So you’ve decided it’s time for a summer hair update, but you’re not ready for chin-grazing strands (we get it—going short can be an emotional experience). Enter: the “lob”—or rather, the long bob. “The cut is slightly angled with a shorter length in the back than the front, for a chic, edgy finish,” says celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis. “It works for many different hair types and textures, from straight and fine, straight and thick, to wavy and thick!”
Falling somewhere between your chin and your shoulders, perfectly tousled, and slightly angled, the lob has officially made a comeback as Hollywood’s favourite summer haircut. Don’t believe us? Just ask Jessica Alba, Emma Stone, and Dianna Agron.
Click through the slideshow for our favourite celebrity lobs—just don’t be surprised if you suddenly have the urge to reach for the shears.
The best thing about the lob? It’s still long enough to curl. Kristen Bell styles her cut into soft, retro-inspired waves.
Roberts’ cut could veer into faux bob territory, but we love the elegant look whether or not she went through with the chop.
Kate Mara rocks a relaxed lob that’s very “I woke up like this," courtesy of hairstylist Mara Roszak.
Just when we didn’t think we could love Emma Stone any more, Roszak gives her a a playful, tousled lob—complete with chic, eyebrow-grazing bangs.
We’re not sure what’s more rock ‘n' roll—Agron’s leather moto jacket or her piece-y, tousled lob.
Blunt’s softly-curled strands are proof that lobs deserve a place on the red carpet.
Though we’re fairly confident Alba would look just as amazing in a pixie cut, we love the big curls and major volume of this shoulder-grazing style.
Francis is actually responsible for Duff’s newly-sheared strands, so of course, we had to ask him how to maintain this type of choppy style. “It’s a really relaxed style,” he says. “Section your hair, starting at the nape of the neck and working your way up to your crown, and use a dry shampoo to target the roots of each section to help give lift.” He swears by Suave’s Professionals Moroccan Infusion Weightless Dry Shampoo ($4).
Still not sure if a lob is right for you? Francis says that they’re the most flattering on people with heart, oval, and square face shapes (click here for our guide on figuring out what your face shape is). Moore’s wavy lob (courtesy of hairstylist Gregory Russell) and deep side part perfectly frame her square-shaped face.