10 Beautiful Shoulder-Length Bob Haircuts To Shake Up Your Style

by John Griffith

While trends come and go in the fashion world, the shoulder-length bob remains a timeless style. From the jazz-infused streets of the Roaring Twenties to the busy street runways of today, the bob has remained an unshakable classic. And it’s easy to see why. Also known as the “lob”, this hairstyle is super flattering. It helps frame the face and accentuates all the right features. This is why we love the “lob”! It’s chic, stylish, and elegant, however, it can also be casual and fun. This duality makes it super desirable to women of all ages. Shoulder-length bobs are long enough to style easily but short enough to look clean. You have way less hair to deal with while still looking hella cute! So, if you are wondering if it is worth getting this haircut done, wonder no more. Today we will share with you everything you need to know about this chop before you book your next salon appointment.

While trends come and go in the fashion world, the shoulder-length bob remains a timeless style

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What is the shoulder-length bob?

The shoulder-length bob, also known as the “lob”, is a classic hairstyle. This haircut features a straight cut that helps to frame the face and as the name implies typically ends at the shoulders. The lob exudes a chic and modern look that can be both casual and elegant, making it an incredibly versatile hairstyle. The bob and its variations took the world by storm in the 1920s as a symbol of liberation and showcased the fashion-forward thinking of the flapper era. Since then, it has only surged in popularity and has remained a go-to style over the decades for women of all ages. Over the years, many celebrities have rocked the “lob”, including fashion icons like Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift. This is truly one timeless hairstyle.

The “lob” is a classic hairstyle

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Who should get a shoulder-length bob?

The great thing about this hairstyle is how remarkably adaptable it is. This style easily complements a wide range of hair types and facial structures. However, like all styles for some it makes an especially flattering choice. The “lob” looks best on people with straight or slightly wavy hair, as the cut helps accentuate the smooth lines and flow of the hair itself. This haircut is also especially flattering to people with oval or heart-shaped faces as it highlights the cheekbones and frames the face gracefully. If you have thick hair then this is definitely a style you want to try out as you will still maintain good volume while lightening the weight of the hair.

The great thing about this hairstyle is how remarkably adaptable it is

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Who should avoid a shoulder-length bob and why?

While this is a fairly versatile look, it may not be as flattering on some as it would be on others. If you have curly-hair your “lob”   will  you to put in extra effort to style and maintain it. This will require quite a bit of dedication from you as well as plenty of free time to style it. The shoulder-length bob may not be very flattering for people with very round faces as it can accentuate the width of the face. If this is something you would prefer to avoid, we suggest going for a different style. It is also advised for people with finer hair to proceed with caution when deciding to get this haircut as the blunt cut can make the hair appear less voluminous. If you already struggle to get volume, this is not the style for you.

This look may not be for everyone

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How to maintain a shoulder-length bob?

Like every haircut, this one will also require some maintenance for it to keep looking its best. In order to keep the shape, you will need a trim every six to eight weeks. This regular snipping is the secret to maintaining the perfect, crisp look of the hair. Other than that you can use a blow-dryer to help create some volume, as well as some supporting products lie a feather-light mousse.

You will need a trim every six to eight weeks

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Shoulder-length bob inspirations

Okay, so now you know everything there is to know about this cool haircut. This means it’s finally time to check out some inspo pics. The great thing about this hairstyle is its versatility. You can go for a sleek, straight bob that simply screams sophisticated simplicity. Or you can have a bit more fun and style you bob with some tousled waves for that sun-kissed, beachy vibe. There is a shoulder-length bob for every taste.

The great thing about this hairstyle is its versatility

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Face framing highlights

Highlights are a great way to add some depth and dimension to a hairstyle. When it comes to a “lob” you can add some normal highlights all around or you can create an extra face framing effect by doing highlights on the strands right around your face. It’s a fun way to accentuate the face while adding a pop of color.

Highlights are a great way to add some depth and dimension to a hairstyle

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Side part

The side part “lob” is the flirtatious cousin of the classic bob. This look creates the perfect balance between being playful and polished. The alluring look of its asymmetrical style offers a modern twist that still frames the face with soft sophistication. The side part is definitely a statement and it’s perfect for those looking to infuse a touch of effortless glamour to their daily look.

Mila Kunis rocks the side part “lob”

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Bangs and a “lob” make the perfect combination. The bangs add a refreshingly modern twist on the timeless base of the cut. This silhouette is as versatile as it is stylish. The chic bangs draw attention to the eyes, while the breezy length of this style keeps everything light and manageable. It’s a great look for anyone looking to add a touch of playfulness to their stylish”lob”.

Bangs and a “lob” make the perfect combination

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If you have naturally curly hair you can make a shoulder-length bob work. As long as you keep up with maintenance your hair will look as lush and lustrous as can be. This style looks effortless and laid-back. It’s casual yet very stylish.

Yara Shahidi makes this style work perfectly

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Shaggy lob

This shaggy style is an ode to the carefree. It has choppy layers and tousled waves which scream rock ‘n’ roll! The shaggy lob is a bit of a rebellious take on the classic bob. This style is full of texture and movement perfect for those that want to stand out with pride.

This shaggy style is an ode to the carefree

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This “lob” dances between causal grace and understated elegance. If you want your hairstyle to capture the essence of a beach day, then this is the look you want to be going for. The waves will add a touch of a bohemian sophistication to the otherwise straightforward “lob”.

This style is infused with dimension and playfulness

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Sleek and sophisticated

The sleek “lob” is the epitome of polished perfection. This style is the perfect blend of classic finesse and a contemporary edge. Its razor sharp lines and smooth, straight tresses exude an air of refined elegance. While it is a simple style, it is still quite the statement.

Naomi Campbell looks perfectly polished with her long bob

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The curly “lob” is a celebration of twists and spirals. This style offers natural volume and dynamic texture. It is a vivacious transformation of the classic “lob”. The curly variant not only frames the face but it also encircles it with flair and exuberance.

Bold, spirited, and fun

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Layered style

Layers, layers, layers and more layers. The layers help add volume to the look and create a sense of depth. This tiered masterpiece offers a cascade of movement and life to the traditional bob hairstyle.

Layers, layers, layers and more layers

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Rounded lob

The harmonious curves at the bottom of the hair help to soften and frame the face with one gentle, continuous line. The subtle under curve lends a certain bounce at the ends that create a shape both modern and reminiscent of old-Hollywood styles.

Kim K looks beautiful with her rounded “lob”

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This is everything you need to know about the shoulder-length bob haircut. We hope you found this article useful. Now you have enough of knowledge on this beautiful haircut to know if it will suit you and plenty of inspo to show your hairdresser at your next appointment.

This is everything you need to know about the shoulder-length bob haircut

jennifer aniston shoulder length bob

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.