17 Short Layered Bob Haircuts Trending in 2018

If you’re looking for a fresh cut that’s not too long or too short, then consider one of these short layered bob haircuts. Did you know that adding layers to thin hair creates the illusion of more volume? While adding long layers will keep your hair from looking too short if something like that makes you nervous. The great thing about this cut is the versatility in styling and adding color creates a beautiful dimension that really highlights the layering effect. Below, I’ve put together a collection of some of the most popular layered bobs for short hair this year. You’ll find unique looks like a messy shag, choppy layering, face-framing layers and bangs. Enjoy!

Perfect for Thick Hair

Perfect for Thick Hair
Instagram @courtsan_cosmetology

This fire-y textured inverted bob is created by Stylish Courtney, and it’s definitely one for the books! Perfect for dense hair as it can show off a luscious color gorgeously and with dimension.

Trendy Layering With Bangs

Trendy Layering With Bangs
Instagram @ceci_hair

A shapely bob with a wispy fringe that can frame the face nicely look super modern. The choppy ends also make it an effortless style.

Very Short Bob

Very Short Bob
Instagram @hair.cules

An ear-length chop wouldn’t look any better without this vibrant red shade that give natural highlights to the layered pieces. This is perfect for ladies who don’t wanna spend too much time styling but still look fabulous everytime.

Easy A-Line Bob

Easy A-Line Bob
Instagram @lashes_nhair

That sharp angle is definitely perfection on a lob like this. With smooth straight hair, those blonde streaks and highlights offer texture that is effortless.

Stylish Stacked Bob

Stylish Stacked Bob
Instagram @braxtonthomashair

If you crave for your hair to appear fuller and thicker, you better take note of this style right here. The alternating platinum and dirty blondes along with those amazing layered waves work greatly to achieve a feminine and edgy finish.

Gorgeous with Layers

Gorgeous with Layers
Instagram @joannaevelisa

A tousled bob like this makes anyone a cool girl without even trying. The big thick waves throughout the hair add softness that perfectly balances the messy cut.

Fresh Neck Length Cut

Fresh Neck Length Cut
Instagram @alex.moiseeva

This one-length bob with a textured finish all over complements fine hair amazingly, as it makes the hair appear thicker. Style with long side bangs for a feminine finish.

Sizzling Long Layers

Sizzling Long Layers
Instagram @hairmeroar

A tousled neck-length bob is the simplest yet most gorgeous look you can get if you’re looking to take some length off. Styling it with an inward wave for a sexy finish adds volume to the hair, making it a great look for thin hair.

Cute Angled Bob

Cute Angled Bob
Instagram @__hannahv

Q&A with style creator, Hannah Villavicencio
Hairstylist @ theFactory Hair in San Diego, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a graduated bob haircut with a dramatic angle. I love that the highlights are framing the face but also leading your eye up the haircut making the angle seem more dramatic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think this look can either be worn with very little styling or a loose curl. Adding something like moose or hairspray for hold will help your look last longer, especially for finer hair. Finer, thinner hair would suit a graduated bob haircut instead of a layered bob because it will actually make their hair look fuller.

Sleek Inverted Bob

Sleek Inverted Bob
Instagram @krissymoore.az

Q&A with style creator, Krissy Moore
Stylist @ BeautyWorx Hair & Nail Salon in Phoenix, AZ


How would you describe this look?

I love everything about a dramatic look like this, and I call this a disconnected inverted long bob. We have all seen or worn an A-line bob (they are classic!), but when it comes to such a dramatic inverted A-line bob I feel it’s important to cut this as two separate cuts blended into one. With such a strong line, this style can be straightened to show more obviousness and sharpness (to show more of the details). When waved or curled, it softens the line or “dresses it up”.

Start by parting an inch behind the ear and clip/pull the section forward, along with any hair that drops/falls naturally in this area. Depending on the hair density, this could be hair that is in the crown area.

Next, start cutting the back to the desired length with a slight angle towards the front. Once this is done drop the sides and have the client turn her head so that the hair is now in front of the shoulder. At this point start your cutting from the front and work your way to your pre-cut area in the back. One important key to this cut is to not connect the front hair to the hair that grows in the nape of the neck, but to the hair that falls from the occipital bone area. It does not have to connect 100%.

Now that the perimeter is done, you can add texture layers to this look with a razor, texturing shears, or you can use your shears to point cut into the bottom to give it more texture. It’s great for really thick hair that you can undercut 1-3 inches off underneath or along with fine hair that you can give a few graduated layers for movement.

Adding to her cut is her beautiful milk chocolate hair color. Again, with a strong cut, she becomes a minimum maintenance client. I felt it would be appropriate to accentuate her natural level with a /71 brown ash color (I used Alter Ego Italy’s Technofruit Permanent Color).

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is an easy everyday look and fits quite well with most face shapes. This cut is very flattering for heart-shaped (side bangs are a good option), round (straight and sleek is best), and oval (lots of texture-shattered ends) face shapes. It will also work for rectangle (layers and waves look best) and triangle (straight or wavy & bangs are good for someone with a wider forehead) face shapes.

For the clients with curly/wavy hair it can be as simple as washing, apply styling products, and air drying or using a hair diffuser. For straight hair, it could be curled with an iron, brushed with a large round brushing to give lift, volume, and sleekness, dry, and flat ironed the midshaft to ends or just brush and go depending on the texture of the hair.

Products would be best recommended by their stylist. In the pictured hair, I used Alter Ego’s Curls Amplifier prior to styling and Alter Ego’s Classic Pomade after curled. For people with an active lifestyle, this cut is rather easy. If your hair is in your face during an activity or work, it can be pinned back by pulling each of the sides up, around the front and center area or even pulled up into a half top-knot.

Ideal for Thin Hair

Ideal for Thin Hair
Instagram @tashadoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Tasha Judson
Hairstylist @ Tasha Does Hair at KUTZ in Portland, ME


How would you describe this look?

This layered lob gets just a touch longer in the front, in both the outline and the layers. The texture is accentuated by loose iron waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This shape can work for most hair types, but my favorite is hair that has natural waves or loose curls. With a little sea salt spray and barely any effort, a layered lob can really show off your natural texture. For a more refined look, after your hair has air dried, you can add a few iron curls on the top layer.

Classy Stacked Bob

Classy Stacked Bob
Instagram @bytheg.o.a.t

Q&A with style creator, Sam Primeau
Hairstylist @ Atomic Barbershop and Salon in Tonawanda, NY


How would you describe this look?

The greatest thing about this style is the cut we did for her. My client always loved the short layers to give herself volume but kept her length to her shoulders. When she came in asking for a bob I was ecstatic. It really helped open up her entire look.

One more awesome thing about this look was the color because we didn’t change what we normally did. She was always doing just a few highlights, and the rest of her hair was darker. When we gave her this cut, it made her color look totally different!

I honestly can’t say that everything about this was not my favorite, this is by far one of my all-time favorite transformations I have done for a client. Her color pops beautifully and looks more dimensional with this cut, and the styling really made this look perfect for her.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any time a client requests a look like this my first question is “Do you like to style your hair every day or are you more wash and go?”

Most clients are wash-and-go, which doesn’t mean they can’t have a short haircut. I will just typically tweak the cut to fit their lifestyle.

Another huge thing I like to make sure to consider is product use at home. If a client doesn’t like product or doesn’t have any at home, I want to make sure I at least give them suggestions and explain why product is necessary. Without the proper products and styling, this cut can fall very flat and/or lose its shape very quickly.

All in all, this look specifically, the client would have to style every day to make this look the best it could be. Luckily my client I had done the cut on is amazing about her hair routine and always styles her hair, so this was perfect for her.

Awesome for Wavy Hair

Awesome for Wavy Hair
Instagram @nikki.michele

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Pruitt
Cosmetologist @ Bella Sorella’s Hair and Nail Studios in Uniontown, OH


How would you describe this look?

I think this look is fun and edgy! The coolest part about it is that it is very versatile, meaning it can look so different just depending on how you style it – whether it be sleek and straight or a tousled beach wave look! It can be half up with a cute top knot or one side swept back for a more elegant look. There’s just so much you can do with it.

I did not do the color on this particular client, that is her beautiful natural color!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think that a lot of people with different face shapes can pull off this look! What’s great about it is that you can have different face shapes and still pull it off by just adjusting the length.

For example, if you have a rounder face I would probably make it a tad bit longer than someone who has a more structured oval face who can pull off a little bit of a shorter length. I would definitely consider how short are how long you go depending on your lifestyle! If you’re someone that needs to easily be able to throw it in a ponytail for work or exercise, making it a little longer would be a better option for you.

Some great products to use for the beachy wave look would be a texturizing spray or sea salt spray to give it that piecey definition and alternating your curling iron or wand every other direction! For the sleek straight look, I would use a light serum to smooth out any frizz or flyaways and of course always a good heat protectant!

Sassy Choppy Layers

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Gorden
Hairstylist @ Prestige 10 Studio Salon in Mandan, ND


How would you describe this look?

This look is a diagonal-forward or A-line haircut. It’s shorter in the back and longer in the front. It can be done in a few different ways depending on the clients wants and daily routine.

I did her cut with a more-than-natural angle to keep more length in the front as we took off I believe about 2 feet worth of hair. She’s a new mommy so I kept the layers longer so she can still throw it up if she needs to in a pinch! It’s great for easy maintenance and grow-out. The color is from a previous color we did on her hair long before this haircut, so it’s almost grown into a natural ombre with a slight red left over on the ends.

The textured curls are really in right now so I did a more polished version on her with a 1.24″ barrel curling iron and left it fairly in-tact instead of really messy. I used all Redken products. Iron Shape for heat protection and slight hold, Guts 10 Mousse for control and hold, and Wax Blast for styling, and then Triple Take 32 as a finishing spray.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re wanting a low-maintenance cut that you don’t have to do too much with and tends to grow out pretty great, this cut is for you.

It’s great for clients with wavy to curly hair, too. Especially when it’s stacked in the back, it really makes the waves and curls look beautiful and full.

Leave the front longer if you still want to periodically rock a half-pony sometimes.

For thick-haired clients or clients with weird growth patterns in their napes, adding a slight shaved undercut is absolutely fantastic. It makes the shape sit much sharper and removes the weight from the neck to help reduce heat for thick hair.

Messy Shaggy Cut

Q&A with style creator, Jess Switzer
Hair Artist @ The Harlot in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a shag/super textured bob with some copper balayage! Lots of layering and back cutting with some extra texture added with a large marcel iron!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would make sure they know the cut is super shattered without any straight lines. If you like a messy textured look, a shag is perfect for you! Very low maintenance and fun!

Edgy Asymmetrical Bob

Edgy Asymmetrical Bob
Instagram @hairmoody

Q&A with style creator, Stephen Moody
Wella North American Education Director @ Wella Studio in Calabasas, CA


How would you describe this look?

Mary has a very angular jaw that she is conscious of. A line with a side parting diffuses this. The cut is comprised of a line triangular, a small amount of graduation triangular + for movement layer triangular. The execution requires a high degree of precision.

The styling is super simple with a vess brush entailing flat wrapping the hair around the head and is complemented by Wella Eimi Perfect Me. The color in the front is an asymmetric Alice Band using Wella Koleston Perfect 7/8 + 40 volume developer. The field color is Wella Color Touch 4/71 + RTHIS is particularly gentle on Mary’s fine hair. I love the way it moves, is modern + fits Mary and her hair type.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Search out a stylist/salon who has attended quality hands-on education (Wella Cutcraft, Sassoon Academy ABC, etc), and has an IG profile with looks that are above the shoulders. Ask the stylist to tailor-make the color and cut to her as an individual.

Ask the stylist to choose a look that does not fight her hair type and works with her personality.

Great for Fine Hair

Q&A with style creator, Olivia Bergeron
Associate @ The Hair Lounge Salon in Federal Way, WA


How would you describe this look?

The coolest thing about this haircut is how edgy and sassy it is! It is cute and edgy and made my client feel really good about herself!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use a product for texture! A wax spray or salt spray would be perfect for this look to really make the layers stand out and give it the piecey look she was going for!