27 A-List Approved Lobs

Going for the chop? We have all the inspo you need

Chrissy Teigen

by Rebecca Cox |
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A 'lob' hair cut, that's a long bob for the uninitiated, is a perennial classic for a reason. Flattering on all, simple to style and with little upkeep required, this easy breezy look continues to reign supreme.

Loved by a whole host of A-listers, the lob has garnered two new celeb fans of late: Julia Roberts and Chrissy Teigen. Julia debuted a shoulder length wavey look courtesy of her longterm stylist Serge Normant while Chrissy sported a Scarface inspired sleek bob complete with fringe.

See their looks plus many more in the gallery below, and scroll down for your lob haircut 411.


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CREDIT: Instagram @sergenormant

Julia Roberts

Julia's longtime stylist, Serge Normant cut her hair into a long wavy lob. Approximately three inches shorter than her recent Oscars look, it's the shortest we've seen her hair in years.

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CREDIT: Instagram @laurapolko

Chrissy Teigen

Celeb stylist Laura Polko cut Chrissy's hair into a super short sleek bob with a full fringe - a look that's been likened to Michelle Pfeiffer's character in the 1983 film Scarface.

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emilia clarke hair

There's something gloriously retro about Emilia Clarke's blow-dried brunette lob. Like Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, no? With straighteners, curl the ends of your hair in slightly to frame your face.

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rose byrne lob hair

Rose Byrne's ombre lob is a popular choice to show your stylist. One super-glossy faded lob to go please. How does she get it to look so thick and voluminous? We suspect it's due to a hefty blow-dry.

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kim kardashian blonde hair lob

It didn't last long, but Kim Kardashian West's flirtation with life as a blonde was a good example of how to style a choppy lob. Slick it back Draco Malfoy style for dramatic effect.

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felicity jones hair lob

Felicity Jones' straight and glossy side-swept lob is giving us hair envy. If you're opting for a dramatic parting, balance the look with a pair of shimmering drop earrings like Felicity.

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january jones short blonde hair lob

January Jones' voluminous lob is red carpet ready thanks to some added va-va-volume and a super-straight centre parting. Add a subtle curl by using a blow-dry and a big round brush.

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rita ora short hair lob

Rita Ora's super-straight lob is given a classic Rita twist with that retro finger-curled styled fringe. Classic rita to keep the roots dirty but the hair platinum = great effect.

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diane kruger short hair lob

Diane Kruger's side-swept curly lob is great for work or play. Try brushing through curls with your fingers for an even more voluminous effect, and flip that parting over further for that too-cool-to-care look.

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olivia palermo short hair lob

There is nobody on Earth with hair as shiny and thick as Olivia Palermo's. Fact. She wrote the rule book when it comes to styling lobs. Her middle parting, curled under do is everything we want in a hairstyle.

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jennifer lawrence short hair

Jennifer Lawrence's sleek graduated lob in ice blonde is to-dye-for. The side parting adds extra drama, but the waves soften the look. See how you can experiment with the drama/casual balance.

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emma stone short hair lob

Emma Stone's glossy tangerine lob is a seriously easy-to-wear style. She has somehow got the perfect balance of chic and 'just got out the shower' hair. For the Emma-effect try scrunching your hair while you blow-dry it.

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dianna agron short hair lob

Dianna Agron's super girly curly lob is given an edge with her grown-out roots. The Glee star rocks a dramatic sweeping parting really well too - totally beachy and relaxed.

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sienna miller short hair lob

However Sienna Miller does her hair, we want it. This pretty curled, honey-colored lob with messy middle parting is no exception. And the drop earrings are a great addition to any lob.

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kate mara short hair lob

Our hair hero Kate Mara suits short hair best, but here she shows that she can also rock a voluminous two-tone lob. Her middle parting is near perfection, and the colour graduation frames her face nicely.

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carrie underwood short hair lob

Carrie Underwood adds volume to the roots of her shoulder-skimming lob. Dirty the roots for a more dynamic finish. But how do you get your hair so shiny, Carrie?

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ellie kemper short hair lob

We love Bridesmaids star Ellie Kemper's soft waved lob. It adds a bit of volume, especially if you wear your parting in the centre. And can we talk about that gorgeous hair colour...sign us up.

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rihanna short hair lob

The hair chameleon Rihanna looks good in all hairstyles, there's no doubt, but we're especially loving her poker-straight black lob with straight middle parting.

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jessica chastain lob haircut

Just about to go past a lob into mid-length territory, Jessica Chastain's ginger hairstyle is seriously pretty, and super soft looking. Gingers should note that the colour green is your best friend - make like Jessica and inject green into your wardrobe to make your hair colour pop.

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kate hudson short hair lob

Take styling tips from Kate Hudson and wear your lob slicked back off your face, and complete the look with a bold lip or dramatic eyes. Kate's slick-back do has still managed to look soft instead of crispy from too much product. Try playing around with getting the roots bigger and fluffier with a round brush for this effect.

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kristen bell short hair lob

Kristen Bell's signature blonde lob is the perfect hair do for those who don't want to take time styling. Just part your hair slightly to one side, and don't even bother about straightening too perfectly. The overall effect is casual yet chic.

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hailey baldwin short hair lob

We prefer Hailey Baldwin's hair short and blonde, and here she brought back the 90s lob - honey toned, voluminous, and curled under (a la Rachel Green). We'll be loving this hairstyle always.

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emily ratjkowski short hair lob

When Emily Ratajkowski debuted her lob, we were in awe. Her side-sweeping fringe and loose curls make it perfect for the red carpet, and totally compliments her face shape.

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selena gomez lob

Selena Gomez made our jaws drop when a picture of her new shorter do was posted on Instagram. This girl can suit anything, probably due to her thick, luxurious hair being so easy to style.

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kendall jenner lob

Kendall Jenner has always had long, poker-straight dark hair, much like her sisters, but this fashion season she made a drama departure away from her trademark and gave her mane a blunt chop. We're loving it, seriously.

Firstly, what is a lob haircut?

Lob = Long Bob. It falls anywhere between the bob and mid-length hairstyle categories, which conveniently means less salon visits, too.

How do I style a lob haircut?

The lob is just long enough that it doesn't restrict you from switching up your day-to-day look. There are plenty of hairstyles that you'll still be able to achieve once you've gone for the chop. From Olivia Palermo’s impossibly glossy locks to Jennifer Lawrence’s super-stylish lob, we’ve got the best examples of the hair trend all in one place.

What is the best lob haircuts for a round face?

General haircut wisdom will tell you that longer hair suits rounder faces; a lob is a flattering style that works on any face shape - softer than a blunt bob, it can be worn soft and layered or razor sharp and sleek.

How can I curl a lob haircut?

When it comes to styling your lob, we love soft beachy waves (a la Diane Kruger and Emma Stone), so tong your hair after drying and leave to cool before brushing out curls for more subtle movement throughout. Adding curls will also shorten your lob and inch or so, so it's great for maintaining that perfect lob haircut length in between trims.

Soft waves are also the most modern take on the lob haircut trend. To give your curls and waves a more natural, dishevelled vibe, brush out your locks and then sptiz hair throughout with a texturising spray like salt spray. Tip your head upside down and rub your hands through it to add extra volume. Do this whenever your locks fall a little flat.

If you want a glossy, sleek style, make like Olivia Palermo, Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne and blow-dry your lob using a large round barrel brush and finish with a spritz of shine spray. Or try the slicked-back wet look a la Kim Kardashian.

And if you're still on the fence with a lob haircut, have you considered a classic bob?.

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