Ask pretty much any celebrity hairstylist, and they’ll tell you the long bob (a.k.a. the lob) is the chicest haircut of 2014. In addition to throwing around the word “cool” at least twice, they’ll also say it’s because the lob is versatile, easy to style, and timeless. Check out our seven favorite ways to wear it.
It’s called the Karlie Kut for a reason: Kloss’s lob, originally cut by hairstylist Garren, is the one that started the trend. As a model, Kloss has had plenty of opportunities to show off the cut’s versatility, but this laid-back look is one of our favorites. Not quite wavy but definitely not straight, it has a windblown, easy texture. “For a loose, natural wave, twist big sections around a large curling iron, letting the hair slide out almost immediately,” says Garren. Isn’t it nice when something that looks easy and effortless actually is?
SLEEK AND POLISHED
Sophisticated? Yes. Boring? Absolutely not. “When you’re styling a bob straight, you want it to look silky and polished but not secretarial,” says Garren.
“There’s nothing cool about a style that looks too done,” says Russell, who styled Jones’s hair here. “I wanted it to have a messy, Debbie Harry vibe.”
BENDY AND CENTER-PARTED
Ciara hits the perfect halfway mark between straight and wavy. The secret: “Keeping the ends really straight makes it look more modern,” says hairstylist Jen Atkin. You don’t need a curling iron to get this type of gentle wave; instead, Atkin recommends using a flatiron.
Mara’s look is just curly enough: A too-curly lob can look triangular or mushroomy.
BEACHY WITH BANGS
This look is the lob at its sweetest. “If you have an angular or heart-shaped face, side-swept bangs are a great way to soften it,” says Russell.
HEAVY BANGS AND OMBRÉ
Two elements of Stone’s lob make it unique—and superflattering: heavy, eye-skimming bangs and barely ombré highlights. The strategy is twofold. First, the bangs: “If you have fine hair, blunt bangs make it look thicker,” says Atkin. Simple enough. Then there’s the color, which subtly transitions to a paler version of Stone’s natural hue. “Color can really help add dimension to a lob,” says Roszak, who regularly works with Stone. “I call it surfer sun-kissed color,” says Aura Freidman, a colorist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in New York City. “It’s perfect for the long bob because it has an equally laid-back vibe.”