12 Back View Of Bob Hairstyles To Inspire You

Pick your next bob with inspiration from stars like Nicki Minaj and Vanessa Hudgens.

Reviewed by Andrea Claire, Hairstylist & Makeup Artist
Written by Jyotsana Rao, BE
Edited by Asmita De, MA (English)
Fact-checked by Aparna Harry, MA (English Literature)  • 

When it comes to hairstyles, we are all pros at knowing how we want it to look at the front. But how it looks at the back is equally important, especially if you have a short hairstyle like a bob. Think of it this way – you do not want people staring at the back view of your bob hairstyles wondering what went wrong, right?

So, here are the top 10 back views you must try before your next haircut. You can try out different hair highlights, hair extensions, and hair lowlights, and add hair accessories to amp up your style. with different bob hairstyles. So, decide your favorite style and pick how you want the back of your bob cut to look. Scroll down!

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  • Go for regular trimming to maintain the shape and style of your bob cut, especially if you have bangs or layers.
  • You can add layers to your hair to instantly pump up the volume and enhance the appearance of thick, healthy hair.
  • If you are someone trying the bob hairstyle for the first time, opt for a haircut that suits your hair texture naturally. For instance, if you have straight hair, go for a sleek, symmetrical bob, and those with wavy or curly hair can opt for a layered bob.

Read ahead to get inspired by our list of ten back view of bob hairstyles.

What Is A Bob Hairstyle?

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The bob cut is a timeless hairstyle that has been sported by different celebrities over the decades. It was first sported by American dancer Irene Castle in 1915. This started a trend that has seen different cuts and variations over the decades. This chic and versatile hairstyle is characterized by short length and even, straight ends. The hairdo typically features hair chopped to chin-length or slightly above the shoulders. However, many variations also exist. The modish bob hairstyle can be altered in various ways to complement different face shapes. It exudes sheer elegance and is super easy to maintain as well.

Check out the next section for different bob hairstyles and how they look from behind.

1. Beach Waves Bob

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Micha Barton flaunted the heavens out of this beachy wavy bob at Cannes when she paired it with a strappy backless dress. The wavy tresses looked gorgeous and carefree, giving her a thoughtful vibrancy.

2. Combed-Back Lob

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How fierce does Scarlett Johanson’s lob look here? This long combed-back bob is styled with gel to give it a sleek wet appearance. This is a killer look for a red-carpet event and perfectly shows off her ear piercings, shoulders, and that cool back tattoo.

3. Asymmetrical Bob

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Hats off to Two Days, One Night actress, Marion Cotillard, for demonstrating exactly how to rock an asymmetrical bob gracefully. After her debut at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, actress Marion Cotillard, with her light blonde, bob almost had us reaching for the scissors. With a smooth texture and uneven hair lengths, Marion’s thick hair is chic and funky.

4. Round Bob

Recording artist Nicki Minaj’s bouncy, round bob is back, and while we love her with wavy hair, we’ve definitely missed her bob falling about an inch past her ears. We’re blinded by the glossy shine — and by her chunky, blunt bangs that accentuate her eyes.

5. Faux Bob

She looked hot in the gray hair, sexy in purple, cute in a long bob, but actress Nicole Richie looks formidably chic with the retro faux bob. Begin by creating finger waves to your hair with a curling wand. Now, pull up the top section of your hair, twist it and tuck it underneath your long hair to make it appear shorter. Once done, secure it with a bobby pin to the scalp and you’re good to go.

6. Sleek, Symmetric Bob

Effortlessly chic, universally flattering and uber-cool – Queen Letizia of Spain has everything stunning going on in this single picture! Our favorite of the lot, the length of Letizia’s sleek, medium locks is perfect for women who don’t want to sacrifice their long hair.

7. Wavy Bob

At the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival, fashionista Alexa Chung proved that adding just a little amount of waves to your mid-length bob is enough to dress up the entire look. To get Alexa’s signature waves, apply a dime-size of volumizing mousse to add volume and scrunch your hair to create that subtle wavy look.

Shanze Khan, a blogger, recalls her personal experience of experimenting with a wavy bob hairstyle. She likes the cut for being an A-line frame that is quite feminine, but she struggled with getting the look on her naturally curly hair; she had to opt for a blowdry and straightening for added grace. She adds, “This hairstyle is best suited for those with straight to wavy hair — my curly-haired girls will either have to take a pass on this style or commit to damaging their manes by styling them with hot tools on a regular basis (i).”

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If the back of your bob is being rebellious, you can add double clips or a hair slide to keep your locks in place.

8. Modern Bob

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Always right on the trends, be it beauty, fashion, or hair, at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, actress Julianne Hough proved that she can totally pull off any style when she was photographed with this short crop. Julianne’s slight wave and blonde hair color make it an edgier interpretation of bob.

9. Shaggy Bob

We totally dig that actress Vanessa Hudgens can rock the hell out of shaggy bob – be it the front or the back view. Layered, glossy and perfect length for haircut newbies, we love her mix of warm highlights and lowlights of her mid-length feathered bob.

Halle Belle, another blogger, shared her personal experience with rocking the shaggy bob hairstyle. She went for a bob cut which turned out to be a chic lob, and she enjoyed the shorter version better. She felt that the look complemented her facial shape and features. For inspiration, she adds, “I also looked at the style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn had a very attractive bob that I envied (ii).”

10. Layered Bob

We are aware that Emily Browning’s bob isn’t necessarily new, but we adore her mid-length cut anyway. This is a perfect bob hairstyle back view that looks great when undone and tousled — the more texture, the better. A great bob for naturally wavy hair.

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You can do baby braids from the back to the front to spice up your layered bob.

11. Graduated Bob

With a bob that lovely, in our opinion, Victoria Beckham sets the major standard for graduated bobs. Rocking the blonde, short crop in the way that only the chicest of the chic girls could do, Posh Spice is a perfect example of why every girl should opt for shorter hair at some point in her life.

12. Curly Bob

Actress Holly Robinson’s curly bob falls in that chic spot above the shoulders, but below the chin. At the 43rdNAACP Image Awards, the actress sported a bob that had perfect volume, texture and the perfect dimension. Simple yet trendy.

Infographic: Back View Of 10 Uber Cool Bob Hairstyles

The creative scope of a simple hairstyle such as a bob cut is truly astonishing. Who knew a short hairstyle could look so different with a few tweaks! Even from the back, it can look like a completely different hairstyle. We have cataloged all these back views into an infographic below for easy-reference photo inspiration. Take a look!

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Many people do not focus on the back view of their hairstyle as much as they do on the front. This can be disastrous, especially if you are sporting a short hairstyle like a bob. Take inspiration from the above-listed hairstyles whose back views look just perfect and amazing, and pick the one that fascinated you the most. However, you have to get it done by a trusted professional to get the back view of bob hairstyles right. Also, you need proper grooming, hairdressing, and hair care routine so you can ace hair-setting techniques to rock your hairstyle from both front and back views.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some tips for achieving a great back view of the bob hairstyle?

Use a good styling gel to get your layers in order. If you want a minimal hair volume look, style your hair and curls with your fingers or a suitable brush instead of opting for a blowout. Maintain your bob haircut by visiting your hairdresser at the salon for hair styling every 6 weeks for touch-ups.

How does the back view of a bob hairstyle differ from the front view?

Depending on the bob cut, your hair at the back may be short and tapered or have layers of different l0engths as compared to the front view.

What are some tips for choosing the right bob hairstyle for my face shape and hair texture?

The best way to know which bob hairstyle would suit you is to talk to a professional stylist. Round faces need wavy or layered bobs that make the face look thinner. Square and diamond faces need soft curls or waves that soften their harsh lines. Heart and oval faces can opt for short bobs with bangs.

Can a back view of a bob hairstyle be customized to suit my preferences?

Yes, the back of the bob hairstyle can be customized according to your preferences. You could curl, straighten, or give it a wavy texture to suit your requirements. You could braid it, tuck it, or style it in any hairstyle that you want.

What are some styling products that I can use to enhance the back view of my bob hairstyle?

Use a hair styling mousse, foam, or gel to achieve any desired hairstyle. If you are using a curler or heat styling tool, remember to use a heat protectant beforehand. You can also use volumizing or texturizing products to give your hair some lift. If you are going for beachy waves use a sea salt spray.

How can I accessorize a back-view bob hairstyle to add some flair?

Accessorize your bob with hair clips, head bands, scarves, berets, embellished hair pins, or hair bows to accessorize the back of your hairstyle.

How can I use color to enhance the back view of my bob hairstyle?

You can color the front and back of your hair in different contrasting or complementing colors to add dimension to your hair and make the back of your bob to add volume and make it stand out. You can also opt for bold highlights like the peekaboo trend.

Key Takeaways

  • Bob is a classic hairstyle that suits most face shapes and hair types.
  • Bob hairstyles such as round bob, sleek and symmetrical bob, and combed back bob look chic and help strike a polished and sophisticated look.
  • Asymmetrical bob, wavy bob, and graduated bob lend a carefree, relaxed vibe.
  • The curly bob adds volume, texture, and lots of dimension to the mane.
Back View Of Bob Hairstyles

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