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

  1. Right now my wavy hair is about 4 inches below my shoulders when it’s wet, it tends to bounce up a couple inches when it dries. I t is basically all one length & i usually wear it tied back.

    I have been considering taking some length off, and a bob was suggested by a coworker. I’m open to the idea, but had no idea there were so many variations…

    That being said, what would be good length & style for me to possibly try?


    • It really all depends on your face shape, how much effort you want to put into styling, etc… but you can always start with a long bob with little-to-no layering. That should be pretty low maintenance and easy to start with. Hope that helps!

  2. What do you say to a hAir dresser to get them to cut your hair so that the layer of hair closest to the hairline ends at a shorter length thAn the layer of hair just above the hairline and so on unTil the hair from the crown ends at the lowest length? This was how the Surf Cuts from the mid 70’s were done to get the hair to NATURALLY turn under without having to fuss extensively with styling tools. I don’t want a surf cut, but I Think i need a short Pointed a-line bob cut with inverse layer cutting teChnique…but not sure what to say as hair-stylists appear to stop listening and watching what one does with your hands the moment you are sitting in the cHair. They also seem to not hear words like kinda likE a hMmmm Type hair cut and focus on the hmmmm hair cut. I am Very traumatized about salon visits and want to know what to aSk for and what the exacT words are.

    • Hello
      I have that same problem. do you still have the stacked bob? I’m going to get mine cut by a different stylist on Wednesday I sure hope she listens.

  3. I have Fine hair I have tried a couple of bobs. The one with long hair one one side. That was awful. Now i have one that doesnt have alot of layers but it is shorter
    Than i like but i know to get the lift Thats what i need. Any sUggestions

  4. Hey THERE, I HAVE A ROUND FACE AND MEDIUM HAIR (iN TERMS OF TEXTURE AND THICKNESS). I WANNA GO FOR THE KIND OF bOB THAT JENNA COLEMAN HAS WITH THE BANGS. should I go for it or not? also, an acquaintance suggests that I merge the look with a slightly inverted bob. what are your thoughts regarding this?
    Note: I’m trying for a hairstyle that falls under the chin, but above the shoulder, that is neck- length.

    • It’s hard to say for sure without seeing you, but it sounds like that would work well. Her hair is a medium texture, so it should be similar… bobs tend to look good on round faces but adding texture will soften up your face. Also, it’s up to you whether or not to invert the back, but I think the longer front would help frame the face and cut out the roundness. Last, but not least, I’d go for side-swept or wispy bangs to soften up your face.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  5. I am fortunate to have a hairdresser that unDerstands tgese terms., but my sister cOmplains of hairdressers unable to cut it Correctly. I will pass this info along to her. ThAnks for explaining the differences. .


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