The Chicest, Most Messy-Cool Blonde Bob Looks We Love

Or: How to look cool hot without even trying.

We’re calling it now: If you’ve ever wanted to stand out from the pack, get a blonde bob, Nothing says “head babe in charge” more than a uniquely sophisticated short cut that only looks low-maintenance to the untrained eye. We all know the upkeep that goes into this particular hairstyle, however: Seamless, brass-free color, fresh-looking ends, and a glossy shine don’t happen to those who aren’t on point with their look.

For those looking for some inspiration before cutting, we curated some of our favorites, luxe-looking yet downtown-cool blonde bob hairstyles to get our point across. Remember: It’s all about organized chaos (or something like it)! Scroll down and get enlightened:

Current Obsession: Messy-Cool Blonde Bob Looks

1. Platinum Ponytail

blonde bob platinum ponytail
The ponytail gets elevated when rendered in edgy platinum. Photo credit:

The baby ponytail gets 1000 more style points when it becomes part of an overall slightly subversive look. It’s not easy to maintain a platinum blonde bob, and this version, which has just the right amount of dark rootage peeking through, also boasts a healthy-looking shine.

2. Lazy Waves

blonde bob messy waves
Boho-girl waves are a great way to mask bleached ends. Photo credit:

The blonde bob version of rich-girl hair, this look features just a slight bend at the mid-lengths and an easy middle part (which may or may not be topped off with your designer accessory of choice). Bleached locks also maintain their shine and remain brass-free with the help of a regular glossing regimen, so don’t forget to get your appointment in.

3. Cool-Girl Shag

blonde bob platinum shag
The It Girl hairstyle of 2016: the shag. Photo credit:

Not quite a bob person, but still crave the look of short hair? Go for a shag, this year’s unofficial sleeper hit. Subtle layering at the neck makes this a more flattering look than its mullet-like predecessor. Remember to ask your stylist for a curtain fringe to tie the look together.

4. Curly Bob

blonde bob messy waves
How to work messy waves off the beach: Add a deep side part. Photo credit:

This look has a refreshing ’80s-perm vibe, but not in a scary way. The blonde bob gets a major volume boost with a blunt, non-layered haircut, and the tight curls also provide a bit of a texture change. Styled with some mousse or lifting spray and not much else, it’s a minimalist’s take on the perm.

5. Wispy Lob

blonde bob gritty lob
The gritty lob is a city gal’s secret weapon. Photo credit:

The wispy, slightly rooty lob gives a bit of a downtown edge to an otherwise regular concave bob. This look is a bit smudgy at the top, which lends it a gritty/pretty vibe that doesn’t at all read stuffy. Pair this look with your favorite frilly dress and see your style in a new light.

Looking for new ways to wear your classic hairstyles? Check out our fun 90s hair redux.

Sign up to our newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks from the experts at All Things Hair.


All Things Hair on Instagram