What Is an A-Line Haircut?
No need to worry — getting an A-line haircut doesn’t mean the stylist is going to literally cut an “A” into your hair. A-line haircuts describe an angled cut that’s shorter in the back, slanting forward to the longer, face framing layers. Many times the shorter hair in the back of your head is stacked. “Stacked” describes hair that’s been cut into short layers that gradually get longer to give it a thinner, chiseled look. There are different types of A-line haircuts, usually revolving around different lengths, parts and cut styles.
A bob is a shorter hair style, usually falling around your chin, and is the more common A-line haircut. With traditional bobs, your hair is cut into shorter layers underneath — known as hidden layers because the top section of your hair hides them — allowing your hair to slightly curl under. With A-line bobs, the hair is much shorter at the nape of the neck and gradually gets longer until it reaches the front sections on either side of your face. The hair’s resulting edge is a sharp angle. Even though the bob cut is the norm for A-line edges, that doesn’t mean you can’t take it to another extreme.
Longer A-line Cuts
If you relate to the America’s Next Top Model girls and can’t bear to cut your hair short, you’ll be happy to know A-line cuts aren’t limited to short bobs. Women who desire this cut’s smooth slanted edge can keep their longer locks and still rock the A-line style. The method is still the same; the back of your hair is cut several inches shorter, slowly growing longer until it reaches your desired length in the front. Don’t expect a huge, attention grabbing change; the longer your hair is, the more likely the A-line cut will go unnoticed.
Short A-line Cuts
If you can add length to an A-line cut, then you can definitely reduce it. Angled cuts look just as good on shorter styles as they do on bobs and longer locks. However, to keep the sharp angles, avoid going too short. The closer you get to the crown of your head, the more likely it is that your hair will stick straight up like Alfalfa’s. A good rule of thumb is to start your shorter, back layer even with the top of your ears and angle it toward the front so it ends near your cheekbones.
Spice Up an A-line Cut
There are several ways to spice up an A-line haircut. Blunt bangs cut across the forehead add a cute and flirty effect. Slanted, side bangs give depth to the A-line cut’s blunt edges. All-over layers add volume to the style. A stacked back adds texture to the haircut, but allows it to keep the sleek, straightforward layers on each side.