The "Stacked Bob" Haircut Is Getting a Modern Makeover

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If you didn't know any better, you may be under the impression that all bob haircuts are the same. In reality, there are countless variations of the cut, and they're all decidedly different in their own special way. Some names are obvious — a "lob" is a long bob, a "choppy" bob is, well, really textured, and a blunt bob has sharply-cut ends — but other names are a bit harder to decipher, like the "stacked-bob" haircut.

When considering what popular haircut to try next, it's always a good idea to do your research. With the stacked bob, you should know what hair types and textures it looks best on, plus how to style it after you leave the salon. Luckily, celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland is breaking it all down for you, below.

What Is a Stacked-Bob Haircut?

"A stacked bob, also known as a "graduated bob," is a bob haircut that has been cut in the back with a graduated elevation, which creates volume in that area," Cleveland tells POPSUGAR. At the back of the head, the hair is cut into layers of varying lengths to add volume and fullness. Cleveland says some "refer to this cut as the 'posh spice' haircut, as she made it popular when she famously cut her hair in 2006."

In some cases, the stacked layers are combined with an A-line cut in the front where the hair is longer to frame the face, but that's not always the case. You can have a stacked bob where the overall length looks equal from front to back or add more layers throughout the head to give the style a softer feel.

"This haircut works especially well with fine hair," says Cleveland. As mentioned above, how hair is cut with a stacked bob adds volume, faking the look of fuller, thicker hair.

How to Style a Stacked Bob

Because a stacked-bob haircut is all about increasing volume, texturizing products will be your best friend. "This cut works best when you use a volumizing product and a round barrel brush to blow dry," says Cleveland.

Learning how to give yourself a blowout with a blowdryer in one hand and a round brush in the other is hard, so we recommend investing in the T3 AireBrush Duo Blow Dry Brush ($190) or the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush ($40).

Stacked Bob Haircut Trend Inspiration

Stacked-Bob Haircut With Bangs

This stacked bob haircut has bangs and a cool, french-bob feel to it.

Stacked-Bob Haircut With Side Part

A stacked bob works great with both a middle part and a side part so you can choose whatever works best for you.

Stacked-Bob Haircut With Wispy Bangs

This stacked bob has a soft vibe, espeically with the addition of wispy bangs.

Curly Stacked-Bob Haircut

The stacked bob works on all hair types, including curly textures.

Blunt Stacked-Bob Haircut

You can get a stacked bob with a blunt cut to create an ultra sleek and sophisticated look.

Micro Stacked-Bob Haircut

Combine the layers of a stacked bob with the length of a micro bob for a style that's completely your own.

Wavy Stacked-Bob Haircut

Your natural waves or curls will only help add more volume and body to your stacked-bob haircut.