The single most sought after haircut is undoubtedly the bob. This statement cut offers a universally flattering shape with a fabulous wash-and-wear quality. It’s roots can be traced all the way back to Cleopatra. The legendary Queen of Egypt wore her blunt-edged, short fringe hairstyle adorned with decadent jewels. It became distinctly associated with elite and ruling-class women. All the while, long hairstyles prevailed amongst common women.
It wasn’t until the early 20th century when Irene Castle, a renowned American dancer and fashion trendsetter, caused a sensation by chopping her hair into a bob. Castle popularized the look along with contemporary film stars like Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and famed fashion designer Coco Chanel. This departure from long hairstyles triggered a revolution in 20th century American hair fashion. Young women rejected traditional roles and lined up outside barber shops (in lieu of the hairdressers) for the latest short cuts such as the medium length bob hairstyle. By the 1960s, a resurgence emerged from across the pond.
London’s Vidal Sassoon refined the bob silhouette and achieved global popularity and notoriety for its strong emphasis on clean, geometric lines. His crafting of iconic haircuts worn by Nancy Kwan, Mary Quant, Grace Coddington, Peggy Moffitt, Diana Ross and Twiggy continue to influence contemporary versions.
It’s enduring popularity is evident when celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes debut this headline-making haircut. Wear it short, wear it long, or try any of these medium length bob hairstyles for a look that’s just right for you.
#1 Golden A-Line Bob
Soft golden babylights enhance dimension in this lovely long A-line bob.
#2 Buttercream Bob
This gently layered bob in a soft buttercream hue looks positively delicious.
#3 Rockin’ Bob
This copper-tinged, shaggy bob offers a full-volume look with an edgy feel.
#4 California Bob
This bob features a casual California wave set in a beachy blonde hue.
#5 Art Deco-Dent
The A-line bob is a chic cut that never goes out of style. Graceful flashes of caramel soften the structured shape.
#6 Blonde Beauty
This soft, rounded medium length bob hairstyle gets a a playful finish with flippy layers. Subtle shading adds brilliant dimension to fine hair.
#7 Cinnamon Hot Toddy
The clean line of this chin-length edition is juxtaposed by gently frayed edges. The steamy shade draws you in for a moment of delightful repose.
#8 East End Edge
This piecey bob offers a strong silhouette with a versatile side-swept fringe. Jagged face-framing layers encourage movement within this color-blocked hue.
#9 London Look
This shoulder-grazing style verges on all-the-rage ‘lob’ status. A long and shattered silhouette adds a distinct airy quality to this blunt cut.
#10 Shattered Dreams
Take the A-line to another realm with disconnected layers that fall into perfect points. This two-toned look perfects the art of contrast within a dreamy shape.
#11 Bed-Head Bob
A messy, sexy bob exudes instant confidence and charisma. Get ready to steal the show with this bodacious style.
#12 Royal Rouge
This full-bodied bob makes an elegant statement. The tousled, piecey texture softens this haute hue.
#13 Nouveau Boxy Bob
The box bob is updated with deeply cut angular side layers. This fashion-forward cut merges two classics resulting in a dynamic shape.
The ultra-mod bob is back! Perfect symmetry enhances this aesthetically rich, jet-set ‘do.