Above-the-shoulder haircuts range from short to medium-lengths and they’re such a great way to get a short hairdo without going too short!
Sheena Johnson is a salon owner from Apple Valley, MN. Her utmost advice is to choose a cut with realistic styling options for your ability and lifestyle.
Face shape and cowlicks are additional aspects to consider when getting a fresh chop. Opt for some bangs or layers to customize the cut and enhance your best facial features.
The only drawback of this hair trend is that it isn’t the wash-and-go type of cut. “You may even lose the ability to put all your hair up,” Johnson adds.
If this hair idea inspires you to jazz up your look, you gotta see this photo gallery. Find the newest and trendiest ways to rock above-the-shoulder haircuts here!
#1: Straight Chin-Length Blunt Bob
For the reserved woman, get into a straight chin-length blunt bob. A blunt bob above the shoulders has no layers and has a very “straight to the point” vibe. This is an excellent style choice for women with less naturally voluminous hair and only requires a simple flatiron to maintain.
#2: Lived-In Neck-Length Bob Haircut
This winter, aim to get a bob that falls in the middle of the neck. It should be a chic modern bob with a blunt textured perimeter. This hairstyle works excellently with a natural wave. Alternatively, you can achieve a relaxed look by using a 1 1/2-inch curling barrel. To complete this look, consider adding some balayage highlights that mimic the effect of the sun on your hair.
#3: Lived-In with a Middle Part
Sometimes, you need to let your current hairstyle go. If you’re truly looking for a different style, ready to let go of the past, or want to make a brave decision, go for an above-the-shoulder bob. A middle part with width around the jawline works great for longer facial features. If you have medium to fine hair textures and want to add body, ask for a graduated bob. This style will create fullness around the perimeter of your hair.
#4: Upper Neck-Length Blonde Balayage Hair
Blonde balayage hair, cut to the neck’s length, is perfect for anyone wanting to showcase their neckline. A chic, modern haircut can totally change your look with a few expert cuts.
#5: Off Center Parting on a Wispy Bob
Consider the eye-catching style of an off-center parting on a wispy bob. If you desire the light, airy look that comes with this bob hairstyle, instruct your hairdresser to add medium layers and perform a texture cut. A textured cut will lighten the ends of your bob, resulting in see-through, wispy tips and a more captivating shape. For a striking finish, style your new bob hairstyle with a hot iron and let the tips hang free.
#6: Fluffy and Wavy Boyfriend Bob Hairstyle
The fluffy and wavy boyfriend bob hairstyle is a nod to the trending 90s styles. It’s a great choice for a fashionable look, and it’s fun because it’s an above-the-shoulder layered cut. To get the most volume at home, you need the right tools. This makes styling easier. You should have a mousse or foam for wet hair volume, plus Redken’s blow-dry brush. Start blow drying on hair you’ve brushed out. Mastering this is a process, so be patient!
#7: Italian Bob with Side Part
Ask for the Italian bob with a side part. A stunning Italian bob above the shoulders creates a perfect balance for your face. If your face shape is round, oval, or square, a deep side part will make this hairstyle very attractive. This style is great for hair with natural wavy textures or straight hair.
#8: Bubble Bob Haircut for Older Women
A bubble bob haircut is a great option for older women. You can maximize fullness on straight hair, above the shoulder, with this bob shape. The haircut’s perimeter is blunt and gradually suites to create fullness within the same boundary. The bubble bob style best suits people with narrow jawlines, heart, inverted triangle, or oval face shapes.
#9: Cute Bob Cut with Ombre Coloring
An above-the-shoulder cute bob cut with ombre coloring is a stunning choice for a chic and trendy hairstyle. The length of the bob accentuates the shoulders and frames the face beautifully. The ombre coloring adds depth and dimension to the overall look, gradually transitioning from a darker shade at the roots to a lighter shade towards the ends. This style works well for women who want to embrace a shorter haircut while still maintaining a feminine and chic appearance. The hairstyle is versatile and can be styled in various ways, from sleek and polished to tousled and textured. Use a shine spray during styling for a polished finish!
#10: Chic Slob Cut with an Off-Center Part
Slob hairstyles are one of the best above-the-shoulder crops. This chic slob cut with an off-center part is the quintessential mid-length do.
#11: Tousled One-Length Cut
For fine or thin hair types, a tousled one-length cut is the best choice. This versatile and effortless hairstyle enhances your overall look. This trendy one-length blunt bob, sports lots of textured pieces and natural waves. It’s a top choice for women who want a low-maintenance hairstyle. To maintain this hairstyle, consider investing in a good texture or sea salt spray. For this hairstyle, my personal favorite is the R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray.
#12: Jet Black Slob Cut with Sharp Edges
This jet-black slob cut with sharp edges is versatile and flattering for any face shape. The above-the-shoulder length provides a modern and sleek finish. While sharp edges add dimension and texture. The dark color is the best way to add depth and intensity that beautifully complements any skin tone. This cut can be easily styled for day or night with just a few quick adjustments.
#13: Chocolate Brown Bob with Bangs
Are you looking for a new haircut that is both sweet and stylish? You may want to consider an above-the-shoulder chocolate brown bob with bangs. This look is perfect for women who want a cut that is versatile and easy to maintain. The cut should be slightly layered to add dimension and movement. And the bangs should be full and wispy to frame the face. To style, blow dry with a round brush and opt for a flexible hairspray for a soft and natural hold.
#14: Sleek Orange Bob with a Yellow Money Piece
Consider an orange bob if you are looking for an above-the-shoulder short style. The vivid colors make this cut pop. You can get longevity from yellow and orange if your stylist applies a darker hue. If you want to maintain at home, ask your stylist about their favorite shampoos.
#15: Cute Short Bob for Older Ladies
Ask for a cute and timeless above-the-shoulder short bob. It’s the perfect cut for older ladies looking for a low-maintenance yet stylish option. With light layering and face-framing angles, this cut highlights facial features. The best thing about this cut is you can style it in various ways – from slick and straight to tousled and textured. To maintain the cut, regular trimming is recommended every 6 to 8 weeks. For styling, a volumizing mousse and gentle blow-drying. You can use a large round brush to add more lift and bounce to your hair.
#16: Beautiful Balayage on Thick Bob Cut
Here’s a beautiful balayage on a thick bob haircut. Be aware that it can get bulky when going short on thick hair. Ask your stylist for a textured razor cut or lots of slice cutting. Invest in a good heat protector if you want to create curls with heat often. Or opt for a good curl cream like Hairstory’s Balm.
#17: Bright Blonde Shaggy Lob
I suggest trying an above-the-shoulder, shaggy lob if you want a fresh new haircut and have thin hair. This look adds texture and dimension to thin hair, creating the illusion of fuller locks. It’s a versatile cut that works well for casual and professional settings. To style, I recommend using a volumizing mousse on damp hair. Then, blow-dry with a round brush to create a soft, bouncy effect. Another tip is using a texturizing spray to add texture and define the layers.
#18: Above-the-Shoulder Bob with Volume
Consider an above-the-shoulder bob with volume. If you tend to have medium thick hair, you’ll want to create softness and volume to the hair. Ask for a blunt textured bob to create movement and fullness. Style with a Oway Volumizing Root Spray. Use a round brush or curling iron to create movement with the hair going in different directions. I suggest giving the hair a bend away from the face with a round brush to soften and finish the style.
#19: Amazing Brunette Bob with a Middle Part and No Bangs
The length of an above-the-shoulder cut keeps your locks from being too heavy. It’s the best for fine hair, and the lack of bangs allows versatility for all face shapes. I recommend using a soft mousse to create hold and definition for styling. You can use a round brush to smooth out the ends when blow drying. Use a curling wand to create loose curls throughout the hair for added texture. Finish with a light-hold hairspray to keep it in place. This look is the perfect balance between sophistication and ease of maintenance.
#20: Neck-Length Soft and Modern Blunt Cut Bob
A modern blunt bob with a soft neck-length perimeter is always trending. I suggest going over your face shape with your stylist if this bob is something you desire. This will help you decide where the length should lay to complement your features. Bringing in a few photos of what you like and don’t like about bobs is helpful. This will help show your stylist your vision and execute your style on the first try.
#21: Short Choppy Bangs on a Cute Bob Cut
Looking for a way to spice up your boring bob? Try these short choppy bangs on a cute bob cut! My favorite way to get this amount of texture is a straight razor haircut. Ask your stylist to use a razor to create effortless texture and movement. The perk of a razor cut is the ability to air dry your hair without lots of heat styling. Try to incorporate styles that enhance your natural waves, like a sea salt spray. One of my favorites is Hairstory’s Undressed Hair Texturizing Spray.
#22: Dark Red Tousled Waves
Consider doing dark red tousled waves to spice up your life. Keep in mind, a dark copper color looks best with olive, medium to dark skin tones. My best advice, if you are thinking about doing a red color is only shampoo your hair a couple of times a week. And, use a cooler water temperature when shampooing. Red hair color tends to fade the quickest, so by taking this advice, it will help to keep your color bright and rich.
#23: Layered Choppy Bob Without Bangs
There is a bob for everyone and I recommend you try them all before deciding on which one works for you. A layered choppy bob may look better without bangs, but how could you ever know without trying? If you have straight to wavy hair you will find ease when styling it with heat or going heatless. The key is in your styling aids. Kristen Ess has a few budget-friendly options when building up your styling wardrobe.
#24: Angled Long Bob for Thick Hair
Go for an angled long bob for thick hair. Great for active women who want shorter hair. Haircuts that have longer lengths around the face create versatile styling by being able to wear down or put up away from the face in a pony still.
#25: Jaw-Length Concave Bob with Wispy Bangs
Opt for a jaw-length concave bob with wispy bangs. Above-the-shoulder cuts for women over 50 looking to have modern and easy style. Asymmetrical pixies are beautiful on diamond, triangle, round, and heart face shapes.
#26: Short Bob with Glam Waves for Women Over 40
Try a short bob shape with glam waves if you’re a woman over 40. It’s a cute crop for women who have diamond and heart-shaped faces. Volume around the chin helps to balance the face to perfection.
#27: Classic Bob with a Money Piece on Straight Hair
Consider a classic straight bob with a money piece. Fine hair works wonders with an above-the-shoulder haircut for straight hair. Open the face up with money piece highlights to bring out the eyes and cheekbones.
#28: Tousled Pixie Bob with Wispy Layers
Rock a tousled pixie bob with wispy layers. A pixie hair cut is a beautiful, soft feathered above-the-shoulder layered haircut. Great for all ages who have fine hair and want a low-maintenance style that changes shape and tends to get better as it grows.
#29: Above-The-Shoulder Cut with Soft Waves for Square Faces
Go for an above-the-shoulder cut with soft waves if you have a square face shape. Middle-of-the-neck haircuts look great on medium to fine hair textures. Soften your locks with added waves to add balance to heavier jawlines.
#30: Soft Tousled One-Length Bob
Try a tousled one-length bob. Short styles on fine to medium density hair look great on most face shapes. A big barrel curling irons will give you tousled ends with minimal styling effort and can be held in place with a light hairspray.
#31: Short Tapered Bob with Layers
Go for a tapered bob with layers. A round layered hairstyle gives a beautiful shape while adding volume to the hair. Great for women over 50 who may have finer hair over time. You’re looking at 4-6 weeks for hair maintenance visits.
#32: Angled Pixie Bob with Side Bangs for Women Over 70
Think about an angled pixie bob with side bangs for women over 70. Although this short haircut graduates from short in the back to long in the front, there is minimal texture. It’s a great balance between keeping it youthful but reserved at the same time.
#33: A-Line Cut on Wavy Hair for Women Over 60
An a-line cut on wavy hair for women over 60 is simply a less textured version of a stacked bob. With fewer layers than the typical stacked bob, it’s an above-the-shoulder haircut that requires little maintenance with at-home styling. Your natural wave pattern will naturally give this haircut body and movement, keeping your looks lively yet mature.
#34: Above-The-Shoulder Blunt Textured Bob
Go for an above-the-shoulder blunt textured bob. A blunt chin-length bob is a great option for fine hair. This is for the mom and or the professional who wants an easy versatile short cut that you can wear wavy or straight.
#35: Two-Toned Bob with Baby Bangs for Thin Hair
Consider a two-toned bob with baby bangs for thin hair. A sassy style for young women with heart /inverted triangle face shapes. Two-tone blonde coloring in the front highlights the eyes and cheekbones. For a short hairstyle for fine hair, ask your stylist for a beveled bob with layers.
#36: Wavy A-Line Lob Cut with Choppy Ends
Rock a wavy a-line lob cut with choppy textured ends. It’s a beachy above-the-shoulder hairstyle that fits all stages of life with minimal curling iron capabilities. A textured end with a blunt reflect gives a graduated bob a modern flair.
#37: Short-Length Curled Bob with an Undercut
Go for a short-length curled bob with an undercut. A short-length textured bob is great for women with thicker hair that don’t mind an edgy twist. Style with a wand or 1-inch curling iron for short-length hair if you want to show off a little curl. Keep in mind that too big of a curling iron will show a soft wave with less curl.
#38: Textured Pixie with Bangs
Get into this trending textured pixie with bangs. A flattering style for above shoulder-length hair, this haircut is choppy and chic. Tons of fringe is added to the top for a super edgy look. To style at home, use a pomade to fingerstyle on dry hair.
#39: Face-Framing Mini Bob Cut for Fine Hair
Consider a face-framing mini bob cut for fine hair. Girls who experience challenges with styling their fine hair can certainly rock a mini bob. Perfect for above shoulder-length hairstyles, this haircut requires a little less styling in the back because it isn’t stacked. A large barrel curling iron and light hairspray will give you just the right amount of movement.
#40: Dimensional Round Bob for Women Over 50
For women over 50, consider a dimensional round bob. Round because of the body and movement of the style, this haircut is a nice balance between blunt bobs and layered or stacked bobs. Great for above shoulder-length hair with layers, note that this style is also a great choice for those with round face shapes.
#41: Sleek Graduated Bob
Try a sleek graduated bob for chic style with volume. Longer in the front while gradually getting shorter in the back with low stacked layers, this is a favorite above-the-shoulder style.
#42: Ear-Length Bob with a Middle Part
A different cut to consider is an ear-length bob with a middle part. An ideal hairdo for women with strong facial features, this is a great style choice to show off your beautiful face. It’s simple and super easy to style!
#43: Short Layered Stacked Bob
A cute haircut to rock is a short layered stacked bob. Angled for a longer front and short stacked back, the back is loaded with a ton of volume from the many layers. Your stylist can use a razor or cutting techniques to get chic choppy styling in above-the-shoulder haircuts with layers. You can re-create the styling at home with a flatiron, hair spray, and some quick easy finger styling.
#44: Side-Parted Short Bob for Round Faces
For women with round faces, try a side-parted short bob. Short bobs help reduce some of the roundness of your face if you’re wanting to draw out your face shape. One of the shortest bob cuts, this cut also goes well with those who have fine hair. Short bobs allow women with short hair to get a lot of body, especially with layers for texture.