How many times have you headed to your stylist looking for a totally fresh cut only to leave one tiny trim later? We have all been there right! It’s stressful to imagine yourself with a whole new look, which is why the long bob (AKA the lob) is making a big hit right now. The cut can be anywhere from your chin to just around your shoulders, and it works with most hair types and bonus points go to the fact that it can still be long enough to curl, braid, and flip. Now that’s a compromise we can get behind, don’t you think?
It also seems to be celebrities cut of choice, taking over the tresses of Hollywood’s leading ladies. While Jennifer Aniston just chopped her locks into a bob, other celebrities such as Natalie Portman (who did the cut recently), Jessica Alba, January Jones and Rose Byrne have been rocking the lob season after season. Varying from sexy waves to seventies bangs, it is the style, hair stylists insist works on everyone and most of all can make hair appear healthier.
The originator of the lob (and the woman who coined the name… and its place in hairstyle history) was trendsetter Gwyneth Paltrow who chopped her mane into this longer version of the classic bob back in 2009.
Hitting at shoulder blades, the lob became an instant hit, with celebrities, fashionistas and regular folks duplicating the do. One of my favorite lobs hails from fashion it girl Olivia Palermo, who has been rocking the cut since 2011, with gorgeous honey ombre (shaded) tips.
Sadly and I know it very well, there’s no miracle treatment to make thin hair grow quickly, but you can give it a new life and the lob does that because the blunt edge can help make your hair appear thicker, but you can also opt for piecier ends with your cut if you have thicker hair. So for hair in dire need of shine, skip the pore-clogging oils and hair products. This is the style that makes hair look so healthy and shiny with a lot of movement without feeling too short.
Whether it is angled or just pin straight, the lob can soften and elongate the face, which works well for people with strong facial features or with an oval facial shape. However, should you wish to proceed with this look, keep in mind to give emphasis to the section around the face. You want to create soft layers around that area to create a beautiful frame for the face.
1. If asking your stylist for one thing, ask them to cut your hair shorter and straight across in the back, and longer in the front. You’ll avoid the number one pitfall of long bobs, which is their tendency to look too soccer mom-ish. You want the front to skim your shoulders.
2. What makes celebs’ lobs so cool is the uneven finish at the bottom. But if you have fine hair, piece-y can turn stringy. The thicker your hair, the choppier your stylist should make the ends.
3. Yes, it seems like everyone is getting super blunt bangs lately. And if you have thick hair and look like Rose Byrne, that’s great. But for the rest of us, side-swept bangs are much more flattering. Really long ones that fall below the eyebrows are the best, because you can tuck them behind your ear. They also won’t look awkward at any point between cuts.
Do your homework right – like I did and before running to your favorite salon, browse around and check out some chic inspirations and take along a couple of pictures to your next appointment. You may find the word “trim” slowly vanishing from your vocabulary.
I strongly suggest that if you are looking for a change get on the trend wagon and get yourself the lob, the style to sport this season. Do not be afraid to take the plunge, it is hair after all and it will grow back and besides that it basically looks good on every face shape and you can adjust the lob according to your taste.
Until next time,