The Top 19 Short A-Line Bob Haircuts You Have to See

The best short a-line bob haircuts

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 the cut 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 your popular choices on short a-line bob haircuts and hairstyles!

Layered A-Line Bob

short layered a line bob
Instagram @shorthairbyshawni

Characterized by a shorter backside, this 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!

For Black Hair

short a line bob for black hair
Instagram @maniachairstylz

Make yourself feel and look elegant with this classic neck-length a-line bob haircut. With added texture, this is the kind of bob perfect for black hair.

Short and Blunt

short blunt a line bob
Instagram @jessica.q_hair

A glossy hair on a chopped a-line bob is definitely the next big thing. This short and blunt hairstyle, if worn with the right amount of confidence, can make people admire you from head to toe.

With Side Bangs

short a line bob with side bangs
Instagram @chateausalonspaandboutique

If you like to give your short a-line bob cut a more lovable appearance, try it with side bangs. This is a low maintenance haircut that never lets you down on any occasion you are.

Short and Straight

short straight a line bob
Instagram @tracyc77

A short and straight a-line bob cut is a classic haircut which women got so obsessed with at least once in their glamorous lives. The stylist, Tracy Miller, used a Brilliant and 20 volume Bond Creator Activator to succeed on the blonde highlights through a traditional foil work method.

Short and Choppy

short choppy a line bob
Instagram @sammisitu__stylist

This short and choppy hairstyle for a simple a-line bob or long bob cut is the desirable 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.

Short A-Line Bob Back View

Short A Line Bob Back View
Instagram @naomis.beauty.page

This type of short a-line bob (back view) is the haircut that almost every lady has fallen in love with. Blonde hair has never been incredibly irresistible on this textured bob.

Short and Curly

short curly a line bob
Instagram @shecreateshair

Your a-line bob haircut deserves an ultimate makeover. Give it a short and curly style for some fresh hair result. These tight natural curls looked so stunning on dark brown hair.

Short Ombre A-line Bob with Bangs

Short Ombre A line Bob with Bangs
Instagram @emmagrace_hairstylist

This auburn ombre partner well with an A-line bob. It’s a geometric pattern, and color transitions are highlighted. The bangs add the delicateness to this striking look making everything come into place.

Very Short A-Line Bob

Very Short A Line Bob
Instagram @mozartshairstudio

This short a-line bob is shaped up thanks to multiple layers. Straight hair like this works for an a-line bob, keeping a very neat look.

With Layers

short a line bob with layers
Instagram @erinlisahair

This a-line bob 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.

For Thin Hair

Thin hair is grateful to the A-line bob for providing body and volume, thanks to the layers. Now, your thin hair can be your friend!

Q&A with style creator, Emily Usher
Hair Stylist @ Artistic Designs Hair Salon in Colorado Springs, CO

How would you describe this look?

This look is timeless, edgy, classic, which are just a few words to describe an A-line bob or lob. 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 bomb cut! Debulking and texturing are key!

All of my refining work is done dry. I can tell you if you’re a client of mine to pull down, recut, tilt your head, make you stop chewing that gum to get my perfect image of an A-line.

If you’re down to try this extremely versatile, fun, timeless, edgy cut, talk to your stylist! True beauty comes from within!

Short A-Line Bob with Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Cristina Pagani
Hair Stylist @ Estro Parrucchieri in Conselice, IT


How would you describe this look?

It’s a very simple and clean look that you want to perform on women with a classic style. If combined with natural colors, I suggest keeping it suitable for a stronger personality with colors and more eccentric combinations.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I don’t recommend it to 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 the woman who does not have too much time.

Stacked A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Max Charnley
Stylist @ Ian McCabe Studio in Washington, DC


How would you describe this look?

This look is something my client Ellie and I have been perfecting for a while. I would describe this as an A-line graduated bob with lots of texture. This cut allows her very dense, thick hair that even has a bit of wave to fall right into place because of the careful shaping and weight removal/texturizing we’ve done.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If a client is considering this look, awesome. The great news is that there’s a bob out there for everyone! They don’t have to be high maintenance, and if done well should work with your texture and not against it.

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.

Face shape is also important to consider. Maybe you don’t have the longest neck or most defined jawline, and that’s ok. By adjusting the length in the front, adding fringe or face-framing, etc., you can find the bob that’s right for you.

For styling, you always want to balance moisture with hold. Because her hair is naturally coarse and tends to be a bit on the dry side, I start with a moisturizing cleanser and conditioner like the moisture line from Milbon. Then on damp hair, polishing milk, or moisturizing blow-dry cream like Shu Uemura Satin Design to add a supple satiny finish to the hair with moisture and heat protection.

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. To finish, I used Texture Wave from Shu Uemura, which is a texture powder and a light hold hairspray combined to add separation and piece-y-ness to the finished look. Do this by lifting and spraying product up into small sections in the front and crown toward the roots, then tousle it until perfectly imperfect.

Edgy Bob

Q&A with style creator, Carrie Gouvion
Hair Stylist @ Be Rosie Salon in Claremont, CA


How would you describe this look?

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.

What I love about this particular cut is how polished it looks but still has a youthful, edgy look, and I love the lines, precision, and shape of the overall cut. I love cutting shorter, more precise haircuts.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think this cut is especially great for someone who has thicker and straighter 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.

I think this look would look great on someone who has 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 hairstyle for someone 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.

With Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Jeremy Sunshine
Cosmetologist @ The Parlor Aveda in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

When cutting this client, I took into account her hair density and wave, as well as her lifestyle. She has an intense amount of hair and being as hot as it is in Vegas, having an undercut can make getting ready easier and cooler.

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!

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

An 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!

Short and Wavy

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Brophy
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Lace’d Unisex Hair Salon in Langhorne, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is an inverted stacked bob cut with highlights. This client has my favorite hair because it’s thick and has a great texture. She has a natural body, so it makes styling so easy to do.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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, the client would have to maintain the look with getting a haircut every 8-10 weeks.

Choppy and Angled for Fine Hair

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Corpus
Hairstylist @ The Parlor Aveda in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

This look is great because it is fully texturized on the ends, making it perfect to wear unstyled wash and wear, loosely waved, or even messy with your favorite paste. 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

As mentioned earlier, whether you throw some beach waves or wear it natural, this look is great for anyone with any face shape who loves short hair and still wants the option to be edgy at times!

Asymmetrical

short asymmetrical a line bob
Instagram @dnwluxehair

Q&A with style creator, Dana Wexler
Master Colorist @ DNW Luxe Hair in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

It’s flawless, modern, contemporary, chic, and bold.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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. 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 offset bob is a power haircut and takes a particular level of confidence!