40 Hottest Medium Bob Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Shoulder length long bob hairstyles

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. Wear it short, wear it long, or try any of these medium length bobs for a look that’s just right for you.

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Burgundy Stacked Bob

Burgundy red medium length stacked bob haircut and color
Instagram @glamiris

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 Bob

Weave bob cut
Instagram @hairadornd_by_jessadore

A flawless sew-in 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

Sew-in bob cut
Instagram @hairstylesbysherry

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

Medium length inverted bob haircut
Instagram @jroseeee__

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!

Graduated Bob

Graduated bob cut
Instagram @sarahbolinghairmua

Spice up your graduated bob with these fun and fashionable color highlights! This medium length bob cut works with any hair texture and color.

Tapered Medium Bob Haircut

Tapered bob cut
Instagram @courtneyxcentrichair

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 cute face!

Trendy Mid Length Bob

Trendy mid length bob with wavy hair
Instagram @angelahairnmup

Q&A with style creator, Angela Sanza
Advanced Hairstylist / Color Specialist / Educational Director @ Vine Street Salon in Berkeley, CA

How would you describe this look?

The best thing about this mid length bob haircut is the texture and how elegant it shapes her face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a good cut for someone who wants an easy yet fun look. 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 look.

Angled Bob

angled bob for medium hair
Instagram @haircutterystoneybrook

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

naturally curly bob on medium hair
Instagram @cheyenne.resch

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 shoulder length wavy bob with bangs
Instagram @fillyminach

Q&A with style creator, Philip Joseph
Hair Artist @ Absolute Spa in Great Falls, MT


How would you describe this look?

This is a wavy, shoulder length bob with bangs. My favorite thing about this new age of balayage hair color is the effortless and seamless look it provides.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A few things I tend to throw out there when transforming a client into this look are budget, styling care, maintenance, and personality. I personally don’t believe that only certain age groups are allowed to have a specific haircut or hair color. It’s the confidence that a client exudes that makes the style one of a kind.

Last but not least I always recommend a dry shampoo as a style extender. I also love utilizing my dry shampoo on the first day of styling because it helps absorb the oils before the hair gets too greasy on day two of no washing.

Brown to Blonde Ombre

A shoulder length brown to blonde ombre
Instagram @g_deodato

Q&A with style creator, Gabriel Deodato
Stylist @ Salao 1838 Jd. America in Sao Paulo, Brazil


How would you describe this look?

I like to describe this medium bob as a beachy girl living in an urban city. This length, besides being practical, is modern. The color mimics the natural whitening of the sun with a golden blonde in the ends and a subtle golden face frame. In Brazil, we call this “hair contour.”

My favorite thing about this look is the naturalness with low contrast. From the roots to the ends, there are three shades of difference.

Any advice for someone considering it?

In Sao Paulo, a lot of people are workaholics and don’t have time for the beauty salon, or they work hard to organize their hair every morning at home. This is an effortless look. After blow drying, you can use a salt spray to get a messy look. These people need low maintenance hair because they deserve to enjoy life outside of a beauty salon.

Brunette Bob with Auburn Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Alexandre Silvestre
Hair Artisan @ Creative Salon in Sao Paulo, Brazil


How would you describe this look?

This is super modern and sophisticated medium bob that is ideal for the modern woman.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 that modern look!

One-Length Blunt Bob

Q&A with style creator, Kelsey Hoyt
Cosmetology Student @ Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design in Orem, UT


How would you describe this look?

I love this blunt, one-length medium bob. Medium to long bobs are in style for a reason. They are fun and flattering!

This length looks good on everyone and is especially flattering on people with thinner hair. I personally chopped a lot of hair off to try out a blunt bob and I absolutely love it!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want to get a popular medium bob 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 product to really get the desired look. It takes some practice but is really simple once you learn how to curl your hair to fit the style of the cut.

I accomplished this look with a 1-inch curling iron and some of my favorite products from Redken. I used Full Frame mousse to add volume and body, along with a dry texture spray called Wind Blown. Investing in a textured finishing spray will make all the difference with this look. It adds body and volume, a textured hold, and a matte finish. Another favorite to try is the Amika texture spray, Un.Done.

One-Length Bob with Wispy Bangs

A timeless copper red medium length bob with bangs
Instagram @bebeautybyemma

Q&A with style creator, Emma Jane Winters
Hairstylist @ ONE Aveda Salon in Delray Beach, FL


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this shoulder length bob with fringe as timeless, an oldie, but a goodie. 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. The copper is a rich and vibrant statement color to wear proudly.

My favorite thing about this look is the newly found confidence a woman possesses after cutting off some inches.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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. You will also want to invest in a curling wand or barrel iron or an adjustable temperature flat iron. I recommend a great texturizing product and smoothing fluid for finishing as well.

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.

Lastly, when considering the beloved lob, 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 Shaggy Bob

The best lived-in medium length shaggy bob haircut
Instagram @fetchsalon

Q&A with style creator, Crystal Scyphers
Hairstylist @ Fetch at Sola Salons in Redlands, CA


How would you describe this look?

This medium length bob is a lived-in shag or a textured bob. I love the versatility you get 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think that mid length bob cuts like this are really flattering on so many people because you can really customize the layering to enhance your best features and the style is so easy to work with.

This cut is great for someone with a natural wave, but can also be worn straight or you can add loose waves with an iron like I did here.

The length makes 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 style, so I always reach for my favorites. I apply a light volumizing mousse like Elevate from Unite to damp hair and then blow dry. To create the waves, I 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 that I use to finish my waves for that cool, lived-in feel.

Dark to Light Chocolate Ombre Bob

A chic dark to light chocolate ombre bob
Instagram @antoniojosehair

Q&A with style creator, Antonio Ceja
Hairstylist @ Siren Salon Chicago in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

This shoulder length bob haircut is chic, current, and effortless. My favorite thing about it is its simplicity. Sometimes simplicity can be a “wow” factor!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Maintaining this haircut every five to six weeks a must. Almost any face type can rock this look. Your stylist can show you how to achieve the best finish based on your face shape. This particular look is best suited for anyone with a bit of natural wave in their hair.

I powered dried my client using Creme for Style by Oribe to bring out texture and movement, then followed up with curling the surface of her hair with a 2-inch iron. To protect from heat and to add hold, I used Free Styler by Oribe followed with their Dry Texture Spray and a good shake.

Versatile Angled Lob

A versatile angled medium in length bob haircut
Instagram @savvyliving_

Q&A with style creator, Danitza Aldana
Hairstylist @ Bellezza Hair Studio in Suisun City, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as 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.

What I like most about this look is that you can essentially wear it natural, curly, wavy, or straight. It looks great regardless.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look 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 look. This look is perfect for anyone looking for low maintenance hair, or someone simply wanting something different. This look can either be classy or edgy.

Straight Bob for Thin Hair

mid length straight bob for thin hair
Instagram @el_kirsto_hair

The ideal straight bob for thin hair is here! This is an ash blonde medium-length bob cut that never goes out of style. This haircut looks simple yet elegant. Straight mid bobs are the go-to look when you want a big change, especially from long hair.

Sun-Kissed Wavy Medium Bob

A natural sun kissed shoulder length bob cut and color
Instagram @stylebymaciel

Q&A with style creator, Maciel
Hairstylist @ Look Style Society in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this mid bob as a natural, sunkissed dirty blonde with the natural textured wave that every girl wants and goes for. It’s such a fun, loose and edgy cut and style that it goes well on almost anyone!

Any advice for someone considering it?

You can use a smoothing iron, curling iron, or a wand to create these textured, loose wavy curls. I love using 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. My go-to favorite is Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum.

I recommend this look for someone who likes an edgy cut with a laid-back, natural style. This color is low maintenance and the grow out is seamless and blended, making the time in between color services more manageable.

This look goes well with all hair types. Because of the diversity of the cut, you can wear it with all sorts of hair textures.

Bob for Thick Hair and Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Esther van IJzendoorn
Freelance Hairstylist @ Draagbaar in Netherlands, Amsterdam


How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this medium bob with bangs is the way her hair is now complimenting her face. That is one of the most important tasks for me to accomplish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I colored her hair with Wella Cendré brunette, so to maintain this beautiful hair color, I recommend that she use the shampoo for colored hair by Sassoon. After the shampoo, I use a sealer to ensure that the color does not fade quickly. I recommend the client to do the same.

To complete the look, I styled her hair with a serum, but you can also use an oil like Dark Oil from Sebastian for more shine.

In general, 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 Layered Bob

A versatile dark brown shoulder length layered bob
Instagram @i.love.roots

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Leonard
Owner / Stylist @ ROOTS Studio Salon in Gainesville, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a textured shoulder length layered bob haircut. It is a fabulous cut for most face shapes and hair types. A shattered perimeter and textured long layers give this cut its signature tousled vibe.

I really love how versatile this cut can be and that lived-in look is so sexy!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Healthy hair is beautiful hair, so I am a firm believer in using products that offer heat protection and keep our ends strong. For this look, I first applied Color Proof’s SuperRich Split Ends Mender to strengthen her textured ends and protect her hair from heat styling. I then applied LiftIt Mousse to her roots for volume.

Once she was blown out, I went through with a 1 1/4-inch iron to create these perfect waves. I finished off her look with Color Proof TextureCharge Texture and Finishing Spray to create additional volume and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is so versatile and most face shapes can wear it. She had a combination of square and heart-shaped features, so we made sure to create a sharp angle to draw the eye downward to emphasize her beautiful jawline and slim her face. With long or oval face shapes I would be wary of leaving the front too long, keeping the perimeter closer to the collarbone and would suggest adding some face-framing movement to draw the eye to the sides and upward.

This cut is so versatile that most hair types can wear this as long as the right styling products and tools are used. And because this cut is long enough to curl or put up, this is a great option for women who love styling their hair but also live an active lifestyle.

Razor Cut Bob Haircut

razor cut bob haircut on medium length hair
Instagram @heather.ohanasalonco

This razor cut bob haircut is perfection! When it grows out, it’ll turn into timeless mid-length hair. Thin locks are guaranteed to look finer with this razor cut, too. What you’ll love about mid-length bobs is their versatility. You can customize them with layers or style them with waves.

Textured Blunt Bob

A stand-out shoulder length blunt bob
Instagram @miechmcc.hair

Q&A with style creator, Michelle McClendon
Hairstylist @ Method Hair in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I just love a textured, blunt medium length bob with layers. I like that she can wear it straight or curly because the cut is super versatile. I also love the surface layers. Hard layers make it flip about, but surface layers allow it to keep its shape while still giving it all the texture.

Blunt medium bobs won’t as easily revert into the 90s bob, which is a little more flat, polished and rounded under.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I love Kevin Murphy products because they work beautifully and smell amazing. I used Body.Builder on her when her hair was wet to add volume and bounce. I used Anti.Gravity spray as a setting spray and heat protectant on each curl when her hair was dry. Then, I messed it up with Bedroom.Hair.

I think the most important products to use would be a good heat protectant when using your hot tools, and then the Bedroom.Hair to create the effortless texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

People with straight to wavy hair can easily pull this off. Also, anyone with a natural wave/curl could get away with this look without curling it and just wearing it air dried or diffused. The messy bob is so in right now!

She has naturally straight hair that is medium textured, but there is not too much of it. I didn’t need to do too much collapsing, but if she did have gobs of hair, I would just need to take out a lot of it so it doesn’t “triangle out”.

I think this is a good cut for someone with a more effortless lifestyle. The curl obviously takes some practice, but even on days she doesn’t curl it, it will still look great. It has surface layers that add volume and help it be messy even when it isn’t curled.

Most face shapes can pull this off. I wanted to soften her jawline and didn’t want to create too much of an angle, so just a subtle forward swing.

A Classic Medium Length Bob Style

classic medium length bob hairstyle
Instagram @soso_vashimwung

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.

Asymmetrical Bob

An impressive medium asymmetric bob cut
Style by Kelli Stevens, Makeup by Paige Jackson, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

Medium length bob haircuts with a deep side part fall asymmetrically. See more cute asymmetrical bob haircuts.

Bob Hairstyle with Old Hollywood Waves

An old hollywood style shoulder length bob
Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

This shoulder bob haircut with waves are more prominent and give the style a more old Hollywood glamour look. Glamourous shoulder length bob hairstyles like these can look dated without the right hair color.

Relaxed Black Bob

medium relaxed black bob
Instagram @myfirstwig_com

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.

A-Line Bob

medium length a-line bob
Instagram @kaatyamayhair

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

A collar bone length long bob
Style by Ashlie Knoll, Makeup by Lizzy Watson, William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa, Davenport, IA

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.

Deep Side Part Bob

A radiant shoulder length bob with a deep side part
Style by Amanda Mitchell, Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

This bob is styled with ripple-looking waves. It is worn with a deep side part and tucked behind the ear on the lighter side of the part. Medium bob hairstyles like this will give you an asymmetric look.

Middle Part A-Line Bob

A wonderful middle part a-line shoulder length bob
Style by Kelley Danford, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

This medium bob haircut 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

Asymmetrical Shoulder Length Bob Haircut
Style by Jessica Antoskow, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

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.

Formal Bob Hairstyle

medium formal bob hairstyle
Instagram @jhair_stylist

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

blonde shoulder length bob with layers
Instagram @goldwavessalon

Q&A with style creator, Molly Jackson
Hair Stylist @ Goldwaves Salon in Fort Worth, TX


How would you describe this?

A blonde shoulder-length bob with layers is a super hot trend right now. 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!

What’s your best advice?

This medium bob 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’ 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 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.