Thinking about getting a Lob? Here’s what you need to know

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Lob = long bob

This spring/summer is all about the Lob – also known as the ‘long bob’. Championed by celebrities including the great Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – who favours styling hers into loose beachy waves. And 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 the best 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 for the lob?

The Lob is 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 technique to emphasise the shape.

How do I know if the 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 a lob

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.

Which different styles you can rock with a lob?

One of the Lob’s biggest selling points 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 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 below to see a few celebrities who are rocking the perfect Lob…

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