An ode to the most popular hairstyle of the decade
Lob hairstyles have been the milennial style of choice for a couple of years now, championed by celebrities like the great Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Munn, both of whom often style theirs into loose beachy waves.
On the radar of beauty editors everywhere, it’s the obvious choice if you’re looking for a high-impact, on-trend new ‘do. Think bob hairstyles, but better.
So,what do you need to know about the lob before taking the plunge? We asked Maria Galati, Editorial Specialist at Taylor Taylor London, all the Qs you’ve been wanting the answers to, from what you should be asking for from your hairdresser, to how you can style it. We’ve got you covered…
What exactly is a lob?
First and foremost, the lob is a great option if you want a new look but aren’t ready for a shorter, choppy bob. It sits on the collar bone or is shoulder skimming. The hair should be very slightly longer at the front with more layering behind, giving a subtle, heavier effect through the back.
Which face shape works best with lob hairstyles?
Lob haristyles are suitable for all face shapes and textures, which is what’s so great about it. Your stylist will recommend the perfect products and the perfect length for you; the small details are what will make your lob individual to you, after all. After that’s done, your stylist will also recommend a couple of different easy, quick styling methods to keep your lob looking its best.
What colour works best for a lob?
It’s important to get a colour which enhances your new haircut: this could be an all over shiny tone or a more face-framing balayage technique to emphasise the shape.
How do I know if a lob is right for me?
It is essential to have a full consultation with your stylist before getting the lob so they can find out the necessary bits about your hair. Determining ‘lob or no lob’ factors may include your daily hair routine: How much time do you have in the mornings? Do you blow-dry or air dry? But it’s also important to ask your stylist questions about the products you should be using. Sea salt for texture? Or products to define your natural curls?
How to maintain lob hairstyles
It’s good to trim your hair often with the lob (every 6-8 weeks is the ideal time) to keep it the perfect length.
How do you style a lob?
The biggest selling point here is its versatility; it requires minimal styling on the days you want a more natural look, and it can be jazzed up with a bit of your best hairspray for more glamorous option when you’re going on a night out.
It can be pulled back into a tiny low ponytail for those gym days and it’s also one of the few hairstyles where moving your parting around is totally cool; it should stay symmetrical but can be worn with a low side parting and one side tucked behind the ear if you fancy a switch-up.
Scroll through the best celebrity lob looks to take straight to the salon. Race you there.
According to her stylist and colourist, Selena’s new Nirvana blonde look took 9 hours in the chair to create. No surprise that it was one of the hottest celeb hair transformations of last year – we love.
Chrissy Teigen is the very definition of lob hairstyles done right – whether perfectly coiffed as seen here to gorgeous textured waves, the woman has great hair.
On the red carpet KKW has been seen with both super dark brown and platinum blonde versions of this blunt edged, super straight lob.
We don’t need to tell you that, when it comes to cool girl hair, Sienna is reigning queen. We love the middle part and tousled waves, which prove that this style can work with anything.
Even Wonder Woman herself loves a lob – poker straight or with loose waves, this ‘do suits her down to a tee.
The Scandal star always has great hair however she wears it, but the lob length and huge amount of volume work with her oval face shape.
The new mum looks good with literally any style, but this is currently taking our vote as the favourite.
We’re calling it: Olivia Munn is the poster girl for great hair. Her wavy lob is probably our favourite style ever, but we’ve never seen her have a bad hair day…
While her style is much shorter these days, K-Stew knows the number one rule to working a shorter cut – add texture.
Emilia Clarke recently switched up her colour to match that of her on screen alter ego, Daenerys Targaryen. Platinum blonde looks great on her, doesn’t it?