An inverted bob (also called graduated): you probably have heard this beauty term many times already. But what does it mean? How is this kind of bob different from other kinds of bob?


In short, a graduated bob haircut involves a completely different cutting technique, comparing to other bob haircuts. And in detail, its nape section is trimmed so that it resembles a curve encircling a woman’s neck. Its center back is a bit shorter and its length is approximately one inch. And in order to get the voluminous crown, the cut is stacked and tapered. Unlike other bob haircuts that have a flat crown. But even though being tapered, you can see that its nape does not appear thin, it is rather soft and heavy. And being shorter at the nape center, the hair gets longer gradually and blends into longer sides that start approximately ½ inch behind a woman’s ear. These sides fall in pieces in the forward direction because they are texturized. If you look at this haircut from the back, you can see that its lines resemble a horseshoe.

Now when you can differentiate a graduated bob from others kinds of bob, let’s discover trendy ways of rocking bob hairstyles. You will love them all!

Short Inverted Bob Haircuts


Medium Inverted Bob For Light Curly Hair

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This model is wearing a beautiful representation of the medium inverted bob. The layers and balayage effect add a level of depth that is amazingly convincing. This style works for various hair types, and it also works for straight or curly hair. The multiple tones of the color help to get an exciting, fun effect, making this style appropriate for all occasions. This style is easy to achieve and maintain and doesn’t require a lot of time.

Layered Inverted Bob Cut

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This layered inverted bob is perfect for the increasingly popular messy look. As this model displays with her before and after photos above, the right cut can totally change a look from being tired and drab to sassy and chic. Her reddish-brown color does a fantastic job in bringing out her beautiful skin tone. The ombre hair has also rushed to the forefront of popularity in the coloring industry. It is the perfect quick, easy style.


Angled Short Curly Bob

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This model has an inverted bob short style that accentuates her face shape and her facial features. The super short layers in the rear of this cut give an amount of volume that is stunning and would never allow you to realize that this model has thin hair. The short curly hair also adds loads of dimension to this style and gives it a gorgeous lift.

Black And Straight

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Check out this inverted bob long sleek style pictured above. It is the epitome of a classy, elegant style that screams for attention. This specific cut and style do work best on straight hair due to the stylish angle of the inversion. Accentuated by the model’s black hair color, this cut with its long layers provides a smooth, seamless style that you’re sure to adore.


Inverted Bob With Fringe

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The inverted bob with fringe has the ever-popular messy look. This cut has a very subtle inversion but an added fringe gives dimension to this style. Coupled with a long side bang, this hairstyle is perfect for someone who is going for the relaxed look. The layered cut is notorious for adding volume to hairstyles as this cut does in the photo pictured above.

Inverted Bob With Bangs And Layers

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This adorable inverted bob with bangs and layers is cutting edge in its own right. This style works perfectly for the model’s face shape and features. The beautifully added layers are also complimenting to her face framing balayage. The color brings attention to her eyes and other facial features. This style is also on the simpler side of the styling spectrum.

Short Layered Bob

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The photo above is a short-layered bob with super short layers in the rear of the cut. The dramatic inversion of this cut provides a wedge shape that is often sought after with the inverted bob hairstyles. Also referred to as a wedge cut, the long layers at the front of this style offer the versatility to obtain various styles. This hairstyle is also absolutely packed with layers. The rear layers are perfect for the stacked look women are often seeking in an inverted bob. The layers in this style almost provide a soft feathery effect as they are integrated in a wispy manner.


Short Layered Bob With Bangs

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This short inverted bob with bangs hairstyle is very attuned to modern hairstyles. Although it isn’t a true inverted cut with the layers varying in length, it is still a very popular hairstyle.

As for the pastel hair colors, these color variations have even become supremely popular as hairstyles for women over 40. Some may say it is a last-ditch effort to hold on to their youth. But we think it is a beautiful thing to be confident in both your hairstyle and your hair color.

Casual Stacked Bob Style

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This time we will explore how to style a short stacked (inverted) bob haircut. You want to begin with assuring you have the proper hair products for your hair type to obtain your style. Wash your hair and decide where you want your part to be located. The model above has chosen a center part that suits her style perfectly. Begin with blowing dry your hair and styling to your preference. This model has chosen a style with fun, beach waves but this style could also be worn straight or curly for an altered, more professional look.

Long Inverted Bob

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This style is referred to as a long, inverted bob. It doesn’t have the super short layers in the back to provide a high stacked look. This cut has a slightly less severe inversion to it and adds long layers at the back that still provide volume. With the long layers in the front and with the deep side part providing additional bangs, this cut is also referred to as a lob haircut. This style is good for both professional and casual wear.


Bob With Bangs

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This is also a version of a subtly inverted bob with bangs. There are various versions of bangs to add to this cut. A blunt bang or a baby bang would also compliment this cut well. However, typically, the baby bang is much shorter. The model’s blonde hair color also adds a level of intrigue to this cut and style. The inverted bob in this photo is so slight it can almost be classified as a regular bob, but there is a slight inversion allowing it to be classified as an inverted bob.

Short Stacked Bob Haircut

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This representation is most likely one of the most popular short inverted bob haircuts in the hair industry. This smooth, sleek version of an inverted bob with short layers in the back providing the stacked effect is a very classy cut. The stacked haircut is notorious for providing depth and volume to a hairstyle that would normally appear thin and drab. The high stack at the back of the cut provides the illusion of a full, thick head of hair. This style is very popular and has even been referred to as a power cut for women who are in leadership positions in various business ventures.

Stacked Inverted Bob

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This stacked inverted bob has varied layers throughout the cut. There isn’t uniformity in the layers in this cut. Contrarily, they are more attuned to happy accidents placed in this cut in a more random manner. The super long layers at the front of this cut allow for varied styling options so that you won’t get bored getting stuck with one specific hairstyle. This hairstyle is especially popular due to its ease of styling and not requiring a great deal of effort or time to do. This inversion is dramatic enough in this cut. It is easy to see the trademark horseshoe design at the ends of the cut.


Wedge + Stacked Bob

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This picture shows another popular inverted bob haircut. This style has a slight wedge effect, but it is not too dramatic. If the layers in the front were left longer, then the wedge would take on a very aggressive wedge shape. However, with this style being very popular among haircuts for women over 30, this may be a hairstyle more geared toward a professional woman who deals with the public on a regular basis. This style also plays in favor of someone who has thin hair due to the stack in the rear of the cut adding volume to the hairstyle.

Silky Bob Hair Style

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This cute, fun inverted bob hairstyle is a great choice for the summer. There are various types of bobs that you can acquire such as the classic, the A-line, and even asymmetrical bobs but none is as popular these days as the inverted bob. The multiple layers will add volume and provide a cooling effect, as opposed to a longer hairstyle. The honey balayage is perfect for the summer as well, since the blonde and brunette combination is dripping with cuteness. The stacking effect in the back of the cut is absolutely stunning with this color combination.

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As we continue our exploration of inverted bob hairstyles, we come to this adorable cut and style. This layered haircut has very long layers at the front of the cut and inverts somewhat progressively as you move toward the back. The brown ombre hair color is almost glistening with its gorgeous brightening tones. The particular type of cut compliments wavy hairstyles as well as curly styles. However, it may not work well for sleek straight hair, so you should add some waves or curls with a curling iron.


Pink Inverted Bob

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Here is a unique version of inverted bob styles. The model in the photo above has chosen to go with a bold new hair color. While a bold color may not be on your agenda, a new cut may be. There is a rather dramatic inversion in this hairstyle, and the customary stacked style for a bob is present in this cut, as well. The pink ombre color is a style choice that is unique to each individual. While you may not choose a color as dramatic, a slight color variation may be more your style.

Short Straight Inverted Haircut

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An inverted haircut that is straight and short makes a woman appear quite bossy, which is the exact effect that many modern women are searching for in their haircut. The added texture makes this haircut more interesting and also sophisticated. Plus, you will notice that the flowing layers will grant volume and movement to the style, disregarding your hair texture. Hair stylists recommend applying some thickening hairspray to your clean and wet tresses and then blow dry them. And to grant your beautiful tresses a lived-in, tousled, and textured appearance, apply dry texture hairspray when your tresses are already dry.

Such hairstyles will look especially winning on women who have fine hair (much fine hair) and find it difficult to make it voluminous. And the great news is that such hairstyles will work for women with any face shape and at any age. If you can afford to spend some time on styling every morning, you can pick such a style without hesitation.

Textured Hairstyles For Inverted Bobs

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Short inverted bob haircuts can be sported wavy, as well. When the hair is waved, this haircut looks even more texturized which is totally awesome, in our opinion. If you would like to recreate one of these looks, we would recommend applying leave-in curl booster and defining gel for thin tresses and lightweight primer for thick tresses. Hair stylists point out that any woman can pull off such a wavy bob. Plus, such hairstyles are quite slimming, which makes them ideal for women with round faces. Are you ready to try one?


Medium Length Bob Hairstyles For Straight Hair

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In case you would not like to wear your tresses super short, why not try a straight medium inverted bob? By wearing it straight, you will preserve all the length. We think that it is important to mention that straight bobs are popular among women of all ages. And its practicality and suitability are the ground for that popularity. For styling, hair gurus recommend using leave-in oil and volumizing mousse to get soft fixation. And many women love this particular, straight look because it is not difficult to maintain and wear it. Such styling grants charm!

Messy Medium A-Line Bobs

Messy bob is one of the most versatile haircuts. Its’ plus is in its’ simplicity. This haircut does not need any care. Simply, going in the morning on business, put a little mousse on your hair and knead them with your hands. And if you ask your stylist to add a bright color shade, be prepared for the fact that your hair will be admired all around!

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To recreate one of these sassy looks, start with washing your hair. While it is still wet, apply medium hold hairspray gel, preferably the one that has a heat protecting formula. In case you notice rhatany root in the list of ingredients, grab that product as it will grant your tresses shine, body, fast drying, and volume – everything we need for this hairstyle.

Using a round brush and the heat tool you prefer, style your tresses. Finish with dry finishing hair spray afterward. Such spray will add a dry texture effect to the style. In case you are searching for the look that is youthful, versatile, fun, and spunky, a wavy bob will work great for you. And you can rock such a hairstyle disregarding your hair type. This hairstyle will be especially flattering for oval, triangle, diamond, and round faces. But add soft bangs in case your face shape is oblong or square.

Inverted Bob For Coarse Wavy Hair

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Twisty & Spiky Texture For Medium Bob

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Wavy Inverted Bob With Longer Front

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Wispy Inverted Bob With Accurate Edges

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Rounded Bob With V-Cut Layers

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Choppy Inverted Bob

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Smooth & Steep Inverted Bob

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Short Tousled Bob With Elongated Front

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Inverted Bob With Rounded Back

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Wispy Sliced Bob Long In Front

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Long Inverted Bob Cuts Ideas

Splash Of Color + Bob Haircut

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Hold on to your hats because yes this is an actual inverted bob hairstyle. Yes, it may be a little longer than you’d expect and definitely on the messier side of styles, but that color job simply cannot be ignored. This multicolored hairstyle reaches a whole new level of a messy hairstyle and borders on a crazy decision. In order to pull off this style and cut, you must be swimming with confidence because this dyed hair will definitely garner the attention of all sorts. This style may seem a bit on the edgy side, but it is definitely a style that won’t soon be forgotten.

Long Inverted Haircut

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This inverted haircut has a very deep side part that causes this cut to fall into the lob hairstyle column. The excessively long front layers can also provide styling options from braiding to sweeping styles. This model has gone for the natural blown look, but it would also work well for wavy hair. As with any layered style, the volume given in this style is obvious. This model’s fine hair type achieves a new life with the layers from this cut.


Upside Down Bob Hairstyle

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An upside down bob hairstyle is not a description that you hear of every day. It also has a side part and can fall into the lob category. While it works for various hair types and colors, the model in the photo has a gorgeous silver hair color, which is extremely popular today, as well. In an age when women have continually fought the gray experience, women are now embracing it with dyeing their short hair gray prematurely. This style in the photo above has an aggressive inversion and stacks nicely in the back.

Long Bob Hairstyles

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Opt for a straight inverted bob long in case you wish to sport a hairstyle that is playful and sexy. And we can assure you that this style is sophisticated enough to wear to work. Plus, it is low maintenance and quick to style. To recreate a straight long bob, apply a heat protectant to your clean, wet tresses, and blow dry. After that, flat iron your tresses and finish with dry oil of your choice. If your lifestyle is active and busy, then this easy and quick style will be ideal for you. Thin to medium tresses will work best for this hairstyle.

Long Inverted Wavy Bobs

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A long wavy bob is an option for girls who want to have long hair, but do not want to bother with style and care. It is awesome to play with such a length by highlighting, which allows you to add some volume and shine visually. Do not be afraid to experiment!


Long Inverted Bob With Layers

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Smooth-Flowing Inverted Bob Cut

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Even though all the modern hairstylists are hopeless perfectionists, they love mess so much that they can’t help themselves! And you know what? A mess in your hair can lead you to perfection. Don’t ask “how?”, just look at these pics. A messy hairstyle gives a fresh look at your hair, creating a new, voluminous silhouette to it. It seems that every lock lives its own life, which is awesome for you: you can be sure that your hair is rough and ready to steal the show. A long messy bob colored in different pastel colors is to die for, you can see it with your own eyes. Soft balayage highlights can be in handy, too. We want you to give these ideas a shot. Don’t you want to do that? Sometimes we need a mess to reach perfection, so let this mess take place on your head!

So, have you chosen your favorite way of rocking an inverted bob hairstyle? Come back for more useful info anytime you wish.

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