How to Cut an Inverted Bob With Clippers

Inverted bobs are shorter in the back and gradually get longer toward the front.
Inverted bobs are shorter in the back and gradually get longer toward the front. (Image: George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Short and sassy in the back, sleek and classic in the front, the inverted bob has endured for decades. Several variations of the inverted bob exist. From the gradually sloping bob to the extreme bob complete with a shaved nape and plunging slopes, the inverted bob resonates with all age groups. Inverted bobs created with clippers usually fall into the extreme category. The closely cropped nape creates the perfect starting point for the severe angles and geometric interest associated with this cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Hair Clips
  • Clippers
  • Clipper guard size 4
  • Water bottle
  • Scissors

Create an A-shaped part at the back nape of your head. Situate the point of the part at the protruding bone on the back of your head. Leave the hair on the inside of the "A" hanging free. Pin the rest of the hair out of the way.

Attach the size 4 clipper guard to your clippers. Turn on the clippers and shave off the hair hanging at the nape of your neck.

Remove the clips, and wet your hair down with a spray bottle. Comb your hair straight down.

Carve out a thin, vertical parting about 1/2-inch thick, ranging from the crown of the head to the point of the shaved portion of hair. Snip this 1/2-inch thick section of hair parallel with the floor slightly below the start of the shaved portion.

Work on one side of the head at a time. Carve out 1-inch, vertical sections. Comb them over to the center-back of the head where you made the first snip. Cut all sections at this point. Cut both sides of the head in this manner.

Comb the hair straight down. Inspect the inverted line created by your snips. Clean up any straggly or long hairs along the line with your scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always make snips at the same point at the back of the head to keep the angle of the bob even on both sides.
  • When using the scissors, do not snip past your second knuckle. Cutting too close to the webs of skin between your fingers can result in painful cuts.

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