The bob is a classic, feminine hairstyle that can be worn in many different ways, including a modern look featuring longer pieces of hair in the front and a shorter cut at the back. Bobs can be sweet, edgy, sexy or classically feminine depending on how the wearer styles her hair and the type of cut she requests. Learn your options before getting your bob cut and you’re sure to be happy with the results.


While a bob traditionally invokes a smooth, classic short hairdo that lacks the choppiness of the pixie cut, the a-line bob is one variation of this style that features layering and different lengths of hair for an edgy twist. “A-line” is the term used by many hairdressers to indicate a bob that features longer pieces of hair in the front and shorter at the back. If you plan to get your hair cut in this style, ask your stylist for an a-line bob and bring in a picture of the look; you want to ensure both of you are on the same page.


When getting an a-line bob, you have several things to consider regarding the lengths of the style. For example, you must decide if you want your bob to be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Asymmetry, in which one of the pieces in front is longer than the other, but both are still longer than the hair at the nape of your neck, provides an edgy look. Meanwhile, symmetrical a-line bobs look professional while remaining modern and adventurous. Peruse photographs in the books and magazines at your salon and discuss your options with your stylist to choose the type of a-line bob that best suits your fashion sense and face shape.


While you can wear a bob in many different styles, a-line bobs featuring longer pieces of hair in the front look most striking when worn straight, since waviness or curl can detract from the impact of this bold style. If you do not have naturally straight hair, blow-dry your locks with a brush, or wait for them to air dry before running a straightening iron over each portion of your hair. Finish the look with a dab of texturizing paste to give your layers movements and body and to enhance the contrast between the short back portion and the longer pieces in the front. Finish your style with a spritz of hairspray to maintain shape and lock out humidity.


Wash your bob as infrequently as possible to maintain healthy locks and avoid split ends. Since short hairstyles are not weighed down like longer hair, they take more time to appear flat and dirty. Therefore, it is possible to forgo shampoo for greater periods of time with a bob. Use heated styling products and blow dryers as infrequently as possible as well, since high temperatures can damage your hair. To keep the longer pieces of hair at the front of your bob looking sharp and free of fuzzy split ends, get a trim every two months.