When it first started trending in 1920, the bob made a ruckus.
Women were only supposed to have long hair back then. Over time, the bob was accepted as one of the most fashionable hairstyles.
The bob cut style that is making headlines right now is the A-line bob. The A-line bob starts short at the back and gradually becomes longer somewhere between your chin and shoulders. It is the perfect blend of modern style and sophistication. Not only does it suit almost all face shapes, but it also streamlines your face and draws attention to your facial features.
Since its introduction, the A-line bob has become a trend with many variations under its belt. Before you get boggled by which variation to go for, here are 25 of the most stylish A-line bobs to make your choice simpler. But, before we jump into that list, let’s talk about how you can cut your own hair into an A-line bob.
How To Cut Your Hair In An A-line Bob
First things first, I always recommend getting your hair cut by a professional. However, if you feel it’s a tad bit pricey, or like going the DIY way, here’s a way you can cut your own hair. Be extra careful when cutting your locks and, if possible, have a trusted friend be your eyes.
What You Need
- Hair brush/comb
- Pair of scissors
- Hair razor
- 3 elastic bands
- Rat-tailed comb
- Hand-held mirror
How To Do
- Brush or comb your hair to detangle it.
- Brush your hair back, so it falls behind your shoulders.
- Divide your hair into three sections: two side sections in the front and one big section at the back.
- Tie all the three sections in ponytails using elastic bands.
- Lower the elastic band on the back ponytail to where you want to cut your hair (i.e., how short you want your hair to be).
- Now that you have marked where you want to cut your hair, cut it below the elastic band at the back with a pair of scissors. You can take the help of mirrors or a friend when doing this. You can also use an electric razor to get a smoother finish, but you will need to be very careful while using it.
- Untie all the ponytails. The two side ponytails will be slightly tapered compared to the back section.
- Take your hair razor and hold it at a downward angle. Begin feathering and tapering the side sections gently.
- Repeat the same at the back to create tapered ends.
- Take the scissors, and using the point cut method, feather the ends to create layers throughout your hair.
- Once you are satisfied with your haircut, straighten or curl your hair to style it according to your preference.
While writing this article, I remembered an incident that happened when I was a teen in college. After years of having long hair, I decided to cut my hair short. I went to a salon in my neighborhood and told the lady I wanted an A-line graduated bob. When I looked at the finished hairdo, which was a short blunt bob, I was horrified. I learned an important lesson that day. Take a picture of the haircut you want to the salon and watch your hairstylist like a hawk when she’s cutting your hair (especially when she’s chopping off the length!).
Now, it’s time for the fun part! Here are the top 25 A-line bobs doing the rounds right now!
25 Eye-Catching A-line Bobs
1. Deep Rooted A-line Bob
This A-line bob is the ideal short hairdo for women with thick straight hair. The length near the jawline draws attention to your facial features. Notice how the bob is dark at the roots? That helps in framing your face. The dark roots make your face look longer and slimmer.
2. Multicolored A-line Bob
The quickest way to add volume to your locks is to make it wavy. If you don’t like styling your hair in full-on waves, you can use a straightener or a curling iron to add waves at the ends of your hair. Whoever says mermaids always have long hair clearly has not seen this A-line bob!
3. Subtle A-line Bob
The A-line bob started off subtle. If you look up old short hairstyles, you’ll notice a few simple A-line bobs all over the place. If you’re looking for something modern but not too edgy, try this subtle A-line bob that has a very slight angle to it. Style it in curls to create a soft, romantic look.
4. Short A-line
If you have an oval face, you can pull off this A-line bob like a pro. Keeping the length at the front almost the same length as the back accentuates the shape of your face. Women with round or square faces shouldn’t try this short A-line as it will make their face seem rounder or squarer.
5. Wavy A-line Bob
The wavy A-line bob is one of my favorites. If your hair is not naturally wavy, you can style it in waves using a straightener or a curling iron. Just don’t forget to use a heat protectant to prevent heat damage. Thin down the ends to make the rest of your hair appear voluminous. This will also make your face look slim.
6. Asymmetric A-line Bob
It does not get edgier than this asymmetrical A-line bob. It adds height at the top and makes your jawline look pointed. Styling it in curls takes it to a whole different level. The best thing about this haircut is that you don’t need jewelry to accentuate it.
7. Layered Short A-line Bob
A sure-shot way to spruce up an A-line bob is to add layers at the ends. It adds insane volume to the bob. And, I have to say, I love the red locks! All in all, this is a playful look.
8. Long A-line Bob
Cutting your hair really short at the back may not suit your face shape. Or you might think it’s too loud for you. This is the best alternative for women who want an A-line bob but still want to look work-ready. The middle parting draws attention to the center of your face, accentuating your eyes, nose, and mouth.
9. Long Layered Side-Swept Bangs
This violet hair color is to die for! It looks super stunning. Adding bangs to your bob is a great way to focus on certain facial features. The front and center bangs can cover a large forehead, while side-swept bangs can cover any asymmetrical features, like uneven eyebrows.
10. Mildly Curly A-line Bob
Whether it’s to get over someone or find yourself, women love a good makeover. It gives a sense of freedom and change. This is an incredible makeover hairdo. The golden brown balayage adds depth and volume to her tresses. You can achieve these soft curls yourself with the help of a curling iron and some hairspray.
11. Shingle A-line Bob
A shingle bob is cut very close to the hairline with the express purpose of showcasing it. This A-line bob is for all the confident women out there who are not afraid to cut their locks short. They know that their personality makes them who they are, not just their hair or clothes.
12. Ombre A-line Bob
This ombre A-line bob looks like a theater curtain that’s about to part open. The light brown ends soften her jawline, making it perfect for anyone who has a sharp jawline or prominent chin. This is the perfect beach bob that is great for creating that sun-kissed look.
13. Graduated A-line Bob
This edgy bob makes me think of the ‘20s when women who had short hair were called ‘flappers.’ These were the women who decided to fend for themselves, wore short clothes, and did as they pleased. They started the feminist revolution that shattered many preconceived notions about women.
14. Wavy Disconnected A-line Bob
A disconnected A-line bob is one that gradually gets longer from back to front, but has a sharp cut at the jawline to show the stark difference in length. This smokey balayage is inspired by those cold nights in the fall.
15. Sleek Black A-line Bob
This sleek black A-line bob is so sharp, you can cut a diamond with it. This A-line bob is the perfect haircut to make your face look slimmer and draw attention to your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you have a chiseled jawline, you can showcase it with this hairdo.
16. Crisp Wave A-line
Marcel Grateau and Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield are the inventors of the curling tongs and flat iron, and women all over the world are eternally grateful for their innovations. Thanks to heat styling tools, we can have perfectly crisp wavy hair like this lady does. Looks amazing, right? The blunt ends add pizzazz to the look.
17. Coily A-line Bob
While most women opt for the straight bob, this curly A-line bob looks totally vintage. If you have naturally curly locks, don’t shy away and straighten them. Bring out the curly goddess in you and flaunt them with this stunning coily A-line bob.
18. Patterned Undercut A-line Bob
Leather jackets, knee-high boots, dark eye makeup, and crazy bike rides. You can’t have a traditional haircut when you’re that awesome. Try this patterned undercut A-line bob instead. The word ‘edgy’ doesn’t cut it with this one.
19. Dimensional Blonde A-line Bob
Blondes are the life of the party. This is mostly because blonde hair color looks light and relaxed. It melts away all thoughts of stress and overthinking. This dimensional blonde hairdo with cool undertones looks breathtaking!
20. Long Subtle A-line Bob
Instead of playing around with too many colors, go natural with subtle highlights. They will accentuate your natural locks, add dimension to your hair, and frame your face. This subtle long A-line bob with a middle parting is great for slimming down round cheeks and highlighting those stunning eyes.
21. Deep Angled A-Line Bob
A-line bobs can be subtle and still look edgy. This particular A-line bob is very slightly angled, which gives it an understated look. However, this hairdo also shows a brilliant way to add more edge with color. The green ombre here makes it look so much cooler.
22. Baby Bangs Curly A-line Bob
This retro look is back with a bang (pun intended)! Curly bangs soften your face instantly, and you can totally spruce up your look with some mascara and lip color. This is the millennial version of the girl-next-door – simple and sweet. Don’t underestimate her, though!
23. Smokey Blue A-line Bob
I love this look! It looks like a blanket of snow on a wintery evening. Contrasts grasp everyone’s attention. Take note of how this A-line bob starts straight but ends curly. That adds to the beauty of this haircut. This A-line bob also has a wonderful deep angle that can flaunt your jawline and cheeks.
24. Long Curly A-line Bob
Are you going on vacation and want to look different? Well, let this image be your inspiration. It has the perfect I’m-a-changed-person-after-my-incredible-vacation vibe. This copper and gold balayage gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘sun-kissed.’
25. Sharp A-line Bob
Waves…the ocean…and the beach! That was my thought process while looking at this hairdo. The wavy brown locks remind me of a beach. It’s just so peaceful. While I love my straight hair, I prefer A-line bobs that are styled in waves. This deep cut A-line bob is incredible.
Those were my picks for the top 25 A-line bobs. Remember, if you don’t know what the specific A-line bob you want is called, just take a picture and direct your hairstylist accordingly. Try one out and let me know which one you loved the most in the comments section below!