How to Cut a Stacked Bob Hairstyle

Angela Bassett shows off a stacked bob at 'The Mountaintop' premiere.

Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

A stacked or A-line bob slopes down from the back of the neck, giving you a swingy, chic, short- to medium-length hairstyle. When done right, this look is sophisticated and sexy. If done wrong, the cut can be uneven and look sloppy. Work slowly and check your work in a mirror to play it safe.

1.

Spray your hair with water to wet it, then comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb. Part the hair the way you normally do.

2.

Cut a guideline at the nape of your neck, where the stacked bob is the shortest. Hold the hair out from the head, then cut it straight across. Cut all hair along the neckline to the same length.

3.

Cut the back of the head -- the layers that fall above the neckline -- next. Pick up a 1-inch section of hair and hold it 45 degrees out from the back of the head. With the scissors, cut the hair at a 45-degree angle. With this cut, the strands closest to the outside will be shorter, will those underneath will be longer. This gives the hair body as it falls against your neck for a swinging style.

4.

Cut the sides last, beginning at either the right of left side. Using the neckline as your guideline, pull out a 1-inch section of hair. Position your fingers at a 45-degree angle and make a downward-sloping cut. As you work toward the ears and the front of the face, the hair will be gradually angled longer. The longest point falls at the front of the hair. Cut the entire side in a sloping angle, always maintaining the 45-degree tilt.

5.

Inspect your work to make sure the cut is even -- a total must for a stacked bob. Trim any hair that falls out of place with those around it to keep the clean lines of this hairstyle intact. Precision here makes this cut look cool and clean, so take the time now, then work it later.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Spray bottle

3.Hair-cutting scissors

2.Wide-toothed comb

 

Tips & Tricks

 

If the hair starts to dry as you work, wet it with the spray bottle to keep it moist.

 

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