At its most basic, a bob haircut is one that clears your shoulders. (That’s opposed to a lob, or long-bob, that comes down to graze your collarbone.)
This style may or may not have bangs, but traditionally, it won’t sport any layers. Instead, the classic bob stays the same length all the way around your whole head, lightly framing your face under the chin with an air of French chic.
While it can certainly be worn with enough length to be twisted or pinned up into different styles, what if you want to spice up your short length? Check out these three variations:
1. The A-Line Bob
The term “A-line” refers to the perimeter of the haircut. It’s shorter in the back, then gradually angles down to a longer, face-framing front. Sometimes this style is also called an ‘inverted bob,’ but they’re pretty much the same thing.
One note: A true A-line haircut won’t have layers that ‘stack’ in the back to create a wedge. Instead, the difference in length will be more subtle, emphasized mostly by a slight beveling in front, which rounds those pieces to frame your face.
2. The Graduated Bob
A graduated bob is typically the same thing as an A-line except with stacked layers in the back. The back is also more curved, like a in a horseshoe shape, rather than the hard angle of an A-line.
How high your stylist stacks the back of your bob can vary depending on your personal preference—some like a low stack that just gives lift at the crown, while cutting it shorter gives an edgier feel.
3. Asymmetrical Bob
Blunt symmetrical bobs are classic, but can sometimes seem too regular for if you crave an extra dose of style and glam daily. An asymmetrical bob haircut gives an edgy vibe to the standard look, which you can further customize with curls and colors.
How to get this look? An asymmetrical bob can be either non-layered or stacked in the back. The only thing that sets this type of bob different from the others is that one side in the front is longer than the other.
One caveat: This isn’t a style that you can only kind of commit to! To really make an impact, asymmetry in bobs should be significant. If one side is practically the same as the other, your edgy style could go unnoticed.