31 Long Bob Haircuts for Any Face Shape

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Commonly nicknamed "the lob" (bob + lob), the length of the long bob haircut 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 of styling options.

Plus, it's one of those haircuts that can be 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.

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez in a long bob hairstyle with a deep side part and curled ends

The multi-hyphenate isn't just versatile in her career; she's also known for switching up her hair 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.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha- Raw in a curly layered long bob hairstyle
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If you have natural curls, enhance your texture with a defining product, like the Curlsmith Curl Defining Styling Souffle. Then slightly pick or brush them out for an elegant and shapely lob.

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Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa in a long bob hairstyle with messy beachy waves
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A messy, beach-wavy lob like Dua Lipa's here is so easy to achieve. If you want 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.

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Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne in a long bob hairstyle with a middle part and slight curls
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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."

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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke in a straight long bob hairstyle with curled ends and a middle part
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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.

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Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer in a long bob hairstyle with a '90s hair flip and side part

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.

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Viola Davis

Viola Davis in a long bob hairstyle at the collarbone with caramel highlights
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Viola Davis's collarbone-grazing cut draws attention to her caramel highlights.

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Hailey Bieber

Hailey Baldwin in a long bob hairstyle in a half-up ponytail
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Let's call Hailey Bieber's cut a long lob, shall we? The extra length allows for a variety of styling options, like this perky and voluminous half-up ponytail.

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Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie in a blunt long bob hairstyle

Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie opts for a blunt, long bob rather than lots of cascading layers.

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Ciara in a long bob hairstyle with waves and volume
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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.

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Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner in a straight long bob hairstyle with a middle part
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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.

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Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad in a straight blonde long bob hairstyle
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By far the shortest haircut we've ever seen on Lauren Conrad, this chop fits her lifestyle and draws attention to her features.

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Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie Emmanuel Olivia Munn in a curly layered long bob hairstyle
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Nathalie Emmanuel's lob is cut with delicate, gradual layers to further enhance her natural curls.

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Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung in a long bob hairstyle with curtain bangs
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Pair your lob with this other buzzy hair trend: curtain bangs.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez in a long bob hairstyle with curls and a side part
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Use a curling wand or a curling iron to create bends in your lob, similar to Selena Gomez's look.

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Laura Harrier

Laura Harrier in a curly long bob hairstyle tucked behind the ear with a side part
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Laura Harrier simply tucked her curly blunt lob behind her ears to give the cut an effortless vibe.

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Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid in a long bob hairstyle with a blowout and slight waves
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Long layers gives your hair fullness and a look of density. Perfect example? Bella Hadid's blowout.

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Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis
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When attempting to create a look similar to Mila Kunis, you'll need to carefully coat your strands with a heat protectant so that the sleek finish doesn't result in damage.

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington in a long bob hairstyle with beachy waves
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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.

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Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo in a long bob hairstyle with a middle part and highlights
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Another bonus of the lob, as demoed by Olivia Palermo? It brings attention to highlights placed around the ends of your strands.

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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski in a straight long bob hairstyle with a middle part and volume
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Add volume to your angled lob with a minimal bouffant at the crown of your head.

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Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams in a long bob hairstyle with a side part and light waves
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Rachel McAdams's side-parted lob is a classic look that still feels fresh on the red carpet.

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January Jones

January Jones in a blonde long bob hairstyle with bangs
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Long bobs with bangs instantly makes a statement. January Jones wears the look without flaw.

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Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn in a long bob hairstyle with waves and volume
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Another Olivia with a perfect lob! Olivia Munn's hair always features plenty of waves and volume.

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian in a straight long bob hairstyle with a middle part
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When Kim Kardashian wears a lob, she prefers it with a center part, zero fly-aways, and a blunt cut.

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Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo in a long bob hairstyle with loose waves
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If there is a way to style a lob, Olivia Culpo has tried the look. However, she always returns her loose waves.

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Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev in a straight long bob hairstyle with a deep side part
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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

Taraji P. Henson in a long bob hairstyle with a deep side part and volume

Taraji P. Henson's side part creates a lift at her roots, creating ample volume.

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Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian in long blonde lob hairstyle
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Khloe Kardashian regularly returns to this perfectly messy long bob.

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Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt in a long lob hairstyle with two strands pinned back
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Simply pinning back two strands of hair like Emily Blunt gives the lob a romantic feel.

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Zendaya straight lob hairstyle with bangs
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Zendaya's lob features textured bangs and subtle angles that frame her face.

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