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The Difference Between an A-Line, Graduated Bob, Inverted Bob, Asymmetrical Bob & All Other Types of Bobs

Let’s talk about the different types of bob haircuts!

Here’s the thing: bobs are still on the rise, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. 

These iconic haircuts are the perfect style for so many ladies… and for good reason. They’re low maintenance, accentuate different facial features, and complement your overall look. Plus, they’re great for various face shapes and all different hair textures. 

From curly hair to fine hair, this classic hairstyle is all about making your life easier.

But have you ever wondered about the difference between an inverted bob and an A-line haircut? What about a graduated bob or stacked bob? 

Some of them look pretty similar, right? Well, I assure you there are many different ways to wear a bob cut, but don’t worry… we’ll cover everything in this article.

Here is the comprehensive guide to bob haircuts and how to tell the difference between them all…


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13 Different Types of Bob Haircuts

The Different Types of Bobs

The Different Types of Bob Haircuts

A-line Haircut

A-Line bob haircut on gorgeous blonde hair.
📷Credit: @ silcity_hair

The term A-line bob generally refers to the straight line perimeter of the haircut. It means the hair is shorter in the back and angles down to a longer front.

A true A-line haircut will not have any layers or stacking in the back. It should also frame the face in the front, slightly curling under the chin.


Concave Bob

A-Line bob haircut on gorgeous blonde hair.
📷Credit: @sarahgossetthair

A concave haircut, by definition, is a haircut in which the hair is longer in front than it is in back. This basically means that a concave bob is just another way to say A-line.


Graduated Bob

Graduated bob haircut on gorgeous auburn hair.
📷Credit: @andre.does.hair

Graduated bobs are one of the more common types of bobs.

Graduation basically means that it has stacked layers in the back; in fact, some people call this haircut the stacked bob. 

The back of a graduated bob can also be more curved (like a horseshoe) rather than a sharp angle. Furthermore, the shape of the layers should follow the perimeter’s angle and get longer towards the front.

The amount of stacking can vary. Some customers like a very low, blended stack; others like shorter layers, so they can even spike them.

The front of a graduated bob is typically shorter and less pointed than the front of an A-line haircut.


Inverted Bob

Inverted bob haircut on gorgeous blonde hair.
📷Credit: @rachelwstylist

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 and trendy variation of the lob haircut (which we will get to in a bit).


Asymmetrical Bob

Asymmetrical bob haircut on gorgeous copper hair.
📷Credit: @paigewright__

The asymmetrical bob is a stylish and modern look; it can either be non-layered or stacked in the back, depending on what you’re trying to achieve. The key defining feature of this bob style is that one side is longer in the front than the other.


Traditional Bob

Classic bob haircut on short brown hair.
📷Credit: @kotaiba_ekhari

Unlike the other types of bobs, a typical standard bob (or undercut bob) will be the same length across the whole perimeter. It should slightly frame the face under the chin.

There should be few layers with a traditional bob. The underneath sections should be a tad shorter than the on-top sections, making your hair flip under on its own.


Blunt Bob

A blunt bob is a short haircut where the blunt ends align as a straight edge (meaning no layering). Imagine a ruler – that’s how straight we’re talking! 

It’s modern, it’s chic, and it’s super easy to style.


Lob

Gorgeous lob haircut on blonde wavy hair.
📷Credit: @kainandecanine

A lob haircut is just a fancy way of saying long bob.

A super trendy hair look of the last decade, lob hairstyles are one of my favorites. This mid-length bob has a longer length than the others and flatters most face shapes. 

It’s incredibly versatile and can be worn with natural curls, soft waves, or even straight hair.


Layered Bob

Textured bob haircut vs. layered bob.
📷Credit: @chrisjones_hair

The layered bob and textured bob are essentially classic bobs loaded with layers, texture, and body.

Haircutting specialist, Chris Jones describes the difference as:

“Textured bobs have a more subtle shape and less maintenance at home. Layered bobs look amazing on the right hair type but require more styling unless you have some natural texture or wave.”


Curly Bob

A curly bob is a shorter haircut where your natural curls are the star of the show. Picture a traditional bob with an extra dash of personality – that’s the curly bob for you! 

This bob style accentuates your natural hair type to create a gorgeous, unique look. 


Wavy Bob

Wavy bob haircut on short brown hair.
📷Credit: @marisacuts

Likewise, the wavy bob is styled with natural or created waves. It’s like your hair just had a day at the beach – relaxed, carefree, and oh-so-stylish! 

The best part? It’s a breeze to style. Just scrunch some sea salt spray into damp hair, let it air dry, and voila! You’ve got yourself a hairstyle that’s as effortless as it is chic.


French Bob

French bob haircut on short wavy hair.
📷Credit: @hirohair

Picture this: a bob haircut that hits right at chin level, often accompanied by a gorgeous set of bangs. That’s the French bob for you! It’s edgy, it’s elegant, and it’s as versatile as they come. 

It says, “I’m confident, I’m stylish, and I’ve got that je ne sais quoi that turns heads.”


Additional Tips

Are you ready to rock a bob haircut? I’ve got some fabulous tips for you to keep your bob looking chic and stylish.

  1. Regular Trims: Bobs typically require frequent trims to maintain their shape. Aim to trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to maintain its sharp edges and overall style.
  2. Proper Styling Tools: Bobs are versatile, and having the right tools can help you achieve the desired texture and shape. Quality styling tools, like a good flat iron or curling wand, can help you achieve your desired look.
  3. Texture and Volume: Experiment with different textures and volumes to keep your bob fresh. Use volumizing products for added lift or enhance curls or waves for a more dynamic look.
  4. Consider Your Face Shape: The ideal bob haircut can vary based on face shape. Consult with your hairstylist to determine the most flattering bob style for your face shape. Whether it’s a classic, asymmetrical, or layered bob, the right choice can enhance your features.
  5. Low-Maintenance Options: If you prefer a low-maintenance bob, consider styles that air dry well or require minimal styling. Discuss your styling preferences with your stylist, and they can tailor the cut to suit your lifestyle.

Remember, your bob is an extension of your personality, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find a style that works for you. 


FAQ

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What are the different types of bobs?

There are so many different modern bob haircuts! A-line haircuts, graduated bobs, stacked bobs, layered bobs, asymmetrical bobs, concave bobs, typical bobs, inverted bobs, blunt bobs, and long bobs are all common types of bob haircuts!

What is the difference between an A-Line and Graduated Bob?

A-line refers to the shape of the perimeter of the haircut, and graduation refers to the type of layering. A bob can be an A-line with graduation.


Final Thoughts

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Bob haircuts are ultra-popular and have many different variations to choose from.

Many people may not realize the difference between an A-line haircut and graduated bob, but now you know all the best bob hairstyles!

A-line refers to the perimeter of the haircut, while graduation adds stacked layers to the hairstyle. Classic bobs should be cut to flip under, or you can transform them into layered bobs with texture and layers. 

If you want an edgier look, remember the oh-so-popular lob haircut or asymmetrical bob.

No matter the variation, one thing’s for sure: bobs are here to stay. Look for an option that suits your personal style and needs.

Until next time,

Hollee
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Hollee is a licensed cosmetologist with over nine years of professional experience in the hair industry. With her unique insight and versatile experience, she’ll help you discover the latest hair trends or even crush your next DIY hair project.

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Aven

Sunday 16th of July 2023

I can think of two, The classic Short ‘French bob’ that sits between the cheek bone and the jaw line and the the longer ‘Italian bob’ that sits at any chosen length just below the jaw line. Both of these bobs are one length and may have graduation but no layers.

Connie Mumph

Monday 25th of April 2022

I Asked for little girls hairstYle. Short with bangs. I dont want any pieces to stick out. I want it to cup under. I broke shoulder and my husband Was washing my Long hair. At 68 yeaRs old i just said cut it. Now i wash, brush or comb and let it dry. Its perfect. My twin sister asked for bob and got a pici instead. We went tO two DIfferent places.

Tonia

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I get a stacked bob cut with layers in back and long in front. Beautician always asks me if I want height.When i say yes she cuTs Shorter on the crown i think. The problem is that when it starts to grow in i always end up with a roll at the bottom back. I do not want this roll. How do I explain this to her? Should i respond no when asked about height? Should i adk to have back textured? Please help.

Sarah

Thursday 15th of September 2022

Tonia

The reason the hair flicks out at the back is because she cuts it into your neck shape. As the hair grows, the hair comes onto the back/shoulders and is pushed out. The layers are not the reason.

If you would like a hair style to last you longer, I would suggest going for a longer style. Short styles require maintenance.

I hope this helps 💛

Amanda

Friday 9th of September 2022

SAme issues and i usually end up with a Mullet…my back ends up growiNg out faster then my sides grow.

Linda

Friday 2nd of July 2021

I wOuLd al so like a answer to this Question! Igo to the BEAUTY shop wiTh a PictuRe and they still do not UNDERSTAND I do not think anyone Knows how to cut a bob

Cindy Caretto

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

I have a shorter stacked bob. My ears tend to stick uo, or the air doesn't lay like it should over my ears. what can be done?

Sarah

Thursday 15th of September 2022

Hey Cindy

I would recommend having an A line/asymmetric Bob. Growing your hair longer to cover your ears. Hair needs weight to keep it down and we lose alot of weight with shorter styles. I hope this helps 💛

Kitty

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Do have any Blunt cut chin length bob slightly texturIzed pics