An A-line haircut is a style of bob that is short in the back and longer in the front. Generally, the cut starts around the chin and then angles towards the nape of the neck; however, the diagonal effect also works with longer or shorter hair. It is a dramatic look and involves a lot of clean lines and precision. It can take some practice to do right, but it is possible to learn without taking a hairdressing course.
Before getting started, stylists should gather some appropriate hairdressing tools. Cutting hair requires specialty supplies that are not usually found in the home. Haircutting tools include items like hairdressing scissors, hair combs, long hair clips, a spray bottle, mirror, and a hairdressing training head.
Stylists can improvise in some cases. For example, butterfly clamps and hair elastics also work well for keeping hair out of the way. Stylists can also clean out old spray bottles and repurpose those for a water sprayer.
Cutting an A-Line Haircut
Cutting an A-line haircut with very sharp, clean angles requires practice. Stylists should consider practising cutting hair on hairdressing training heads if they have never cut hair before. When practising on real people, they can cut the hair a bit longer so that there is enough length to correct any mistakes.
Dry hair can be very difficult to work with, as it does not fall flat on a person's head and it is difficult to keep straight. Although dry cuts are sometimes easier for beginners, dry cutting a short, angled bob does not offer enough precision. Stylists should make sure the hair is freshly washed and still wet. If any hair dries out during the cut, they can spritz it with a spray bottle. They should part the hair in the middle and divide the hair into seven sections: four in a square pattern at the back of the head, two at the sides, and one at the top. They can clip or tie up each section to the top of the head to keep it out of the way.
How to Do an A-Line Haircut on Another Person
To start, work with the back bottom sections first. Take these out of the hair clips and then pin the top half of these sections back up. Measure out where the back of the cut should sit. Line up the hair using the comb and two fingers and start cutting. Generally, the hair should be slightly longer than the desired final cut, as hair shrinks slightly when it dries.
When the base section of the cut is set, take the front sections out of the clip at the top of the head. Comb the hair out evenly around the face and measure it to the base of the chin. Cut the hair a little bit longer than the chin and make sure each side is even.
Once the front and back sections are in place, stylists can use those as guidelines for the rest of the haircut. They can angle each section toward the longer front section, letting hair out of the back and side sections and working forwards. After the bottom layer is complete, stylists can let more hair out of each section and line it up with the base of the cut.
How to Do a DIY A-Line Haircut
Although even professional stylists find it difficult to cut their own hair, it can be done. Women may find it difficult to get the same level of precision when they cut their own A-line bobs. Still, they can apply the method for cutting an A-line bob on another person to their own DIY haircuts. When working on their own hair, stylists should use extra beauty mirrors so that they can see the back of their own heads. They should also work very slowly at first, as it can be tricky to work with mirror images.
How to Buy Hairdressing Supplies on eBay
Hairdressing supplies are a very important part of cutting your own hair. Sellers on eBay offer a wide variety of appropriate supplies. Use direct search terms such as 'hairdressing scissors' or 'pin tail comb' to find appropriate supplies. You can use categories and search filters to narrow the results to specific product types, brands, and price ranges. Read item descriptions carefully before you buy, as there are many different variations on common hairdressing supplies. For example, there are specially designed scissors for thinning hair and for cutting soft layers, which are not appropriate for creating blunt haircuts.