The Difference Between an A-Line, Graduated Bob, Inverted Bob, & Asymmetrical Bob

Different types of bob haircuts are definitely on the rise, and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

These low-maintenance haircuts are the perfect choice for ladies all over the world, as they are crazy easy to style and even easier to keep healthy.

So with all the buzz about bobs, have you ever wondered what the difference between an A-line haircut and graduated bob is? Or any other types of bobs for that matter?

I mean… they look pretty much the same right? Well, I assure you that there are differences and don’t worry, we’ll definitely cover them.

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

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The Different Types of Bobs

Bob haircuts are kinda amazing..but do you know the difference between a graduated bob, a-line haircut, and the other types of bob haircuts?

A-Line Haircut

Woman with an a-line haircut, one of the different types of bobs.
Instagram: @silcity_hair

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.

Concave Bob

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

Woman with a graduated bob haircut, one of the different types of bobs.
Instagram: @cayliemariehair

Graduated bobs are one of the more common types of bobs I still see going strong.

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 of a graduated bob can also be more curved (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.

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’s an awesome video I found that outlines the process of cutting a stacked bob haircut:

How To Cut A Stacked Bob Haircut Tutorial | Stacked Bob With A Razor | MATT BECK VLOG 74

I don’t know about you, but I can watch hair videos all day long. 😍

Inverted Bob

Woman with a beautiful platinum blonde and black Inverted bob, one of the different types of bobs.

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.

For a graduated/inverted bob to take on the proper shape, it needs to be cut and styled to flip under. One of the best ways to do this is with the use of a hot air brush.

Hot air brushes are far less damaging on the hair than a flat iron. They style the hair by blowing hot air and not wedging it between two hot plates. You do the math.

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Asymmetrical Bob

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.

Typical Bob

Woman with a black typical bob haircut, one of the different types of bobs.

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 shouldn’t be layers with 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.


Woman with a blonde lob haircut aka long a-line haircut, one of the different types of bobs.
Instagram: @jessicagarnica_

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.

Layered Bob

Woman with a layered bob, one of the different types of bobs.
Instagram: @bounceblowdry

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 standard bob, but with lots of layers, texture, and body.

All the texture in these haircuts really gives them movement. Different angles can also be used in this style to create different looks.

General FAQ

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What are the different types of bobs?

A-line haircut, graduated bob, stacked bob, layered bob, asymmetrical bob, concave bob, typical bob, inverted bob, blunt bob, and long bob 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. It’s entirely possible for a bob to be an A-line with graduation.

What is a stacked bob?

A bob haircut with graduated layers in the back, giving it a “stacked” look.

What is a lob haircut?

Lob is a shortened way to say “long bob.”

Final Thoughts

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Bob haircuts are ultra-popular, and there are so many variations to choose from. Many people don’t realize what the difference is between an A-line haircut and graduated bob, but now you do.

A-Line refers to the perimeter of the haircut, while a graduated bob adds stacked layers to the hairstyle. Standard bobs should just be cut to flip under, or you can transform them into layered bobs with the use of texture and layers. If you want to go for an edgier look, remember the oh-so-popular lob haircut or asymmetrical bob.

YOUR TURN: Are there any other types of bobs you can think of? Let me know in the comments section below!👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

Until next time,



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86 thoughts on “The Difference Between an A-Line, Graduated Bob, Inverted Bob, & Asymmetrical Bob”

    • Thanks for the question! I actually updated the article to include this in there. Concave haircuts mean that the hair is longer in the front than they are in the back. This means that a concave bob is another term for “A-line.”

  1. Great article! My favorite cut is the stacked Bob, and I’ve been getting this cut for over 8 years. It’s classy, and easy to manage. I especially loved the video in the article of how to cut a stacked Bob – his style is amazing! I think it’s great that you made this available for stylists and their clients to see. Thanks again!

  2. Very informative article, thanks!
    I’m trying to find a stylist that can cut my bob with the ‘bump’ under the occipital bone. What is that called? I always seem to get a very flat look in back instead of that nice curved bump.

    • Hi Gail! Good question! When it has the bump, it’s called “stacked”. I would just make sure to tell your stylist that you want more “stacking” in the back. You can also bump it up more when you style with a round brush. Hope that helps!

  3. Does anyone know a stylist that can knows how to cut a good bob of ANY kind in the Winston Salem area of North Carolina? I am desperate! I got a wonderful cut at a salon in upstate NY a year or so ago but since I’ve been home no one here has a clue. I’ve had 3 awful cuts since. HELP!

    • I know it’s been a while since you posted this, but my stylist at Aeracura is awesome (Bridgette). She actually just chopped my hair today! I think anyone there would do a great job!

    • There’s this place that me and my mom love, I think his name is jesseppi or something like that, he’s a great hair stylist

  4. Your explanation is wonderful. When I talk to my stylist I know exactly what I want but didn’t know if it was stacked or beveled. The above style is exactly what I’ve been asking for. I’m sure my hair is not the same texture and won’t look exactly like this one but after I get it cut with this example at least I will know if it’s right for me or not. Hair grows back!

  5. How crazy the first picture is from Rivendell Hair in Arington Washington (no longer open) and the hair cut was done by me!


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