Do you know why the layered bob is such a popular hairstyle? Because it’s incredibly low maintenance. Indeed, apart from the fact that it makes you look young and fresh, it requires very little styling on your part. All you need to do is ruffle it a little bit in the morning and add a touch of mousse, hair wax or hairspray. Then you can be on your way looking splendid in five minutes flat. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at these Hollywood celebrities who went for the layered bob and thought it to be the best styling decision of their lives.
1. The Michelle Dockery
She wore a 1920s elegant and aristocratic bob as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey and then she got one in real life as well. Michelle Dockery made the perfect choice with this dark chestnut chin length bob which highlights her fair skin and brown eyes.
2. The Jamie Alexander
She may be a warrior on screen, but she has us mesmerized for something completely different when it comes to styling and fashion. Jaime Alexander had the world at her feet as Lady Sif in the Thor movies and we adore her layered bob.
3. The Natalie Portman
Closely following is another leading lady from the Thor franchise. Natalie Portman is a timeless beauty who is also the face of Dior Mademoiselle. Here she is with a gorgeous voluminous layered bob and signature dark red lipstick.
4. The Lea Seydoux
If you love Beauty and the Beast, we suggest you also watch the French version with a blonder Lea Seydoux as well. You will be mesmerized by the fantastic cinematography and fairy tale quality of the movie. Oh, and by Lea herself, of course!
5. The Lena Headey
It may come as a surprise, but Queen Cersei is not blonde. In real life, actress Lena Headey toes the line between long pixie and short layered bob with this wonderful and sultry cut. Also, she is as brunette as they come.
6. The Scarlet Johansson
Long before she was a famous red head as Black Widow in The Avengers movies, Scarlet Johansson was everyone’s favorite blonde. Here she is wearing a very edgy and choppy layered bob that makes her look like a rock star.
7. The January Jones
Speaking of perfect blondes, January Jones makes the cut in a superb manner. She just seems to have been made for medium length sandy blondes, cat eyeliner, and red lipstick. It’s no wonder she was cast in Mad Men.
8. The Clemence Poesy
Now that her Fleur Delacour days are well behind her let Clemence Poesy teach you how to wear your hair like a true French hair. But really, have you seen a more beautiful bob with a more interesting makeup than what she’s wearing? Girl crush!
9. The Sienna Miller
Speaking of girl crushes, Sienna Miller is our forever it girl. She cannot do anything wrong in our eyes when it comes to beauty. We love the fact that she always goes for the natural or nude look, just like she did here, alongside this minimal crop.
10. The Monica Belucci
La bella Italia has gifted many things to the world over the ages, for which we couldn’t we more grateful. One of them is definitely actress Monica Belucci, spotted here with a very shaggy brunette layered bob. We can almost forgive her for that purple monstrosity she’s wearing.
11. The Michelle Williams
Let’s face it. Nobody does blonde like Michelle Williams. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why she was chosen to portray the supreme blonde, Marilyn Monroe? She did so in My Week with Marylin where she sported the diva’s signature curly bob. Here she is again with a more relaxed and layered bob.
12. The Rita Ora
We are absolutely in love with this shaggy layered bob. It gives us the feeling that all you need to do is run your fingers through your hair and you’re done. That’s the extent of styling it needs. Maybe not even a comb or a brush?
13. The Emma Watson
First, she cut of all her hair in a boyish pixie as a sign that she was done with the Harry Potter part of her life. Then she had to grow it all back. And, in the process, we got to see Emma Watson’s glorious medium sized layered bob. What a treat!
14. The Keira Knightley
From one British siren to another. The sexy actress went for a chin-length bob at some point. And, although we love the cut in itself immensely, it might not have been the best choice for her. She has a diamond-shaped face with an elongated chin which was showcased by the end-line of the bob. There are lessons to be learned here, girls!
15. The Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart made the exact same mistake. Although her face is not as prominently angular nor as thin as Keira’s, this ear-length layered bob might not have been the best haircut she’s tried in her life. It cuts her face horizontally in half, exacerbating her triangular chin.
16. The Emma Stone
One lady who did know how to work the layered bob, however, was cutie Emma Stone. She went for a medium length cut that served to frame her round face and give it a bit of attitude. We love the side-parted bangs which open up her gaze.
17. The Jennifer Lawrence
The same kind of face, and, of course, the same kind of haircut. This is proof that if you have a round face, you should follow their example and get this layered bob right now. It’s Emma and Jennifer approved, after all!
18. The Khloe Kardashian
Now let’s show you how a diamond and angular face like Keira’s and Kristen Stewart should have been treated bob-wise. Khloe Kardashian opted for a shoulder length shaggy bob which softens and minimizes her features instead of blowing them up. Play to your strengths!
19. The Rachel
Here is one of the most famous hairstyles in the history of cinematography. It’s called the Rachel and it became famous after Jennifer Aniston wore it on the first season of Friends. But did you ever realize that this is a 90s style layered bob?
20. The Salma Hayek
Speaking of 90s style layered bobs, here is actress Salma Hayek wearing a fantastic turned out bob with a side swept long fringe. You know, the type you might have seen on newswomen or on your mom when you were little. It’s still very classy.
21. The Claire Foy
She might be impersonating one of the most powerful women in the world on her show, The Crown, but in real life, actress Claire Foy doesn’t wear her hair like Queen Elizabeth at all. Here she is with a shaggy bob with choppy ends.
22. The Beyonce
From one Queen to another. Not only does Queen Bee’s bob have layers, but the layers themselves have different colors. She went for a dark chocolate for the undergrowth and shades of beige blonde on top.
23. The Lana Parilla
This evil queen is a true beauty in real life. We absolutely love her idea of a slightly messy bob which reminds us a little bit of the out turned bobs of the 90s. Lana Parilla is one classy lady, whether she’s chasing Snow white through the woods or not.
24. The Jessica Simpson
This chicken of the sea starlet used to wear a layered bob as well. She had a long set of bangs that were swept to one side to make her look even sweeter and prettier. We also love how the hairstyle was slightly pouffed up in the back so that she looked slimmer and taller at the same time.
25. The Cate Blanchett
Actress Cate Blanchett has a unique brand of beauty that is very difficult to replicate. She has been wearing layered bobs in her signature blonde for a very long time and we are really grateful that she has. She looks stunning.
26. The Charlize Theron
Speaking of stunning, Charlize Theron is one of the most beautiful women in the world. She has been the face of J’Adore Dior for many years now and we can definitely see why. Therefore, if she says a layered bob is in, we’re getting one.
27. The Nina Dobrev
Actress Nina Dobrev is proof that a well-tailored bob can make you look young and fresh. Hers is very feathery and light, especially since she has swept it all across one side of the head. She looks like she just came back from a car ride with the top down on a sunny morning.
28. The Elizabeth Moss
Here’s another Hollywood actress who loves to play with our minds and keep us guessing. Is it a long pixie cut? Is it a chin-length bob? Well, maybe we don’t care what it is. All we care about is the fact that it looks absolutely stunning on her and we want one as well.
29. The Kaley Cuoco
Just like Em Watson, Kaley Cuoco went through her pixie phase as well. Then she decided to grow it all back. In the process, she sported the shaggy, layered bob. Hers was a platinum bob with dark roots.
30. The Katy Perry
It was time for a spot of color on our list. So, naturally, we turned to Katy Perry, our favorite California girl. Here she is with a long bob or lob and beach waves, all in a solid block of imperial blue. This plus the gold makeup bring out her electric eyes.
31. The Penelope Cruz
Is there anyone in the world who does smokey eyes better than Penelope Cruz? Because we have the feeling she was born looking like this. This is her with a bit of a 60s vibe going on, and, of course, a wind-swept layered bob.
32. The Anne Hathaway
The thing we love the most here, besides Anne herself, of course, is the peekaboos and lowlights in her hair. If you look closely, you can see them around her face and forehead. They are lighter than the rest of her hair and are there to warm up her pale face.
33. The Taylor Swift
Say hello to the shaggy 60s mane! Taylor Swift goes from good girl teen to sultry 60s goddess faster than the speed of light thanks to one thing. This layered smokey blonde bob. Yes, she mixed beige blonde with ashy gray, and the results are spectacular.
34. The Jane Fonda
If you want to see a real, live haircut from the 70s, look no more. Jane Fonda is still gracing red carpets everywhere and her layered bob from that decade is going strong. And it’s a thing of beauty, isn’t it? Just imagine the hours put into getting every strand of hair looking perfectly inverted or standing out like that!
35. The Rose Byrne
By far one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, Rose Byrne is the picture of grace and elegance meet sexy with this one-of-a-kind look. We are positively in love with her shocked and voluminous bob and hope we can see her wear it more often.
36. The Jenna Coleman
We call this one the good girl layered bob. You can wear it in school or if your office enforces a very strict dress, hair, and makeup code. It’s still stylish and chic, only that it’s extremely well behaved in public.
37. The Naomi Watts
Actress Naomi Watts is here to model for us the asymmetrical layered bob. They were all the rage a couple of years ago and you can still get one if you fancy it. Ask your stylist if this is the best solution for your type of face first.
38. The Ciara
Here’s a bit of balayage for short hair that will last you for a long time. That’s the beauty of balayage, after all. It looks so natural when it grows, that you can take your time between hair salon appointments. We have a whole piece on balayage for short hair. You should definitely check it out!
39. The Olivia Palermo
Few ladies can pride themselves on this amazing facial bone structure like Olivia Palermo has. What do you think? Is she the goddess of cheekbones? Until then, let’s sit back and admire her grungy, totally 90s revival, messy, layered bob. We so want to copy this style!
40. The Cristine Baranski
You know her from The Grinch, Chicago, The Birdcage, The Big Bang Theory, and many other movies and TV series. Cristine Baranski is a treasure and so is her hairstyle. With regards to mature hairstyles, you can use it as reference for mother of the bride styles.
41. The Raquel Welch
Another historical lady of the screen is none other than Raquel Welch. Her layered bob mixes cocoa brown, sandy blonde, and a bit of red for good measure. It gives this fiery lady the verve she needs to play all those wonderful roles.
42. The Monica Geller
Of course, this is actress Courtney Cox you will say. But we have specifically chosen this layered bob from the first seasons of Friends which we believe truly depict Monica Geller, not the actress herself. What do you think? Would you go on a date with Paul the wine guy looking like this?
43. The Helen Mirren
Hairstyles over 60 have never looked better than this. Take a cue from Helen Mirren’s sense of personal style. She wears a platinum blonde in a shaggy bob. Not to mention that fabulous black dress trimmed with gold all over!
44. The Kate Moss
The mother of all supermodels, Kate Moss is still the face of the 90s as she once was. Her hair is all grungy, her makeup is natural, her red lipstick is but a smear, and she’s decked in white faux fur. This is how you do off-duty supermodel style.
45. The Cameron Diaz
The beautiful and bubbly Cameron Diaz has never ditched her layered bob. She’s toyed around with the length, but the essence has always been the same. Not being able to take herself too seriously, this lady definitely wins in our book!
Here are the 45 superstar layered bob ideas we promised. They include shoulder length bobs, chin length bobs, shaggy bobs, grunge, elegant, and choppy bobs. Which one did you like best? Write to us in the comment section below to let us know.