33 Stylish Graduated Bob Haircuts For 2021

This is why the graduated bob is on top of everyone's style list.  

A graduated bob is a type of bob haircut that has more length in the front and gradually gets more voluminous at the back, because of the stacked layers that are cut into it. This is why this type of bob is also called a stacked bob, as it made up of layers that seamlessly transition from one length to another.

Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Jourdan Dunn and more, have all coveted this bob haircut. Wondering why? Well, graduated bobs look stunning on all face shapes and hair types; from straight to curlyfine and thick hair.

Lucky for you, we’ve listed 33 of the most inspiring graduated bob hairstyles to try in 2021, below. Warning: You won’t be able to settle on a favourite (we know we couldn’t!).

Classic Graduated Bob

Graduated bob: Woman with dark brown graduated bob with blonde highlights with long wisps at the front
Leave longer wisps at the front for a delicate finish. Credit: Instagram.com/shmoakin_haAir

As we mentioned, a classic graduated bob features layered stacks in the back and longer wisps of hair at the front, just like this. Credit: @shmoakin_hair

Graduated Bob With E-Girl Highlights

E-girl highlights aren’t going anywhere in 2021! And, if you team your graduated cut with a blonde money piece, like this beauty, you’ll be feeling like a TikTok star in no time.

Sleek Graduated Cut

Graduated bob: Woman with baby blonde, sleek graduated bob style
Anyone else getting Victoria Beckham vibes? Credit: Instagram.com/domdomahir

You can’t talk about graduated bob hairstyles without mentioning this iconic, Spice Girls favourite. This sleek, fashion-forward cut was made popular by Victoria Beckham in the ’90s and is still hot today. Credit: @domdomahir

Choppy Graduated Bob

Prefer choppy looks? This soft, graduated look is destined for your mane.

Dark Graduated Hair

Woman with ultra sleek graduated bob cut
Credit: Instagram.com/elzzamatos

If you’ve got dark hair, you’ll have the double advantage! With this polished haircut, you’ll be channelling Victoria Beckham vibes 24-7. Credit: @elzzamatos

Modern Graduated Bob

Woman with ash blonde wavy graduated bob, wearing grey top and denim in studio
This softly cut bob is serious goals. Credit: Instagram.com/styled_by_carolynn

Worried a classic stacked bob won’t suit you? Then you’ll adore this updated version, which features subtle stacks at the back and soft graduated wispy layers. Credit: @styled_by_carolynn

Editor’s tip: If you want beautiful, beachy hair, look no further than the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising SprayIt’ll help add body and texture, enhancing the natural waves of this lovely cut.

Layered Bob for Thin Hair

Woman with icy blonde graduated short bob haircut
Credit: Instagram.com/skareje

If you’re looking to fake fullness, try a graduated bob! The addition of layers both at the front and back of your cut will give you a more voluminous look. Credit: @skareje

Side Fringe Bob

Woman with graduated bob haircut with side fringe
Credit: Instagram.com/corteschanel

Team your graduated cut with a side fringe if you really want to be the most stylish person in the room. Credit: @corteschanel

Graduated Hair with Full Bangs

Woman with dark graduated haircut with full bangs
Credit: Instagram.com/meltyhair

Blunt bangs are all you need to make short graduated cut less basic and more Anna Wintour-worthy. Credit: @meltyhair

Graduated Cut With Curtain Bangs

If you want to get in on the curtain bangs trend with your next graduated cut, this looks is all you need to inspire you.

Chin Length Bob

Woman with dark short graduated bob hair
Credit: Instagram.com/bella.patera

Keep it classic like this beauty with an effortless chin-length cut. This dimensional cut is perfect for those with finer strands. Credit: @bella.patera

Subtle Graduation

Woman with subtle graduated long bob haircut
Credit: Instagram.com/cutbyashleyguerra

A sleek, blunt bob can easily feel stiff, but with subtle graduated layers, you can bring new life and more movement to it. Credit: @cutbyashleyguerra

Editor’s tip:  To keep this haircut looking its best, make sure to set it with the frizz-fighting and shine-boosting VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

Layered Bob

Woman with short and dark brown layered graduated cut
Credit: Instagram.com/igorhs

This graduated haircut is a voluminous masterpiece!
Credit: @igorhs

Long Graduated Bob With Highlights

Woman with dark brown graduated bob with golden tips
Credit: Instagram.com/sharkfinshears

We adore this long graduated bob for its polished, structured look and caramel highlights. Credit: @sharkfinshears

Curly Stacked Cut

Graduated bob hairstyles: Woman with dark brown curly graduated bob haircut in a studio
How cute is this curly graduated bob? Credit: Instagram.com/sydrumstyles

The easiest way to make thick curls more manageable? By removing excess bulk and weight with a graduated bob haircut, of course. After seeing how this beauty pulls it off, you’ll be seriously tempted to try it. Credit: @sydrumstyles

Side-Swept Graduated Cut

Graduated bob: Woman with caramel brown side-swept graduated bob hairstyle
This look will flatter all face types. Credit: Instagram.com/studioy

To really add a modern flair to a graduated cut, team it with a face-flattering deep side partCredit: @studioy

Long Graduated Bob

Graduated bob: Woman with chestnut brown long bob with graduated layers at the back posing in a studio
Don’t want to go super short? Try a long bob length graduated cut. Credit: Instagram.com/studioy

Low-key and ultra textured, this graduated long bob is the perfect hairstyle for those that want a cut that will still allow them to have some length. Credit: @studioy

Pink Graduated Bob

Graduated hairstyles: Woman with short graduated pink bob in a studio
Because pink hair is always in! Credit: Instagram.com/amburgerofhair

Be completely bold and give your graduated short haircut a pastel pink makeover for a sweet feminine touch. Credit: @amburgerofhair

Editor’s tip: Give your graduated bob hairstyles a major dose of TLC with the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum, which is designed to provide frizz control and leave your mane feeling soft and looking super shiny.

Silver Graduated Waves

Graduated bob: Woman with long silver bob with graduated, stacked layers in it
Silver hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/perfect_image17

Silver-blonde hair is officially on our must-try list and if you really want to earn yourself those style points, pair an icy graduated bob with a set of soft waves. Credit: @perfect_image17

 Graduated Cut With Fringe

Graduated bob: Woman with dark brown graduated bob with side-swept bangs posing in a studio
Yes, you can team bangs with this popular bob cut. Credit: Instagram.com/ro.hsiqueira

Contrary to popular belief, you can totally get in on the bangs brigade with a graduated bob haircut. This caramel highlighted bob with side bangs is a serious case in point. Credit: @ro.hsiqueira

Braided Graduated Bob

Graduated bob hairstyles: Woman with dirty blonde graduated bob with headband braid, wearing a grey top
You can have fun with short hair! Credit: Instagram.com/chloenbrown

Easy braided hairstyles, like this pretty headband braid, work really well with graduated bobs. Not only does it do a great job of showing off your curved cut, but it is also a fun way to make your ‘do feel new again. Credit: @chloenbrown

Beachy Bob

Graduated bob: Woman with short, choppy bronde graduated bob hairstyle in a studio
If you’re looking to add dimension to your look, try this. Credit: Instagram.com/marci_and_the_mane

Give of beachy vibes all year long with this tousled bob hairstyle that’s guaranteed to get you all the compliments. Credit: @marci_and_the_mane

Rounded Haircut

Graduated bob hairstyles: Woman with ash blonde concave graduated bob hairstyle
If you crave volume, you’ll need to pay attention. Credit: Instagram.com/sarahgossetthair

If you’re working with long fine tresses that you want to update and make look thicker, this rounded graduated bob haircut is your best option.

Here, this rounded cut works to give this beauty’s mane unique shape with lots of body, cleverly distracting from any natural flatness. Credit: @sarahgossetthair

Editor’s tip:  Ready to give your mane more oomph? The TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo works to remove oil while adding volume and bounce to strands, which is great if you’re dealing with fine, oily hair.

Geode Waves

Graduated bob with waves in violet geode hue from side view
Make your graduated bob pop with a fun violet hue. Credit: Instagram/bromeoandjuliet

Want a look that’ll match your bright and bold personality? Sounds like you need a graduated bob with a fun geode-inspired hue, like this daring Instagrammer! Credit: @bromeoandjuliet

Graduated Bob With Shaved Side

Graduated bob hairstyles: Woman with short graduated emerald green bob with side shaved hair
Give your cut some charming edge with shaved detailing. Credit: Instagram.com/shmoakin_hair

If you feel like you’ve tried everything before and are running out of options, getting a shaved cut with your bob is sure to shake things up and give your look edge. Credit: @shmoakin_hair

Super Short Graduated Bob

Graduated bob hairstyles: Woman with short lilac graduated bob hairstyle wearing yellow and posing outside
How short will you go? Credit: Instagram.com/thehivehair

There’s nothing boyish about short graduated hair, but if that’s something you’re concerned about, a pop of colour will help to remedy this. Credit: @thehivehair

Graduated Bob With Undercut

Graduated bob hairstyles: Woman with chestnut brown graduated bob with undercut hairstyle in a studio
Give them something to look at! Credit: Instagram.com/bobbedhaircuts

If you aren’t afraid of punky styles, we suggest you give this stylish undercut and stacked bob combo a go. Credit: @bobbedhaircuts

Short Graduated Hair With Undercut

Woman with heavy graduated blonde bob
Credit: Instagram.com/cabeloworld

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, take a look at this beauty’s blonde bob and shaved undercut combo.Credit: @cabeloworld

Soft Graduated Bob

Woman with brown soft graduated short hair cut with blonde foilayage
Credit: Instagram.com/colorsbycass_

This haircut embodies cool-girl chic, courtesy of this soft graduated cut and gorgeous bronde hair colour. Credit: @colorsbycass_

Graduated Cut for Fine Hair

This poker-straight graduated bob look is all you need to make fine hair look fuller.

Angled Bob

Rosamund Pike with side part golden blonde graduated bob hair
Rosamund Pike wears her graduated bob with an on-trend deep side part. Credit: Getty Images

The Gone Girl star often wears her blonde graduated bob with a deep side part, helping to add angles to her oval face shape. This precise part is the easiest way to instantly update your look, being sleek and chic in equal measure.

Choppy Cut

Kerry Washington with a dark brown graduated bob wavy hairstyle on the red carpet
Those waves! Credit: Getty Images

Kerry Washington looks a world away from her Olivia Pope character with this graduated bob hairstyle, which is just bursting with cool, edgy vibes.

To create plenty of movement, we suggest going for a sweeping fringe and choppy layers like Kerry and you’ll be ready to rock.

Honey Brown Graduated Hair

Jourdan dunn with a smooth and sleek caramel graduated bob hairstyle on the red carpet
Jourdan Dunn rocks a classic graduated style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When in doubt, stick to a tried and tested classic! Jourdan Dunn proves her supermodel credentials here, wearing her honey brown graduated bob in a simple and timeless style.




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