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How to Tell If the A-Line Lob is Right For You

The blunt lob/bob has found its way onto the manes of every celebrity from Kendall Jenner to Jenna Dewan, yet the French girl-chic cut’s cousin—the A-line bob— is a sure sign of competition. If you’re lusting after an A-line haircut, we consulted Liz Sustaita, the stylist responsible for some of LA’s hottest A-line haircuts and sun-kissed hues out of 454 North Salon, to help assess your compatibility with the razor-sharp style. Ahead, find out if the A-line lob is right for your face shape, the cut’s maintenance level, how to style it, and more, courtesy of Liz.

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Define A-Line Haircut

An A-line bob is when the back is shorter and it gradually gets longer towards the front. Depending on your style it can be a subtle graduation or a drastic/steep graduation. There are many variations of the A-line bob. From a short all-one length jaw-line bob to a longer collarbone one-length or you can add layers to these. There is also the graduated A-line bob. That is when it’s cut at a 45 degree in the back and gets V.

Cutting A-Line Wet vs. Dry: What’s the Difference?

I think it should be cut whichever way feels most comfortable. Personally, I do my cuts dry, it’s easier to see your line and better assess a shape. Also it’s much quicker than having to cut wet, blowdry and cross check. You get it done in a more seamless order.

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Find the Best A-Line for Your Face Shape

Anyone can pull off a blunt bob, it’s about confidence and personal preference. Depending on face shape and length of neck, the length of the haircut will vary on what suits a client best. I usually go based on the length of your neck and face shape. Clients with longer necks, I like to keep bobs mid-neck or longer as to avoid what I call the bobble head look. Clients with shorter necks can either go really short or long. Going short shows neck and going collarbone gives the illusion of length in the neck. For face shapes, the only shape I ever have a concern for is if the clients face is round and they want a jaw line bob. It will make their overall appearance round.

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Consider Hair Type

Curly, wavy or straight—they all look amazing. With straight hair, it’s a given that it will look great, but with curly/wavy hair you have to be mindful of the texture due to the shrinking of the curls/waves. I would say if your client always wears their hair curly, leave 1 to 2 inches longer than their desired hair length because it will shrink. When doing an A-line bob on length past your chest it starts to look like an overgrown haircut, and that’s a look no one wants. Any length above the chest will work with the A-line shape.

Styling an A-Line

Short hair takes some maintenance, unless you have hair that lays perfectly, but unfortunately that’s usually not the case. For those who have texture, I suggest waving a few pieces at the crown to give a more polished but still naturally textured look without having to do the whole head. For fine hair, I suggest smoothing out the ends of the hair making it look sleek and neat.

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High or Low Maintenance?

If you have a shorter bob, I would recommend cutting it about every two months to keep that fresh, new cut look. For lengths past the shoulder, three months. It will start to lose its shape and look disheveled. The shorter you go, the more maintenance you can potentially have with your bob. If you’re looking for a low maintenance A-line, I suggest going for a longer bob. It creates less maintenance by having to get haircuts less often. If it’s long enough, you can put it in a low pony or bun.

Make Sure Your Stylist Does This

I always have my clients sit straight looking down at a 45-degree angle, and never allow them to cross their legs while cutting the perimeter. It creates a slight tilt in their head, and can potentially give them a crooked haircut. When I get to the front sections, I have my clients keep their head straight, and cut down at an angle while following your guideline. I use my Feel Shears for the perimeter all while point cutting the whole time. For layering, I love to use texturizing shears.

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