Read on for our favourite long bob hairstyles for wavy, curly, straight and coloured hair types.
A long bob, or lob if you will, is one of the hottest and most underrated hairstyles. The reason being is that it’s flattering for a variety of different face shapes, hair textures and colours.
It’s also perfect if you’re wanting to go shorter but aren’t ready to brave the chop just yet. From the long choppy bob to the long layered bob, there are so many styles to choose from. So whether you love the straight and sleek look or a soft and wavy style, keep reading to find your perfect long bob hairstyle to inspire your next trip to the salon…
Long bobs for wavy and curly hair
A lob is perfect if you have curly or wavy hair as it’s long enough to style in various ways unlike a tricky shorter ‘do, plus you can still show off that gorgeous texture. If your hair is on the finer side and you want to give the appearance of thicker locks, we’ve also featured some long bobs for wavy hair.
1. Graduated long bob
If you’re looking to grow out a shorter bob and don’t want any awkward phases, try a graduated long bob. The style is longer at the front and gets gradually shorter and more voluminous at the back thanks to the layers. This one looks effortlessly chic with curly hair! For tips and product recommendations on styling your curly lob, check out our best curly hair products.
2. Long layered bob
Adding longer layers to a bob instantly adds thickness and texture, as well as making it easier to style. The layers create a natural tousled look on otherwise straight hair. To keep your tousled waves frizz free, finish off your long bob hairstyle with our Perfect Finish Serum to seal split ends and repel humidity.
For more styling inspo, check out our tips on styling layered locks.
3. Long asymmetrical bob
If you’re wanting to add some edginess to your shorter style, go for a long asymmetric bob. The sharp angles frame the face making this cut incredibly flattering for your jawline. This unconventional style is super versatile and works with all face shapes; the more waves you add, the bolder it looks!
4. Choppy layered bob
Choppy layers are perfect if you don’t have tonnes of time to tong your waves every day. They instantly create texture and movement so with a quick spritz of our Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray your curls or waves will be instantly revived even days after your last hair wash.
If you’re trying to avoid using your heat stylers to minimise heat damage, check out our article on how to restore heat damaged curly hair for even more tips and tricks to restore healthy hair.
5. Wavy bob with bangs
The ultimate face framer, bangs are perfect to add to your wavy bob if you have finer hair, as they add texture, structure and give the illusion of thickness. If you want to get that full tousled look, check out our Volume Lift Range, designed to lift fine, flat hair.
Long bobs for straight hair
If you have straight hair, a long bob is the perfect style to keep your locks looking ultra sleek – it can also really accentuate the angles of choppy layers or blunt cuts. They’re perfect for a quick up-do or half-up-half-down style too.
5. Long choppy bob
If you have naturally straight hair, adding some choppy layers to your long bob hairstyle will instantly add some volume. If you have highlights or tonal hair, the choppy layers will also help illuminate your hair colours.
If you want to give your blonde a much-needed boost at home, take a look at our advice on how to lighten hair at home.
7. Long inverted bob
If you want to have length and movement at the same time, go for a long inverted bob. The neck to collarbone cut helps straight hair fall perfectly in place without too much effort. You can easily customize your look with sharper angles and different lengths – perfect if you’re someone that likes to change up their look often!
8. Long blunt bob
Get that haute couture look with this dramatic, angular long bob hairstyle. A blunt cut is perfect for people who have naturally straight and fine hair as it will look ultra-sleek without much effort at all. An added bonus is that a blunt hair cut gives the appearance of healthier, stronger and thicker hair! For more tips on how to revive damaged locks, have a look at our article on how to get healthy looking hair.
9. Layered inverted bob
If you want your inverted bob to have a bit more texture and movement, try incorporating some layers. To add even more volume to your locks, use our Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse - ideal for providing bounce and volume with touchable softness to fine, flat hair.
Playing with your hair colour is perfect if you already have a bob haircut and are wanting to update your style. Trying a bolder colour with a long bob hairstyle can really make your look stand out.
You can even update your colour from the comfort of your own home! Check out our hair colour at home article for everything you need to know before you do some DIY dyeing.
10. Long bob balayage
Balayage hair looks great on a long bob, especially with layers - with the lighter strands melting into the darker root colour. This is also an ideal style if you don’t want the up-keep of an all over colour.
Discover everything you need to know about balayage for more inspiration – this guide has all you need for your next colour appointment.
11. Long bob ombre
Ombre colour is great for adding a little edge and dimension to a straight and sleek lob. It looks super stylish with wavy hair too! To keep your blonde ombre cool instead of brassy, use our Violet Crush Purple Shampoo to knock out any brassy tones.
12. Long bob with highlights
Highlights are the perfect way to brighten your colour without having to make a bold change, plus they suit almost every hair style and length. To keep your highlights looking bright, try our Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Range, formulated with a sunflower and white tea complex.
Whether you want a straight and sleek shoulder length bob or textured and shaggy long bob with balayage, now you’ve got all the inspo you need for your next salon appointment!
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