The best benefit about a bob layered haircut is how it looks beautiful both for curly and straight hair. When you have straight hair, you will get the "Egyptian" look with a round sexy hair with bangs and curved edges. With curly and wavy hair, you will get a playful fun young look like Rihanna with her famous short bob hairstyle. It gives you a more carefree and playful look that many guys admire and find attractive.
You can do other variations with your ponytail look as well. Perhaps if you do not want it at the back you can have your ponytail to the side. This way what you need to do is turn your head to the side to gather all your hair at this time.