If you’ve looked around lately, then you’re already well aware of how popular lob haircuts are right now. You may have even taken the plunge yourself and made the chop the last time you went to the salon. But, as with every haircut, it’s easy to get bored with the same old hairstyles. To keep your lob haircut looking fresh and fun, we’ve rounded up 51 stunning long bob hairstyles and cuts to give you plenty of options for transforming your ‘do.
WHAT IS A LOB HAIRCUT?
A lob haircut, also known as the long bob, is a longer variation of the trendy bob hairstyle. Lob cuts typically sit between your shoulders and your collarbone and can give you the appearance of thicker locks, depending on the cut you choose. Not too long and not too short, you can think of this haircut as your happy medium.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BOB AND A LOB?
We touched on this already, but the only thing separating a bob and a lob is their length. A bob falls somewhere between your chin and shoulders, with the longest bobs that don’t veer into lob territory, skimming the tops of the shoulders. Both haircuts are popular, but some prefer lobs as the extra length allows you to experiment with more hairstyles and hair color trends.
51 LOB HAIRCUTS AND HAIRSTYLES TO TRY
Now that you’re a bit more educated about lob haircuts, it’s time to find the perfect look for you! Have your pick of the 51 best long bob hairstyles below.
#1: SLEEK AND STRAIGHT
Don’t get us wrong: We absolutely love beachy waves and bouncy curls, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that straight hair is also having a moment—and it looks particularly great when paired with a long bob cut. With celebrities and everyday girls rocking super-straight tresses, it only makes sense to want to hop on the bandwagon, too.
Get the look by blowing out your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, then flat iron your hair in sections. Finish the look with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray to add shine.
#2: TOUSLED LOB
After pin-straight strands, the next step toward waves is just a bit of texture, aka a tousled lob. Simply let your damp strands air dry on their own, scrunching the ends of your hair as needed for extra bounce.
#3: SIDE-SWEPT LONG BOB CUT
An elegant take on the classic lob—which just so happens to work with every hair texture, whether straight, curly, or in between—is a lob with a side part. Part your hair to show off your “good” side, and you won’t be disappointed. We happen to think this look is perfect for dressing up a daytime look or a night out.
#4: CENTER-PART LOB
Another type of part that’s chic and will work with any hair texture is the always-classic center part. Paired with medium-length locks, you just can’t go wrong with this look.
#5: FRINGE LOB
You can pull off a lob with just about any style of bang, but there is something to be said for the fringe bang, which is certainly having a moment right now. Pair a set of fringe-cut, one-length bangs with a lived-in, textured lob for a chic look that suits any occasion.
#6: LIVED-IN TEXTURE
That lived-in texture we mentioned? Here’s how to get it. Go ahead and embrace your natural texture for this next lob hairstyle! It’s so easy, yet still super-stylish—you can’t go wrong!
After washing your hair, apply a dollop of a hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, to damp hair and let your hair air dry. Once your mane has dried, use your flat iron to gently create bends in your hair with a few crimps here and there. To lock in your look, use a flexible-hold hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray, and that’s all there is to it.
#7: BOX-BRAIDED LOB
Love braids as much as we do? A lob is still a lob if it’s in box braids, and this hairstyle is sure to turn heads. Unlike some other braided hairstyles, box braids will still allow you to show off the length of your lob. Here’s How to Create Box Braids, so you can give them a try.
#8: ASYMMETRICAL BRAIDED LOB
Shorter on one side than the other, asymmetrical bobs and lobs are a hair trend that you’ve likely seen sported by some of your favorite celebrities. Combine this cut with a braided mane, and you’ve got an asymmetrical braided lob worthy of the paparazzi!
#9: DOUBLE DUTCH BRAIDED LOB
In case you haven’t noticed, braids are all the rage! Give your long bob haircut the best of both worlds with Dutch braids and a bit of length. Not only is this braiding technique easy to master, but it’s also ideal for those looking to add a bit of edge and intricacy to their look.
#10: CHOPPY LONG BOB HAIRSTYLE
This cut and style involve edgy, chopped layers that make for a perfectly structured lob. Pro tip: Use a bit of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel to control the ends of your choppy layers.
#11: RINGLET-CURLED LOB
Grab your small barrel-shaped curling iron and get going! Tight, ringlet curls tend to flatter those with layered lobs and medium to thick strands.
#12: LOB WITH LOOSE WAVES
Loose, beach-like waves never look bad. Ever. For this lob style, grab a large barrel-shaped curling iron and curl your hair in larger sections. Afterward, gently run your fingers through your hair to separate, then spritz on a bit of high-hold hair spray to help ensure that your perfect waves won’t droop.
#13: LOOSELY CURLED LOB
Speaking of loose hairstyles, you can’t go wrong with a loosely curled bob. The amount of volume this look brings to the table is enough to make your hairstyle a hot topic at girls’ night.
Start by adding a generous amount of hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp strands. Scrunch and let your hair air dry. Once dry, brush through your mane to loosen up the definition of your curls. Finish up with a spritz of shine spray, and you’re all set.
#14: FINGER-WAVE LOB
Inspired by one of our favorite decades, the roaring '20s, finger curls harken back to one of the most stylish eras in American history. What’s more? These tight-to-the-scalp curls are perfectly suited for a lob haircut. They do, however, require a bit of work—but we promise you can do it! Here’s How to Get a 1920’s Hairstyle.
#15: PIN-CURLED LOB
On days you’re trying to avoid hot tools but still want to achieve those oh-so-gorgeous curls, use pins! Pin curls are the ideal no-heat curling solution. Once you take those pins out, spray on some high-hold hair spray to make sure that they last.
#16: SIXTIES-INSPIRED LOB
Is your lob lacking volume? Pump things up with a bit of teasing at the crown of your head, then add in medium-sized curls for a retro 1960’s look.
#17: LACE FRONT WIG LOB
If you love the idea of a long bob haircut but prefer not to chop off your locks, a lace front wig lob will come right in handy. Known as one of the hottest protective styles, you’ll be able to keep your strands stylishly tucked away and experiment with different lob trends. Once you decide to rock your natural locks, you can simply remove your wig.
#18: LOB WITH FEATHERED BANGS
Seen on many a celebrity, a tousled lob pairs perfectly with feathered bangs. Feathered bangs are characterized by a somewhat mismatched cut that’s not all one length, making for a relaxed, undone lob with bangs.
#19: LOB WITH BLUNT BANGS
Take a style cue from your favorite A-listers and experiment with blunt bangs—we’re betting you’ll find them to be a match made in heaven for your long bob haircut. Sporting a sharp and precise cut, this lob with bangs is all about framing your face and allowing your fringe to become the center of attention. Perfect for those with oval and round face shapes, this trendy look will tip the style scales in your favor.
#20: NINETIES HAIR FLIP
If you were alive in the ’90s, then there’s probably a pretty special place in your heart for seriously voluminous hair swoops. Hair flips are, without a doubt, one of the most effortlessly beautiful looks you can rock—and what’s more, they’re on trend again!
Spray dry shampoo onto oily roots and lightly through the rest of your hair. Then, grab a bottle of texturizing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, to give your hair an #IWokeUpLikeThis vibe. Using a rattail comb, create a deep side part on one side of your head to give life to your’ 90s-inspired swoop. Next, on the side of your part that has less hair, create one, two, or even three super-tight braids, securing the ends with clear elastics right behind your ear.
#21: LOB WITH SIDE BANGS
When it comes to bangs, the options are pretty much endless. Another bang cut that looks great with lob-length strands is side-swept bangs. Longer in length than classic bangs, side bangs make for a particularly romantic look that’s hard to resist!
#22: DEEP, ANGLED PART
As the name implies, a deep part is, well, deeper than your average side part. And putting that deep part on a steep angle makes it all the more dramatic.
#23: LOB WITH BABY BANGS
Perhaps the trendiest bang style of the moment, baby bangs are shorter than your average bangs and usually bluntly cut. Pair baby bangs with wavy or straight strands for a standout look.
#24: SEVENTIES-INSPIRED CURLED LOB
Tight tendrils + short bangs = totally ’70s and also totally trendy. Grab your smallest curling iron and start curling in small sections to get this lob hairstyle.
#25: HALF-UP TOP KNOT LOB
Nothing quite makes a stylish and chic impression like the half-up top knot lob. Combining locks that hang free and a carefree top knot, it’s no surprise that this lob haircut is a go-to pick.
Kick things off by separating your hair into a top and bottom section. Secure the bottom half with a hair clip. Take the top section of hair and use it to create your top knot. First, create a ponytail at the top of your head where you want your top knot to be placed, securing it with a clear elastic. Then, wrap the length of your locks around the base of your pony to create a bun. Pin your hair into place with a few bobby pins, not worrying about the occasional stray strand.
Once your top knot is in place, release the bottom half of your hair. Mist some hairspray over your hair to seal the deal.
#26: HALF-UP PONYTAIL LOB
There’s no shortage of simple and practical long bob hairstyles. Case in point: the half-up ponytail lob. Ideal for keeping your strands off of your face while calling attention to your features, this style covers all of the bases. Simply divide your lob-length strands into upper and lower sections, then fasten the upper half into a loose-hanging ponytail with a clear elastic.
#27: HALF-UP BRAIDED TOP KNOT
We’ve already touched on Dutch braids before, but it’s only right to put the half-up braided top knot lob on your radar. Where classic styling and trendy flair meet, this style will take your look up a few notches. We also dig that it’s easy to style and even easier to maintain. Check out our article, How to Weave a Half-Up Braided Top Knot, to transform your long bob haircut.
#28: HALF-UP BOUFFANT LOB
Consider styling your lob into a half-up bouffant when a sophisticated and elegant lob hairstyle is the goal. Equal parts sultry and chic, a bouffant easily makes a stylish statement and ensures a standout look. This unique style also pays homage to the retro era with an impressive amount of volume that’s styled to perfection.
Set the stage by parting your hair into two sections and make sure the top section is smaller than the bottom half. Use a rattail comb to tease the top section. Following up with a boar bristle brush, smooth your hair back and use bobby pins to pin in place. Release the bottom section, spritz some hair spray evenly over your hair and ta-da—a half-up bouffant lob.
#29: SHAGGY, FEATHERED LOB
If you haven’t already heard, we’re declaring feathered hairstyles to be the next big thing in hairstyle trends. Flattering on all face shapes, a lob-length feathered look is as carefree as it gets.
#30: SPIRAL CURLS
Spiral curls make for a lob hairstyle that’s cute, bouncy, and always in style. Choose a curling iron with the thinnest rod you can find and muster up as much patience as you can, because this hairstyle takes time to create—but we promise the end result is worth the effort! Click through our article, How to Get Spiral Curls, for a step-by-step tutorial.
#31: SHAVED LOB HAIRCUT
We have a feeling that a shaved lob will suit your needs for a daring lob haircut. The true epitome of the cool-girl aesthetic, this look gives you the option to flirt with trendy undercuts and shaved designs for a daring, yet stylish look.
#32: LOB WITH ROUNDED ENDS
For those who are partial to face-framing long bob hairstyles, a lob with rounded ends will rise to the occasion. Falling right in between your chin and collarbone, this lob sets the tone for an effortlessly chic look. We also appreciate that the rounded ends give your locks tons of movement for a flowy finish. All you need to do is use a curling iron and curl the ends of your hair inward to create the look.
#33: PULLED BACK LOB WITH FLIPPED ENDS
The total opposite of a lob with rounded ends, flipped ends shake things up with retro flair. Simply add a touch of hair gel to your roots and brush your hair toward the back of your head. Curl your hair outward with a curling iron or use a small set of hair rollers to bring this look to life.
#34: BLUNT LOB
Layered lob hairstyles are always a great pick, but there’s something extra special about a blunt lob. This style keeps your strands completely straight across the ends, making for a bold look.
#35: BLUNT LOB WITH BRUSHED OUT CURLS
Now that we have blunt lobs on the top of your mind, we have to introduce you to the blunt lob with brushed out curls. This is a standout pick for those who love putting their hair texture on full display.
Before you start curling your hair, you need to section it into one- to two-inch sections. Use a lobster clip to secure your uncurled sections. With a one-inch curling iron, grab a section of hair and start creating your curls. Continue until you have a head full of curls to play with. Next, take a boar bristle brush and brush through your spirals. Finally, mist your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume for a long-lasting effect.
#36: BLUNT LOB WITH VOLUMINOUS CURLS
Serve up glamorous movie star vibes with a blunt lob and voluminous curls. Known as one of the beloved classics, this hairstyle is perfect for just about any occasion on your agenda. Best of all, this gorgeous style works on all hair types, making it a universally flattering pick. Visit our article, How to Create Voluminous Curls on Any Hair Type, to work your way to gorgeous curls.
#37: BLOW OUT LOB
There’s no better way to liven up your lob haircut than with a classic blowout. It’s a foolproof option that gives your locks a smooth, shiny, and bouncy appearance—and you don’t even need to book an appointment with your stylist to score this voluminous look. Click through our article, How to Blow Out Your Hair at Home, for everything you need to know.
#38: PARTED AND TUCKED BEHIND THE EARS
Tucking your strands behind your ear may be second nature to you, but this simple look is a style all on its own. Simple and effortlessly chic, this lob bob style works wonders to complement your face shape and keep your strands out of the way.
#39: LAYERED LOB
If you ask us, nothing is better than a classic style, and the layered lob is no exception. Offering a boost in volume, shape, and movement along with a chic finish, this style is just what you need to spice up your strands. Usually shorter at the back and longer at the front, you can consult with your stylist to score a layered cut that complements your face shape.
#40: SLICKED-BACK LOB
There are plenty of hairstyles that bring attention to your face, but the slicked-back lob is in a league of its own. Versatile and edgy, this look shakes things up by keeping your strands nice and sleek. Perfect for a night out on the town or date night, this style will take your look to the next level.
Start by spritzing your strands with a heat protectant and flat iron your hair. Then, with a rattail comb, tease your hair at the top of your head to add some volume into the mix. Use a small dollop of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel, on the top and sides of your head. Take a fine-tooth comb and smooth your locks back, making sure not to disturb the volume you created at the top. Spritz your hair with a strong-hold spray as the finishing touch.
#41: PINNED BACK LOB
It’s time to try your hand at the pinned back lob hairstyle. Perfect for days when you’re pressed for time, you can create this look in just a few minutes. Start by applying a touch of hair gel to your roots. Brush your locks toward the back of your head and secure them with a few sparkly bobby pins. That’s all there is to it!
#42: LONG BOB CUT WITH RAZORED ENDS
If you’re in the mood to rev up your natural texture, a lob with razored ends will fit the bill. A chic option for those who want to play with angles without the classic layered lob haircut, this style slices the ends of your hair to add a rugged, yet stylish spin to your mane.
#43: ZIG-ZAG PARTED LOB
Shake things up with a zig-zag parted lob. A fabulous way to steer away from tradition, this look offers not-so-subtle detailing that makes a big impact.
#44: THE VOLUMIZED LOB
No one wants a lob that looks flat. Whether you’re working with wavy, curly, coily, or fine hair, adding the right amount of volume is all you need to spice up your long bob cut. Apply a generous amount of volumizing mousse to damp strands, scrunch your hair from root to ends, and call it a day!
#45: THE IN-BETWEEN LOB
Instead of choosing one texture to rock, embrace the in-between lob. This style features partly tousled and straight strands for a look that gives you the best of both worlds. Once you’ve created the tousled effect with your strands, simply smooth the top half of your hair with a flat iron for a balanced look.
#46: CLASSIC LOB
If we had to pick one lob haircut that will look seriously stunning on everyone, it would be the classic lob. Sure, there is a variety of long bob haircuts to try, but the traditional look never disappoints. Falling just below the shoulders, this cut is all one length.
#47: NATURAL CURLY LOB
Calling all natural hair gals! It’s time for you to get in on the lob haircut fun with a naturally curly lob. All you need to do is apply a healthy amount of curl mousse to your strands, scrunch, and let your hair do its thing.
#48: ASYMMETRICAL LONG BOB
Play the angles with an asymmetrical lob. A surefire way to score some cool points, this look flaunts slightly longer locks at the front with short strands at the back. It’s versatile in nature and can easily transition from day to night.
#49: THE MINI LOB
A bit shorter than the traditional lob, the mini lob haircut is equally pleasing to the eyes. It may just be another name for a bob, but we’re totally on board.
#50: LOB WITH HEADBAND
When you’re working with second-day hair or having a bad hair day, the right accessories can turn things around. Getting specific, we can’t stop swooning over a long bob cut with a headband.
#51: LOB WITH THREE-STRAND PLAITS
For a standout look that flirts with texture and a woven pattern, consider adding plaits to your lob haircut. Plaits add dimension to your look for an eye-catching result. Even better, you don’t need to master an intricate braiding pattern to get the look. Simply weave three-strand plaits throughout your mane, secure with a hair elastic, and your work is done.
There you have it: 51 lob hairstyles and haircuts. Next, consider transforming your lob via a new hair color: Here’s What You Need to Know About Color Changing Hair Dye.
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