what can enhance the dimension of the hair color.
Tapered Medium Bob Haircut
If you have thin hair, you can add layers to medium bob haircuts to give the illusion of thickness. Pair with some subtle lowlights and side swept bangs to show off your above-the-shoulder bob and cute face!
Trendy Mid Length Bob
“The best thing about this mid length bob haircut is the texture and how elegant it shapes the face,” says hairstylist Angela Sanza of Berkeley, CA.
Angela explains, “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.”
Angled Bob for Medium Hair
A classic angled bob that never goes out of style! This 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 bob cut if you want to soften your jawline and add symmetry to your face.
Naturally Curly Bob on Medium Length Hair
A naturally curly bob brings out a cute and stunning statement. The texture isn’t the only thing that makes it beautiful. Curls must be neat and defined, too! Medium bob hairstyles like this are best when shiny, so don’t forget to keep the hair moisturized.
Icy Blonde Wavy Bob with Bangs
An icy blonde wavy bob with bangs is for women who love youthful and stylish hairstyles. This shoulder-length bob with bangs, 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 icy blonde wavy bob with bangs. “It’s a chic A-line bob 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, Liz says, “mid-length bobs really work on just about most hair textures. 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.”
Shoulder Length Brown to Blonde Ombre Bob
This medium bob was created by stylist Gabriel Deodato of Sao Paulo,Brazil. “This shoulder length bob cut, besides being practical, is modern,” he states.
This shoulder bob features naturalness with low contrast. From the roots to the ends, there are three shades of difference.
For styling, Gabriel says, “after blow drying, you can use a salt spray to get a messy vibe.”
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 is ideal for the modern woman.
For at home maintenance, Alexandre 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!”
One-Length Blunt Bob
This is a blunt, one-length medium bob created by cosmetology student Kelsey Hoyt of Orem, UT. “Medium to long bobs are in style for a reason. They are fun and flattering,” she adds.
This length 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 a popular medium bob haircut, Kelsey says, “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 product to really get the desired style. It takes some practice but is really simple once you learn how to curl your hair to fit the style of the bob cut.”
One-Length Bob with Wispy Bangs
This shoulder length bob with fringe was created by hairstylist Emma Jane Winters of Delray Beach, FL. “Fashion and hairstyle trends come back every few decades and this year seems to be all about the 90s. This longer bob, aka the “lob”, is a 90s-inspired cut with a modern, wispy bang,” she states.
If you’re thinking about a lob, consider your styling habits and products, as well as your daily routine. Lobs look great sleek and styled as well as messy and undone. But both of these options require some work either smoothing the ends with a flat iron or creating movement with a curling iron and texture spray. Whichever look you’re going for, you’ll need a thermal protectant.
Emma also believes, “if you work out frequently, make sure your stylist keeps enough length so you can pull your hair back. There is nothing worse than shorter hairs at the nape of your neck falling out of your ponytail while working out!”
“Face shape and lob length go hand in hand. If you have a rounder face, opt for a longer length because you always want your cut to fall between your jawline and collarbone. Heart and oval face shapes are complemented by a shorter length,” says Emma.
Lastly, when considering the beloved lob, Winters says, “always discuss your desired look with your stylist. If you want a full and classic look, a one-length lob will concentrate the weight around the perimeter to give you a thicker look. If you want movement texture, then textured layers will give you a wispy effect.”
Lived-In Medium Length Shaggy Bob
Hairstylist Crystal Scyphers of Redlands, CA created this medium length bob. She says it’s “a lived-in shag or a textured bob. You get a lot of versatility with a shaggy bob cut like this. It’s meant to be messy, very easy, and cool. The strategic removal of weight gives an airy texture and it can be worn so many different ways.”
Mid-length bob cuts like this are really flattering on so many women because you can really customize the layering to enhance your best features.
This medium bob cut is 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, Crystal says, “it very easy to work with as long as you have the right tools and some great products. Volume and texture are key with this medium bob style. Apply a light volumizing mousse like Elevate from Unite to damp hair and then blow dry. 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.”
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.
Antonio 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 bob 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 Free Styler by Oribe, followed with their Dry Texture Spray and a good shake.”
Versatile Angled Medium in Length Lob Haircut
This is a lob that is shorter in the back and slightly angled downward as it transitions forward, explains style creator and stylist Danitza Aldana of Suisun City, CA. “This is the perfect shape if you are looking for something low maintenance or not,” she adds.
Danitza believes “this medium layered 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.”
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 mid bobs are the go-to look when you want a big change. It makes an excellent cut, especially when transforming from long to short hair.
Sun-Kissed Wavy Medium Bob
“This mid bob is a natural, sunkissed dirty blonde with the natural textured wave that every girl 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 goes well with all hair types. Because of the diversity of the cut, you can wear it with all sorts of hair textures.
Medium Length Bob for Thick Hair and Bangs
With this medium bob with bangs, the hair can complement your face. That is one of the most important tasks for stylists to accomplish,” states Esther van IJzendoorn, hairstylist and style creator in the Netherlands, Amersterdam.
“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,” says Esther.
She goes onto to say, “it is often those with a round face or wide jawline that wear this look best because it gives length to their face contour.”
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, Danielle states, “healthy hair is beautiful hair, so use products that offer heat protection and keep the ends strong. For this look, first apply Color Proof’s SuperRich Split Ends Mender to strengthen the textured ends and protect the 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.”
Mid Length Razor Cut Bob Haircut
A razor cut 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 mid-length bobs is the versatility. With or without waves, the effect is still terrific!
Textured Shoulder Length Blunt Bob
This textured, blunt medium length bob with layers was created by stylist Michelle McClendon of Austin, TX. “You can wear it straight or curly because the cut is super versatile. This bob also features surface layers. Hard layers make it flip about, but surface layers allow it to keep its shape while still giving it all the texture,” she states.
Blunt medium bobs won’t as easily revert into the 90s bob, which is a little more flat, polished and rounded under.
For styling, McClendon says, “try Kevin Murphy products because they work beautifully and smell amazing. Use Body.Builder when your hair is wet to add volume and bounce. Then use Anti.Gravity spray as a setting spray and heat protectant on each curl when your hair was dry. Then, mess it up with Bedroom.Hair. to get that messy bob that’s medium textured.”
“Most face shapes can pull off medium length bob haircuts. To soften your jawline, don’t create too much of an angle, just a subtle forward swing,” she adds.
A Classic Medium Length Bob Style
This is a classic medium-length bob style. It’s 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 bob 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 will never go out of style,” she explains.
Soso states, “this bob haircut is easy to maintain and works with most face shapes and hair types.”
Asymmetrical Bob for Medium Length Hair
This asymmetrical bob is one of those medium-length bob haircuts that offer edginess. It’s a great option to make thin, fine hair look fuller and healthier. The chop suits an oval face shape, too. See more cute asymmetrical bob haircuts here.
Bob Hairstyle with Old Hollywood Waves
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.
Medium Relaxed Black Bob
Have a relaxed black bob, and look elegant everytime! What’s great about this style is how natural it appears, especially on oval face shape. It can be pulled off on casual days or formal events.
Medium Length A-Line Bob
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.
Collar Bone Length Lob
This is a one-length bob without layers. This allows hair to keep its maximum density. It is slightly shorter in the back and longer in front. This makes the hair naturally fall towards the face without having a steep angle.
Mid Length Deep Side Part Bob
A deep side part bob never fails 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. Most medium bob hairstyles are versatile, and this one isn’t an exception.
Middle Part A-Line Shoulder Length Bob
This medium bob haircut with a middle part is really short in the back and quickly gets longer towards the front. This medium length hairstyle is ideal for people who want their hair to cover the side of their face. It is not ideal for people who don’t like hair on their face and for people who tend to tuck their hair behind their ear a lot.
Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil nourishes hair, controls frizz and gives hair shine.
Asymmetrical Shoulder Length Bob
This medium length asymmetrical bob makes you look like you always have your hair worn to one shoulder. It starts out shorter on one side and gradually gets longer towards the other side. Since shorter hair always pushes longer hair, the shorter hair on one side will push toward the other making it appear like you are wearing your hair over one shoulder.
Caviar Working Hairspray gives the hair a natural-looking finish with hold that lasts all day.
Medium Formal Bob Hairstyle
A formal 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 the hairline brings out extra height to the mane, which suits those who have a heart face shape. Try Alterna’s Bamboo Shine Luminous Shine Mist to give your hair a weightless, mirror-like shine.
Blonde Shoulder Length Bob with Layers
“A blonde shoulder-length bob with layers is a super hot trend right now,” says style creator and stylist Molly Jackson of Fort Worth, TX. “Revive your long bob length with a shoulder-dusting blunt cut instead! 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. Great length for any style bangs,” she says.
When it comes to hair texture, Molly 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.”
Rockin’ Shoulder Length Choppy Bob Shag with Bangs
This copper-tinged, shaggy mid length bob with bangs offers a full-volume look with an edgy feel. To give this choppy bob a quick change, twist your hair up into a textured updo.
California Beachy Medium Blonde Bob
Blonde medium bob cuts like this feature casual California beach waves. Gather hair up into a cute topknot when the weather gets hot. Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with a beautiful shine.