How to Cut an Asymmetrical Bob

Updated July 20, 2017

The bob is a classic hairstyle that has been around since 1920. Originally, the hair was cut short in a straight line from the nape of the neck to the front, and the length of the hair was determined by the ears' position as well as the length and shape of the face.

In recent years, the classic bob has been reinvented with the increasing popularity of the asymmetrical bob, seen everywhere on magazines and red carpets. The hair is longer on one side of the head than the other and sections of the hair are purposely cut at different lengths.

Shampoo and condition your hair.

Create a centre part on the top of the head, using a comb while hair is still wet. Divide the hair starting from the crown and going down to the nape of the neck.

Section wet hair from ear to ear. Take a section of hair from the back of each ear, passing about 1 inch above the occipital bone. Secure with hair clips.

Take a small section of hair starting on the left of the neck, and point-cut to the required length. Continue to the centre, cutting each section diagonally while using the length of the previous section as a guide. Repeat the technique on the right side.

Comb down the top sections, directing to the back behind the ears. Divide into sections and cut to chin length.

Create asymmetrical fringe. Using the distance between the outer corners of the eyes as a guide, section the front part of the hair and cut it diagonally, using the point-cut technique.


You may use razor-edge scissors to cut the front part of hair as well as the fringe for an edgier look.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Razor-edge scissors (optional)
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Ibtihal Mahmood is a writer from Washington. She began writing professionally while attending the University of Jordan, where she earned a B.A. in English literature. Mahmood has contributed to publications in the Middle East and the United States, including MediaWatch ME, a media-monitoring company based in Dubai, and the Seattle-based "Bicycle Paper."