The hype for a-lines, which were all the rage not too long ago, has seemed to die down. But in reality, they haven't gone anywhere (they've just gotten a major upgrade). And it seems every major celebrity and influencer has gotten the memo.
While the a-line's signature angular tilt from back to front is still a pronounced look, they've softened their graze. With point-cut ends and weightless, airy texture, a-line haircuts are much more subtle than their dramatic predecessors. Despite this step back, they still elongate the face, graze the collarbone, and accentuate jaw lines at distance. Ahead, 20 modern ways to wear a classic a-line haircut.
Don't stray from short styles just because your hair is thick or wavy. Ask your stylist to remove some weight from your hair to avoid having ends that poof up or feel boxy. Since wavy hair tends to curl up in various directions, lightly tap your ends with a flat iron to show off the dramatic line of your cut without compromising all your natural movement.
Sleek and Shiny
Tiffany Haddish shows off her subtle a-line with this beautifully sleek and shiny straightened style. To help give your strands a boost of shine while protecting from the heat of your styling tools, I recommend using a product like Saschajuan Straight and Shine Spray ($30).
The a-line cut is a weather-friendly style all year 'round. It bodes well in the windy seasons and is the perfect length to avoid getting tangled up in your scarves during the cooler months. Those shorter strands will also prolong the life of all your favorite hair products, with much less required to keep up the style.
The a-line cut has a softness to it all on its own, but we love this extra soft style worn by Brie Larson. If you decide to add a wave or curl to your bob, keep your ends curled in and brush through it all with a mixed bristle brush. For extra smoothness, spritz your brush with a lightweight hairspray before raking through your style—R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray ($32) has a great hold-level.
An a-line bob may be a short cut to some, but it still gives you enough to work with if you’re someone who likes to pull your hair up or play around with more stylized 'dos. The longer bits around the face give you more to work with, so it's easy to pull them up and off your face, or in Gabrielle Union’s case, you can use that face framing length to curl up your ends and adorn.
A nice clean style showcases the subtle angles of an a-line and looks ultra fab. For a crop as polished as Karlie's, use the end of a tail comb to create a clean parting in the hair.
If you don't have a detailing brush on-hand, you can comb down flyaways with a flat-bristled toothbrush dipped in a flexible-hold pomade.
Those layers in the back of your style give great texture and movement to your cut. This detail works really well on shorter bobs and longer, well, lobs. We love this beachy-looking lob by Chris McMillan salon's Dominick Serna, who has built a notable reputation for his covetable bobs, lobs, and a-line cuts.
Bebe Rexha's sports her a-line with point-cut ends. While the deep angle and side parting make a dramatic statement for this style, the point-cut ends soften things up a bit and break up any weight or heaviness on the bottom. For a lighter, airy finish, ask your stylist to point cut and break up that blunt, straight line.
Highlight the Angle
The a-line cut is great if you never commit to a solid parting and like to flip your hair around. When over directed or pushed to one side, deep side parts make the angle of your a-line much more dramatic. Regina Hall uses this trick to her advantage with a deep side part that effortlessly highlights her cut's subtle edge.
The tools your stylist uses have a great impact on your finished style. We've seen a lot of strong and sleek a-lines on this list, but none quite like Mandy Moore's, whose feathered ends freshen up and soften the straightened style. Asking your stylist to use a feather razor for this cut will get you looking like Mandy in no time.