A lob is just the right cut if you’re after a medium length hairstyle that shows some serious versatility. Don’t be scared of this hairstyle change – it will look super awesome on any type of hair, no matter what your challenging angles may be.
Let’s Do the Lob
Ready to get a ‘happy medium’ cut? Check out the following lob hairstyles and get inspired to lose a few inches. (Or more.)
Lobs with Waves
A choppy lob provides texture and exciting movement. This wash and go cut can be styled with hot rollers, a large barrel curling iron, and texturizing spray for waves that live on for days.
Whether you’re growing out a short hairstyle or shedding some inches for the sake of change, a lob is a happy medium that can provide endless styling options and achieve everyone’s ultimate hair goal – a variety of looks.
Read all about this trendy hairstyle and you’ll see why a lob makes the cut for those seeking a change without losing their mane.
What is a Long Bob?
Remember bobs? Bobs were at the height of hair fashion in the 20s. Worn by free-spirited flappers and women who were embracing their independence, their freedom to vote, play sports, and get a job – the bob hairstyle defined women’s participation in the feminist movement. It was a new style that became the signature look of the era!
While this traditional cut has never ceased to be popular, change inevitably comes to everything. In the hair world? Enter the lob.
A lob is a popular hairstyle that essentially means a long bob hair cut. Ideal for many hair textures and types, this timeless look can flatter a variety of face shapes and be dressed up or worn casually, depending on the occasion.
There are many different styles of a lob to suit everyone’s tastes! For example, A-line bob (long in front, short in back), inverted, graduated or swing bob (same as an A-line except with stacked layers in the back), asymmetrical (one side in the front is longer than the other) or a more dramatic blunt bob (straight cut).
Pros of a Lob Haircut
There are many advantages to opting for a lob hairstyle, but before you march to the nearest salon to get a lob cut, consider whether a lob is a good cut for you.
A lob haircut is ideal for mostly everyone. Long layered bob haircuts are easy to take care of and versatile. They can be customized to fit your personality with side-swept bangs or short and cute choppy bangs – or even a little framing around the face. When you’re having a bad hair day you can simply tie a lob up into a ponytail and your hair problems will be easily taken care of (something you’d never be able to do with a pixie bob!). The options to wear it up or down aren’t something that you get with a traditional bob – lob’s length means that you can still rock a lovely ponytail!
4 Best Advantages of a Lob Cut Hairstyle
- Quick to style. Whether you blow-dry your hair or let it air dry for a ‘beach-babe’ look, medium length hair is manageable and can be quick to style – regardless of your hair type. You can freshen up your lob with a dry shampoo, or add volume and movement with texturizing products when you’re in a hurry, and when styling with a blow-dryer isn’t an option. Dry shampoo will help your lob look awesome for days!
- Color versatility. Hair color is damaging, and can make achieving long hair styles difficult due to breakage. A lob is an excellent choice if you need to freshen up your ends and get rid of a few inches so you can show off beautiful, healthy hair. You can freely explore a variety of ombre coloring styles and all the long bob blonde hairstyles you want. A lob is also known as a chemical haircut, which means the cut will form its own shape and texture after breakage from over-styling, so nurture those ends. As your lob takes a shape of its own, it can be a little wild and unruly.
- Flattering. Lobs work on most face shapes and are flattering because they’re still feminine. You’ll have length that allows styling versatility and you can adjust the bangs to fit any face shape. Even ladies with long faces – as well as round faces – will be able to rock a lob! For a perfect example of an oval face rocking a killer long bob, just think of Kim Kardashian, and her beautiful black hair in a blunt, Cleopatra-inspired lob! You can wear a lob haircut in an updo and this medium length hairstyle can be blow dried to achieve the desired volume and texture.
- Works with most hair types. From straight to curly, a lob can be modified to work perfectly with different hair types. For naturally wavy hair, you can easily create a shaggy lob, while for thin hair – a stacked lob will be an ideal hairstyle choice. Using different styling products you’ll achieve a variety of hairstyle looks. Smoothing serums work best for a shiny and polished style. Mousses and texturizing sprays should be used to achieve a desirable hair shape.
When a Lob May Not Be a Great Hairstyle Choice
While this cut is flattering and ideal for many hair types, a lob is not for everyone. People with square jawlines may be concerned that a lob will define this feature. Curly hair lobs may end up looking too triangular because the weight of this style will be at the bottom of the cut. Consult your stylist to minimize these concerns, and help you find a version of a lob that suits your look as well as your personality, and that flaunts your beauty!
Lobs According to Texture
- Wavy. A wavy lob is similar to the infamous hairstyle worn by Kelly McGillis in the movie Top Gun. Her perfectly wind blown longer bob reminds us that wavy medium length cut can be hot as hell – and it can take your breath away!
- Straight. Don’t forget to pack your straightener! A chic and sleek lob style flatters most face shapes and can add instant glam to your look. Smoothing and anti-frizz products work best when styling your hair with a bit of chic in mind.
- Fine. The more the better. Tresses can get weighed down, and if you want the illusion of thickness – thickening creams, wider diameter styling tools, and a lot of styling product can transform a lob and create the foundation of most looks with a bit of an ‘oomph’!
- Curly. A curly long bob haircut can also weigh down your hair. If you want a playful style and you have curly hair, you should ask a trusted stylist to add some balance and flattering height to your long bob cut with layers on top. Seek the advice of a professionalist stylist in your area who knows your curls can sometimes live a life of their own! Curly-Q can wear a lob hairdo… It’s true!
Lobs are beautiful in any texture – straight and sleek or wavy and messy. You can wear your lob as a downdo, or lift your locks up in a sort of updo or half-up hairstyle – so many options and there’s always a quick and easy styling method, depending on your hair type.
#2: Asymmetrical Long Bob
This long bob gets its edginess from the front pieces that are quite a bit longer than the rest of the layered strands, about two and a half inches. The peekaboo blond highlights that frame the face and lighter ends make this not only trendy, but incredibly flattering. Keep hair soft and touchable with smooth styling creams.
#3: Graduated Long Bob Cut
When styled straight, a graduated lob cut gives an illusion of a grown out bob that happens to look so effortlessly chic. To take the minimalistic ‘do to the next level, keep tresses dyed in a solid color or try a very subtle balayage.
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#4: Long A-line with Ombre
Styles with uneven length are so fun to rock. You get the ease of short hair, while still having it long enough to tuck behind your ears. What’s more, you’ll have an air of mystery. The ombre effect is expertly done. Not only are the transitions on point, but the tone is just right.
#5: A-Line Lob for Fine Hair
A long bob haircut can really flatter women with fine hair. When cut as an A-line style, locks not only appear longer, but they also seem fuller and thicker! Ask for cute extra long pieces at the front to achieve this whimsical wispy effect.
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