There’s no denying that layers work for just about any hairstyle. The perfect way to either add volume or take it away (if your strands are too thick), layered cuts come in all styles and lengths. And right now, layered bob hairstyles just so happen to be one of this season’s freshest ways to amp up your look.
Now, if you’ve found yourself at loss for a source of pretty hair inspiration, rest assured that we’re about to answer all your hair prayers. From beautiful blunt cut layers to retro shaggy styles, we’ve got a variety of layered bob hairstyles that’ll have you running to the salon, pronto!
1. Graduated bob
2. French girl bob with bangs
If you want to give your locks a more Parisian inspired makeover, try the blogger-approved French girl bob on for size. The tousled layered bob with bangs haircut is super low-maintenance and always looks très chic. Credit: @michaelforrey
3. Long layers
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4. Messy bob
Editor’s tip: Enhance your layers by spritzing your roots with some of the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray, massaging it in with your fingers to give a ruffled look.
5. Pink blunt bob
This same-length cut is ideal for ladies with fine hair, as the layers are cut bluntly and at random (rather than blended), which creates the illusion of thicker hair.
6. Piecey ends
For a playful and flirty layered cut, consider adding in some piecey layers that start from the ear down to the chin, as spotted on influencer Taylor Lashae. This modern look is perfect for girls with fine hair, as it can be styled in minutes and will give your hair effortless movement!
7. Classic stacked bob
Layers are not only great for taking the weight out of thick hair types, but they’re also perfect for creating the illusion of fuller and more voluminous locks in fine hair!
8. A-line layers
Tempted to give an asymmetrical bob a whirl? Add in some light layers to your asymmetrical cut to give your edgy cut a dose of feminine charm.
The best thing about these type of layers is that they have a softening effect, since they’re not perfectly even on both sides. This makes them the ideal go-to for ladies with square face shapes. Credit: @goinggoingblondee
9. Curly bob
The best layered bob haircuts for thick, curly hair are those that bring out the best in your curls without losing any of the texture. This modern bob style works great with coily and natural hair types and the fringe will help to add shape and frame your face. Credit: @iamnikolee
10. Undercut bob
If you have thick, unmanageable hair, subtle layers cut from underneath will help remove weight from your mane and make it as light as candy floss. Styling your curls is about to become a lot easier! Credit: @stylesbydeniseealy
11. Shaggy layers
It’s no secret that shag hairstyles are fast becoming the look du jour. Instead of meticulously blended layers, shaggy layers are more edgy and messy, providing you with effortless rocker-chick vibes. Credit: @kyliejenner
12. Textured wavy layers
Are you lusting after all the gorgeous wavy hairstyles out there? Well, it’s your lucky day, because you can easily give your hair a more lived-in feel with some textured layers!
And if you need any more convincing, just take a long, hard look at this lush layered wavy bob. See? Adding a playful edge to your everyday style doesn’t have to be difficult! Credit: @kristin_ess
Editor’s tip: To really amp up the volume of this look, we’d recommend styling with a texturising spray, like the Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray, after blow-drying. Warning: this look will turn a lot of heads.
13. Face-framing layers
Thinking about getting a layered bob with bangs? Getting a fringe cut is a big deal, especially if you’ve never tried one before, so ease yourself in gently with some shorter layers around your face for a faux fringe effect. It’ll give you more of an idea of whether a fringe suits you or not and requires less upkeep than an actual fringe.
Plus, if you do decide it’s not for you, growing it out won’t be such a painful process. Credit: @camerakelly
14. Layered bob with highlights
After a daintier-looking bob? Keep things low-key with this sweet and short romantic layered bob hairstyle, which features soft face-framing layers.
15. Bronde layered bob
When it comes to adding extra depth and dimension to layered bob hairstyles, we’d recommend using different shades of the same colour. This will help lighten your overall look and give it a healthy dose of youthfulness.
16. Sliced layers
Looking for more layered bob hairstyles to help make your thick hair easier to style? Then you should consider getting sliced layers. This nifty technique is done with a pair of scissors that a stylist runs down on small sections of hair (from the top to bottom), to remove weight.
This technique is great for very thick or curly hair, as it enhances natural texture and leaves you with a boho-perfect, feathered appearance. Credit: @studiokawaii888
17. Side-swept bob
Worried about volume? A clever styling hack we’ve found for short layered bob hairstyles is to wear them in a side parting. This way, all of your hair is swept to one side, giving you extra oomph at the roots and long-lasting body. Credit: @amychristinehair
18. Soft lob