26 Incredible LOB Haircuts for 2018

The lob cut, short for “long bob”, is a popular haircut that’s between your chin and collarbone. Lobs have certainly been taking Instagram and Pinterest by storm with the help of celebrities like Selena Gomez to Kendall Jenner sporting the look. What’s great about this cut is that it flatters almost every face shape and hair type. In fact, it can help your thin hair appear thicker if cut correctly. Because the length isn’t too long and or too short, you have lots of styling options from flat iron straight to beachy waves. For the special occasions, you can still create an elegant updo or a boho-braid. Before you get your hair chopped, you’ll want to decide how much layering you want, as that will affect how it frames your face and the kind of texture that suits your hair type. Below, I’ve put together a collection of pictures from some of today’s hottest salons and stylists who have created some of the most stunning lobs you’ll see this year. Enjoy!

Textured Hair

Lob haircut with textured hair
Instagram @janeirysbeauty

A lob would be the perfect choice for an easy transition style to a shorter cut. It also offers endless ways to style your hair everyday – from textured waves to a simple sleek ponytail.

Medium Length

Medium length lob
Instagram @emilycooper_hair

Go simple and chic with this cute mid part lob that goes down to your collarbones. Style with thick waves and a curtain fringe for an added sexy vibe.

Short Hair

Short lob
Instagram @emilycooper_hair

Pair these piecey tousled waves with cool blonde highlights for a multidimensional look. This is definitely a style that will allow you to shake your hair and let them down in the wind without worrying!

For Fine Hair

Lob for fine hair
Instagram @toriannefran

Ultra soft and light – these are what you’ll get with this short cut that works for fine thin hair. The blonde ombre allows you to have an easy low upkeep grow out and a bonus dimension.

Wavy Hair

Paint your layered waves with this standout fashion color. The cut is so impressive with the volume on top and the thin ends that make it so lightweight.

With Side Bangs

Lob with side bangs
Instagram @hairshaftralph

This hairdo is pure glamour – with those warm shades of highlights and that perfectly placed side-swept bangs. This whole look works best on any face shape.

Straight Hair

Lob on straight blonde hair with lowlights
Instagram @peachiehair

The blonde base and lowlights add that glamorous aura to this look. Simply style straightened with a flat iron for a quick everyday get-up!

Beachy

Lob for pink beachy hair
Instagram @toriannefran

Try this super cute unicorn beachy hair with babylights and you’ll be picture perfect at any angle! If you have already lightened hair then this will be an easy style to recreate for sure.

With Layers

Blonde lob with layers
Instagram @rafaelbertolucci1

This jaw-dropping wavy blonde lob couldn’t be any better without those soft layers and dark roots. A mesmerizing and brightening look especially for fair skins and blue to green eyes.

Chin-Length

Chin-length lob with highlights
Instagram @hairshaftralph

If you have a round face, you’d definitely want to recreate this cut and style for the striking effect it has! Some pastel highlights and subtle side bangs would make this more stylish without a doubt.

Angled Cut

Wavy grey lob with an angled cut
Instagram @nicolefusco.yeghair

Nothing beats a simple but major look transformation like this that anyone can get by getting an angled lob cut. Style it with some cream and create waves for more movement!

Blunt Cut

Blonde lob with a blunt cut
Instagram @selenajeanhair

Neat straight scissor cuts always look edgy on anyone and can bring your most beautiful bone structure and facial features out. Dark roots and a balayage on a medium lob like hers would do the works of creating depth and dimension.

For Thick Hair

Lob for thick hair with ombre
Instagram @livedinhair

A fashionable ombre would do you good if you want to get a lob for your thick luscious hair. Add some layers too if you wanna get some weight off your hair.

For a Round Face

Lob for a round face
Instagram @peachiehair

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Pitocco
Hair Colorist/Stylist @ Pembley Salon in New York, NY

How would you describe this look?

I’d describe this look as a blunt, textured bob, which most of my clients come to me for. What I love about it is how many variations of this look are available depending on the client’s face shape and style.

Another aspect I love is it is so easy to style! Letting it air dry, the texture allows for a wavier look especially if you use certain products. The color we did on her was a little bolder than usual. We wanted to open her face in a different way and give her a beautiful, rosy/neutral tone.

Balayage is extremely low maintenance and perfect for clients who don’t want a high-commitment lightening service. Overall, this look is perfect for someone who does nothing with their hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The advice I’d give is a big thumbs up. Like I said, this look is awesome for those clients who don’t want to fuss with their hair, but also perfect for those who enjoy styling their hair daily. The texture throughout the cut allows for a piecey, beachy look.

As far as face shape goes, what needs to be adjusted in this cut is mostly the length it’s cut to. I had a client recently bring in this photo, but because she has a very wide jaw, I cut this a little longer so it could help elongate her face and give her a more oval shape.

There are so many products you could choose for this! Using a simple salt spray (I love Wella’s Ocean Spritz) will allow for added texture and wave. Once dry, using a dry spray wax, like Evo’s She-Bang-a-Bang, adds a holding element without feeling like there’s a net of hairspray.

I have clients with all different hair types who enjoy this cut. When their hair is fine, I give them more of a blunt cut to allow a heavier weight line, which creates a fuller looking head of hair.

My clients with thicker, dense hair, ahh! Those are my favorite. I actually prefer a boxier, big look with this cut, so I always ask if they’re down for that. If not, I do a lot of internal layering and texturizing to collapse the weight line and prevent a bigger look.

Shoulder Length

Q&A with style creator, Jen Lindley
Salon Owner & Stylist @ Hair and Beauty by Jen in Lake Placid, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a fun, short to medium length lob with lots of texture and no angle (even though it appears to be longer in the front).

The “Bang Braid” is a fun way to add interest and spice up the hairstyle! My color is achieved by doing babylights around the hairline and top section of the head and then a balayage on the rest of my hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this haircut and style to anyone with medium to thick hair so that a lot of texturizing can be done throughout the cut. I love to tease the crown area for extra volume!

I achieve the wave pattern with a 1 1/2 inch curling iron, but be sure to leave the ends out when curling which helps to get the messy and more beachy kind of curl.

I use texturizing powder in the braid to give it grip while I pull it apart. And last I use a texturizing spray on the waves to give them separation and help them last all day!

Naturally Curly Hair

Q&A with style creator, Madison Sullivan
Hairstylist @ Dop Dop Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is a fun and flirty look. I love styling and embracing the natural hair texture.

Women today are embracing what they naturally have and unafraid to make bolder impacts, letting their hair be a little larger and a little wilder and showcasing more of their personality.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about your face shape. If your face is round, this length may not be best for you but perhaps a longer version to elongate the face.

For naturally curly hair use a curl mousse (I recommend Soft Curls from L’Oréal  Professionnel) and an oil to tame any frizz (Mythic Oil from L’Oréal Professional). Twist small sections of your hair in both directions all over and allow them to dry or diffuse and then shake out using your fingers from the underneath of your hair.

If you want to play up the texture, use Perfect Texture from L’Oréal Professionnel on dry hair!

Highlights

Blonde lob with highlights
Instagram @beautybyemmers

Q&A with style creator, Emily Pyper
Cosmetologist @ Unity Salon & Spa in Salt Lake City, UT


How would you describe this look?

It’s summery, dimensional, and sassy! I love the multidimensional color, and how many different kinds of blonde there are.

This is a color that was achieved in a couple of sessions since we like to play with her color a lot! I love the texture in the haircut, and how flattering it is with lots of different kinds of curl, and even straight.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love when clients are looking for a long bob. A good one will be so flattering for any face shape! It allows your stylist to personalize texture and layers and the perimeter to fit right in place with your cheekbones, jaw, and shoulders.

It’s so customizable! If it isn’t long enough to pull into a ponytail, doing a couple little twists and pinning back the front and top is still easy and cute to get your hair out of your face until it’s longer.

I love flexible texture products, my favorites being Davines sea salt spray and Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair! A large curling iron, I usually go for a 1.25″, is a great way to create beachy curls quickly.

Inverted Cut

Inverted lob cut
Instagram @omiezee

Q&A with style creator, Omar Ahmed
Hairstylist @ Roseanns Hair Studio in Phoenixville, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is a drastic long bob. I love that it’s stacked in the back but is still long in the front. Also, how it just barely clears the shoulders with a drastic angle, makes it stand out from other haircuts.

I love styling this cut because you can either style it straight and sleek with a slight bevel at the bottom. You can style it to look more undone with a bed head type of look, or you can curl or wave it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this cut, you have to think about upkeep and styling depending on the texture and wave pattern, if any, of your hair.

The client in the picture has natural straight fine sleek hair, so this look was achieved with a blow dryer and a quick slide through with a flat iron to bevel the bottom inward to give that rounded look.

You will need a heat protectant spray and if you want volume, a volumizing mousse or spray. I also used a powder based hairspray for a light airy finish.

I use Redken products – Iron Shape heat protectant spray, Stay High volumizing mousse, and Wind Blown powder based hairspray.

If you have natural curly hair, this will also look great if you decide to wear it curly. However, if you like to straighten your hair, styling may be time-consuming. You will need heat protectant spray and smoothening lotion like Iron Shape heat protectant spray and Hydramelt smoothing lotion.

In my opinion, this cut works for all faces shapes since it is still fairly long in the front. All in all, this cut needs a bit of TLC when styling, so if you’re one to throw some product in and air dry, this may not be the cut for you.

Blonde Hair

Straight blonde lob
Instagram @brittdeshair

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Des Rosiers
Master Hairstylist @ Avalon Hair Designs in San Antonio, TX


How would you describe this look?

This blunt cut lob look is striking, sophisticated and versatile. I love that this look can be super professional and still be pulled up in a pony on those lazy weekends. It’s a timeless look with a bit of a modern twist.

I love the combination of the 75+ foils I did to achieve a dimensional platinum color paired with the blunt cut at the base that has been softened, so we don’t look like our 10-year-old selves getting our first one length haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When deciding on this blunt cut lob, the biggest thing I would say you have to keep in mind is that this cut requires styling. This is not a wash-and-go look. It can be worn many ways, but styling is a must.

This look is great for fine and medium hair textures! For those with thick coarse hair, much more texturizing must be done during the haircut and generally more styling is required.

The client pictured has super fine hair but lots of it. She is able to wear it blown out smooth, with a wave in it for a more undone look, or even pull it up to get it off her neck.

Asymmetrical

Asymmetrical graduated bob
Instagram @bysouvia

Q&A with style creator, Souvia
Senior Stylist & Salon Educator @ Salon on 30th in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would call this look an asymmetrical bob with a fun modern twist. For the cut, I shaved one side using the scissor-over-comb technique while leaving the other side as a classic graduated angle bob. I did not do the color for this look.

I love that it is a very versatile style. Whether you have curly or straight hair, you can rock this look. My favorite part of this cut is the scissor over comb portion. I created solid edging which adds a fun geometric shape to the entire look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think this look is a style for everyone. I would advise that this look must be catered to your lifestyle because this is a hairstyle that requires a higher maintenance. To keep this style looking good, you will have to visit the salon more often, between 6 to 8 weeks a visit.

To highlight the look, you can either curl the longer side to create softness or wear it straight for a more sophisticated look. For someone who wants to style this look straight with a blow dryer or flat iron, I would recommend using a dry texturizer which will add volume and movement.

You can also create some wave with a curling iron to add some texture to your hair. For someone with natural curls, I would recommend adding a little shine paste or a curl serum to embrace your curls with a diffuser or air drying it.

Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Brooks
Independent Stylist in Longview, WA


How would you describe this look?

Emily and I wanted to switch up her look and go for something low-maintenance to suit her lifestyle change! She’s had a platinum, silvery-toned blonde hair and is a natural level 4, so instead of taking her back to her base color I talked her into a color melt that would allow her to still enjoy the hard work we put into that icy blonde while enjoying the benefits that having her natural color would bring her!

Emily has always been a wild card and likes to live life on the edge so instead of glazing her hair with a mainstream honey blonde or platinum, I created a stormy violet for her ends that would make her feel less like she was playing it safe!

This cut is a textured lob. We’ve all seen it before but we aren’t tired of it yet because it looks great on every face shape. There’s something about that collarbone length that looks stunning on every neck/jawline and doesn’t make anyone’s face look too round! It looks great straight but many of my clients ask for the undone “Instagram” beach waves when they first chop their hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you have fine or medium textured hair, I love using salt spray for texture in the crown. It helps to add volume and makes the curls look airy and effortless. If your hair already has plenty of volume and texture, you can always spray salt spray directly onto the waves after curling to break them up and make them look perfectly undone!

Don’t be afraid of texture clays, the kind that comes in a hockey-puck type package. They aren’t just for men in fact so many of my female clients use texture clays and pastes on their ends to achieve that second-day perfect look!

If you’re considering this haircut, it’s your lucky day because I personally believe there’s a “lob” for everyone. Some people look best with it at the collarbone and others are stunning with a mid-neck chop! If you have a long neck, think about going shorter! This haircut isn’t as high maintenance as it’s predecessor, the stacked A-line bob. When cut right for the hair type, it grows out rather nicely. I often see clients back every 8-10 weeks depending on their growth.

The color isn’t for everyone. I did discuss the process above and once you know she was previously lifted to a level 11 all over, it isn’t a secret that this smoky color wasn’t done in a day! If you’re considering a color like this, be patient with yourself, your stylist, and your hair. Most importantly, have fun!

Choppy Hair

Choppy hair in a lob
Instagram @erickinvisible

Q&A with style creator, Erickson Arrunategui
Hairstylist / Extension Specialist @ Bumble and bumble. in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a textured slightly A-lined long razor bob. It’s effortless, cropped but not too short, textured, interesting, and versatile

I love how it is short enough to look super chic and cropped, but long enough to still fit into ponytails and cute updos or half up/half down looks.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look works for most hair types and face shapes.

One of the key things I tell my clients is to keep the ends straighter. Straighter ends give it a more modern look, and also make the haircut appear more square. This will help balance rounder face shapes which normally are afraid to go too short.

To get the specific texture I usually use a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, but depending on your texture you maybe be able to invest in a good sea salt spray and call it a day.

Ash Blonde

Ash blonde lob
Instagram @quinn_antonio

Q&A with style creator, Quinn Saucedo
Hairstylist @ Soon Beauty Lab in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

My client had come in a few weeks prior to her color, and we performed her initial cut from long to short. She wanted something chic, blunt, and precise which is, of course, a stunning choice on my client bringing out features in her collarbone and jawline.

This cut is very contouring to most face shapes. We discussed her color and she wanted to venture into a more vibrant yet natural rooted appearance.

I performed a half head balayage which consisted of painting each section with my everyday Blick Art Supplies 2 and paintbrush. For any lifting service, whether you are hand painting or foiling, there will be a subtle underlying pigment.

We moved forward using Blonde Angel Wash and Treatment by Kevin Murphy before toning my client’s hair using Kevin Murphy Color.Me, Natural, Ice and just a hint of Lilac toner from roots to ends.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is simple. I’ve done this various cut on curly to wavy haired clients as well. I’m really having fun playing with my clients’ natural texture rather than layering the hair to create more movement in the overall look and feel.

Whether diffusing or keeping it straight, you will have 2 different looks – sleek and modern or tousled and textured. After an intense color service, I always insist we perform an Olaplex treatment to sustain the integrity of the hair.

Long Hair

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Parsons
Certified Colorist @ Spa Bella Salon & Boutique in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This is one of my favorite looks. This look allows my guest to have her signature blonde melted into a trendy fashion tone. Rose gold is not going away anytime soon! When it comes to the haircut, the lob is the most versatile haircut out there right now.

When styled with waves like these, the cut is great for anything from date night to a job interview, to Coachella. It can be worn straight as well, and this looks just as chic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I believe anyone with smooth, wavy, or slightly curly hair can rock a lob. Extremely curly hair might be a little more difficult to style.

I also believe that those who want a shorter bob but self-conscious about a round face are great candidates for this cut. The length elongates the face.

The hair doesn’t necessarily need to be styled. I personally have a lob and I air dry my hair with Redken’s No Blow Dry Cream and I’ve had great results.

When it comes to styling, have a good curling wand and a flat iron. I recommend the Hot Tools Curl Bar.  It’s L-shaped and totally user-friendly. When it comes to flat irons, I recommend the Paul Mitchell Neuro Smooth Flat Iron (the best flat iron I’ve ever owned).

Use a shampoo and conditioner system like Perfect Hair Day by Living Proof. It keeps the hair cleaner and longer and allows you to create different styles without rewashing the hair.

I recommend a hair primer for blow drying (like the Redken Pillow Proof Primer Cream), followed by a heat protector that protects up to 450 degrees, such as Living Proof’s Restore Instant Protection Spray. To keep the hair frizz-free with a little bit of hold, spray Redken’s Wax Blast over your finished style.

Layers and Bangs

Wavy lob with layers and bangs
Instagram @samloveshair

Q&A with style creator, Sam Newberry
Hairstylist @ Jillian & Company in Southington, CT


How would you describe this look?

It’s a textured razor cut face-framing lob. Razored bobs and lobs are totally in style this spring/summer.

The sleek angle from a shorter back to a longer front allows for relief from the heat while still being able to style in multiple ways. We added razored bangs per client request.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut can be styled multiple ways. It looks great straight but even better with beach waves or wand waves as styled in the picture. Stylist tip: wand curl everything away from the face, spritz with hair spray (my favorite is the Verb Sea Texture Spray), let the curls set for a minute, then gently comb out with your fingers or a wide tooth comb.

You can pull the front back into a half up half down pony, which is also in style this season. You can also clip up the front into a little bump, so it’s away from your face. This cut allows so much effortless styling and complements many face shapes.

For Thin Hair

Q&A with style creator, Jillian MacNeil
Hairstylist @ Elixir Hair Studio in St. Albert, AB


How would you describe this look?

A “lob” or a long bob cut is one of my favorite styles. It works for almost anybody and looks great without much work! Typically the length of a lob should sit around the collarbone or a bit longer in the front, which gives it a slight angle and helps it fall nicely.

Depending on hair texture, I like to do quite a bit of interior layering or “debulking” to give it that easy lived in feel (that’s what it’s all about!). This cut looks great curly, wavy, with a slight bend, or straight. It’s a very versatile and wearable look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re considering this style, you’ll probably want to invest in a salt spray of some kind to bring out the texture. These products work well if you have straight or curly hair. This look is super easy to style as the texture that is cut into it will help it to always look “done”.

Using a flat iron to give the hair a slight bend is a great way to polish it up, and it doesn’t take much time! It doesn’t discriminate against different face shapes either. It looks awesome on almost everyone. Keeping the length In the front is ideal for busy lifestyles since it allows the option of pulling it back.

The only time I would steer someone away from this look is if they have baby fine hair, only because it wouldn’t be able to support the texture of the look. In that case, an angled one length bob would work! Have fun with your lobs!