Ask anyone about the bob cut, and they will describe short hair. But did you know that there are different bob hairstyles? One such cut is the inverted bob haircut!
The inverted bob is a face-framing hairstyle, not to be confused with the other bob styles. Your hair is cut short to accentuate facial features. This is why it has become one of the most coveted short bob haircuts for women of our time. Also, you can find an inverted style that matches your personality.
Still unsure of what an inverted bob looks like? Keep reading to know more!
- This edgy hairstyle suits all hair types because of the stacked layers at the back. Ask your stylist to give you layers according to your face.
- The inverted bob looks best on slimmer faces and long necks. If you have well-defined cheekbones, this haircut is for you.
- If you have a wider face shape, get layers to frame the sides for a slimming effect.
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What Is The Inverted Bob?
The inverted bob is a bob with layers stacked at the back that gradually get longer in the front. The layers curve along the shape of your head. It is also called the gradual bob and stacked bob.
Celebrity stylist Khamis Maiouf says, “In this style, a smooth transition from long to short is important. Optionally, a few levels can be set in the top hair so that the hair falls better. This looks great, especially with wavy hair.”
Mickenzie Lindstrom shares her experience of self-attempting an inverted bob cut. She has thin hair and so, she says, “I like to keep my hair short because I don’t have a lot of hair, and cutting it short makes it look more voluminous (i).” She adds that for curly hair, it is better to blow dry the hair and straighten it before cutting to make it even. Additionally, she also prefers to keep the front longer than the back for an asymmetric look.
Are you thinking that the inverted bob sounds an awful lot like an A-line bob? I don’t blame you because they are quite similar. However, there are some key differences between the two. Let’s check them out.
How To Distinguish Between An Inverted Bob And An A-line Bob
The major difference between an A-line bob and an inverted bob is the layers at the back. An A-line bob may or may not have layers stacked at the back, but an inverted bob always will.
Also, inverted bobs are softer in their transition from short to long while A-line bobs can be drastically angled cuts.
Now that you know the difference between an inverted bob and an A-line bob, let’s talk about what you need to consider before getting an inverted bob.
What Do You Need To Think About Before Getting An Inverted Bob?
Before you chop off your locks, here are a few things you need to consider:
- What is your face shape? Ask your hairstylist whether a graduated bob will complement your face. The graduated bob suits almost all face shapes. Cutting layers to slim down wide cheeks and adding bangs to cover a wide forehead are two things you can do if you have a round or square face. If you have a square face, make sure your bob ends below your chin. This softens the angles of your face.
- Layers mean constant maintenance and regular trims. You’ll have to trim your hair at least once a month to keep the haircut looking fresh.
- In the case of some hair textures, getting layers will mean having to style your hair daily. Keep a round brush and blow dryer handy.
- My roots tend to get greasy quickly. Therefore, when I cut my hair short, I had to wash it every alternate day. So, my fellow greasy-haired ladies, beware!
Ready to take the bob plunge? Great! Read on to know which of these 51 stylish inverted bobs will suit you best. You’ll never want your hair long again after this.
51 Beautiful Best Inverted Bob Haircuts
1. Short Inverted Bob with Undercut
It is not a surprise that the short inverted bob with an undercut is taking over the world. Keep the undercut dark and color your hair in a contrasting shade of blonde to really make your hair pop. Celebs Scarlett Johansson and Victoria Beckham have already started to rock this look!
2. Zebra Inverted Bob
I would have definitely selected a black and white inverted bob if I had sleek straight hair. This look shows chunky white highlights on black hair to bring a twist to this cut. The classic contrast of black and white gives you a polished look that you can flaunt at any event. A spritz of hairspray can make your inverted bob look unmistakably dramatic.
3. Short Inverted Bob for Straight Hair
The short inverted bob for straight hair is giving me a summertime vibe. A short inverted bob lets you have the edgy style you crave while keeping your hair off your neck. You don’t have to worry about detangling the sweaty hair knots and can get ready in a few minutes.
4. Dark Chocolate Inverted Bob
If you love chocolate for any occasion and want to experiment with your straight hair, this inverted bob look is definitely for you! This reminds me of the satisfying glossy icing on a cake that grabs the attention of passersby. The dark chocolate adds shine to your layers while the side-swept edgy bangs add a futuristic touch to your look.
5. Shaggy Bob
There is a fine line between the shaggy and the wavy looks. This inverted bob is flattering on most faces because of the volumized curly ends. Perfect for a college-going girl or a woman of business!
6. Vintage Curled Inverted Bob
Are you looking for a perfect way to change your look and give a fresh yet edgy appearance every day? This is ‘the one’ if you want a touch of drama in your life! Fortunately, vintage hairstyles like big volume curls are taking the world by storm in recent years.
7. Asymmetrical Wavy Inverted Bob
This asymmetrical all-time fashionable hairstyle offers a new look to all women irrespective of their age, profession, or personality. The waves at the hair ends add volume and fullness to your tresses. And the red highlights add pizzazz to the entire look. It’s a perfect blend of chic and edgy.
8. Red Inverted Bob
The blend of red and bronze can step up your style game with an inverted bob. This tasteful copper shade can offer you a sophisticated look and fulfill your dream of being a redhead at one go. This bob is great for those with thick hair as the layers at the back accentuate the thickness while the hair at the front is thinned to frame the face well.
9. Messy Inverted Bob
Dyeing your hair like candy floss can be intriguing and fun for you. Embrace your inner child with a messy yet sassy bold look with this touch of pink. Choppy layers and tousled hair, styled with hairspray, gives you that messy yet chic look.
10. French Curled Inverted Bob
Show your creative side with this bold inverted bob. Opt for a chocolate brown ombre that’s dark on the top but gets light at the bottom. The different shades of chocolate blend well and give your locks dimension and increased hair shine. It adds a lot of character to your look while providing volume and movement to the hair.
11. Beige-Blonde Inverted Bob
This bob is ideal for those with fine hair. Adding a few layers to your bob can give your hair a thicker appearance. Take this inverted bob to the next level by giving it a beige-blonde vibe. It adds extra freshness to your bob if you have fair complexion with pink undertones.
12. Dark-Rooted Inverted Bob
If you want to ‘Walk like Rihanna’ (get it?) for your next look, an inverted bob with dark roots is definitely for you! Whether you have thick or thin hair, this bob is perfect as it adds depth. The blonde shades at the front give you a voluminous illusion.
13. Single–Point Inverted Bob
The back view of a single-point inverted bob focuses on a slender neck with a cute single point at the nape. But it needs frequent trims to keep the single-point fresh for a long time. It is an evergreen summer look with a chic yet modern twist.
14. Platinum Inverted Bob With Middle Parting
Vanilla frosting is all I can think about for this trendy hairstyle. An inverted bob with a middle parting can push your limits to be eye-candy on every outing. The chic cut flaunts your jawline and long neck. Keep your roots dark and your layers to a minimum to really shine in this hairstyle.
15. Dark To Light Blonde Inverted Bob
Blonde comes in many shades. You can get a brilliant versatile champagne or a beachy sand blonde. Or, you could get all the shades of the same tone (warm or cool). If you have a cool undertone opt for a cool blonde blend, and if you have a warm undertone go for a warm blonde blend.
16. Brown Disconnected Inverted Bob
See how this bob abruptly gets longer in the front instead of gradually? I love it! I also like that the top layer at the back looks lighter, and it gets darker as you reach the final layer. It adds oodles of dimension to the bob.
17. Mild Wavy Inverted Bob
Have you ever had one of those days when you have tons of work, and you have a hot chocolate to take a breather? Everything just seems easier after that. Time seems to pass in slow motion. Take that stress-buster to your hair and add some waves to it to calm you down.
18. Brown Dimensional Bob
This inverted bob starts off with a dark brown shade that gradually turns into light brown and blonde towards the front. Its woody brown dimension adds tons of elegance to this hair look.
19. Curly Ends
Marble cake, anyone? Gorgeous shades of blonde and brown merge to bring us this delicious blended bob. The curly ends in the front are the highlight of this look.
20. Chocolate Bob
Think of cutting through shiny chocolate glazed icing to find a rich chocolate cake within. You can try, but you can’t stop smiling! That is what this elegant inverted bob reminds me of.
21. Blonde Curved Bob
Whenever I see fine sand at the beach, I always want to shape it into a castle. The blonde locks on this bob give me the same feeling. If I had this glossy hair, I would style it in a new way every day in lace braids, a faux Mohawk, and what not!
22. Contrast Layers
Lighter blonde at the top that bleeds into darker shades of blonde – this blonde dimension is ah-may-zing! See how the light blonde locks soften the layers? This will create a stunning face-framing effect.
23. Short Layers
Back in the early 19th century, it was a trend to flaunt a deep hairline curve at the back. This inverted bob has its own spin of this fashion statement, and it looks pretty cool. If you want to take it up a notch, try adding a fun pattern to the shaved hairline.
24. Black Edgy Bob
The black bob is synonymous with edgy anime characters. This haircut makes it easy to see the stacked layers. I love that even though her hair is short, you can clearly see the angle at the bottom.
25. Super Short Layers
Say hello to the perfect tomboy bob! The short layers at the back and chin length hair in the front add a playful touch to this hair-ttire! (See what I did there? I combined hair and attire to…forget it).
26. Auburn Bob
Auburn is the perfect hair color for all seasons. It gives your hair a nice glow in summer, blends in perfectly in fall, brings warmth to winter, and gets our hearts ready for spring. LOVE!
27. Choppy Bob
Choppy hair paired with an inverted bob makes for a killer look. The brown locks here give this bob a soft look. This is the perfect hairdo for those hot summer days when all you want to do is tie up your locks.
28. Volumized Inverted Bob
Ladies, raise your hand if you’ve never wanted voluminous locks. I bet none of you raised your hand! Everyone wants lush, thick tresses. If you have short hair, get a thick inverted bob to add volume to your hair.
29. Angled Inverted Bob
Just look at the angle on this bob. It is PERFECT! If you’re gonna give up your locks for a bob, make sure it looks just as cool as this one.
30. Thin Curls
Thin, messy curls can be a girl’s best friend instead of her frizzy enemy. Apply some curl defining cream to your locks after you wash your hair. You can also scrunch your hair and apply hairspray to enhance this look.
31. Brunette Curved Bob
Look. At. That. Curve! That right there is the perfect curve that all of us dream about. Now is the time to make it possible! The layers of this inverted bob are lovely and soft, and they can highlight specific features of your face when paired with the right makeup.
32. Inverted D Bob
Oh no, you woke up late this morning? Well, if you had this inverted D bob, all you’d have to do is run your fingers through it to neaten it up and be ready in a jiffy! It forms the perfect D at the back. I remember an anime character I used to love who had this hairstyle.
33. Curly Inverted Bob
A curly bob is the wild child hairstyle I never knew I needed! This curly bob has to have been created by the French. It’s flawless and perfectly curled. Those soft swirls showcase the layers at the back beautifully. And, in that vibrant mahogany brown, this bob is to die for!
34. Stacked Bob
Layers stacked upon layers – this cut is the very definition of beauty. Color your hair plum or burgundy to freshen up your look. That red shade blended with purple completely transforms this bob!
35. Thicks Bangs
If you have thick hair, it would be a crime not to flaunt it any way you can! But, it can be a problem if you want to cut it off. I have a solution! Pairing a short hairstyle with thick bangs is a total win-win. If you love thick bangs, try this haircut on for size.
36. Brown Top Bob
A cake is never complete without chocolate icing on top. This is the motto I’ve lived by all my life. The icing is what I think this hairstyle looks like. Smooth and brown at the top and dark at the bottom.
37. Chic Inverted Bob
Some bobs have a classic feel, while others are clearly made for the future. This style is one of the modern ones. The contrasting colors of this inverted bob add a certain sharpness to it. If you have a diamond face shape, get this bob and keep its length below your jaw.
38. Black Inverted Bob
I know I’ve only added two black bobs to this list, but black is a bold color and not one to be taken lightly. Though many women are born with incredible black hair, this black cut requires a chilled-out personality to carry it off.
39. Purple Curled Bob
Purple – the color of femininity, unicorns, and every child’s favorite dinosaur. All of us, at some point, wanted purple hair and short hair. Put them together to get your dream hairstyle!
40. Blow Dried Inverted Bob
I recently got a trim, and, I have to admit, my hair looks stunning when I blow dry it now. On days when I feel down, blow drying my hair is a sure-shot way to get my spirits up.
41. The Perfect Curve Inverted Bob
When it comes to the inverted bob, it’s all about the curve. And let’s talk about the hair color! It’s like a sunset in a desert. Beautiful. This hair look is definitely on my must-try list.
42. Long Inverted Bob
I like this long hair version of the inverted bob. It’s perfect for the women who don’t want to cut their hair too short. If you want to add an edgy twist to this hairstyle, keep the back short and the front well below your chin. Style it in waves to add some volume to your hair.
43. Sandy Blonde Bob
Let your locks soak in the sun rays with this sandy blonde inverted bob. Curl your hair and spritz on some sea salt spray. Mess it up your hair with your fingers, and you are gold. Looks pretty awesome, doesn’t it?
44. Curve And Angled
Curved at the beginning and angled towards the end, this inverted bob is in a class of its own. I like how the layers are not blended in completely. They add a soft touch to this look.
45. Ringlet Bob
Ringlets are known to be the perfect curls. You’d think that ringlets would’ve faded out after the Victorian era. But no, they are here to stay. Of course, instead of being tight and small, ringlet curls are now big and soft. This is the perfect bob for weddings, dances, and fairytale dreams.
46. Beachy Waves Inverted Bob
The best thing to do on a sunny night is to go to the beach and chill. Watch and hear the waves move and soak it all in. This beachy waves inverted bob is the perfect representation of those nights.
47. Mild Inverted Bob
Go to the beach right now and tell me if this blonde dimension doesn’t look like sun rays falling on sand! This stunning color job is elevated by the mild inverted bob that it is styled in. Until you’re ready to go more angular, it’s alright to play it safe with this mild inverted bob.
48. Inverted Bob On Thin Hair
The second I saw this image, it spoke to me. I have thin hair, and I had this preconceived notion that thin hair does not look good in a bob. This hairstyle is giving me so much joy!
49. Bob With Peekaboo Highlights
Peek-a-boo! See those hidden highlights? They’re called peekaboo highlights. You can get them in different colors and in as many styles as you want – plain, dual, or multicolored. Let your inner unicorn fly free and uninhibited with this style of highlights in bright colors.
50. Modern Inverted Bob
Add a modern twist to a classic bob with this inverted bob with an edgy undercut. Did you know that bobs were angled way back in the ‘20s? Pretty modern for a vintage age, right?
51. Curly A-Line Bob
This chic curly A-line bob haircut is perfect if you have been looking for a style that exudes elegance and celebrates femininity.
And, while we covered numerous stunning inverted bob haircuts, here are some additional styling tips that you can keep in mind as well. Scroll down to know more.
How To Style An Inverted Bob
- Use a flat iron for a sleek look and keep the ends sharp.
- For a relaxed curly hair appearance, create loose curls or waves with a curling iron.
- Experiment with highlights, balayage, or ombré that accentuate the haircut and make it more appealing.
- Always use a texturizing spray to add volume to the hairstyle and keep it intact.
Infographic: Reasons To Get An Inverted Bob
An inverted bob would look like a rather drastic and bold haircut choice, especially if you had been maintaining your hair long for a while. But this is such a chic and flattering style that we recommend you just go for it. Check out the infographic below for reasons to convince you to get an inverted bob.
And that is the end of an extremely long list for now, phew! So, you have been over the list and taken a look at the pictures? The above entries are our favorite picks for styling a gorgeous inverted bob haircut. Do you have a favorite one yet? If not, head to your nearest stylist and ask them for their expert opinion. However, don’t forget to do your research on their establishment first. The graduated bob or asymmetrical bob suits almost all face types. So, go ahead, and try experimenting with these amazing styles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is inverted bob still in style?
Yes, an inverted bob is still in style. From global celebrities to your next-door neighbors, everyone is rocking this most-loved look of the season thanks to its low-maintenance feminine look that suits any face shape.
What is an inverted layered bob?
An inverted layered bob offers an angled nape with a round shape to add hair volume. It is a short to medium length hairdo with stacked layers in the back. It features additional layers for added texture.
Can you put an inverted bob in a ponytail?
Yes, you can style your inverted bob in a ponytail. But it will be a mini ponytail that can be rocked with a headband.
Revamp your look by getting a layered inverted bob haircut. Find ideas for short hair in the following video and make heads turn with your new look!