30 Long Bob Haircuts for Any Face Shape
Commonly nicknamed "the lob" (bob + lob), the length falls somewhere between your chin and your collarbone.
"The lob makes all hair look thick and healthy," explains celebrity hairstylist, Matt Fugate. "Also, the strong lines draw attention to bone structure and help frame the face."
He says because the length is maintained around the face, it creates a silhouette that flatters most if not all face shapes. And that length makes for a versatile range in styling options.
Plus, it's one of those haircuts that can be completely tailored to flatter you and your face shape, according to Adriano Cattide, the creative director at New York City-based salon, The Drawing Room.
"The lob can be cut individually for each person, from a blunt and one-length version to a layered with messy bangs or an asymmetrical textured one," Cattide tells us.
Mila Kunis seems to prefer the cut flat-ironed and smooth, while Selena Gomez's textured lob surely inspired hundreds of chops. Celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko says she prefers it styled straight, "half up, half down with a scünci scrunchie for 90s vibes," or with volume at the crown. The options are basically endless.
So can we finally go ahead and dub long bob haircuts one of this season's hottest trends?
If you're ready to dive in and need a little inspiration, keep scrolling for 31 (yes, 31!) examples of why it's one of the most talked about hairstyles of all time.
The multi-hyphenate isn't just versatile in her career; she's also known for switching up her hair pretty often. And while J.Lo looks flawless with any look, this curled long bob created by her hairstylist Chris Appleton is quite elegant. The deep side part and big curls provide a "glamorous, bouncier look that's styled behind the ear on one side and gives an asymmetrical visual effect for a modern style with a touch of retro," Cattide says.
A messy, beach wavy lob like Dua Lipa's here is so easy to achieve. If you're looking to mimic the singer's "cool-girl look," Cattide suggests using "some sea salt spray on damp hair and letting it air dry with a side part."
The actress has her signature lob parted down the middle and gently curled, most likely with a wide barrel brush, to give off a more polished beach wave. "Another fun way to style a lob is adding some uneven beach weaves with a curling iron or a wand," says Cattide. "Tools and products are a must for this style."
The Game of Thrones alum opted for a middle part and curled-in ends all the same length for a flouncy, chic take on the classic cut. Cattide says curling in the ends like Emilia's here will give the cut a bit of a '90s feel.
You can still obtain that '90s vibe by flipping your ends out the other way, like how celebrity hairstylist Kah Spence styled Keke Palmer's lob here. Take it a step further with a trendy clip.
Viola Davis's collarbone-grazing cut draws attention to her caramel highlights.
Let's call Hailey Bieber's cut a long lob, shall we? The extra length allows for a variation of styling options, like this perky and voluminous half-up ponytail.
Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie has a blunt long bob, rather than lots of cascading layers.
Ciara's front section of hair is perfectly waved to frame her face. "This super sexy textured lob [was] softly layered, emphasized with a dimensional blonde ombre color, and styled with a middle part and natural messy waves," explains Cattide.
Kendall Jenner's haircut is proof that a simple parting choice can transform your entire look. Try styling your long bob with a super straight center part.
By far the shortest haircut we've ever seen on Lauren Conrad, this chop fits her lifestyle, and draws attention to her features.
Nathalie Emmanuel's lob is cut with delicate, gradual layers to further enhance her natural curls.
Pair your lob with this other buzzy hair trend: curtain bangs.
Use a curling wand or a curling iron to create bends in your lob, similar to Selena Gomez's look.
Laura Harrier simply tucked her curly blunt lob behind her ears to give the cut an effortless vibe.
Long layers gives your hair fullness and a look of density. Perfect example? Bella Hadid's blowout.
When attempting to create a look similar to Mila Kunis, you'll need to carefully coat your strands with a heat protectant, so the sleek finish you're going for with a flat iron doesn't end up resulting in damage.
One of the best hairstyles for the lob haircut is a full set of beachy waves. Better yet, add a sparkly hair accessory. Use Kerry Washington as your inspiration.
Another bonus of the lob, as demoed by Olivia Palermo? It brings attention to highlights placed around the ends of your strands.
Add volume to your angled lob with a minimal bouffant at the crown of your head.
Rachel McAdams's side-parted lob is a classic look that still feels fresh on the red carpet.
Long bobs with bangs instantly makes a statement. January Jones wears the look without flaw.
Another Olivia with a perfect lob! Olivia Munn's hair always features plenty of waves and volume.
When Kim Kardashian wears a lob, she prefers it with a center part, zero fly-aways, and with a blunt cut.
If there is a way to style a lob, Olivia Culpo has tried the look. However, she always returns her loose waves.
Before Nina Dobrev debuted her bob and bangs, she was rocking a super straight lob with an extreme side part.
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Taraji P. Henson's side part creates a lift at her roots, creating ample volume.
Khloe Kardashian regularly returns to this perfectly messy long bob.
Simply pinning back two strands of hair like Emily Blunt gives the lob a romantic feel.
Zendaya's lob features textured bangs and subtle angles that frame her face.