It seems like more and more celebs are chopping off their locks in favor of the super trendy variation of the bob: lob haircuts. Unlike a bob haircut, the lob (“long bob”) opts for a slightly longer look that rests somewhere between the chin and collarbone. Considering this stylish hairstyle has been seen up and down the runways and all throughout Hollywood and the street style set, it’s no wonder that it’s been earning its stripes mainstream as well.
Since just about everyone is considering a little haircut therapy (especially these days!), it’s pretty rad that this particular look is a stunner on just about anyone who dons it. This versatile look is all about the specific way it’s cut to make it flatter your face shape and hair type! To eliminate the guesswork, we’ve outlined a few key ideas to help bring lob haircuts to life, as well as a bunch of inspirational pics to hopefully get you on your way. Keep reading!
The Best Face Shapes for Lob Haircuts
Is your face wider around your forehead and cheekbones and narrow around the jaw and chin? Ask your stylist for anything between your chin and collarbone paired with light, long layering. The addition of layers to your look will mellow out the overall look and keep your hair full of movement.
Those with oval faces are what we like to call the lucky ones: Your symmetrical features set the perfect stage for lob haircuts at any length. Play up the length of your choice by creating light waves with a curling wand or extreme volume with a little help from a round brush and volumizing mousse, like Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse—its lightweight, root-lifting formula will take your lob to new heights.
There’s a common misconception that round faces should stay away from lob haircuts; we’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t bat a single lash at that nonsense. Tell your stylist that you’re looking for something on the longer side—think a collarbone-grazing cut. To add a little flair to your look, mention to your stylist that you’d like a bit of an angled cut in the front that softens out in the back.
If you have a more angular jaw, start with a little medium length action. For square faces, keep in mind that the more volume your hair has, the more elongated your face will appear to be.
5. Long Face Shape
Lob haircuts can definitely flatter longer face shapes, too! While you could wear this look voluminous and wavy, wearing it straight and smooth can also help your layers pop. To get the look, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum before you style to get that sleek and sexy finish.
6. Diamond Shape
This shape is definitely one of the less common for lob haircuts. Diamond shapes should select a lob style that is full of volume and movement. Ask your stylist to add lots of playful layers to your cut in order to show off that sexy texture.
32 Trendy Lob Haircut Looks to Inspire
This ’70s-inspired iteration is brought into the now with a high-impact hue and a bit of texture.
2. Super Sleek
Smoothened to the hilt and with juuust the right hint of balayage at the ends—perfection.
Blunt ends and a blow-dried finish give this lob haircut a girl-next-door swing.
4. Past the Shoulders
Elevate that medium-length stage with some expertly placed highlights.
Ask your stylist for soft, rounded layers to give your lob haircut a bit of an air-dried feel.
Use a flat iron instead of a curling iron to achieve these trendy half-bends.
The lob is made for accentuating the subtle layers in a wash-and-go curly look.
Clean, nearly straight-across ends give the illusion of healthier hair.
Bleach-blonde hair looks healthier and shinier in a well-groomed lob length.
Not one to shy away from texture? Embrace this modernized ’80s version by leaving braids in overnight.
11. Full Bangs
The coolest, most low-maintenance version of a lob haircut we’ve seen—we’re obsessed!
Want a more street-style approach? Use a dry shampoo, like TRESemmé Clean Pro Pure Dry Shampoo, to refresh roots and achieve a quirky matte finish.
13. Super Straight
Straggly ends have nowhere to hide with this texture, so be sure to get your ends trimmed beforehand.
Once considered the dark horse haircut of the summer, the shag has now achieved cool-girl status—especially when paired with another equally viral trend: curtain bangs. Bonus: Get that texture with gel! We love Suave Professionals Define & Shine Serum Gel for its flexible hold.
A fresh spin on the e-girl/money piece trend is to try a dip-dye or ombré version.
16. Box Braided
The lob length is a super cute way to wear your protective hairstyle. Bonus points for some trendy accessories and clips!
17. Late ’90s
Collarbone-kissing and pretty much one-length all over, this cut was made for those sparkly Y2K tops and chokers.
18. News Anchor Chic
Slightly feathered outwards, this middle-parted lob is all about healthy, no-nonsense softness and body.
Ask your stylist to focus on the “money piece” sections, or the sections of hair closest to your face, for a true countenance-brightening effect.
20. Wispy Bangs
Pair some dainty, see-through bangs with softly layered ends for a choppy, yet put-together, feel.
Have 3C hair? A chin-length lob haircut displays those fab spiral ringlets to the fullest.
22. Long on Top
Longer layers on top make for a pretty result when side-parted and tucked behind the ears.
23. Natural, Medium-Length
Some subtle layering at the ends balances out the density of shoulder-length natural hair and gives more dimension and shape to your overall hairstyle.
Amp up a lobbed twist hairstyle by using a bright color for more impact!
Using one color all over—in this case, silver-gray—gives a lob more edge.
26. Naturally Wavy
This hair type was made to be air-dried!
From the sweet, face-framing bangs and layers to the neatly trimmed ends, what’s not to love about this preppy haircut?
28. Longer in Front
Slightly longer layers in front give a lob haircut a much-appreciated texture, especially when supplemented with some mousse. We like the lightweight feel we get from Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam.
Ends that have a tousled, separated effect give finer hair more texture and dimension.
30. Curtain Bangs
Screenshot this look for your next hair appointment: It’s the #1 asked-for look these days!
Second-day bends give a relaxed, unfussy weekend feel.
32. Curled Under
Use a medium to big-barreled roller brush to achieve the blown-out look seen here, which, when cut in the right collarbone length, achieves just the right amount of flirty bounce.
There you have it: The best lob haircuts trending this year! We’ll be looking out for your fab lob looks, so tag us @AllThingsHairUS!