If you were to name some of the iconic haircuts for women, what would they be? The answer will most likely include the shoulder-length bob haircuts. Or they must at least be among the top and most common answers.
The traditional shoulder-length bob has been a very hot trend for quite a few years now. The best argument we have in favor of that statement is the fact that so many Hollywood celebrities have donned this haircut.
Therefore, we’ve decided to put together a comprehensive list of delightful shoulder length bob ideas that can inspire you. Don’t worry, your favorite celebrity is in there too!
1. The Platinum Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
We’re starting off with a color that’s perfect for summertime. This platinum blonde has a grayish tint at the roots, so as to keep it looking as natural as possible and a few streaks of beige blonde here and there to warm it up a bit.
2. The Asymmetrical Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
This cut is asymmetrical in the sense that it is longer in the front and shorter in the back, creating the illusion of an elongated and slimmer face. We also recommend parting your hair on the side for this one.
3. The Charlize Theron
Arguably the most beautiful woman in the world, the face of J’Ador Dior perfume for years, actress Charlize Theron looks exquisite with this haircut,
Notice how she paired it with a matte wine lipstick and theatrical earrings in a darker shade of the same color as her lips.
4. The Heidi Klum Soulder Length Bob Cuts
One of the most recognizable faces in fashion, model Heidi Klum went for the shoulder length bob as she got older. It was a wonderful choice, given that she has beautiful, blonde thick hair and an angular face.
5. The Selena Gomez
Even though she now prides herself with her long and luscious raven locks, there was a time when the former Disney star went for the shoulder length bob. The caramel streaks in the chestnut hair are simply adorable.
6. The Brittany Snow
This is one ‘Pitch Perfect’ star that really has put the shoulder length bob to good use. She dyed her hair a very pale shade of bottle blonde and used this form of choppy bob to frame her pointy face. And those eyes. Wowza!
7. The Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
If there’s one thing that model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley knows how to do when it comes to beauty, that’s messy hair and beach waves. She might actually be the owner of the best beach waves in the world!
8. The Jessica Alba
Young Jessica Alba was very partial to the shoulder length bob as well. She might love the Hollywood siren curls now, but back then she was sweet as pumpkin pie with that blunt cut and cinnamon shade of dark blonde.
9. The Mena Suvari
Leave it to this ‘American Pie’ star to bring the heat wherever she goes. Her shoulder length bob is absolutely smoldering. While we do agree that the age of the neon baby pink lip has passed, we cannot get enough of her hair!
10. The Christina Hendricks
Keeping true to the hair color that made her famous all over the world, this ‘Mad Men’ star is keeping it down to the basics with a very low-profile shoulder length bob.
The cut is very simple and she’s letting the color and makeup do all the talking.
11. The Barbie Blonde Shoulder Length Blonde
Sometimes, Barbie being your inspiration is actually a good thing. This creamy beige blonde cut down to perfection in an inverted long bob and paired with a rosy lipstick is the picture of perfection.
12. Bobs and Curls
A shoulder length bob is also perfect for creating some mini curls. You can break out your curling iron or you can do them the old fashioned way by tying your hair with a headband over night. Either way works.
13. The Hipster Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
While it doesn’t differ much in cut or shape from a regular asymmetrical bob, a hipster bob is represented by the details.
For example, the color always has to be an unconventional one, such as this beautiful salt and pepper gray.
14. The Blunt Cut
If you’re brave and a really edgy woman, you can always go for the very blunt cut shoulder length bob. Its main characteristic is that the ends haven’t been refined at all, leaving you with a very straight finish.
15. Chocolate Cinnamon
No, we’re not talking about the recipe for your favorite babka. In fact, we have the recipe for you next favorite hair color.
It’s a milk chocolate brown spiked here and there with a few streaks of cinnamon that give it a bit of light.
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16. The Feathery Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
This a choppy and voluminous bob, very matte and raven in color. You can get this volume by teasing it out with a soft brush or by using the necessary hair care products. The shaggy ends are a must to this type of bob as well.
17. The Ombre Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
Seeing as the ombre trend has been so huge in the past couple of years, there is no reason why you shouldn’t apply it to your bob as well.
You can go for the natural look, or you can choose two non-traditional colors and combine them.
18. The Cool Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
If you want more selfies for your Instagram account, then you will also need a bob to match. And this one might just be the coolest around. It’s an icy beige blonde very straight and even, with matte makeup to match.
19. The Textured Shoulder Length Bob Cuts
If you have fine hair, this is a trick that you will surely appreciate. Adding some texture or layers to your hair will make it seem like you have a lot more volume and depth than you actually do.
20. Beautiful Bangs
If the shape of your face allows it, you can always go for a nice set of long bags. Sweep them all to one side by parting your hair and get that glam and mysterious look we all crave.
Minimal makeup by day and smoky eyes by night complete this look.
21. The Waterfall Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts
Beach waves in a waterfall? Yes, please! This is a new hair trend that is rapidly catching on seeing as it’s so beautiful. Look online for tutorials, tips, and tricks how to do it yourself. It’s not hard at all!
22. The Jennifer Lawrence
We have to admit. We loved Jen with long hair but we adore her with a shoulder-length bob.
Especially in this platinum shade of blonde that highlights her eyes and her complexion so well. You can try it too, adding some caramel roots, to keep it looking natural.
23. The Layered Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts
Apart from the magnificent layering job that this bob presents to us, we also love the nutmeg color. It’s streaked with blonde, beige, and white strands, under lights, and peekaboos that really give it a natural vibe.
24. The Jennifer Aniston
Long gone are the days when Jennifer Aniston used to sport the Rachel. Here, she went for a nice shoulder length bob in a very light blonde color that makes her look as young as ever and that highlights her eyes and sun-kissed skin.
25. The Asymmetrical Lob
Another version of the shoulder-length bob is the lob, otherwise known as the long bob. This type of bob starts off by being the length of your shoulder in the back with some very long strands in the front.
26. The Inverted Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts
If you crave a taste of the crazy 90s, you can always go for an inverted bob.
They used to be all the rage back then, basically every girl in the world sporting some version of this haircut. Take it up one level and add some bangs to yours.
27. The Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Actor Channing Tatum’s wife, Jenna, an actress herself, really knew what she was doing when she chose this particular haircut and color.
The choppy shoulder-length bob frames her slim and angular face and the dark brunette brings out the jade green of her eyes.
28. Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts for Thin Hair
Thin hair? You shouldn’t care because a bob can take care of it all. Invest in some high-quality hair care products and let this great haircut do all the speaking instead of worrying about how your hair looks.
29. Teenage Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts
This cut is so versatile that it works for every age, from mature women downright to teenagers.
The latter version could benefit from some baby curls that you can get with the help of a good, old curling iron and some hairspray.
30. The Sarah Hyland
This crazy teenager from the hit TV series ‘Modern Family’ is now a very beautiful young woman with a bob to match.
She’s wearing the same brown, blonde, and caramel combination ombre that she has been for years.
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31. The Keira Knightley
No, not even England is safe from the bob fever, as this haircut as made it across the pond as well. Here is silver screen sweetheart Keira Knightley with a messy and brunette shoulder-length bob.
32. Half Up Half Down
Styling your bob cut is an easy job once you learn a few tricks. For example, you can always try this easy and lazy half up half down knot that resembles a bit of a bed head and is so bohemian chic.
33. The Priyanka Chopra Shoulder Length Bob
The Indian actress might just be one of the most beautiful women in the world and we’re quite sure that her shoulder-length bob has a thing or two to do about that.
She wore it in a very natural and dark brunette usually with theatrical makeup and jewelry.
34. The Very Straight Bob
Typically, very straight hair is quite difficult to style. However, if you happen to be sporting a bob, there are a few things you might do about it.
For example, you can try this mini knot, complete with a few loose strands that can frame your face.
35. The Chic Shoulder Length Bob
Adorable and effortless is what we would call this version of a long bob. We especially love the natural blonde that has been mixed with a bit of beige and caramel for good measure.
To get that voluminous look, you can use some texture spray and your blow-dry.
36. The Kendall Jenner
Nowadays, model and reality superstar Kendall Jenner is so famous that even her hair should have its own Instagram.
One of her favorite haircuts is the bob which she wears in a very natural deep brunette color.
37. The Khloe Kardashian Wavy
We remain in the Jenner-Kardashian family to take a look at a blonde version of a shoulder-length bob, this time on Khloe. She went for the asymmetrical one, beige blonde with dark roots.
38. The Effortless Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts
If you’re the lazy or natural seeking type of girl than this is definitely the haircut for you.
The reason is that it requires minimal maintenance after you get it. All you need is to hygiene your hair normally and then run a comb through it.
39. The Jennifer Lopez
Although her long and luscious mane is her very own pride and joy, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has fallen prey to the lure of the shoulder length bob as well. She went for the shaggy version of it, in a cinnamon and caramel color.
40. The Sandra Bullock
Can our girl Sandie B do any wrong? We think not. Here she is with a dark colored, very straight and choppy ended shoulder length bob. We absolutely love the 90s makeup as well as the spaghetti strap Kate Moss dress.
41. The Emma Watson Shoulder Length Bob Haircuts
Emma Watson’s shoulder-length bob, a rather thin one, was the result of her cutting off all her hair into a boyish pixie cut after she finished shooting all the Harry Potter movies and then wanting to grow all the hair back.
42. The Anne Hathaway
We have to be honest. We do love ourselves some Anne Hathaway with beach waves. And when she’s also sporting a shoulder-length bob, we love her even more. Have you noticed the little red streaks in the front?
43. The Lucy Hale
Apart from the amazing haircut, the great big waves, and the perfect ombre, the eye immediately goes to Lucy Hale’s flawless makeup.
It’s a medium smoky eye with a touch of golden eye shadow and a dazzling wine-colored lipstick.
44. The Julianne Hough Shoulder Length Bob
Staying true to her platinum blonde, actress Julianne Hough shows us what it looks like in a shoulder-length bob as well. She also hasn’t ditched her shaggy beach waves either, which means she looks just as yummy as ever.
45. The Kim Kardashian
We are now down to sister number three in the Kardashian-Jenner clan and it’s none other than Kim herself. Yes, even though she has always loved her long mane, she too has had a time when she went for the big cut.
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46. The Rose Byrne
Actress Rose Byrne’s delicate face benefits from a shoulder-length bob through framing and volume.
She too stays faithful to a single hair color, not changing it at all through the years. She is very partial to a chocolaty brown.
47. The Margot Robbie
Blonde hair, blue eyes, shoulder-length bob, the recipe for a modern-day bombshell. What more could you want?
Margot Robbie’s smoldering good looks are perfectly complemented by the hairstyle she has adopted in the past years.
48. The Kaley Cuoco
This ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress’ story is similar to Emma Watson’s. She first cut her long hair into a pixie and then wanted to grow it all out again.
Which she did. Only that, in the process, she had to go through this wonderful beige shoulder-length bob.
49. The Taylor Swift
This is one of those rare occasions when we get to see sweetheart Swift without her signature red lipstick.
However, that gives us a great opportunity to focus more on her hair, a blunt and choppy shoulder-length cut with side-swept bangs in an ashy blonde.
50. The Gwyneth Paltrow
Another screen siren who never ditched her staple hair color is British actress Gwyneth Paltrow. She has always loved this platinum blonde and it has really loved her back.
She is also a huge fan of very straight hair that envelops her hair like a curtain. You could almost say that she likes to pull a Rachel.
Ready to Change Your Look?
This concludes our list of stunning and absolutely beautiful and wearable shoulder-length bob ideas. From celebrities to haircuts you could see worn by your next-door neighbor, we have gathered them all here!
Which one inspired you most? Let us know in the comment section down below.
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Susan is a successful hair stylist who chose to combine two of her biggest passions: writing and styling! When she is not sharing her experience with out readers, Susan updates her skills and knowledge with new styling courses and trainings. She specializes in event hair and makeup and is working on her own illustrated hairstyle book.