How to Cut Your Own Slanting Bob

Updated March 21, 2017

The bob is back with a new twist. The slanting bob, or slanted bob, is gaining popularity as celebrities and fashionistas take to the scissors. With salon costs skyrocketing, however, an at-home hairstylist can step up and take over. The slanted bob consists of a short crop, generally between shoulder and chin length, with the back of the hair shorter than the front. Styling your own slanted bob is simple.

Shampoo and condition hair using your everyday hair-care products.

Part your hair down the middle, and dry it using your usual method. If you usually blow-dry your hair, then use a blow dryer. If you often let it dry naturally, do not use a blow dryer.

Set two mirrors so that both the front and back of your hair is easily visible. This is important to achieve an even cut.

Secure your hair in place, and use a comb to press a straight line into the hair at the back of your neck. Use one of the mirrors to ensure that the comb is positioned straight across the back. This position of the comb determines the length of the cut.

Cut your hair with hair scissors just below the comb. Cut evenly and slowly, careful not to rip, tug or pull the hair. Do not move the comb while cutting.

Move the comb to the left side of your hair, and position the comb at an angle. The general angle of the comb should be from the newly cut hair at the back of your neck down toward your chin. Cut hair evenly just below the comb, following the slanted tilt of the comb.

Move the comb to the right side of your hair, and position the comb in a similar angle as previously, pointing it from the newly cut hair at the back and down toward your chin. Cut the hair below the comb, following the slanting angle. Make minor adjustments where necessary according to your personal style and taste.


If you are a beginner, consider cutting your hair longer than desired. Doing so allows room to make corrections if the hair ends up uneven.


Do not cut hair when it is wet. Wet hair tends to be longer than dry hair, and snipping it while it is wet may result in a much shorter haircut than desired when it dries.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Blow dryer/hairdryer (optional)
  • 2 mirrors
  • Hair scissors
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Tessa Holmes has been writing professionally since 2007. Her short stories and articles have been published on and in the "Cypress Dome." She has worked with the "Florida Review." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.