Celeb cut to copy: The lob
Some style inspiration to take to your next hairdresser appointment
By Aimée Leabon
Marie Claire Contributor / January 19 2017
The grown-out bob is a universally flattering style that’s set to stay. This face-framer is worn around shoulder-length and suits everyone, says hairdresser and Pantene ambassador Barney Martin who cites January Jones, Taylor Swift and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as trailblazers for the trend.
Insider tip: Move away from sleek lobs and opt for a look that's “flatter at the roots and wider at the mid-lengths and ends. Longer, soft layers encourage hair to move.”
If you’ve been sporting a lob for a while but want to revive your style, ask for choppy ends, some face-framing layers and a fresh new colour, like Emily Blunt has done
For finer hair, look to Hailey Baldwin's lob for inspiration. Extra layers and a side flip at the roots will give the illusion of fuller, more voluminous hair.
Even if it was revealed to be the work of a wig, Kim Kardashian (temporarily) jumped on board the lob trend. Instead of the beach waves we’re used to seeing on the style, she’s kept it interesting with a sleek finish and an asymmetrical cut. Time will tell if the reality TV queen will embrace the shorter style for real!
Pair your lob cut with balayaged ends and a wavy texture for an effortless style.
British It girl Alexa Chung has essentially been the face of the lob for years, changing it up ever-so-slightly every now and then by adding a full fringe, a curtain fringe, balayage, and block colour, showing us how versatile the cut can be.
You can create the illusion of more length by keeping your waves loose,wearing your hair over one shoulder, as Rosie has done here.
The ex-Spice Girl only recently cut her hair into this shoulder-skimming style, pretty much confirming it's a cut that's here to stay.
Slightly longer in the front than the back, Naomi's cut proves that you can experiment with your lob shape.
To copy English actress Carey Mulligan's glossy brunette lob, ditch texturising sprays, and instead apply smoothing balms and serums (and making sure to use a hair mask regularly!)
While a straight, blunt cut will give the style and edgy feel, longer layers and wispy ends like January's can help give your lob more texture and movement.
If you've got fine hair and are worried your lob will lack oomph, use Sienna's volume-enhancing trick by styling your hair as normal, then creating a deep side part and flicking your hair over.
Chrissy proves that the messier the texture of your lob, the better. To get the grit you hair may need, try a texturising spray, or even a sea salt mist.
The new face of Chanel shows us just how good lived-in curls can look on the short hairstyle. To recreated this effortless finish, curl your hair into tight curls before bed, then let your sleep time do the rest of the styling work for you.
The Bad Moms actress recently cut her hair into a shorter bob, and this collar-bone skimming style is the result of her growing it, which goes to show that there's no such thing as an 'awkward' length anymore.
Aimée is an established writer and editor with over ten years of experience working for some of the world’s leading print and digital titles. These include Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and WWD.