An inverted bob is a type of bob haircut that is longer in the front than it is at the back. The tapered sides are often paired with stacked layers at the back, which give the hair more body and volume. Inverted bob haircuts come in various lengths and iterations and can be styled up in many different ways. Read on to see the best inverted bob haircut inspiration ahead of your next hair appointment.
Dark Glossy Bob
To really nail this haircut, you must know how to style it correctly! Blow-drying is essential in creating the smooth and polished finish that this cut calls for, and is of paramount importance if you have naturally wavy hair, to help you show off the sharp edges of the style.
Editor’s tip: Prep your hair using the smoothing TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray and blowdry using a round brush. And if you’re really struggling to get those under layers of hair to lie flat, you can use straighteners to smooth them out.
We love how these light, ash blonde highlights add dimension and depth to this gently graduated inverted cut.
Rounded Inverted Bob
Rounded bobs are when the hair is flicked under, which helps to give the hair a fuller look, making it a great one for those with naturally fine hair.
Why not add a little extra something to your inverted bob by making it asymmetrical? This asymmetric cut is longer on one side than the other, which keeps it feeling fresh and modern, but still totally wearable for every day.
Inverted Bob with a Fringe
If you’re wondering if you can rock a fringe with an inverted bob, you absolutely can. You can never go wrong with classic full bangs in our book, but we love the contrast of this slightly shorter fringe with the longer lob length.
Textured Blonde Bob
Did we mention that the inverted bob haircut also looks fantastic when worked with tousled and textured waves? Adding curls or even just some light waves gives the look an effortless, lived-in look as well as adding plenty of additional volume.
Thanks to TikTok, coloured highlights are really popular right now, so why not try adding some colour into your new cut? These peekaboo highlights are perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of colour without going all in.
Balayage Textured Bob
The balayage highlighting technique is really popular with long hair at the moment, but it’s also amazing on shorter hair, too.
If you’re wary of going too short, go for something like this. The lob length is a nice middle-ground between short and long hair but you still get all of the benefits of the graduated finish. Plus, you can always take it shorter at a later date if you want to.
Another major reason to try out the chic inverted bob hairstyle? It’s also the perfect canvas for this season’s best hair colours! Whatever colour you opt for, the graduated shape of the bob provides a perfect platform for showing off your bold, new hair hue.
Bold, confident, and full of sass, the inverted bob is a stunning way to wear your hair but just remember to assess which length will best suit you.
If in doubt, talk to your hair stylist first because inverted bob hairstyles are more versatile than you think.
Who said beach waves were just for long hair? These barely-there beach waves are a beautiful way of showing off an inverted bob while simultaneously adding cool-girl texture to the look.
Ash Brown Highlights
A great way to elevate shorter cuts is to use colour as a way of adding more depth. For example, take notes from this look and spice up a brown bob by adding in some lighter ash highlights to enhance sweeping layers.
If your hair is super straight and prone to looking flat, then piecey cuts are the perfect antidote. These textured, tousled layers are ideal for giving life and movement to poker straight strands for a more youthful look.
This rich cocoa brown hue pairs perfectly with this sharp, graduated cut, while the side parting gives it a softer feel.
Inverted Bob with Micro Bangs
Want to take your inverted bob one step further? Micro bangs are a statement fringe style that help to open up the face and accentuate your features.
The dreamy pastel pink hue might have caught your eye first, but it’s the side parting and textured waves here that really make this chin-length cut so flattering.
The precise, graphic lines of an inverted bob haircut is what makes this look so appealing. But to make it into a ‘do that flatters your individual face shape and style, you need to work with your hair’s natural texture.
So, if you’ve got rather thick hair, then your cut will probably have enough body to hold the shape of the cut on its own. Credit: @pinupstylist89
For those that don’t want to sacrifice their precious length, try keeping the length of your hair at the front and slowly graduating your tresses at the back. Credit: @marcomauad
Stacked with Blue Highlights
This short inverted bob is created with shorter stacks through your strands to give you that coveted, deeply graduated look. And as with any style, there’s no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ – so you need to choose the level of stacks you want in order to get a look that’ll suit your unique features.
We suggest keeping the stacks lower at the back if you want a softer, more subtle finish while opting for shorter stacks to allow you to spike up the back, for an edgier look! Credit: @alyssa_michelle_hair_xo