Long bob hair, also known as a lob, is a hairstyle that is in between long and short hair. This variety of bob haircut finishes just above the shoulders and is one of the most coveted looks around. Every celebrity worth their tresses is opting for this dreamy in-between cut — think Kim Kardashian West to Olivia Wilde and, most recently, Bella Hadid.
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and need a little more persuading, we’re here to help. Having trawled through the red carpet archives, we discover 34 incredible long bob hair looks that are sure to have you rushing to the salon!
1. Kim Kardashian’s sleek long bob
Even without her signature Rapunzel lengths, Kim Kardashian West is still top of many a style list! And ever since she debuted this sleek, blunt cut long bob, she’s managed to kick up even more of a buzz about her looks.
Editor’s tip: To nab this red carpet ‘do for yourself, just spritz the Toni&Guy Heat Protectant Mist all over damp tresses, then blow dry each section straight with a paddle brush.
Now, the real magic happens when you spray the Toni&Guy Flawless Sleek Creation Hairspray into each section of hair, before straightening. This will give you Kim’s star-worthy glow in a jiffy. Easy peasy, eh?
2. Christina Aguilera’s long bob with bangs
We particularly love it when she pairs her blunt, full bangs with glossy, poker-straight hair. Anyone else getting major Pulp Fiction vibes?
3. Maria Menounos’ curly long bob
Bored of rocking limp locks? Opting for tightly permed curls a la Maria Menounos adds an enviable fullness to flat strands, while still making them look effortlessly natural. We’re sure you’ll agree this curly long bob hairstyle looks absolutely stunning!
4. Pixie Lott’s glam pink long bob
5. Kylie Jenner’s shaggy long bob
Joan Jett is that you?! It seems like every single time we see Kylie Jenner, she looks different! And when she debuted this shaggy long bob hairstyle at New York Fashion Week, we knew we were witnessing a trend in the making.
6. Chrissy Teigen’s beachy long bob
With a fresh lob cut hairstyle, Chrissy Teigen’s beachy, bronde tresses became even more envy-inducing – just look at how well it frames her heart-shaped face and compliments her chestnut eyes. Now that’s what we call a match made in heaven!
7. Bella Hadid’s accessorised long bob
For casual outings, wear your long bob hairstyle with simple, oversized bobby pins like Bella Hadid does.
Working her tresses into a neat middle parting, this schoolgirl-esque style is totally chic and modern – needless to say, we’ll be dreaming up different ways to use bobby pins in our own summer hairstyles!
8. Zara Larsson’s loose curly long bob
Looking for a simple way to add some glam to your look? Then make Zara Larsson your style guru and recreate her long bob with loose, undone curls.
9. Yara Shahidi’s poufy lob
Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi is proof that natural, bouncy curls look striking when cut into a round-shaped long bob. So, if you’re looking for a fail-safe way to make long black curly hair manageable, you know what to do.
10. Chantel Jefferies’ boxer braids
Chantel Jefferies’ proves that boxer braids trend is still going strong. Her lob length, dark chocolate hair has been styled into 2 perfectly-woven boxer braids, giving her look a flirty, yet utterly fierce finish.
11. Olivia Munn’s layered waves
We recently spotted Olivia Munn sporting a rough, bedhead lob on the red carpet. And to give her cut a chic cool-girl edge, the actress added in soft, textured waves and went for the no-parting look.
12. Jennifer Lawrence’s layered long bob
If there’s anyone who can pull off a platinum blonde long bob brilliantly, it’s Jennifer Lawrence. When J-Law showed up at the A Beautiful Planet film premiere sporting her new layered bob hairstyle, we were all green with envy.
13. Rachel Weisz’s wavy long bob
We spotted Rachel Weisz sporting an ultra-glam long bob on the red carpet. And to give her cut a chic edge, the actress added soft waves and a sleek middle parting. And good news for those with a longer face: a wavy long bob will instantly help to balance out your facial features!
Editor’s tip: If you want to get this ‘do, just remember to finish with some TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Spray to achieve a super glossy look.
14. Vanessa Hudgens’ glam long bob
We’re loving Vanessa Hudgens’ long bob with finger waves. With its perfectly-polished finish, her vintage-inspired hairstyle has certainly caught our attention. If you’re recreating this ‘do at home, remember to part your hair into a deep side parting for a more glamorous look.
15. Jessica Chastain’s side-parted long bob
After a classy, sophisticated long bob? Draw inspiration from Jessica Chastain‘s shoulder-grazing, asymmetrical bob. Here, she’s tucked one side of her shiny red locks behind her ear to reveal a sparkling, diamond drop earring. Where can we get a pair, Jessica?
16. Rihanna’s cute long bob
And we’re not gonna lie: we love the futuristic vibes of Rihanna‘s poker-straight, blunt lob with slightly flicked-out ends. Keep on rockin’, RiRi!
17. Rose Byrne ombre long bob
One of the main advantages of long bob hairstyles is that they can be styled, coloured and adapted to meet your desires. And mega babe Rose Byrne shows us that you can sport an ombre lob with ease.
The actress stepped out at the Manus X Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology event with a sleek look featuring a high-impact, deep side parting.
18. Emilia Clarke’s beachy long bob
Not only does Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke know how to rule the Dothraki, but she can also nail the long bob style. Flaunting textured, beachy waves, she looked positively stunning. What a gal!
19. Jennifer Lopez’s sultry long bob
Singer Jennifer Lopez has sported many different hairstyles over the years, but one of our all-time favourites has to be this sultry highlighted bob! Styled into a deep side parting with a flicked out side fringe, this haircut brings all of the sass.
20. Arizona Muse’s wet-look long bob
21. Gabrielle Union’s stylish long bob
Actress Gabrielle Union grabbed our attention when she stepped out with this sleek, long bob. Not only has she had one of the most stylish bobs of the year, but she’s also won our award for the shiniest mane, too!
22. Kirsten Dunst’s blonde long bob
Blonde starlet Kirsten Dunst oozed elegance when she stepped out with a long bob that had been flicked out at ends at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Her highlighted hair had been styled into a deep side parting, and one side of her mane was tucked neatly behind her ear. Now that’s what we call class!
23. Naomi Watts’ perfectly undone long bob
Actress Naomi Watts is proof that long, wavy bobs look stunning on mature women, too. Lots of texture, body and natural-looking waves ensure that Naomi’s hair looks on-trend, as well as flattering.
24. Pixie Lott’s curly long bob
The songstress never lets us down when it comes to style and this long curly bob is a total winner. This bouncy, curly ‘do is fun and glamorous, while instantly giving a new lease of life to a long bob style.
25. Selena Gomez’s edgy long bob
Selena is totally rocking this platinum blonde bob and we think both the colour and the style is just perfect for her new, grown-up look. We love her slightly tousled tresses, that gives her locks a lived-in, edgy appeal.
26. Camilla Thurlow’s chic long bob
This sleek and chic long bob, looks even prettier thanks to the subtle balayage highlights that Camilla Thurlow is rocking. The beachy waves, teamed with hues of caramel look simply dreamy.
27. Margot Robbie’s effortless long bob
Is it just us, or does Margot Robbie simply nail every single hair ‘do she sports? We’re not jealous or anything, but we might need to go and get a blonde, wavy long bob cut… like yesterday!
Recreate this ‘do by tonging the front section of your hair, for effortless glamour.
28. Cara Santana’s sharp long bob
If it’s a ‘my hair means business’ look that you want, look no further than this super sleek and chic straight bob. There’s isn’t a hair out of place in this look, so make sure you reach for the straighteners and your anti-frizz serum!
29. Jenna Dewan’s super-glossy long bob
With just a flash of colour on the ends of her tresses, it’s almost as if Jenna is sporting an outgrown ombre, with this super-glossy lob. This flawless hairstyle makes for a serious style statement and we’re loving the subtle volume at the roots. Nailed it!
30. Bip Ling’s grungy long bob
Going for old school grunge with a twist? Then you’re about to be majorly inspired by Bip Ling’s cherry red, slicked-back look. If you thought a lob was a sweet, girly style, think again; this is all about hipster vibes and edgy slicked-back tresses. Nice!
31. January Jones’ retro long bob
At first glance, this hairstyle may seem very ‘sweet’, but when you look again, you’ll notice that it’s also a little bit flirty.
We’re loving the tousled tresses, that have plenty of texture and movement. The hair slide is a cute addition to help keep that sweeping ‘faux’ side fringe in place. Ingenious!
32. Kristen Bell’s slicked-back long bob
If you want to instantly give your look a sleek new vibe, then slicking back your locks is a one-way ticket to style town! We love how Kristen’s straight bob has been given a new rock-chick, edge simply by rocking the wet look.
33. Hailey Baldwin’s Hollywood-inspired long bob
When it comes to upping the glam factor, you can’t go wrong with gorgeous sultry waves. This Hollywood-approved style, as sported by Hailey Baldwin, is a classic look that’s always a winner! The lob length gives the look a more modern twist, yet still oozes a silver screen sultriness.
34. Emily Ratajkowski’s glossy long bob
If it’s inspo for healthy-looking hair that’s worthy of a hair-ad, Emily has got it covered! The middle parting makes this look oh-so-sleek, while her perfectly blow-dried locks (with the ends smoothly dried under) enhance her glossy locks. We love!
Feeling inspired by these long bob hairstyles? Us too!