60 Trending Short Bob Haircuts and Hairstyles for 2021

Published By Brooke
Updated 10-5-2021

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Girly Wavy Chocolate and Blonde Bob

Girly Wavy Chocolate and Blonde Bob
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You may not change your hairstyle very often, but we'd say this is a safe look to land on if you want to try a new short haircut. To replicate this look, you'll need to apply a texturizing product like Beach Club Texture Spray to wet hair (excluding the bangs). Then, blow-dry bangs with a round brush and dry the rest of the hair with a diffuser to achieve those beachy waves.

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What’s the one hairstyle that works for everyone? The bob! No matter what variation of a bob cut you choose, no matter what hair type you have: from fine hair to thick coarse locks, you can't go wrong with trying out an adorable short bob, especially because it’s one of the most low-maintenance hairstyles out there. So, what are you waiting for? We've pulled together the trendiest chic bob hairstyles to give you a little inspiration.

Best Short Bob Haircuts

@shorthairobsession Change is necessary, change is good. Nothing holds quite as much power as a transformational haircut. That is why we crave them, plan them, execute them, and walk away from them with an exhilarated smile. This year speaks to so many of us to make changes, and here we are, with a great collection of fresh, stylish short bob haircuts to help you incorporate the change in your life. Remember to pay attention to the hair texture and thickness, when choosing the cut; also, it’s a good idea to bear your skin tone and undertone in mind when choosing the color of the cut. And, as usual, save the pics of your favorite haircuts from our gallery to personalize them when you visit your hairstylist next time.

Girly Wavy Chocolate and Blonde Bob

Girly Wavy Chocolate and Blonde Bob @kissed.by.color You may not change your hairstyle very often, but we'd say this is a safe look to land on if you want to try a new short haircut. To replicate this look, you'll need to apply a texturizing product like Beach Club Texture Spray to wet hair (excluding the bangs). Then, blow-dry bangs with a round brush and dry the rest of the hair with a diffuser to achieve those beachy waves.

Short Angled Bob

Short Angled Bob @armineh_capelli This bob hairstyle shouts YOU’RE STUNNING! And who doesn't want to get compliments like this? But fair warning - this hairstyle requires a bit more maintenance than other short bob hairstyles because of the blunt ends and bangs.

Short Bob with Bangs

Short Bob with Bangs @headrushdesigns If you're not into the blunt bob, adding side-swept bangs is a perfect way to soften the look. The layers on the sides and back will add extra volume investing into a win-win look of this sexy haircut.

Short Layered Bob with Bangs

Short Layered Bob with Bangs @mainpointsalon Opting for a graduated cut is a great way to diversify your bob hairstyle. Its stacked layers add instant volume at the sides and back, too. Side-swept bangs look flattering on women with round faces since they visually prolong the face.

Side Part Bob

Side Part Bob @hairbymj_ You’ll never fail to impress everyone with such gorgeous bob hair cuts like in this photo. Despite being rather simple, this glossy straight asymmetrical bob looks perfect thanks to the deep side part and the ideal trim. Extra shine will also make a great visual effect - use a hair shine spray for this purpose.

Straight Bob Haircut

Straight Bob Haircut @cagancrea We don't see straight bob hairstyles often anymore, but when we do, we love it. It works best if you have thick hair. However, it will look flattering for fine hair too if you make some adjustments - such as this edgy, sharp blunt trim at the bottom of this jaw length bob.

Jet Black Chin Length Sleek Bob

et Black Chin Length Sleek Bob @judehairstylist This sleek glossy bob is an example of a classic one-length bob hairstyle that could look boring and too basic but actually looks so appealing and charming. What’s the secret? The look of smooth and healthy hair is a real game-changer. So, if you invest in the health of your locks, you won’t need any intricate haircuts to stand out.

Shaggy Bob Haircut

Shaggy Bob Haircut @inspiresalonmd If you’re looking for a so-called “summer haircut” that will look fresh for a long time, won’t be destroyed with salt water, intensive wind, or sun, and also won’t take a lot of time and effort to maintain, a shaggy bob haircut is exactly what you need.

Short Inverted Bob with Bangs

Short Inverted Bob with Bangs @hairbykirstyfox_vivosalon To bring new life to short layered bob hairstyles, you can experiment with the shape. Long in the front short in the back bob with layered bangs slightly opens the neck, making the hairstyle so juicy and hot.

Messy Blonde Bob with Lowlights

Messy Blonde Bob with Lowlights @pineappleacresstyle Many women love sporting short bob cuts because of their versatility. If you want to replicate this blown-out messy bob with lowlights, use a round brush when you blow-dry to create that fantastic extra volume. And sweep the top hair to one side without making a distinctive parting.

Cropped Bob with Bangs and Shaggy Layers

Cropped Bob with Bangs and Shaggy Layers @joeltorresstyle This ash-purple cropped bob with bangs and shaggy layers is a modern interpretation of the old good vintage bob. The hair industry strives to combine incompatible elements in hairstyles today. Eventually, this very short bob hairstyle mixes a straight blunt fringe with disconnected shaggy hair on the sides and refreshing trendy color.

Jaw-Length Stacked Bronde Bob

Jaw-Length Stacked Bronde Bo @marci_and_the_mane This short bob hairstyle is a romantic interpretation of the cut. Brond color (meaning the mixture of brown and blonde) gives extra depth and thickness, while the waves make the cut more playful. The jaw-length makes the neck visible and eventually, the whole image becomes more graceful and tender.

Short Choppy Bob with a Deep Side Part

Short Choppy Bob with a Deep Side Part @harumistylist A deep side part is a small detail that makes a very big difference. Firstly, it adds more volume to the crown, secondly, the asymmetric bangs frame the face in a more flattering way than with a central pay, thirdly, the grown-out dark roots become a cool feature rather than a flaw.

Sassy A-Line Bob with Bangs

Sassy A-Line Bob with Bangs @ernestomeneses A sassy look for a rebellious girl. Rules are created to be broken, right? So, why not make the A-line a bit ripped and torn? Leave the front strands longer than they’re supposed to be, and cut the back part extremely short. Choppy layers are optional but will also be a nice fit for this bold short bob haircut.

Natural Graduated Cut

Natural Graduated Cut @shorthairobsession A blunt bob works for all hair types, but we recommend it for ladies with thin hair because it makes your locks look instantly thicker. Who doesn't want that? As for the style in general, it’s obviously much more classy than the previous one and will be a good match for women who tend to stick to traditional fashion rules.

Short Curly Bob

Short Curly Bob @jrod.hair Oh, those curls! Playful, romantic, intriguing, mind-blowing… How lucky the girls with naturally curly hair are. And how gorgeous the short curly bob is. If you’re born with curls, you should definitely give a chance to some bob haircut variation at least once in your life. However, remember that it’s essential to take proper care of your curls to make them look healthy and silky so that your short curly bob doesn’t turn into a mop.

Razor Cut with Highlights

Razor Cut with Highlights @kaylacortney Razor cut is a nice way to balance the look: it prevents messy, disconnected, highlighted hair from looking too scruffy. This variant of a short bob haircut is often chosen by multifaceted women who wanna show off several aspects of their personality, often the controversial ones.

Straight Rounded Bob

Straight Rounded Bob @taralee_mitch A straight rounded bob may seem like an average haircut that doesn’t have any potential to stand out. How misleading this opinion is! Just a drop of bright color – and voila: a boring good girl’s haircut turns into a unique on-trend hairstyle.

Pixie Bob for Thick Hair

Pixie Bob for Thick Hair @salon_aline_thielen If you're leaning on the shorter side, a pixie bob is a right choice. With longer, swooping layers, you still have room to style your locks the way you want, without all the hassle and maintenance that comes with having longer hair.

Voluminous Bob with Stacked Layers

Voluminous Bob with Stacked Layers @thesalonbelleville One of the easiest ways to glam up your short bob hairstyle is with an outstanding color twist. Add some waves, spritz with a texturizing spray, and you're all set! This voluminous bob with stacked layers will be a fantastic complement to a romantic outfit, or to a casual daily look.

Shaggy Piece-y Caramel Brown Bob

Shaggy Piece-y Caramel Brown Bob @macavipeluquerias Caramel-brown balayage and a shaggy texture are probably the most popular combo nowadays. Women love this dying technique for its versatility and long-term effect (if your dark roots are growing out, it looks great anyway.) As for, the length, it’s predictable too: the shorter the hair, the easier it is to take care of it.

Inverted Razored Bob for Straight Hair

Inverted Razored Bob for Straight Hair @shorthairobsession Wow! Wow! Wow! This one is not your average bear! Especially great for straight short hair, this bobbed hair idea is meant to attract all the eyes. You’d better find a good professional if you wanna copy this look since every detail is significant here. You can also replace the blue hue with any other color.

Burgundy Bob with Orangey Highlights

Burgundy Bob with Orangey Highlights @joeltorresstyle If you’re into experiments, consider this burgundy bob with orangey highlights as a model. With piecey shaggy bangs, that have been so popular in recent years, this messy layered bob is meant to shine.

Short Stacked Bob with Blonde Highlights

Short Stacked Bob with Blonde Highlights @jamiemcdhair Adding highlights to a short bob hairstyle gives your locks even more dimension, making them appear thicker. Since this chin-length bob is rather voluminous, it is not recommended to girls with round and square face shapes.

Wedge Bob

Wedge Bob @shorthairobsession This one is a winner in the category of cute bob haircuts. Indeed, this pink is a true heart-breaker. Airy and almost fluffy, this A-line short bob will be especially flattering for those with fair skin and a warm undertone.

Vintage Bob with Bangs

Vintage Bob with Bangs @timbbeauty.uk Oh. My. Gosh. This ombre bob cut is just incredible. Blending from warm blonde to burning orange, it will look just flawless on girls with dark and golden skin tones. In order not to get lost visually with this hair color, you’ll need to add some makeup.

Rounded Bob with Straight Across Nape

Rounded Bob with Straight Across Nape @shorthairobsession This rounded short bob for women is all about elegance, luxury, and gloss. It’s perfect for naturally straight hair - won’t require any extra effort to maintain the look. On one hand, this short bob with intensive mascara and red lips makes an unforgettable image for a party or a special evening. On the other hand, with minimal makeup, it turns into a cute and neat everyday style.

Rounded Brunette Bob with Voluminous Layers

Rounded Brunette Bob with Voluminous Layers @vanessalarriva_hair Here is a nice neck-length short bob black hair option for women over 40. Does it make you look younger? Definitely, yes. Especially, if paired with light brown sun-kissed strands. As for the texture, wavy and a bit messy style will work much better than a polished slick hairstyle.

Undercut for Blonde Bob

Undercut for Blonde Bob @nikki_mrburrowshair Another way to pull off an edgier bob hairstyle is to add an undercut or shaved sides. It doesn't limit your styling options - you can play with the fringe and the upper hair layer style. Geometric lines are another feature that makes this ear-length bob so unique.

Curly Brown and Caramel Bob

Curly Brown and Caramel Bob @_katiegaw We’ve already discussed the combination of brown hair with caramel highlights - and it, undoubtedly, has no chances to fail. But when it comes to natural curly texture, this hairstyle transfers to another level of perfection. One thing to remember: to look win-win, curly hair requires extra care. All those creams, sprays, and special shampoos are not just a marketing trick - they do make a difference.

Shattered Black Bob with Purple Highlights

Shattered Black Bob with Purple Highlights @jacobhair Who doesn't love a purple hue like this one? For those bold enough to try it, you'll love how it looks with a short bob. The colorist has done a good job matching the natural brown with the purple highlights. However, you can replace purple with any other color according to your preferences and your skin tone.

Edgy Platinum Bob with Root Shadow

Edgy Platinum Bob with Root Shadow @studio5ponsonby The short bob is a relatively "safe" option as far as women's short hairstyles go, so adding a pop of bold, platinum color with shadow on the roots and ends is the perfect way to create an edgy look.

Choppy Bob with 3D Waves

Choppy Bob with 3D Waves @alyssabellestri The choppy short bob is the perfect hairstyle for ladies with thin hair. The layers give your locks a much-needed lift, and they require little to no styling. However, you can put extra effort and add 3D waves to diversify the look.

Piece-y Rose Gold Bob

Piece-y Rose Gold Bob @ririsa1028 Rose gold is another perfect match for women with fair skin and a warm undertone. This color is something in the middle: it’s a bit brighter than natural fair hair, but not too eccentric so that it won’t draw too much attention.

Glossy Brown Inverted Bob

Glossy Brown Inverted Bob @bakki_house Here is an idea for girls who aren’t ready for dramatic changes but still wanna update their natural brown hair look. An inverted bob will not seem too short for you since the front strands are long enough. For a shiny look of the hair, do home and salon hair treatments, and also try some cosmetic solutions like a shine hair spray.

Short Beachy Angled Bob

Short Beachy Angled Bob @katie_paints_hair As you can notice, all bob hairstyles for fine hair include layers, texture, and colorful highlights - these ingredients give that effect of depth and thickness. This image is a great example of how various your experiments with these “ingredients” can be.

A-Line Sleek Bob

A-Line Sleek Bob @georgeeblancoo It could be a trivial A-line slick bob, but the trending grey blonde color has made it a piece of art. Show your colorist this photo if you like the look, and your hairstylist will; offer you the most similar color variant that will work for your skin tone and undertone as well as your natural hair color.

Bob for a Chubby Face

Bob for a Chubby Face @jacobhair We're drooling. This green bob is one of our favorites on this list and looks adorable with tousled, beachy waves. To replicate it, take a large-barrel curling iron and curl in one-inch sections, alternating the direction each time.

Cute Round Bob for Women Over 60

Cute Round Bob for Women Over 60 @beckabradshaw A cute round bob for women over 60 could look much more stereotypical, but small details make a huge difference. All you need is to keep it cut with a razor in a sharp and edgy way. How to style a bob like this? You’ll need a blow-dryer, a round brush, and maybe some Kenra hairspray (if you want more volume.)

Perfect Short Shaggy Bob for Thin Hair

Perfect Short Shaggy Bob for Thin Hair @jacobhair A perfect bob for thin hair is a shaggy bob with highlights. But if these highlights are so bright, it’s another hook that grabs the attention so that people just don’t notice that your hair is rather thin. Save this pic if you’re looking for a creative hair colors combination too.

Permed Bob

Permed Bob @zavivkalviv There is one method of how to make your hair curly that we haven’t mentioned yet. The perm. It’s a rather old technology, which is still being actively used. Among the benefits is that you don’t need to spend eternity in front of the mirror with a curling iron - you just wake up with your curls and only need to take care of them.

Concave Bob

Concave Bob @urbanhairandbeautylounge A concave bob haircut (aka the inverted bob, the A-line bob, or the wedge bob) is a hairstyle that is longer in the front than it is in the back. Nothing new, just another inspirational picture for you to save and show to your hairstylist.

Short Black Bob With Bangs

Short Black Bob With Bangs @vanessalarriva_hair Just look how magically a short bob haircut for women transforms the total look. Such a textured bob hairstyle is a happy medium between straight and curled, giving you a classy, put-together style you can wear anywhere. Our recommendation is to use the Paul Mitchell sculpting foam to achieve the effect from the picture.

Neat and Sleek Ash Blonde Bob

Neat and Sleek Ash Blonde Bob @leannefitzgerald_hair Maybe, today is the right time for you to try out a hairstyle on opposite ends of the spectrum? Ready to transfer from waist-length locks to this adorable blonde bob? Follow this lead ‘cause all your dreams should come true.

Honey Brown Bob with Blonde Highlights

Honey Brown Bob with Blonde Highlights @kaylacortney Here is a bob hairstyles variant that will be loved by women who adore the natural vibe. This honey-brown bob with blonde highlights looks like it is a sun-kissed child’s hair. Light waves add some magic to the haircut, and, surprisingly, you can get these waves with a straightening iron and a texturizing spray only.

Tapered Inverted Bob with Gray Babylights

Tapered Inverted Bob with Gray Babylights @foreverbobbed This inverted bob hairstyle idea looks very glamorous and feminine. Thanks to gray babylights, the total look is so unboring. Thanks to the indistinct parting, you can adjust this cut to your face shape.

Textured & Layered Graduated Bob

Textured & Layered Graduated Bob @kaylacortney It would be an ordinary graduated bob with textured and layered short hair if it weren’t for that juicy rainbow touch. In this case, you have a chance to give a new life to your short hair without actually changing a lot. So that, this one is a rather safe option.

Short to Medium Bob

Short to Medium Bob @bioionic The main feature that highlights this cut from other layered short hairstyles for fine hair is the dramatic gradation from super short hair at the back to pretty long hair in front. The texture, and volume, and highlights also spice up this cut.

Dimensional Bob with Feathered Layers

Dimensional Bob with Feathered Layers @jacobhair Silver bob hair is a definite trend that is unlikely to fade soon. That’s why it’s a win-win choice of the hair hue. As for the total look of the cut, it’s pretty airy. This lightweight effect is achieved thanks to feathered layers that soften the image as well as the dimensional construction of this bob.

Chic Rounded Brown Balayage Bob

Chic Rounded Brown Balayage Bob @fosterlondon This is another look that's great for ladies with fine hair because the bob and balayage work together to create tons of dimension, making your hair look ten times thicker.

Short Blunt Bob

Short Blunt Bob @shorthairobsession Looking at this short blunt bob undercut, you probably ask yourself how to style really short hair. Well, in the case of Asian hair (like in the pic), or any other naturally straight hair, you won’t need anything special at all: you’ll make a perfect look with a blow-dryer and a brush, or even if your hair gets dry naturally. However, for textured hair, you’ll need a hair straightener, a heat-protecting hair product, and some patience on top of it all.

Short Asymmetrical Bob

Short Asymmetrical Bob @gilarut We're swooning over this bob hairstyle. This option is great for ladies who don't have time - or don't want to - spend much time in front of the mirror getting ready. Simply blow dry with a round brush and flat iron for a casual, chic style. But the best part is that the nape area is highlighted with an asymmetrical hairline.

Jagged Bob for Round Faces

Jagged Bob for Round Faces @syddidmyhair Layers and texture are exactly what people with round face shapes expect to get when they are having their hair cut. As for the colors, it’s another reminder for you that you’re free to choose any hair colors you can imagine and make cool combinations based on them.

Short Wavy Bob with Bangs

Short Wavy Bob with Bangs @jonmichaelsalon A short bob is perfect for blondes because it shows off the dimension of the color. From platinum to more ashy shades, you get to show off everything you're working with. Since the best short haircuts are accompanied by bangs, consider getting this detail as well.

Layered Bob for Fine Hair Over 50

Layered Bob for Fine Hair Over 50 @carlena_philippelusi If you've got thin locks and want to rock this short bob hairstyle, you have to have the right products. We recommend using a thickening product like Redken's Aerate on damp hair, as well as a round brush when you blow-dry. Your new hairdo will thank you! And it will also make you look much younger than you are.

Red Bob Hair

Red Bob Hair @salonkhairspa If you're looking for a simple, easy-to-manage bob hairstyle, this one's for you. To get the smooth, perfectionist’s look, we recommend using smoothing hair cream. For more looks like this, check out our blog on red hairstyles.

FAQs

What is a bob haircut?

A bob cut, also known as a bob, is a short-length haircut with the hair cut straight around the head at about jaw level (usually, either between or just below the tips of the ears, and well above the shoulders.) Often, a bob is accompanied by a fringe or bangs at the front. While most hair trends come and go, a short bob haircut never goes out of style. It's a classic and due to its chin-length, it puts all the focus on your face. Another benefit is that a bob cut implies way less hair to deal with. First created in France in 1909 by Polish-born hairdresser Antoine de Paris, the bob hairstyle has been keeping its popularity since then. Over a century, it’s still one of the hottest hairstyles to have. But what’s the difference between today’s bob and bob from the 1920s? Modern bobs are much more versatile, creative, and personalized. And you can see this tendency in the photos we’ve collected for this gallery.

What is a pixie bob haircut?

A pixie bob haircut is a short haircut which length ranges between a pixie and a bob (between ear-length and neck-length). In other words, it’s a longer version of a pixie cut, or a super-short variation of a bob (usually, with an undercut.) A pixie bob haircut is often accompanied by long side bangs and short hair on the sides and back. Due to its length, a pixie bob is more versatile: it can vary from one-length to angled, from choppy and shaggy to sleek and smooth, with a full front fringe or with lovely side bangs. A pixie bob also allows for more styling options than an ordinary pixie cut. Compared to a simple bob, the good news is that with the shorter hair of a pixie bob less maintenance comes. The best pixie bobs were represented by such celebrities as Zendaya, Emilia Clarke, Shailene Woodley. But the very first pixie bob was brought to life by incredible Audrey Hepburn, who adjusted this look with her natural locks - take a look at Celebrities Who Rock the Short Bob Summing up, a pixie bob is meant for those who got bored with their hair and don’t mind a versatile and chic crop. What is a pixie bob haircut @joeltorresstyle

What is a mom bob?

Fashion says there are “mom jeans” and we love them. The beauty says there is a “mom bob” too. But is it also a win-win style or we should be careful with it? A mom bob is often positioned as a convenient solution for women who lose hair after pregnancy. Longer in back, slightly shorter in front, slightly sleeked back… but isn’t it inescapably frumpy? A mom bob is sometimes called a reverse mullet, sometimes it’s referred to as a style Victoria Beckham wore after giving birth. However, many hairstylists ask to say NO to the mom bob haircut since it’s initially not cut right, and isn’t personalized to the client either. However, the general consensus is that a mom haircut is a short, low-maintenance style that moms adopt after they get tired of their messy buns.

What is a stacked bob?

A stacked bob comes from the classic 60s, it’s cut shorter and at an angle so that the hair packs extra volume even when it's cut super short. The front is longer, the back is shorter, and everything is rounded thanks to the layers. A stacked bob can be super short, mid-length - just touching the collarbone, with small bangs, which makes the hairstyle versatile - that’s why it never goes out of style. Stacked bob haircuts are both chic and fashionable. The key element of a stacked bob is the back section. It should be cut to perfection without any flaws - and it’s pretty logical because the main focal point of the look is the back, so it must be done right. When the cut is done right, it has limitless styling options that can suit any face shape and hair texture! As for thick hair, a stacked bob allows removing undesirable bulk for more movement. For fine and thin hair, this cut adds extra volume, on the contrary.

Conclusion

So, have you found your short bob haircut inspiration in this gallery? Hopefully, yes, because our team has done its best to create an up-to-date, multifaceted, and trendy collection of the best short bob haircuts for women. Now, you can choose among a classic bob, A-line bob, stacked bob, pixie bob, shaggy and sleek variations, experiment with the colors and partings. No matter if you style your short bob haircut sleek and smooth or tousled and textured, the most important thing to do is to find the ideal version that will complement your personality, suit your hair type, and our collection of short bob haircuts was specifically made to do just that!

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