20 gorgeous graduated bob hair ideas

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

Similar to an A-line bob, but with layered stacks (of varying length, depending on what suits your tastes!) in the back and more length up front, the graduated bob is a classic haircut that is curved instead of being a cut in a straight line. And, what makes this short cut so popular, is that there’s no one-size-fits-all finish.

Graduated bobs look stunning on all face shapes and hair types; from straight to curlyfine and thick hair. Lucky for you, we’ve listed 20 of the most inspiring graduated bob hairstyles to try in 2019, below.

1. 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_hair

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

2.  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

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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

6.  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

7. 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.

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Beachy bob with highlights

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

12. Rounded bob

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: If you’re looking for a thickening product to give your hair bounce, you should try the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening BalmApply a small amount of it into your damp hair before blow drying to plump your strands and get a voluminous look.

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. Angled bob

Rosamund Pike with side part golden blonde graduated bob hair
Rosamund Pike wears her graduated bob with a 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.

18. Straight graduated cut

Graduated bob: Jennifer Lawrence with bleach blonde straight graduated bob hairstyle on the red carpet
Jennifer Lawrence wows with her straight graduated bob. Credit: Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence never fails to give us hair envy and this poker straight graduated bob looks perfect on the Hunger Games star. See how those front pieces of hair frame her lovely face? She has us swooning yet again!

19. Choppy cut with waves

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.

20. Honey brown graduated bob

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.