What Is a Short Layered Bob Haircut?

C. Daw

A short layered bob haircut is a hairstyle that is typically cut above the shoulders, with bangs present in the front and layers added into it. This is a common hairstyle for men and women, and the cut can even be made with a variation in the length of the hair to make it even shorter. This is simply a modified bob haircut with layers added to help hide split ends, to add more texture to the hair, and to give the appearance of having more depth. There are many different ways to cut this type of style, but the basic method to cut a short layered bob haircut begins at the base of the neck and works around towards the front.

The short layered bob haircut is a bob cut, like this one, but which is layered to hide split ends or add texture.
The short layered bob haircut is a bob cut, like this one, but which is layered to hide split ends or add texture.

When cutting this type of hair style, a stylist begins by trimming the nape of the neck. In order to achieve this bob haircut, it must be decided how long the hair will be. This can be even with the base of the neck line, or even as short as the ears. No matter what length is chosen, the back of the head will be cut first, and then the hair will be trimmed all the way around the head at the exact same length.

The bangs are typically included in a bob cut, unless it is a graduated cut where the hair is slightly longer in the front than the back. This is performed at varying lengths as well, depending upon how they are worn. A short layered bob haircut can have any type of bangs as long as they are styled according to the rest of the hair.

The final stage involved in cutting a short layered bob haircut is to add the layers. This can easily be accomplished by using scissors designed for this task, or it can be carefully done by hand. Layers give the hair more options for styling, as well as adding body and movement to the hairstyle. A layered bob is different from a straight bob, where the hair is all one length. A layered bob can be a bit more fun and flirty when compared to a straight bob, which helps the wearer achieve a more polished, sophisticated look. Hair type should also be considered, as those with a natural wave or curl may be able to make the most out of a layered bob.

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@SteamLouis-- A short layered bob haircut can refer to a typical short bob with layers or a concave or graduated bob with layers.

A typical bob haircut usually does not have layers, but some people do get them which is then called a layered bob. A graduated bob or concave bob also have layers. These are short in the back and long in the front. Another variety, the A-line bob cut is basically a graduated bob without the layers. So a short layered bob haircut cannot refer to an A-line bob.

If you are interested in a short layered bob haircut, make sure to take some pictures with you to the hair salon and describe to them exactly what you want. For example, if you want a graduated, short, layered bob, tell them that's what you want. Since there are so many different types of bob cuts, it can get a little confusing otherwise. The length of the hair in the back can also vary with bob haircuts, so it's a good idea to discuss this with the stylist as well.


Is a short layered bob haircut same as a concave bob then?

Layers can be made in all bob haircuts regardless of the length. Layers are used in both long, medium and short bob cuts. I actually think that it's more difficult to make layers in a short bob haircut because if the layers are too short, it can look kind of strange. It will also be more difficult to manage due to flyaways.


Many celebrity women wear layered, graduated bob haircuts and it looks very nice on them. I think this haircut is best for women with a round face and medium hair. I also like that hair is fairly long at the front, while it's short at the back. It's a unique take on the classic bob cut.

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