Style that lob!
2017 is the year that everyone is finally getting in on the lob a.k.a that coveted medium-length chop. And we’re obsessed, to say the least. In general, shoulder-length hairdos look good on everyone and they can be styled in tons of cool ways! It’s all the variety you can get with long hair, but without having to deal with the extra length. But as with any hair type, you can get bored by wearing your hair the same old way. To inspire you to try something new, we’re sharing some new ways to style your shoulder-length hairdos.
Interesting Shoulder-Length Hairdos to Try
1. Fluffy Curls and Curtain Bangs
These easy breezy curls can be done in mere minutes, depending on the thickness of your hair. You just need to use a large three inch barrel curling iron to wrap random bits of hair around for bendy curls. Then you can add in that texture with a defining cream. We like to use the Bed Head By TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream for a cool matte finish. Worn with a center part and curtain bans, you can’t go wrong!
2. Double Boxer Braids and Bangs
Braids are still achievable on shorter hair. We love these Dutch braided pigtails! Dutch braids (or boxer braids or cornrows) are essentially just a French braid, but you braid under instead of over. This lets the bulk of the braid sit on top of your hair, and it also looks pretty cool to be honest. Pair up your Dutch braids with long and sleek side bangs.
3. ’70s Center Part
You can wear ’70s hair even if you don’t have hair down to your waist! All you need to do is wear a cool ’70s center part. We like this style on all hair types, not just pin straight hair. You can emphasize the center part on curlier textures by slicking down your roots with hair gel.
4. Knotted Low Ponytail
The low ponytail trend is still kicking, but we have a minor alteration for shoulder length hairdos. Because a standard low ponytail may be lacking a bit of drama without extra long hair, we like to give it just a little more attention. Enter the knotted ponytail! All you need to do is brush your hair back like your regular ponytail. Then, separated your hair roughly in half and tie once like you’re starting to tie a bow. Secure with a hair tie both sections together, right under the knot for a cool dimensional look.
5. Curly Ends
Who needs volume all over when you can wear this chic partially curled look? We suggest working in these mini twists with a conical curling wand. You know, the kind that are skinnier at the tip? It will help you get a good flow from where the curls start around your ears, through to the ends. When you’re done curling make sure to add in some shine with the Catwalk By TIGI Camera Ready Shine Spray.
6. Deep Side Part
For shoulder length hair, the deeper the side part, the better! We love this look for adding in extra volume into thinner hair types. It’s also a great option if you want to add some asymmetry to your look without getting a haircut.
7. Back Braided Updo
The one drawback to shorter hair is that you may have a harder time getting it all up into an updo at once. We like to cheat our way to a cool updo with upside down braids. It can help you get all those shorter hairs from the nape of your neck, to fit into the updo hairstyle!
8. Rough Tousled Lob
How gorgeous is this look? We’re a little in love with the simplicity of this style. We always think this look works the best with a little extra oil in your hair. You can achieve this style by loosely curling freshly washed hair. The next day, once the curls have fallen a bit you can add in more texture! We suggest using the Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist to refresh your roots and add volume.
9. Tight Coiled Curls
Shorter curly cuts are our cup of tea. They add gorgeous shape and volume to naturally curly hair. You can always curl your hair to get this effect if you use a half inch curling wand.
10. Space Buns
We’re totally on board with the space buns hair trend! On shoulder-length hair, you can wear all of your hair in space buns to get a voluminous look. We’re also big fans of doing half up space buns on lob length hair to give you a little more hair to frame your face.
11. Tucked Braid
If you love your lob length hair but sometimes need all of it out of the way, this style is for you. The tucked braid is one of those deceptively easy styles that anyone can do! Create a French braid from the top of your head all the way down to the ends. Secure it in place with a clear mini hair elastic. Then, you can take the tail of the braid and fold it up and under. There should be a little space under the braid at the nape of your neck where the tail can fit! Just tuck it in and pin into place.
12. Wet Look Hair
Wet look hair is so trendy all of the sudden and we are here for it. This NYFW look is easy to replicate at home, all you need is some hair gel! We’re particular fans of the TRESemmé Tres Two Mega Firm Control Gel. Just apply to your hair, comb back and rock this fun wet look.
13. Messy Bun Updo
An updo anyone can try is the simple bun. Mixed together with messy, tousled hair and you’ve got yourself an interesting hairstyle! You can start with day old curls, just make sure not to smooth down your hair before styling. You want it to look messy! Then just pull back and secure into a simple bun. You can pull out random sections of hair to make it look even messier.
14. Beefy Braid
This is the perfect example of how dutch braids show off the texture of braids. They also make it so much easier to get a larger look to your braid. Just braid it on back, then you can pull and tug on the curves of the braid to get a larger look!
15. French Girl Hair
We’re pretty sure that it’s only possible to get that authentic French girl hairdo when it’s brushing around your shoulders. We love this style because it’s quick and easy and looks good with everything. Start off with a center part, and add in random curls here and there. Inconsistency is key! Rough it up a little bit and you’re good to go.
Need even more shoulder-length hairdos to inspire you? Check out how to create messy updos on medium length hair.