Most of us go through pages of fashion magazines, tons of fashion websites, Pinterest and Instagram just looking for inspiration for our next haircut. This is because the only way to truly find out if a certain cut works for your face shape, hair texture, and lifestyle is through trial and error. But, there’s one exception to the rule that haircuts can’t be one-size-fits-all: the lob. It’s exactly why you’ve seen so many celebs get the shoulder-grazing cut in the past few years, and why it’s remained so popular. No other style can be counted on to be universally flattering for every face shape and hair type. If you’re finally ready to take the plunge and give the cut a try, find out the three best ways to wear a lob below:
1. THE BLUNT LOB
THE LOOK: This cut is blunt and uniform with no layers since it elongates the neck, it makes you appear more statuesque. If you go any shorter, it becomes a bob and you lose the versatility.
IT’S PERFECT FOR: Anyone whose hair is fine or fried from heated styling tools. This returns it to healthy without being tied down to a short style. It gets rid of stringy ends, so hair looks thicker.
HOW TO WEAR THE BLUNT LOB
Wearing a blunt lob in a middle part is youthful and stylish but what’s great about this cut is you can do a side part, a middle part, or no part at all. The one constant? a shine-boosting hair serum, which will keep strands glossy.
2. THE LONG-LAYERED LOB
THE LOOK: Chin-length layers will add texture and movement to a lob.
IT’S PERFECT FOR: This cut is chic, pulled together, and a bit more sophisticated than flowing, beachy layers. If you have a long face, the layers will add more width. To give your style extra volume, run a body-building mousse.
HOW TO WEAR THE LONG-LAYERED LOB
With this cut, you’ve got styling options. Keep your part down the center for an effortless finish, or move it over to the side for a more dressed-up look. Braiding your front pieces for a Grecian-style updo is a great alternative to wearing your strands down.
3. THE CHOPPY LOB
THE LOOK: The the wispy layers are crucial to this cut. Use thinning shears for the back layers to soften any hard lines, and it is recommended to keep the layers long to keep the look modern.
IT’S PERFECT FOR: This style is suitable for all face shapes. It’s modern and young and gives your do some edge. It’s also a good start for any woman who’s afraid to cut her hair.
HOW TO WEAR THE CHOPPY LOB
This cut is versatile because it’s long enough to be pulled into a chignon or ponytail, and it can also handle intricate, Old Hollywood styles. It’s not like you’re committing to a look that limits your styling options.