The unicorn of haircuts that suits every face shape (we're still trying to figure out the science behind that) deserves to be on your mood board.
Party season is around the corner, and it's never been a better time to get a new haircut. If, like us, you've been contemplating going short [with your hairstyle] for a while, we have the ultimate solution. We present the lob, also known as the long bob, which varies in length from the bottom of your chin till about your collarbones. One of the hottest haircuts of the season, we have a feeling you're going to be booking an appointment with your hairstylist by the time you're done reading our list of reasons why the lob will change your look (and life) for the better.
The Jack Of All Trades
The power of the lob comes from its unmatched versatility--it works on every face shape and hair texture, plus you can style it in a million different ways. You can go for a long bob with bangs or cut it short, it's totally up to you. Take the celebrities for reference! Actor Margot Robbie's iconic blonde lob has achieved icon status over the years, and she wears it differently for every occasion--think tight Hollywood waves for a red carpet but natural, loose curls for an editorial shoot. The Kissing Booth star Joey King on the other hand loves a sleek, straight lob, accentuated with a fringe, cut for her by celebrity hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos. For a casual day out, keep your hair routine fuss free. Let the natural texture shine through and just throw on some Livon Anti-Frizz Serum to take care of the flyaways. While dressing up for your special night out, take a cue from singer Selena Gomez who styles her lob poker straight except for the ends which turn inwards.
A Celebrity Favourite
We're all suckers for an epic celebrity hairstyle. Case in point? Jennifer Aniston's look in the beloved 90s sitcom Friends inspired thousands of haircuts across the globe in a phenomenon known as 'The Rachel Cut'. Women flocked to their hairstylists to request this cut which was nothing but a layered long bob. With a roaring resurgence of everything vintage, it's no surprise that the iconic hairstyles of the era are entering the limelight once again. From actor Emma Stone and influencer Emma Chamberlain to reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian, it seems everyone is in their lob era and we're here for it.
Pick Your Player
It is clear that the lob hairstyle has remained popular through the years because of its myriad versions. Based on your hair texture, you can experiment with multiple factors including length, layers, symmetry and colour. Fashion's favourite it-girl Alexa Cheung has had a layered long bob for as long as we can remember. Selena Gomez on the other hand sports an evenly cut bob which is textured using heat. Emma Stone is however, by far our favourite lob-ster (yes, we just coined that term) with a mildly graduated bob where the fronts are the tiniest bit longer than the back. You can add a fringe like Stone or opt for curtain bangs that are trending this year. No matter what your hair type is, you can find your perfect lob hairstyle to be on the top of the curve.
Our expert tip? The lob isn't going anywhere. Its popularity can be credited to the fact that it's the ideal transitional haircut, whether you want to grow your hair back out or go even shorter than you did with the lob. With slightly reduced layering and a little extra length, you can even wear your hair up using a claw clip or try out Y2K-inspired baby braids .