For the uninitiated, lob = long bob
Lob hairstyles have been the millennial style-of-choice for a few good years now, championed by celebrities like the great Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Munn.
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 (and slightly longer)
So,what do you need to know about lob hairstyles before you take the plunge? We asked Maria Galati, Editorial Specialist at Taylor Taylor London, all the Qs you’ve been seeking the answers to.
Keep reading to find out everything from what you should be asking for from your hairdresser, to how you can style it on the regular. We’ve got you covered.
What is a lob hairstyle?
First and foremost, the lob is a great option if you want a new look but aren’t quite ready for a shorter, choppy bob. It sits on the collar bone or just skims the shoulders.
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 is best for lob hairstyles?
Lob hairstyles are suitable for all face shapes and textures, which is what’s so great about them. Oh-so versatile. Your stylist will recommend the perfect products and the right length for you – the small details are what’ll make the style individual to you, after all.
After that’s done with, your stylist will also recommend a couple of different easy, quick styling methods to keep your lob looking its best, whether you’re styling for a round, oval or square-shaped face.
It is essential to have a full consultation with your stylist before getting the lob so they know what they’re working with before cutting in your lob. Determining ‘lob or no lob’ depends on your daily routine. How much time do you have to style it in the mornings? Do you blow-dry or air dry your hair?
How to style a lob and keep it healthy
It’s good to trim your hair often with the lob (every six to eight weeks is the optimum) to keep it the perfect length.
The biggest selling point here is the style’s versatility – it requires little to no work on the days you want a more natural look and can be tonged and styled with the help of your best hairspray for something more glam at night time.
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.
Keep scrolling for the best celebrity lobs to take to the salon as a guide, stat.
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.
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.
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'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...
Even Wonder Woman herself loves a lob - poker straight or with loose waves, this 'do suits her down to a tee.
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.
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?
While her style is much shorter these days, K-Stew knows the number one rule to working a shorter cut – add texture.