Can’t decide where to go with your hair next? The long bob (also known as the lob) is a classic for a reason. Bobs have reigned supreme for seasons with the plush bob, soft-blunt bob and Italian bob all taking off over the past year. But for every trending bob, there’s the question of what to do when the style starts to grow out and, honestly, the lob is a stunning chop in its own right.
It’s a very stylish middle ground between long and short styles, offering the benefits of each, without the drawbacks. It’s perfect if you’re growing out a bob. Ditto, if you want to take your long-hair or midi-length hair shorter.
The pretty best-of-both worlds cut brings together some of the highlights of each, giving even more versatility. For starters, a long bob offers up a drastic enough chop if you’re starting from XXL lengths. Or for those rocking their outgrown bob, the length is still slinky enough to skim collarbones. Either way, it makes for a cool, slightly more laidback shape. Plus, it has the face-framing benefits of a blunter cut, but still gives you the option to tie hair back into a ponytail. She’s a triple-threat.
It works beautifully across different hair textures, and within the one cut, there’s room to add your own spin and personality. We’ve seen straight lobs, curly lobs, wavy lobs and braided lobs. In fact, we’re yet to meet a lob we didn’t like.
Here’s everything you need to know about the lob and how to style it…
What is a lob?
It’s a slightly longer version of bob, where the length sits just around your shoulders. Earl Simms, Kerluxe Celebrity Stylist, says, “The lob is such a popular style because it is a striking look, and yet you don’t have to commit to having short or long hair.”
“It’s easy to manage and allows plenty of room for different looks and styles. If you are used to shorter hair, a lob haircut will be a super easy alternative, allowing you to put it up for going to the gym or whenever you don’t feel like having it down.”
What to ask for at the hairdressers
The lob is now a well-known term and most hairdressers will know what you mean if you ask for this style of cut, but to be on the safe side, Earl says to ask “for a long bob that just skims the shoulders.” He also advises requesting a centre part for your cut. “This will ensure it is perfectly symmetrical, and afterwards, you will have the freedom to flip it to the other side if needed. However, for anyone with a cowlick that determines where their parting falls, they should be led by this instead.”
What about a lob with a fringe?
You can most definitely have a fringe with your lob. Earl says this looks especially flattering on round faces. But, a fringe will work for everyone and add your own twist, whether you prefer more of a ’70s curtain fringe, or a wispy French-girl fringe.
How to style a lob
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