57 Messy Bob Hairstyles for Casual Looks


57 Messy Bob Hairstyles for Your Trendy Casual Looks

Messy bob hairstyles are super chic, convenient, trendy and easy to style. All you need is to get a flattering bob haircut and select the right hair product for your hair type. Naturally wavy hair is the direct indication for a messy bob. But even if your locks are straight, there are ways to achieve the popular messy texture. Here are 60 cool ideas for messy bob enthusiasts!

Messy Bob Haircuts and Hairstyles

The following examples will give you all the clues on messy bobs and lobs for different hair types and textures as well as some styling tips. Get inspired and plan your next chic bob cut or a cute messy bob hairstyle!

#1: Shaggy Medium Length Bob

Edgy messy bob


This shaggy medium length bob with disconnected ends is amazing in its carefree vibe. It looks like the hair you woke up with! Think of an interesting hair color to move your style to the next level. Subtle ombre highlights are a great solution.

#2: Choppy Balayage Bob with Bangs

The choppy layers of this medium-length bob seamlessly blend with the long side bangs, and the metallic copper balayage highlights placed randomly throughout the style assemble the shattered strands into one harmonious whole.

messy brunette bob with copper balayage


#3: Peachy Hair with Side Bangs

Your trendy bedhead hairstyle can be not so messy, just slightly imperfect but still maintaining its rounded bob shape. A bit of extra backcombing will help to boost the volume and achieve that special effortless feel. Go for a sophisticated hair hue to raise your style score even more.

long messy rounded bob with bangs


#4: Sliced Caramel Bob with Blonde Babylights

In the world of blondes and brunettes, a caramel cut is unique, and the shade lends itself well to the overall trendy vibe of the bob cut. Placing strategic subtle highlights, or babylights, throughout the hair helps create the look of texture without having to style for everyday wear.

Angled Choppy Bob Cut


#5: Flipped and Shaggy Cut

This sassy layered bob features both volume and movement. The bottom layers are carved out with a razor to keep the ends wispy, and a round brush is used to achieve those adorable light flips at the ends. Those with thick hair, who struggle to maintain their tresses, should embrace this cut, as it takes the bulk off at the expense of expertly done layers.

layered bob for thick hair


#6: Choppy Slanted Blonde Bob Hairstyle

A messy bob can have a fun, slanted shape when it is shorter at the nape of the neck and longer where it frames the face, and the style paired with choppy layers is the ultimate rocker-chic look. Platinum blonde color with dark roots adds yet another layer of cool — think Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty era, chopped short.

Blonde Shaggy Bob With Root Shadow

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#7: Disconnected Blonde Bob with Platinum Highlights

If Marilyn Monroe needed her hair styled in the present, we can almost guarantee she’d rock this haircut. A wavy texture and buttery blonde color with bright highlights are refreshing in their clean simplicity, and the bob cut keeps it modern and stylish.

Honey Blonde Choppy Bob

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#8: Blunt Chin Length Cut

This trendy bob is perfect for those who don’t mind making a bold statement. The style works best on fine to medium-textured hair, and will make fine hair look thicker than it actually is thanks to its one-length cut. Use a styling putty or hair wax to create the dishevelled, messy texture.

blonde chin-length blunt bob


#9: Messy Lob with Lightened Ends

A long messy bob is sometimes better than its shorter counterpart, because you get more freedom to sport different hairstyles, including updos, while a free-flowing hairdo like in the photo is still a very pretty option you’ll enjoy when being short on time or styling inspiration.

long messy brown bob with balayage


#10: Razored Brunette Balayage Bob

When the ends of your bob are maximally thinned out with a razor, you get a super sharp cut that will look awesome in messy hairstyles. Add some delicate balayage for a color variety and interest points. Dark brown and chocolate is always a winning color combo.

brunette choppy bob with chocolate balayage


#11: Dark Chocolate Waves

A blunt bob doesn’t have to be so prim and proper. Barely-there waves, like the ones in this messy bob, give off a relaxed and casual vibe. Using a flat iron to give your strands a bit of a bend makes it easy to re-create this look.

collarbone shaggy bob


#12: Medium Hairstyle with Loose Waves

This brown blonde bob is ultra modern and super chic thanks to its texture and color. A medium shaggy cut is the base to start with. And then you just choose a hair color you love and style some loose random waves. Blending ombre and balayage in one style is often a very good idea.

brown to blonde messy ombre bob


#13: Platinum Blonde Frizzy Bob

A lot of bobs are styled with messy waves or beachy curls, but that isn’t the only way to wear them. The best part of a bob is its effortlessness thanks to the shorter length, so don’t be afraid to let it air dry, and embrace a little frizz as part of the overall messy-sexy vibe.

Chin-Length Messy Blonde Bob


#14: Chopped Tousled Honey Blonde Lob

To style a messy bob in a way that feels fun and not too prim and proper, go for a slightly disheveled, carefree texture. To master the tousled bob, keep the ends straight and use a 1 1/2 inch curling iron to create a few loose curls. Then run fingers through the hair to separate the curls and create effortless waves.

Choppy Bronde Lob

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#15: Brunette Bob with Face-Framing Balayage

A long bob with choppy ends is a worthy medium-length haircut option for thick hair. How to style such a cut? Messy, barely-there waves done with a straightener are a wonderful styling solution that flatters the silhouette of the cut and natural texture of thick hair.

collarbone messy wavy bob for thick hair


#16: Modern Teased Hairstyle

Unlike the flawless teased bobs of the past which were heavily backcombed and then covered with a smoothed out top layer, the modern teased bob has no secrets hidden beneath. It’s pointedly messy and imperfect. Such a texture looks best when you have a shaped haircut, like this cute rounded bob, for instance.

brown messy bob with blonde and caramel highlights


#17: Shag with Highlighted Layers

A messy bob with layers is initially easy to style, since the ends of the layers give you some cute natural flicks. If you want to enhance them and create more depth within your locks, consider caramel, dark blonde or light brown balayage for dark brown hair.

angled shag bob with balayage


#18: Choppy Angled Dark Brown Bob

A razored bob is an edgier take on the classic cut. Ask your stylist to do choppy layers—they can either use a real razor or shears to mimic the slicing style. Keep this look shorter in the back, and don’t be afraid to go all the way up to the nape of the neck, gradually lengthening layers towards the front.

Inverted Chopped Brunette Bob

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#19: Chocolate Brown Messy Wavy Lob

If it’s your first time with short hair, a long bob, or lob, is the safest option to try. When hair is about shoulder length, it can be styled as easily as longer hair, so keep it sweet and simple with waves or opt for braids, buns, ponytails and more to change it up.

Long Wavy Textured Bob

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#20: Short Side-Parted Blonde Shag

A side part can amp up a messy bob haircut and give it a little something extra. Work a texturizing pomade through the hair to mould piecey, shattered waves, and embrace the side part to create a faux side bang.

Asymmetrical Wavy Messy Bob

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#21: Shaggy Bob with Razored Layers

To make sure a medium length bob doesn’t appear too mom-like, make it shaggy and effortless when styling. Apply a salt spray to those piece-y layers to rough up the look without styling curls, and consider classic straight-across bangs to contrast the rest of the texture.

Bob Shag With Bangs


#22: Cute Chopped Caramel Blonde Bob

The so-called traditional messy bob is anything but boring: a straight cut at the front and shorter angled layers in the back, it’s totally wearable and works for all hair types. This is the ultimate wake-up-and-go hairstyle for women on the move.

Blonde Choppy Bob

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#23: Bronde Balayage Bob with Shaggy Waves

Thick hair looks amazing with some balayage highlights to brighten it up. If you’ve got dark brunette locks, adding in a warmer touch can transform hair instantly. Pair a highlighted style with beachy waves done with a 1 inch curling iron, and shake it out for a tousled finish.

Disconnected Wavy Bob

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#24: Disheveled Angled Blonde Bob

Bobs are often classified as carefree and messy, but elegant curls can offer a more polished approach, while a slightly disheveled finish keeps things from looking too “done”. The angled cut paired with a traditional wave is a fun look for a big event or day at work.

Tousled Inverted Blonde Bob


#25: Steeply Angled Lob with Loose Irregular Waves

Not quite ready to part with your long length just yet? Transform it into a medium hair bob, with the shortest pieces just brushing your back, and the front as long as the chest-grazing length. The steep angle is dramatic, and opting for subtle waves won’t sacrifice length the way tight curls often do.

Long Choppy Bronde Bob


#26: Medium Disheveled Hairstyle for Wavy Hair

Messy bob hairstyles are incredible for hair with a naturally wavy texture, as the styling is practically built in. Have your hairdresser assess your natural wave or curl pattern and cut layers in accordingly. Short layers coupled with side-swept bangs can provide some extra bounce with ease.

Curly Brown Lob

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#27: Rocker Chic Dark Brown Bob

Something about a sharp middle part paired with the contrast of unkempt waves is too chic to bear. Boosting dimension with different tones is great, but not every cut needs highlights to define it. The raven-toned shoulder length hair chopped short at the nape of the neck is unmistakably cool.

Side-Parted Chopped Brunette Bob

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#28: Teased and Tousled Deeply-Parted Bob

Straight strands look incredible when bobbed, especially with tons of volume up top! Tease your crown with a bit of hairspray and a gentle back-combing motion to add some height, and create a deep side part for a bit of interest.

Voluminous Disheveled Bob Hairstyle


#29: Inverted Bob with Long Wispy Layers

When it comes to nailing edgy bob haircuts, an uneven layered cut is best. Super-short layers in the back give some volume to the crown, while the length towards the front tends to be universally flattering. Keep the very front pieces a tiny bit shorter for a cute face-framing finish.

Chopped Brunette Bob With Babylights


#30: Thick Choppy Brunette Bob with Bangs

Bangs and bobs are a can’t-miss combination, especially when you add thick straight-across bangs to a layered messy bob. Style hair with a curl paste for movable, matte waves, and introduce a touch of warm highlight to a brunette base to amp things up.

Layered Bob Cut For Thick Hair


#31: Brunette Bob with V-cut Layers and Babylights

V-cut layers separate a disconnected bob from other traditional shapes. Keep the face-framing pieces as well as those at the back equally short, and have the longest length in the middle, mimicking a V shape. Emphasize babylights with waves, but leave the ends straight to preserve the cut’s shape intact.

Disconnected Inverted Bob


#32: Choppy Wavy Bob for Thick Hair

A straight-across super short messy bob is a carefree cut that suits thick hair in particular, as it can hold the shape without looking too flat or fine. A dirty blonde shade with dark roots and platinum tips lends itself to the style’s shaggy-chic vibes.

Blonde Wavy Thick Bob


#33: Shoulder Length Waves

A long messy bob is charming when worn as a free-flowing hairstyle, but with this length you can also pull your locks up and enjoy a variety of creative updos. Balayage is used almost in every modern look, because it really adds a lot to any basic style.

long layered brown blonde balayage bob


#34: Sun-Kissed Wavy Lob

A messy texture always pairs well with light waves. In this case your messy hairstyle looks maximally natural and effortless. Sun-kissed balayage is an optimal hair color for such a texture. And, of course, it’s beautiful when your tousled waves stop right above the shoulders, grazing your collarbone and softly framing your face.

blonde messy long bob


#35: Graduated Blonde Bob

Barely grazing the shoulders, this fun, light look is the epitome of low maintenance gorgeous. At the salon, request both platinum highlights and hazelnut lowlights from front to back, ensuring the highest concentration of blonde is near the front. The variation in color will help give your hair a boost of movement and life.

Long Choppy Blonde Bob

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#36: Cropped Layered Cut

Not all shorter hairstyles have to fall into the category of super-short or super-long, blunt cut or layered. Pair a straight across cut with bangs and wispy V-layers, add a platinum blonde hue and darker roots to achieve a unique, customized look.

Short Blonde Bob With Layers


#37: Edgy Hairstyle with Purple and Grey

Metallic makeup and clothing often flash on runways and red carpets. So, why shouldn’t the trend be applied to short messy haircuts, too? We recommend weaving shades of dark brown, purple and grey throughout.

Gray Bob With Purple Highlights


#38: Messy Casual Bob

Short messy hairstyles, like this one, work great for those who like a little chaos in their style. The cut gives volume to fine hair thanks to light layering at the bottom. Use a bit of volumizing mousse and scrunch your hair while blow drying, creating the major portion of volume towards the ends of the hair.

shaggy tousled bob hairstyle


#39: Textured Bob with Bangs

Layers and the right length of your bob haircut are the factors that guarantee beautiful texture, even if you do not spent time on styling on a daily basis. This haircut works equally great for fine and thick hair. Bangs are a harmonious compliment to the cut.

graduated bob haircut with bangs


#40: Short Cut with Two-Tier Layers

This short messy hair is all about layers and color nuances. Try gentle, sweeping highlights across your crown and through the tips, in addition to wispy layers for extra volume. After drying, finish with a texturizing mist and light hold hair spray to achieve an unkempt (but still sexy) appearance.

Choppy Layered Brown Blonde Bob

Instagram / @KCCARHART

#41: Messy Layered Bob

Thinking of a quality messy bob haircut, keep in mind choppy layers that can be either rough and chunky or delicate and finely chopped. Make your choice depending on your facial features and, certainly, you can’t neglect your hair type.

Messy Layered Bob

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#42: Inverted Layered Bob

Can’t decide between short and medium hair? Have it both ways with this inverted bobhairstyle. The back is just below the hairline and tapered slightly. The cut angles sharply toward the front, and the all over layers give the style body and bounce.

wavy angled layered bob


#43: Stiff Blonde Waves

Stiff, disconnected waves within your messy bob give the greatest volume and the look of the least effort – something which is highly appreciated in modern hairstyles. But let’s not forget that every trendy look today also goes with a sophisticated hair color. Balayage is top-ranked.

messy blonde balayage bob


#44: Short Pastel Pink Style

A funky hair color and a messy hair texture guarantee an edgy hairstyle. This bob is a great inspirational example you can take cue from and come up with your own trendy look. Pastel pink can be substituted with ash blonde or ash brown. Vary the length of your bob, experiment with bangs and, of course, try new hairstyles.

pastel pink messy bob


#45: Wavy Brunette Bob with Balayage

The short messy bob still looks pretty neat yet careless and fun at the same time. The stacked version of the cut looks equally flattering in both straight and wavy hairstyles. A sophisticated hair color solution like balayage is called to create a customized look that is entirely yours.

short layered brown bob with blonde balayage


#46: Ash Brown Wispy Bob

Messy waves sometimes look rather rough, but a wispy bob with tousled waves is traditionally feminine and tender. An excellent way to upgrade a traditional style is to pick a trendy hair color, like silver blonde or light ash brown.

ash brown shaggy wavy bob


#47: Multi-Tonal Wavy Hair

Every girl who hasn’t got long locks or extra short hair, wants a gorgeous wavy brown blonde bob like this. It’s a truly harmonious style with bouncy waves and lovely, smooth transitions of hair hues, close to natural ones and appealing to the eye.

brown blonde wavy ombre bob


#48: Highlighted Lob for Thin Hair

This long shag will work for fine and medium textured hair. Style with a texturizer and no previous combing to preserve the natural pattern of every lock. The messy has never been so pretty! Want more visual volume? Subtle balayage is the key thing.

long messy shaggy brown bob


#49: Precision Bob with Weightless Waves

A messy bob haircut is not only incredibly cute, it’s also a low-maintenance and practical cut you’ll want to stick to for a while. It can be either angled to the front or straight cut like in the photo. Both have their special charm and can be worn either straight or wavy.

medium length straight cut messy bob with balayage


#50: Lively Asymmetrical Bob

The fascination of this bob is in its super cute texture. It not as messy as it’s lively and natural-looking. The asymmetry is an extra quirk that participates to the beauty of the style. As we see, bob in a solid color can also be very interesting.

Asymmetrical messy bob hairstyle


#51: Dark Bob with a Messy Touch

The highest skill level in styling messy hairstyles is achieving the texture that looks unkempt with silky healthy-looking locks involved. If your hair is dry and damaged, the impression will be completely ruined. So, don’t forget to pamper your mane with regular trims and quality care products.

Medium-length messy bob hairstyle


#52: Choppy Chin-Length Bob

A short messy bob is easy to style and maintain with hair care and styling products suitable for your hair type. And although it looks rather destructed in texture with disconnected, uneven ends sticking out in different directions, its silhouette is readable and highly appealing.

short brown choppy messy bob


#53: Shaggy Mid-Length Cut

Shaggy ends and soft flowing waves are a winning combo, as this hairstyle demonstrates. Style some random loose waves with a curling iron or a straightener, leaving the ends straight for the cute fringy lower edge. A bit of honey-colored balayage highlights will only bring in more charm into your final look.

medium wavy straight cut bob with highlights


#54: Beachy Waves with Balayage

This beach-ready long bob style is truly as easy to achieve as it looks. Move a dollop of texturizing gel or mousse through your damp hair, and then proceed to dry it on low heat with a diffuser. Although a balayage bob is pretty in most of its variations, we recommend layers with a gradually lightening color.

Blonde Layered Lob


#55: A-Line with Highlights

Universally flattering for nearly all face shapes and hair textures, angled bob haircutspresent the perfect mixture of polished and edgy. To create this style, opt for a volumizing mousse before drying. Next, move piece-by-piece to style 1” sections of hair with a straightening iron, finishing with a light hold hairspray.

Bronde Wavy Bob

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#56: Purple Bob for Brunettes

If an idea of rocking bright, pastel wavy bob hairstyles makes you slightly nervous, but you still want to try something fresh color-wise, dark violet tresses are your best bet. Gentler under natural daytime lighting than lavender hues, this bold color will undoubtedly help you stand out in a slightly understated way.

Brunette Bob With Purple Balayage


#57: Beachy Grey Medium Cut

When choosing a color for messy bob hairstyles, grey might seem like a stretch — after all, the most typical protocol for grey hair is to cover it. But thanks to countless beauty bloggers and fashion-forward celebs, the color is making a serious entrance. Try mixing blonde and brown shades for a more natural appearance.

Ash Blonde Wavy Bob



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