Are you considering a new short hairstyle, but aren’t sure what kind to get? Have you ever wondered what the different types of bobs are? Have no fear! In this article, I am going to teach you all about it.
The Different Types of Bobs
Now let’s talk about what each of these bobs are and how they differ from each other…
The term ‘A-line bob’ generally refers to the perimeter of the haircut. It means that the hair is shorter in the back, and angles to a longer front.
A true A-line haircut will not have layers or “stacking” in the back. It will also frame the face in the front and curl under the chin.The term 'A-line bob' generally refers to the perimeter of the haircut. It means that the hair is shorter in the back, and angles to a longer front.Click To Tweet
A graduated bob basically means that it has stacked layers in the back; in fact, another name for this haircut is a “stacked bob”. The back can also be more curved on a graduated bob (like a horseshoe) rather than a hard angle. The shape of the layers should follow the angle of the perimeter and get longer towards the front.
Graduated bobs are the most common types of bobs I see right now.
The amount of stacking can vary. I have some customers that like a very low, blended stack and others that like their layers so short, they can spike them.
The front of a graduated bob is typically a bit shorter, and less pointed than the front of an A-line haircut. Here is an awesome video that outlines the process of cutting a stacked bob haircut:
An inverted bob is just another term for a graduated bob. The same haircut has different names in different places of the world. One of my favorite modern haircuts is the long inverted bob, a fun variation of the lob haircut.
An asymmetrical bob haircut can be either non-layered or stacked in the back.
The only thing that really makes asymmetrical bobs different from the others is that one side in the front is longer than the other. In my opinion, this type of bob only looks good with a ton of texture. If not done right, they can look unfinished, unblended and not pretty.
Unlike the other types of bobs, a typical standard bob (also known as a blunt bob or undercut bob) will be the same length all around the whole head and it should slightly frame the face under the chin.
There should be no layers in a typical bob and it should be undercut all over. In other words, the underneath sections will be somewhat shorter than the sections on top, which makes your hair flip under on its own (Hairfinder.com has a great article about traditional undercutting techniques).
To really make it pop, use a round brush or flat iron to curl the edges under even more.
A lob haircut is just a fancy way of saying “long bob,” and they have been a major hair trend of the past few years. In fact, I love them so much that I wrote a whole separate post about them. Check out “What is a Lob Haircut?” to read more.
Last but not least, here is a layered bob, which could also be called a “textured bob”. It’s essentially the same thing as a typical bob, but there are a lot of layers, tons of texture, and body.
These types of bobs should have a ton of texture to really give them movement. There are also so many different angles that can be used in this style to create different looks.
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Can you think of any other types of bobs that I forgot? Are bob haircuts your favorite short haircut ever? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below…
With an extensive knowledge of hair color science and over 12 years as a licensed cosmetologist working in the hair industry, Hollee feels the need to share her passion for beauty with the world. She specializes in hair color science, hairstyles, hair hacks, hair knowledge, and how things work in the hair industry. She enjoys sharing her expertise and helping people achieve their personal hair goals.