40 Messy Bob Hairstyles That Women Just Can’t Say No To

Emily Gold 01-22-2017 AM ET / 0 Shares

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance hairdo that’s as convenient for work as it is for play, then look no further than a short and stylish messy bob that will no doubt give you a new lease on life.

When it comes to short hairstyles, there are few cuts as coveted as a short and textured bob with that “messy” and “lived-in” look. While some people are blessed with hair that possess natural texture, the rest of us need all the help we can get. Texture sprays and styling time are something we’d all like to avoid whenever possible. So making sure you get as much texture and volume from your stylist is paramount. Today we’ll explore the world of messy bobs and show you just how beautiful they can be.

Extreme layers.

Blonde hairstyles are the best for squeezing out every extra bit of texture possible. Getting the color just right is the key. If you go platinum blonde, or white blonde, you loose a little texture when the light blows out the color, too dark and the shadows that accentuate each razor-thin strand of hair get lost in the darkness. Finding that perfect color range (as seen below) will compliment all your texturing efforts to the fullest.

Buddy Porter

(Buddy Porter)

Blunt layers with bangs.

If there’s a softer or more graceful looking bob out there than we’ve yet to see it. Melted honey-blonde balayage is a statement on its own, but when you add some sultry waves and a playful blunt chop to the mix, things get even more divine. A truly versatile style and color that goes well no matter what color top you’re wearing.

Blunt layers with bangs by Laci Nicole

(Laci Nicole)

Soft and light layers.

If you live a busy on-the-go lifestyle that leaves little time for morning hair styling sessions, then a lot of light layers will definitely help you turn your bob into something quickly manageable and extremely low maintenance. Messy layers and lived-in volume give this haircut a romantic and cute look for those spunky upbeat types.

Soft and light layers by Anh Co Tran

(Anh Co Tran)

Side-swept look.

If you’re the strong and silent type but still like to have a little fun with your hair, then this heavy side-swept hairstyle might be right for you. A high flip with loads of volume is perfect for a more serious look that shows off those killer facial features. This is a great way to wear your messy bob for a formal or special occasion.

Side-swept look by Riawna Capri

(Riawna Capri)

Platinum blonde bob.

Adding platinum blonde color to your cut is a fantastic way to make a bold statement that will literally change your life. Prepare for instant attention, longer stares, and an invigorating feeling that you can do anything you put your mind to. This messy bob is adorable whether it’s blonde or not but for those of you who aren’t naturally blonde, it really is fun to go blonde for a bit!

Platinum blonde bob by Laura Jade

(Laura Jade)

Textured curls with highlights.

As you’ve probably noticed, short bob hairstyles almost always get their “messy” look from some level of curl. A few lucky individuals are fortunate enough to have this effect naturally, in which case their bob becomes the ultimate in low-maintenance hairstyles. Those who are less fortunate, have to rely on styling tools and a fair amount of time styling time.

Textured curls with highlights by David Van

(David Van)

Asymmetrical angled bob.

This messy bob utilizes wispy layers to achieve tons of texture by expertly mixing both chunky and finely chopped sections together. A side-parted asymmetrical bob works great for a variety of different face shapes and hair types. Keeping the roots dark add even more texture with an under shadow effect.

Asymmetrical angled bob by Carolynn


White blonde messy bob.

Cute, rounded, and decidedly modern, this bob gives super chic a new meaning and definitely isn’t a stranger to high fashion lighting. Short cropped bobs with tons of texture and a rounded finish guarantee an edgy hairstyle without being too extravagant. However this particular haircut requires a little extra effort to maintain it’s shape and length.

White blonde massy bob by Kylee Tangren

(Kylee Tangren)

Ombre fade.

Soft waves and a subtle ombre fade give this hairstyle a relaxing and calming appearance that looks oh-so-natural. As far as romantic hairstyles go, this melted bob is at the top of the list. Adding ombre coloring with a long transition always turns out well no matter what hairstyle you choose.

Ombre fade by Laci Nicole

(Laci Nicole)

Soft meets blunt.

For some reason blunt chops and dark hair just go together like eggs and bacon. This bob looks beautiful with brown hair and a messy textured flow. If you have thick hair that keeps you away from those A-line bobs, this hairstyle looks great and is easy to manage no matter how thick your hair may be.

Soft meets blunt by Kristin Ess

(Kristin Ess)