The 'midi lob' is the winter haircut everyone will be asking for

The 'Midi Lob' Is The Winter Haircut Everyone Will Be Asking For

Fresh cool-girl styles to inspire your next hair chop

Marie Claire marie claire & InStyle Senior Digital Beauty And Lifestyle Editor / May 23 2019

Whether we like it or not, winter is coming. Which means it’s time to say goodbye to our beachy waves and highlights and embrace a new season trend. If you’re looking for some cold weather inspiration then look no further than Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke who has shed her platinum blonde Khaleesi braids for a contemporary bob.

When it comes to defining the most popular haircut of the moment, it’s hard to go past the classic bob. The bob or lob - that's a long bob for the uninitiated - is a versatile style that's cut to a workable length which can be pulled into a messy bun or worn loose. Undoubtedly universally flattering; this hair trend suits most hair types and faces. Complementary and approachable - the lob is the Miss Congeniality of the hair world.

Her go-to hairstylist shared Jenny Choo a gorgeous new photo of her dramatic chop to Instagram. The side swept bangs and ear skimming chop create a face-framing effect that highlights her blue eyes and compliments her fair skin tone.

Choo also shared a behind-the-scenes look at Carey Mulligan's new curtain bangs. Another haircut that is skyrocketing in popularity right now. Just ask Miranda Kerr's hairstylist, David Keough who notes, "this trend is based on a classic Brigitte Bardot look that has been around for so many decades and even though it’s ‘back’ this winter, some would say this is a hair trend that never goes away.  

"Curtain bangs are created using a curved shape around the brows and corner of the eyes and generally has a slight layer around the face.  It is a very sexy, warm look for winter and ideal to wear when the weather is cooler and the hair is not prone to sticking to the forehead."

Keough adds: "An oval shaped face is great for this look as it adds bulk to the forehead area and gives your jawline a stronger look.  Girls with a rounder face need to be careful as it could accentuate roundness, But really if you have the swagger anyone can pull this off."

“Lobs with a bit of an edge will definitely be popular this season," explains Keough who recently touched down in Sydney to perform ambassador duties for haircare brand John Frieda.

Predicting the grown-out blunt chop will reign supreme, he points to Mila Kunis' recent beauty transformation as a turning-point: "Everyone had a meltdown when Mila’s hair stylist unveiled her new asymmetrical lob.”

As we head into a new season, there's a fresh way to update your bob cut. Here the best 2019 midi bobs to screenshot before your next hair appointment.

If you're looking for more 2019 hair inspo, check out our running story on the best celeb hair transformations this year.

Would you try the midi lob yourself? Let us know in the comments.

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