Bobs, bobs everywhere, but no one ever stops to wonder what the difference between all the various bob styles is! What is an inverted bob, anyway? What sets it apart from a classic A-line bob, for instance? The main difference lies in the actual technique used for achieving this style. If you’re wondering how an inverted bob is cut, know that it’s all about stacked layers at the back, and slightly curved lines extending towards the front. You can even let your frontal strands reach the shoulder length, for an ultra-dramatic statement. Here are some awesome ideas on inverted bobs, which will be inspiring if you’re after a low-maintenance, yet modern haircut.
Popular Inverted Bob Haircuts
The curved horseshoe shape of the nape area makes this kind of bob stand out from its counterparts. Speaking of terms, an inverted bob and a graduated bob are the same things.
#1: Shaggy Inverted Bob
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We were particularly keen on showing you this inverted bob from the back, because we love how simple it is to style. Go messy chic, add a pea-sized dose of texturizer or moose for a bit of a wet look and enjoy fun days out in the sun with it!
#2: Choppy Jagged Bob for Straight Hair
The swing bob is perfect for someone with naturally thick hair. The layers help tame the volume and emphasize the sleek appeal of your straight tresses. Dark roots and a teased crown put the look together with their depth and dimension.
Inverted Ash Blonde Balayage Lob
Instagram / @erin.boha_hair
#3: Steeply Angled Feathered Bob
The steep angles of this long inverted bob are unmistakably dramatic. The elongated pieces graze the collarbone, while the rounded back is cropped straight across the nape in sharp contrast to the front. The side part allows the bangs to be combed over, adding even more edgy flair.
Long Inverted Bob With Elongated Front
Instagram / @scottriskhair
#4: Inverted Bob for Coarse Wavy Hair
An inverted bob with layers works well on thick, coarse hair. The dimensional shaggy waves curl around the face in a flattering reverse pattern that draws attention to the cheekbones. Subtle copper highlights and combover bangs are additional touches that make this bob unique and stylish.
Shaggy Inverted Bob With Layers
Instagram / @hairby_killak
#5: Dark Brown Textured Bob with Root Lift
The inverted bob is a popular alternative to a one-length one because its angles give the cut movement. Plus, they are super cute. You don’t need length to make a statement. You can rock your natural color and texture and still come out with an awe-worthy hairstyle.
Voluminous Layered Chin-Length Bob
Instagram / @felipefhr
#6: Wavy Shaggy Bronde Lob
The shaggy lob with extra-long front pieces looks nice on active women who would prefer to avoid time-consuming blow drying and styling techniques. Beach blonde highlights over a dark brown base accentuate the twisty pattern of the choppy, textured waves. It’s a cool medium inverted hairstyle ideal for women with thick, unruly hair.
Medium Inverted Bob For Thick Hair
Instagram / @hairbymacey
#7: Inverted Curly Lob with Highlights
Naturally curly hair has the perfect texture for a layered inverted cut. Honey-blonde highlights swirl through each curl enhancing the healthy shine. This pretty inverted bob is a youthful and feminine hairstyle that can be parted on the side or in the middle, and the long front pieces provide an excellent way to grow out your shorter hairstyle without going through an awkward transition period.
Long Layered Inverted Bob
Instagram / @prissyhippiebeautyshop
#8: Inverted Bob with Rounded Back
Smooth and sleek, shiny and angled, the graduated bob is a hairstyle to choose if you don’t mind spending a little more time in the morning to get it right. The crown section is lightly teased to create some extra height, and the long front pieces dip down towards the collarbone framing your face nicely.
Sleek Angled Graduated Bob
Instagram / @headrushdesigns
#9: Shaggy Inverted Bronde Bob
Call it a shag or call it a bob, but make sure to refer to it as a sexy sassy haircut with a scraggly urban edge. Modern and trendy, the wavy tresses feature some bright blonde highlights that give depth to the dark brown base color. The combover bangs are long enough to tuck behind one ear or leave in front of the eyes in a peek-a-boo fashion.
Shaggy Wavy Inverted Bob
Instagram / @elle_belle_hair
#10: Wispy Sliced Bob Long in Front
Try a subtle ash-blonde color to bring out the sultry feel of your inverted bob haircut. The back is poofy, tousled, and tapered in the nape area. The wispy, shaggy ends contribute to the effortless appeal of this chic bob.
Tapered Inverted Bob Haircut
Instagram / @geyshapaintshair
#11: Nape-Length Bob with Long Surface Layers
Shorter bobs can be very sophisticated and mature. Layers are key with cuts like this, because they help to balance out your hair. This is especially true if you have thick locks. Opt for dark roots to enhance the depth of this full-bodied bob.
Short Stacked Blonde Bob
Instagram / @jenleete
#12: Wispy Inverted Bob with Accurate Edges
Straight hair with a blunt edge makes the angled inverted bob even more striking. Muted blonde highlights over a darker base are a flattering color choice for most complexions. A tousle in the back adds a touch of softness that balances out the sharp angles of the longer side sections.
Wispy Angled Bob
Instagram / @headrushdesigns
#13: Collarbone Cut with Stacked Back
Bobs are known for their classic appeal. If you need to modernize yours, however, there are plenty of easy ways to do so. Shadow roots can instantly upgrade your bob. Layers at the back will complement the dimension that the dark roots initiate.
Longer Stacked Bob For Straight Hair
Instagram / @mallorybhair_mirrorsalon
#14: Short Layered Bob with Fringy Edges
Bring an extra element of understated drama to your hairstyle with bangs. The addition of fringy ends complements the crisp angles of this jet black bob. Wispy layers keep things feeling soft and feminine, so you don’t have to worry about being too bold.
Short Inverted Black Bob With Layers
Instagram / @walhair
#15: Disconnected Wavy Inverted Bob
Disconnected haircuts are a popular type of inverted bob hairstyles. The long, wavy pieces stick out playfully to all sides, and the short back section is just the right length to show off your shoulder tattoo.
Wavy Inverted Bob Hairstyle
Instagram / @styled_by_carolynn
#16: Steeply Angled Toasted Coconut Bob
This gorgeous geometric bob for medium length hair is sculptured perfectly with not a hair out of place. Bright blonde highlights sprout from the chocolate brown roots and melt creating an eye-catching glazed toasted coconut color.
Angled Bob For Medium Length Hair
Instagram / @jessie__teague
#17: Inverted Cut for Brunettes
This style will work with a business-casual look, but it will also take you out on the town, in your most glamorous mini. Note that the side parting seen in this style makes it one of the best inverted bob hairstyles for round faces, as it does a great job of framing the wearer’s face.
short side-parted inverted bob
#18: Black Rounded Bob with V-Cut Layers
Thick hair can be hard to manage, but this inverted cut uses volume to its advantage. The layering rounds off the bob, giving it super flattering fullness. It’s also a great way to bring some depth to straight locks.
Short Inverted Brunette Bob
Instagram / @laurenthealchemist
#19: Inverted Tousled Blonde Balayage Bob
This A-line bob is effortless and sassy. To throw some sweetness into the mix, try a balayage. Blonde, in particular, is bright and beautiful. Although, if you want to dial it back, for something more casual, go for piecey layers. This will create that perfectly messy style.
Angled Layered Blonde Bob
Instagram / @cutyourhair
#20: Rounded Layered Bob with Silver Balayage
A balayage really pops against an inverted bob haircut. The straight tresses and sleek styling serve as a base for your unlimited choices of creative colors. Go bright with platinum and silvery blonde highlights contrasting bronde roots. The warm-to-cool look is pretty and unique.
Stacked Bronde Bob With White Balayagefdf memory foam foam in pillows pillows latex stomach sleeper
Instagram / @sie.does.hair
#21: Loose and Wavy Hair
Bob haircuts have a reputation of being tomboyish or severe, but today’s modern inverted bob styles couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re worried about losing your femininity with a bob cut, go for a loose and wavy style that leaves plenty of room for softness.
Choppy Bronde Balayage Bob
Instagram / @styled_by_carolynn
#22: Liven Up Thin Hair
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If you are tired of dealing with fine hair texture, a short style will be much easier to maintain than long locks. Go for something choppy but not too quirky, and don’t forget the bangs!
Brown Choppy Angled Bob
Instagram / @salsalhair
#23: Wispy Razored Bob for Straight Hair
The wispy locks of the short inverted bob look great if your hair’s texture is naturally dry and feathery. If you’re getting bored with your inverted bob with bangs, let them grow out. The strawberry blonde color is accented with golden blonde highlights that are strategically placed in the front to highlight the face.
Wispy Short Inverted Bob
Instagram / @williamcorfield
#24: Straight Cropped Style
Keep hair straight and serious with a long inverted bob that works with the natural texture and direction of your locks. Don’t have stick straight hair? Invest in a quality flat iron to get a smooth result.
Layered Angled Brunette Bob
Instagram / @hairbyedwin
#25: Tousled Wavy Bronde Bob
Chanel beachy vibes with a layered and wavy bob. The loose waves deliver texture, while the blonde highlights bring a sun-kissed glow. It’s not always about looking prim and polished. The messy layers are what make this hairdo so stylish.
Dishwater Blonde Bob With Platinum Highlights
Instagram / @muggybabybeauty
#26: Inverted Blonde Bob with Angled Layers
You can transform your haircut from just okay to stunning, with layers. Piecey or chunky, they break up the coif and give it visual interest. Layers are a great match to inverted cuts because of how they enhance the drama of the angles.
Warm And Cool Blonde Balayage Bob
Instagram / @styled_by_carolynn
#27: Forward Thinking Bob
An inverted bob haircut is made beautiful when it follows the natural lines of your hair and facial features. In this example, a thin face with a prominent nose is softened by a bob cut that is angled toward the chin.
Layered Angled Chin-Length Bob
Instagram / @gustavoblesa
#28: Uneven Inverted Bronde Bob
Sometimes imperfections are what make hairstyles perfect, like with this reverse bob. The wispy flyaways and blend of colors all contribute to the final effect of this haircut. The messy-on-purpose style finishes this charming current look.
Choppy Angled Brown Blonde Bob
Instagram / @corynneylon_hair
#29: Asymmetrical Razored Black Bob
If you are feeling edgy, have your stylist use the razor technique to give you that choppy and bold cut. To amplify the drama further, a jet black dye-job is key. All the standout elements of this asymmetrical bob come together to create something totally badass.
Angled Bob With Razored Ends
Instagram / @guyannescissorhands
#30: Short Tousled Bob with Elongated Front
Short bobs are great for people who love more structured cuts. The stacked back of an A-line cut offers fullness. Take the volume up a notch by teasing the roots of the hair. Shadow roots will also help the cut look like it has endless body.
Jaw-Length Stacked Bob With Highlights
Instagram / @malenacreates
#31: Purple Grey Curls
Accentuate those wild natural curls with a cut that really shows off your color and texture. Go with your natural hue or go brave with a purple grey shade that works for many different skin tones.
Messy Dark Brown Bob With Silver Highlights
Instagram / @shagboston
#32: Modern Inverted Bob
This short, dramatic style is edgy and modern with every snip. Working in a darker under layer and leaving cool blonde strands up top, this is a style inspired by salon pictures but able to look totally unique on each and every woman.
Short Inverted Blonde Balayage Bob
Instagram / @alinecosta_makeup
#33: Short and Sweet Inverted Cut
Straight, silky hair is always popular. Although beautiful to the touch, these soft strands can be difficult to style. Go with a reverse bob that is short enough to hold those rebel strands in place.
Inverted Brunette Bob Haircut
Instagram / @idaliassalon
#34: Angled Layered Silver Bob
Short inverted bob haircuts are one route to take if you are looking to experiment with color. You can make a statement without being too bold, because neck-length platinum locks don’t quite have the same impact as back-skimming ones.
Inverted Silver Bob With Layers
Instagram / @hair.by.craig_parkinson
#35: Long Inverted Bob with Layers
See how layered this style actually is? And it works like a charm with longer hair, since all those feathered layers highlight the model’s facial features. As an added bonus, this is possibly the easiest look to maintain for hair that’s grown past one’s jawline.
long layered inverted bob
#36: Two-Tone Stacked Inverted Bob
Looking for something bold, but not too bold? Try pairing two high-contrast hues together from the spectrum of natural hair shades. Deep brown and platinum blonde is a stunning combination. The way the hair falls with an angled bob beautifully showcases the color combo, too.
Short Dimensional Ash-Blonde Balayage Bob
Instagram / @rochellegoldenhairstylist
#37: Big Hair, Don’t Care
This elevated, stacked hairstyle is a fun cousin of the traditional bob. If your hair is thicker or naturally wavy, you’ll win at this tousled style that aims to really show off the whole day through.
Wavy Inverted Dark Brown Bob
Instagram / @styled_by_carolynn
#38: Classy Stacked Bob with Blonde Balayage
The long inverted bob is a beautiful option when your short hair starts to grow out. You get the collar-sweeping look of longer tresses along with the easy maintenance of a short cut. In case you want something with a little more dimension, a blonde balayage is the perfect solution.
Collarbone Inverted Cool Bronde Bob
Instagram / @1maxmarre
#39: Shattered Bob with Creative Coloring
The short inverted bob is a very popular haircut. To make yours unique, have fun experimenting with different combos of colors and tones. Pictured here is a mix of warm auburn locks and cool platinum highlights. The unexpected pairing creates a refreshing palette.
Wispy Layered Balayage Bob
Instagram / @nikipowell_hairguru
#40: Party in the Back
This sweet and sassy style has been worn by both career women and soccer moms over the years. It remains popular due to its simple upkeep and ability to work for both casual and formal occasions. Long or short, with bangs or without – personalize this haircut to fit your own personality and lifestyle.
Layered Two-Tone Brown And Blonde Bob
Instagram / @thebellasalon
#41: Streamlined Caramel Blonde Bob
An inverted bob with bangs is always a sleek choice. Opt for highlights to enhance that streamlined effect. What’s more, the angles of the A-line cut exude modern vibes. This medium-length look is the bob to turn to when you’re feeling sophisticated but don’t want to sacrifice an ounce of style.
Tousled Angled Caramel Blonde Bob
Instagram / @purerituals
#42: Textured Blonde Lob
When all you want is a classic and uncomplicated look, you can’t go wrong with this shoulder length hairdo that hits all of the right style notes. The shaggy layers are effortless, and the thin blonde highlights are super cute and harmonious. This cut is perfect for a mature lady who wants to look youthful yet age-appropriate.
long blonde layered bob with subtle highlights
#43: Tousled Bob for Thin Hair
If you love the look of long flowing locks, but don’t want to commit to the time it takes to maintain them, this inverted bob haircut is the pick for you. The loose waves are still romantic and alluring, but they don’t weigh you down like longer styles.
wavy messy angled bob
#44: Wavy Bob in Auburn and Blonde
The quality of the cut is important for your new short inverted bob, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore color as an opportunity to elevate your look. Pairing auburn red with a cool blonde tone creates a visually exciting hair color that is flattering without being over-the-top.
red wavy bob
#45: Sharply-Angled Bob with Bangs
There’s a hefty dose of vintage charm to this look, from its straight blunt fringe to its curved line, and inwardly curled pointy tips. Pair it with peeptoes and a waist hugging dress and go paint the town red!
angled bob with blunt bangs
#46: Grown Out Shaggy Bob
Sometimes we are wondering how our haircut will look when it grows out. Wispy, outgrown strands and tousled texture are still charming, as you can see.
medium layered haircut with bangs
Instagram / @romeufelipe
#47: High and Mighty Inverted Style
Tapered hair can add thickness and texture to lifeless locks. This stacked style is perfect for those who need a boost toward a winning style option. During warm weather months, be sure to brighten up strands with blonde highlights throughout.
Inverted Wavy Blonde Balayage Bob
Instagram / @lovesofhair
#48: Cropped and Coiffed Bob
Keeping hair cropped into a bob is lovely, but sometimes you want to go with something a bit more original. For a totally different look, keep some front layers longer than the rest of the hair length. Curl them, wear them straight, however you feel that day.
Curly Stacked Brown Bob
Instagram / @maxhairsalon
#49: Medium to Long Bob for Brunettes
This medium inverted bob is perfect for straight, thick hair that has just the right amount of volume this style requires. Monochromatic color can also be interesting – it won’t distract from the shape of your cut and the texture of your style.
side-parted asymmetrical bob
Instagram / @hairbyedwin
#50: Short Simple Cut
Inverted bob hairstyles don’t have to be complex – sometimes all it takes is a little layering and shaping to give you a whole new style that’s both easy to maintain and fun to wear.
Inverted Bob With Highlights For Thin Hair
Instagram / @alinecosta_makeup
An inverted bob is a style that requires little to no maintenance. If cut properly, following the natural lines of the hair, all it takes is a bit of volumizing product and/or fixing spritz of hairspray to style a classy ‘do. If you know of any products that work particularly well with this style, don’t hesitate to tell us, ok? So, what’s your inverted bob styling secret?
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