145 Glamorous Inverted Bob Ideas for All Types of Hair

Also called the stacked bob or the gradual bob, this gorgeous haircut has been making a splash for quite a few years! But, since there are so many types of bobs out there after all, it may be confusing to recognize the inverted bob in particular. Especially when you have to explain to your stylist exactly what you want.

But fear not! Because we are here to shed some light on the famous inverted bob, take a look at some celebrities who have worn it and still do plus give you some tips on how to style and maintain it!


What Is an Inverted Bob?

Believe it or not, an inverted bob is a type of bob (we joke, of course) that it set apart by its many layers. It’s very short at the back but starts to get longer and longer as it moves toward the front. That’s why you get some very deep angles curtaining the face. In fact, the inverted bob is very similar to an A-line bob with the exception of the layers and the short back.

Yes, we know it’s an absolutely magnificent haircut. However, not every haircut can suit you. Therefore, it would be a good idea to consider a few things before you go under the scissors. Here’s what you need to know.

Determine the shape of your face. You have to figure out if the inverted bob will actually compliment the type of face you have. As a rule of thumb, you should know that this hairstyle slims down wide faces or wide cheeks because of its layers and sharp angles of the front strands. Moreover, if you have a wide forehead, add some bangs because it will help cover that up.

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If your face is square, you can finish this haircut right below your chin. In this way, the bob will soften up the square angles of your face. If you have a round face, a set of diagonal bangs will do the trick, adding a little dimension to your visage.

  • Remember that this haircut has a lot of layers. This means that it will need to be trimmed and maintained all the time. In other words, you will have to go to your stylist an average of two times a month to make sure the haircut looks impeccable.

  • Consider what texture of hair you have. Depending on that, you may have to style your hair every single day, again on account of the layers. You will need a round brush, your dryer, a hair straightener, and lots of hair care products.

  • And last but definitely not least, short hair also means greasier roots. In turn, you will have to wash your hair a lot more often than you did when your locks were long or medium-length. So, beware of the shower revolution!

How to Maintain an Inverted Bob

As you may have noticed above, an inverted bob is not exactly the ‘wash and go’ type of hairstyle. It takes a lot of grooming and preparation. But it’s all worth it in the end, isn’t it? Therefore, we thought we’d compile a list of tips on how to maintain an inverted bob that would help you on a daily basis.

1.      Don’t comb it so often

As you might have expected, short hair doesn’t need as much combing as long or medium length hair. Because when you do, you may inadvertently add frizz to it. Apart from that, seeing as it’s so short, it simply doesn’t need it because it won’t get as many tangles. But if you insist on doing it on a regular basis, we have some tips for that as well.

Try to use your fingers instead of a comb. Running your fingers through your hair is typically enough combing to get to the desired result or to style it. It will give your inverted bob the shape you are looking for plus that bounce that makes it so unique. However, don’t spend minutes on end doing this. Remember that your fingers have oils which will end up greasing your hair.

If you do want to use a brush, try a bristle one. Use it while you blow dry your hair and you will be amazed by the sleek finish. It will be smooth as silk with minimal volume, making it look super modern and cool.

2. Straighteners are not for everyday use

We know it may be tempting to take a straightener to your stacked bob every day to make it look sleek and shiny. But the reality is that any hair tool that uses heat is damaging to your scalp and hair. It will weaken the strands and will not retain color too well. Instead, dry your hair with a towel and allow it to finish drying on its own.

3. Get rid of excess volume with the correct products

A bob haircut will always mean a lot of volume, no matter what. It’s in its nature. Therefore, what you need to do is find the perfect products for your type of hair that will allow you to tame all that volume to a manageable level. For instance, you can try some texturizing products such as sea salt spray. Another option is dry matte paste. It will hold all the layers in place. If you’re a more traditional type of girl, opt for mousse which will guarantee flexible hold. However, keep in mind that mousse will dry your hair.

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4. Go to your stylist every three weeks

If this sounds excessive, it’s not! If it sounds, expensive, you might be right. But this is the price you need to pay for a beautiful haircut such as the inverted bob. Every short haircut requires a lot of trimming and maintenance and this one is no different. As your hair grows an average of half an inch every month, you will have to go to your salon to keep up the same length and layers you originally got.

Therefore, it’s very important you think very well about this before getting an inverted bob. Are you ready for this level of commitment to a haircut?

5. Wash your hair as often as possible

As mentioned previously, short hair gets greasy a lot faster than long or medium hair. Therefore, you will have to speed up your hygiene routine. However, you have to decide yourself how many times a week you need to wash your hair. That’s because you need to take into account what type of hair and scalp you have. These two factors are crucial in showcasing just how much sebum or oil you produce.

If you notice that your hair is becoming quite dry in the process, try using a moisturizing mask once a week to combat the dryness. It will condition the strands of your hair and you can keep the good hygiene on your scalp and roots at the same time. Do not use hydrating masks on the roots of your hair because it can lead to dandruff or product buildup which is very difficult to clean.

Don’t forget that you can also use dry shampoo if you’re in a pinch. It works great! However, this is not a permanent solution and you definitely shouldn’t use it every day. Dry shampoo does not actually clean your hair. In fact, all you are doing is just adding layer after layer of product on your roots and scalp and never cleaning it out.

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The Most Glamorous Inverted Bob Styles in 2019

Now that we’ve learned what an inverted bob actually is plus all the tips and tricks you need to style and maintain it, let’s take a look at the hottest trends involving this hairstyle in 2019.

Here’s actress Jennifer Aniston rocking an inverted bob on the red carpet. She is also sporting her signature bronde hair color with some vanilla highlights at the front. They bring out the blue in her eyes as well as her beautifully tanned skin. America’s sweetheart surely knows how to wear an inverted bob!

Copper Inverted Bob

Let’s talk color! Copper was the color of the season about a year ago. It had a sister – brass- and, together, they helped end the rule of rose gold which had been going on for a few years now. No, it’s not an episode of Game of Thrones. It’s just the trend in hair colors which you can see displayed here thanks to this outstanding copper inverted bob.

Celebrities Wearing the Inverted Bob

Yes, we’ve already seen Jennifer Aniston, but let’s delve a little deeper into the topic of celebrities sporting this one of a kind hairstyle. Because who doesn’t love stars? Here’s a selection of three famous ladies – Ashley Simpson, Jenny Maccarthy, and Keira Knightley wearing variations of the same cut.

Ashely Simpson went for a platinum blonde super short stacked bob with a set of diagonal bangs and a side part. The color emphasizes her green eyes and the cut itself balances out her very angular jawline.

Jenny Maccarthy is wearing a classic inverted bob in caramel blonde with dark roots. Her hairstyle is chin length so as to elongate her neck and give her a nice, classy 90s vibe.

Keira Knightley is a big fan of the inverted bob, as we have seen her wear this haircut or variations of it time and time again. One of the reasons may be the fact that she has a very deeply angular face, shaped like a diamond. The strands at the front help hide the sharp angles of her jawline making her face appear oval instead. It’s practically an optical illusion created by her stylist.

Victoria Beckham Inverted Bob

Since we’re on the topic on celebrities, we could not have possibly left out Victoria Beckham herself. Posh Spice has become synonymous with the inverted bob because she is the one female star who has worn it the most and made it famous on the red carpet and in magazines in the first place.

Although Posh doesn’t wear it anymore today, having opted for other haircuts, she was a big fan all through the 2000s and at the beginning of the 2010s. Of course, she opted for different versions, lengths, and colors of the stacked bob, but the ideas was always the same. What can we say? Posh hearts bob. The haircut we mean!

Here she is sporting the hairstyle in a nutmeg brown color with golden blonde highlights and a middle part.

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Purple Inverted Bob

One clever way in which you can make the inverted bob more modern is by dying it in a non-traditional color. As you may have already noticed, they are super in trend right now and have been for some time.

In fact, they are so popular that most hair color brands have come up with great options that you can use right at home and get the color you like the most.

Unicorn Blonde Long Inverted Bob

Why is this unicorn blonde? Because if you look closely you will notice that the platinum blonde has some pink and purple tinges running through it. This gives it a surreal note, as if it could be worn by a unicorn. It could be the perfect choice for your festival look this year!

The Natural Lob

A lob means a long bob and you can see it exemplified perfectly right here. The long and angled strands at the front can reach the length of your choosing as long as the back remains short and stacked.

Wavy Textured Inverted Bob

Just because you now have a short haircut that doesn’t mean you can’t also get some beach waves into it. Braid your hair while it’s still wet after the shower or use a bit of sea salt spray to add some texture to it.

Asymmetrical Inverted Bob

Inverted bobs can also be asymmetrical if you want them to be. This essentially means that one side of the haircut is longer than the other. Just make sure to talk to your stylist first. Ask his or her opinion to see if this type of hairstyle would suit the shape of your face.

Inverted Bob with Bangs

This is a very bold and sharp look that compliments a powerful woman. The haircut needs to be trimmed and styled very well because the heavy bangs and angled strands curtaining the face could end up engulfing all your best features.

Inverted Bob with Auburn Highlights

If you go for an inverted bob, why not also give some new life to your hair color by adding a few auburn highlights? They are perfect for the cold season and serve as the most beautiful transition color from fall to winter.

Cinnamon Brown Stacked Bob

This is the perfect color for autumn. It’s a cinnamon brown with a few pumpkin and orange highlights and baby lights that will surely make you the queen of Thanksgiving!

Messy Inverted Bob

If your inverted bob is curly-messy and this fierce shade of grey with platinum highlights and dark roots, then surely it’s Instagram worthy! Post all your selfies and try some more colors!

Rounded Inverted Bob

Here’s another version of the bob. Meet the rounded inverted bob that has a lot of volume in the back and the long strands at the front you’ve already grown accustomed to. This superb hairstyle will elongate your neck and make it look slimmer.

Inverted Bob for Fall

What do you get when you mix mushroom brown with cinnamon brown, blonde highlights, and a few blue peekaboo highlights? The best fall hair color you could ever dream of this year. Of course, the inverted bob is the perfect canvas for this since it has a lot of layers which can support so much color and show it off individually.

Glossy Inverted Bob

If you want to add some shine to your haircut, all you need are the appropriate hair care products. Try some glossing spray or a little hair pomade that will make it catch the light and reflect it. In this way, your hair will appear shinier than ever. You can also go for argan oil or even olive oil.

Inverted Bob for Summer

The perfect color for summer is a light blonde that will make you look airy and fresh. Darker roots will give the illusion of depth while platinum blonde highlights close to your face will emphasize the color of your eyes as well as your tanned skin.

The inverted bob has been around for more than two decades. Since then, it has branched out in numerous version and variations, one more interesting than the next. Everyone has worn an inverted bob at some point in their life, from your mom to your teacher to your favorite celebrity.

So, all you need to do is find the version, color, and texture that fit you best and try it out yourself. Write to us in the comment section below and let us know your thoughts and ideas on the stacked bob! Do you love it as much as we do?


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