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A reverse stack haircut, also called an inverted bob, is a modern twist on the timeless bob. Regardless of the length that you choose for this fashion-forward hairstyle, long layers can play an important role in framing your face and completing your look. Plus, long layers in a reverse stack haircut look gorgeous on any face shape, particularly if you have straight or wavy hair because they add an element of manageable volume. If only all things in life were as easily managed.
Dividng Your Hair into Seven Sections
Wet your hair and make a horizontal part along the crown of your head from the back of one ear to the back of the other, and clip each section of hair.
Isolate the hair at the top of your head by making a part along either side of your head, from your temple to the crown. Let the hair under this part, front sides of your head and your bangs hang loosely.
Divide the front section of hair that you’ve clipped in place into thirds and secure each section with a clip.
Make a horizontal part along the back of your head that spans from the top of each ear lobe. Let the hair along your bottom hairline hang loosely.
Divide the back section of hair in half vertically and clip the hair into place.
Divide the two back sections of hair in half horizontally so you have two sections of hair behind the crown of your head and two just above the nape.
Cutting Your Hair
Cut your bangs until you have the length you desire, if you decide that you want a fringe. To cut your bangs, hold the hair between your second and third fingers and snip the hair that's along the bottom of the fingers.
If you don't want bangs, no sweat (they're not a necessity for this haircut). Just divide your hair into the three sections that you clipped into barrettes at the front of your head.
Cut the front sides of your hair. Release your tresses from the two clips on the sides of your head and comb them. Working in half-inch segments, hold your hair between second and third fingers, which should be angled toward the back of your head. Remember: the locks at the front are going to be longer than the ones at the back of your head. When someone sees your haircut from the side, it will look like your tresses slope upward toward the back of your head at about a 45-degree angle.
Remove the clips that are just behind the crown of your head so you can cut these locks. As you work on these sections of hair, maintain the same angle with which you started cutting so the slope at the bottom looks uniform.
Release the hair in the lowest two clips and cut the locks at the nape of your neck. Instead of cutting your hair at an angle, you’ll make a blunt (or straight) cut along the back of your hair. The tresses along the back of your head should be even with the shortest section of hair you cut in Step 3.
To cut the back of your hair evenly, gather the hair at the back of your head into a low ponytail. Place the elastic band slightly lower than the shortest hair in the last sections you cut. Then, start cutting just above the elastic band. Use two mirrors (one in front of you and one behind) to check your work. If you need to make adjustments, do so one little snip at a time.
Place all the loose hair into clips.
Cut the remaining uncut hair at the top of your head to form long layers. Comb the hair straight up, hold it between your second and third fingers and cut a half-inch length vertically across. Let your tresses fall into their natural position to check their length. When you cut your hair like this, it will naturally form long layers. Repeat this process – cutting off a half-inch of hair at a time – until you have the length you want for this top layer.
Work in small sections at a time when you cut your hair to achieve the length and look you want. This way it's easier to go back and fix any mistakes or make adjustments.
Unless you are going for an asymmetrical look, check the ends of your hair on either side of your head to make sure you cut the lengths evenly.
An easier way to make sure the hair at the back of your head is even is to have a friend help you.