The lob is the one haircut that somehow manages to look flattering on every hair type and face shape, which is why it's continuously been coined the hottest haircut for the last few years.
Case in point: along with the running list of celeb's who've adopted the collar bone-grazing length, everyone you know including your sister, deskmate, and barista have probably all gotten the cut at some point, too. It turns out that the in-between length is exactly what makes a lob universally flattering, "I think the clavicle or the collarbone is the most flattering on any woman," celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager previously told InStyle. ""I really do believe that any girl that cuts their hair to their collarbone, it’s the cut that makes everything proportionate on a woman’s body."
If you've had a lob for a little while, you might have the itch to switch things up—even if you still love your cut. When you don't want to commit to a new hair length or color, adding some bangs to your lob can completely transform your look. "Adding a bang is a great way to create a 'new' style without the commitment of a drastic haircut or length change. You can keep the lob you already love and just enhance it with this mini snip," says celebrity hairstylist Laurie Heaps. "Depending on the fringe style, you can always camouflage the bang easily if you decide the look is not for you."
Since not all bangs are created equal, you might be wondering what fringe styles will work best with your lob. Luckily, just like the cut itself, virtually any style pairs well with a lob whether you prefer full and blunt or '60s-inspired curtain bangs. "Your natural texture does play a big part in the type of bang you choose," explains Heaps. "The great thing about a lob is that it works with so many different styles," explains Heaps. "You can go blunt and thick or even try texturized and angled. There is no set formula and you can experiment with a bang to fit your personality and lifestyle."
However, the pro does stress that when choosing which type of bangs to get it's important to keep your hair texture in mind and how much styling time you're willing to put in. "Are you willing to blow dry and even flat iron the fringe after every shampoo? Also, are you ok with leaving it natural if you decide to air dry?," are all questions she says you should be asking yourself before making a salon appointment.
Convinced that bangs are the exact change your lob needs? Keep scrolling for our favorite celebrity takes on the lob with bangs hairstyle for inspiration.
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1. Alexa Chung
2. Emma Stone
3. Rashida Jones
4. Emilia Clarke
5. Dakota Johnson
6. Kerry Washington
7. Malin Akerman