A short A-line bob is a short, angled cut where the hair gets is shorter in the back and longer at the front. One thing’s for sure – this timeless cut is never going to be out of fashion, and its variations are just getting better and better as years go by!
Modern takes on this bob were first seen on A-list fashion icons Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, Emma Roberts, and Tiffany Hines, and they’ve been recreated unstoppably by expert hairdressers worldwide! Pair these steeply layered ends with complementing highlights, texture, and bang. This neck-grazing bob has never been this diverse and full-bodied on any face shape.
Expert stylist Melanie Hildebrand from Ontario adds an edge to the cut by matching it with an undercut – a smart and stylish choice if you desire a practical and lighter cut! Because you’ll have shorter lengths at the back, a short A-line bob is also a suitable option for those who want less weight from their dense strands.
The simplicity of A-line bob haircuts makes it easier to style and manage on a daily basis yet leaves you enough styling options that are far from boring! From sleek and straight to wavy and tousled styles – for sure, it will become your newest personal favorite!
Dip into this new and extra voguish category of the classic bob cut! Below are this year’s most popular short A-line bob haircuts and hairstyles!
#1: A-Line with Layers
This A-line bob short haircut is packed with stacked layers that make all the fluff and puff action at the nape area. Layers around the head create kind of a rounded shape, but tapered edges maintain a nice flow towards the end.
#2: Short and Choppy Bob
This short and choppy hairstyle for a simple A-line bob is the best one for ladies who are bold and chic. The shiny brunette color complements the silent layers and soft natural waves on the hair like a dream.
#3: Trendy Layered A-Line Bob Cut
If you’re looking for a trendy bob, the layered a-line bob cut is for you! This timeless hairstyle will help you accentuate your best features every day. Talk to your stylist about the length best for your face shape. Consider adding layers if you want more texture. Ask for soft, rounded ends at the ends which should fall just below the chin line or collarbone. You will get the most modern vibe going on. Ask for quality products like Bumble & Bumble’s Heat Styling Protective Setting Spray. It will keep your glossy locks in place all day long!
#4: Vanilla Blonde A-Line Cut
If you’re looking to add some edge to your short cut, you should try to wear your hair in a severe angled bob. If you have fine hair, it can give you a fuller appearance. When cutting, you should make sure to smooth out the hair. That way you can see the hair’s natural fall. You’re looking at a trim, every 4-6 weeks to maintain your shape.
#5: Neck-Length Sleek Bob with a Middle Part
Try a neck-length sleek bob with a middle part for a very sleek and classic look. A sleek neck-length bob is a perfect and versatile cut for the modern professional as it is a timeless and clean style. However, it can also be styled with more texture for a more casual appearance. For extra movement and smoothness try styling with a round brush and a blowdry cream.
#6: Sharply Angled Blonde A-Line
A sharply angled blonde a-line bob is a striking style that you will want to try. If you want to see a strong edgy bob line, I recommend very minimal layering. Keeping the weight of your hair will make the bottom more prominent. If you try to recreate your shape and have trouble, remember to hold the bottom line straight out – not turned under. You can also use a flat iron to get a straight edge.
#7: Layered A-Line Bob
Characterized by a shorter backside, this gorgeous A-line short bob cut can be notorious for going frayed and messy in a bad way. So utilize those frayed strands with waves and layers. Embrace the rowdiness and wear it proud!
#8: Short A-Line for Thick Hair
If you have thick hair you should consider the short a-line cut for its sleek and eye-catching lines. You can blow dry your a-line bob with a large round brush fairly easily, with its long layers. Don’t forget to apply a smoothing cream to combat frizz and promote shine. If you want versatility, you can curl this style as well. You will need to be shaped up about every 5 weeks to maintain the beauty of the shape.
#9: For Black Hair
Make yourself feel and look elegant with this classic neck-length A-line bob haircut. With added texture, this is the kind of short haircut perfect for black hair.
#10: Short and Blunt
Glossy hair on a chopped a-line bob is definitely the next big thing. A short and blunt hairstyle, if worn with the right amount of confidence, can make people admire you from head to toe.
#11: A-Line Bob with Side Bangs
This is a beautiful short A-line bob with side bangs. This is a low-maintenance haircut that never lets you down on any occasion you are.
#12: Short and Straight
A short and straight a-line bob cut is a classic haircut. Ask your stylist for blonde highlights through a traditional foil work method for extra oomph!
#13: Short A-Line Bob Back View
This type of short a-line bob (back view) is the haircut that almost every women have fallen in love with. Short blonde hair has never been incredibly irresistible on this textured bob.
#14: Short and Curly Bob
These short, tight natural curls look stunning on this A-line bob haircut. Give it a short and curly bob style for some fresh hair result.
#15: Short Ombre A-line Bob with Bangs
An auburn ombre hairstyle looks gorgeous on a short A-line bob cut with bangs. It’s a geometric pattern, and color transitions are highlighted. The bangs add delicateness to this striking look making everything come into place.
Related: See more short auburn hairstyle ideas.
#16: Very Short A-Line Bob
This stylish very short A-line bob hairstyle is shaped up thanks to multiple layers. Straight hair like this works for an a-line bob, keeping a very neat look.
#17: Short Bob for Thin Hair
Short thin hair goes perfectly when an A-line bob. It provides body and volume, thanks to the layers. Now, your thin hair can be your friend!
This short haircut is timeless, edgy, classic, which are just a few words to describe an A-line bob. Color-wise, with the shorter A-lines, I tend to stay darker at the nape and lighter throughout the top. Naturally, the sun never hits bottom, and I’m trying to mimic what the sun would naturally do. I’d consider myself a naturalist, lived-in color kinda gal.
When you have over 50% gray, camouflaging with highlights, balayage, foliage, a nice money piece, or anything in between is the way to go. How light depends on my client’s end goal, the amount of maintenance, time, and budget they are willing to invest in their hair.
This look is great for everyone! I do not play in face shapes; I play into personality! At 240 lbs, I rocked an A-line bob for over three years. I was looking pretty hot, I must say. But according to the stereotype of face shapes, this wouldn’t have been a “good” cut for me.
I will say I lean towards ladies with finer hair carrying this style — the shorter the hair, the more volume. The nape is the shortest to support the longer hair, creating the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. Now, for my fuller, thick-haired ladies, this is also a stunning cut! Debulking and texturing are key!
#18: Short A-Line Bob with Bangs
Opt for a cute a-line bob for short hair. This is perfect for women with a classic style. It looks best with natural colors, too.
It’s not for women with dense hair or curly hair. The style needs a straight and hair that’s not too big.
It’s easy maintenance and suitable for a woman who does not have too much time to style.
#19: Stacked A-Line Bob
Consider a chic, short haircut with an A-line graduated bob with lots of texture. This short cut allows very dense, thick hair to fall right into place because of the careful shaping and weight removal/texturizing.
When it comes to bobs, it’s all about the shape! It’s up to you and your stylist to determine what degree if graduation will be best suited for your hair type (think density and thickness). Undercutting can also be your best friend here because it can take squirrelly hairlines out of the equation.
Short A-line bobs should be easy to dry with your hands or maybe a small flat brush because they’re designed to fall into place right naturally.
#20: Edgy Bob Crop
What I love about this particular A-line bob cut on short hair is how polished it looks but still has a youthful, edgy look. I love the lines, precision, and shape of the overall cut. I love cutting shorter, more precise haircuts.
My client was growing her hair out from a super short pixie haircut, and we were trying to come up with something stylish while trying to get her through the awkward stages of grow-out. That’s when I suggested this cut.
I kept her nape area disconnected to make her cut look edgier since she didn’t want to look too old and matronly. The roaring ’20s styles actually inspired me since she reminded me of a flapper girl because of her style, etc.
This A-line bob is especially great for women with thick and straight textured hair. Also, someone with fine, straight hair could pull this look off but would need some products to help with adding some volume on fine hair even though this is a pretty sleek look.
The type of products I would suggest for someone to use for this look depends on the hair texture and thickness. A serum of some kind, smoothing balm, or shine spray is all someone would need for fly-aways and keeping everything smooth and shiny and some sort of heat protectant spray/leave-in if someone is going to use a blowdrying and/or straightening iron.
This hairstyle looks great on women with an oval face of a very structured jawline and cheeks to enhance their features. I’d adjust this cut for a longer version if someone has a fuller face, as it might accentuate features someone wouldn’t want to enhance in the jaw and chin area.
This is a great short hairstyle for women who doesn’t want to do much styling for a put-together look or for someone who wants to wash and go with the right hair texture.
#21: A-Line with Undercut
This is a modern short bob haircut with an A-line and undercut.
We decided to go with a longer fringe section to add some movement to the cut and softness around the face. This look is a relatively low maintenance style. It’s conservative but edgy at the same time. That’s what I enjoyed about this cut. If you need to show off the “adulting” persona, you can. If you want to get a little wild, rock it out and show off that undercut!
Having an undercut can be cooler in warmer weather and give you less styling headaches, especially if you have a thick scalp of hair. Styling this cut could be as simple as wash-and-go (varies on your hair type) or smoothing with a hot iron. You could even toss in a few curls or waves to classy it up a bit.
Just make sure with any thermal styling, you’re using a thermal protectant. With this haircut being an undercut, keeping the underneath shaved could mean an extra visit to the salon in-between haircuts, so there’s possibly more maintenance than a traditionally styled bob.
A bob undercut also opens you up to new styles, and some designs shaved into the nape area, and having half of your head shaved down will give you the confidence to try shorter/pixie cuts (you’re halfway there!). It takes a confident person to take on short hair because there’s nothing to hide behind!
#22: Short and Wavy
This is an eye-catching stacked A-line bob cut on short hair with highlights. This looks great on thick hair and has great texture. All of the natural body, so it makes styling so easy to do.
First and foremost, you have to have enough hair to achieve this look. It also has to be styled so the client would need time to style each day. Lastly, you’ll need to maintain the look with getting a haircut every 8-10 weeks.
#23: Choppy A-line for Fine Hair
This is a great choppy A-line bob because it’s fully texturized on the ends, making it perfect wash and wear short haircut. This look is great for anyone because it elongates the front of the face while giving height options in the crown area.
The color was lightened to a light blonde and left natural in the nape area. I love this smokey gray color because it fades into a clean blonde. It gives me a brand new palette to work with when my client comes in again.
To style this look and showcase the great texture, you can use a very nice dry paste. My favorite is Aveda’s control paste. It gives the perfect amount of “piecey-ness” while still being soft and movable.
This A-line bob is great for anyone with any face shape who loves short hair and still wants the option to be edgy at times!
#24: Asymmetrical A-line Bob with an Undercut
This is a flawless asymmetrical A-line bob with an undercut hairstyle for women with short hair. The cut is modern, contemporary, chic, and bold.
Make sure your stylist has familiarized themselves with your hairline. Over layering without a proper plan can leave gaps, holes, and an unnecessary choppy appearance instead of a sleek one.
Flat wrapping the hair using a smoothing serum or lotion can enhance the sleek appearance of the line and overall shape. Bobs come in all shapes and sizes, but an asymmetrical A-line bob is a power haircut and takes a particular level of confidence!
#25: Short Copper A-Line Bob with Fringe
A short copper a-line bob with fringe is a classic cut that looks new when paired with vibrant copper hair. The blunt, crisp line floating above your shoulders is a fierce look that will mesmerize everyone as it moves with you, especially when paired with copper hair. For mature women with light-colored eyes, adding fringe to a copper-colored bob haircut makes you look years younger and helps your eye color pop.