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Updated on January 23, 2023
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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

cute graduated bob

Instagram / @modernsalon

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

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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. Wispy Stacked Bob for Straight Hair

The wispy locks of the short inverted bob look great if your hair’s texture is naturally soft and feathery. If you’re getting bored with your inverted bob, spice it up with platinum babylights that are strategically placed to accentuate the layers.

Soft Short Inverted Ash Bronde Bob

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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.

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. Inverted Bob with Dark Blonde Balayage

An inverted bob is a beautiful option when your short hair starts to grow out. You get the collar-sweeping look around the face, 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.

Short Piece-y Inverted Bob

Instagram / @cocoon_styling

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.

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.

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

Instagram / @modernsalon

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.

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 Balayage

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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.

22. Liven Up Thin Hair

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. 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

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.

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.

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. Inverted Stacked Bob with Nape Undercut

An inverted bob haircut is flattering for all face shapes and hair types, no doubt. Just work with your stylist to customize the cut and style you like. If you own a thick mane, consider going shorter, and don’t hesitate to get the nape tapered. The undercut doesn’t always look bold and edgy; most often, it is here just to remove the bulk and let your breeze freely on hot summer days.

Short Inverted Bob with Lifted Crown

Instagram / @headrushdesigns

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.

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.

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.

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.

38. 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

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.

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

Instagram / @modernsalon

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

Instagram / @modernsalon

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

Instagram / @nicoleoharehair

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!

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. Gray Inverted Bob with Lowlights

Sometimes, the focus of your hairstyle is all on the color, like in this gray bob that skilfully mimics balayage with the help of black lowlights. In that case, a hairstyle doesn’t have to be complex – 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.

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. 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

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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