Remember when the lob first hit the scene a few years back? Of course, bobs have been around for ages, so naturally, their grown-out version has gotten residual airtime, but there's something about adding a buzzy moniker like "lob" that just makes it more trendy. Plus, lobs tend to have a bit more texture and angles than a long bob. Since their "debut," they've been a staple in most celebrity's (and noncelebrity's) hair rotations.
This year, and specifically heading into summer, we wondered which haircuts would be the It cut of the season. After polling a few celebrity stylists and mane moguls, it turns out the lob is still reigning supreme in 2017. Below, more on this and their other predictions for the top chops of the summer.
"The cut being refined this summer is a classic angled Parisian lob," says David Mallett. "Instead of cutting the back short (which is moving into bob territory), keep enough length to create an updo on a sweltering day or on the way home from the beach. A Parisian lob should be tailored to your face, hair, ears, and how much time you have to style it in the mornings." If you want to turn up your lob's natural volume, try Mallet Volume Powder ($40).
"Lobs are still regularly requested by many of my clients," says Lauren Thompson of Nunzio Saviano Salon. "I think this is a look that is here to stay because it's flattering on everyone, and it works with every hair texture."
"I love this haircut hitting right around the jawline and styled super sleek, sometimes even tucked behind the ears," says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan. "To style, I suggest prepping hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum ($5) and blow-drying flat with the Ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer ($199) and a smoothing brush. When hair is dry, go over 1/2 inch horizontal sections with the Ghd Gold Flat Iron ($199), and then finish with a little more oil on the ends."
"A bob feels really liberating and exudes confidence," explains Franck Izquierdo, co-founder of IGK Hair Care. "Also, it doesn't require straight strands—just make sure to get a cut that works with the natural curl. It's perfect for summer because, with the right cut, it should be very air-dry friendly."
"Chic, face-framing pieces look super French and summer-ready," says Marjan. "I love either a long, eyebrow-grazing bang like Brigitte Bardot or super short like Lily Collins in Cannes. The key with bangs is to always blow-dry and style them first before the rest of the hair. I suggest prepping them with TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Leave-In, and then blow-drying with the Ghd Air blow-dryer and a fine-tooth comb to get tension at the root to avoid cowlicks. When they're dry, use a small round brush to brush them to the side to frame the face or to blow-dry them straight down for a more dramatic finish."
"Bangs are still on trend, and we are loving the shag fringe because they're more low maintenance and give beautiful shape to the face," says Izquierdo. "They can also be styled curly and natural—not as polished and buttoned up as before."
Adds Batiste celebrity hairstylist Christine Symonds, "If you have textured hair, don't be scared of fringe. Wear the fringe with texture throughout—my favorite trick is to spray the roots with Batiste Dry Shampoo ($6) for extra body."
Celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims foresees buzz cuts to be one of the It cuts of the season, describing them as "super-short, created with clippers and a razor."
Stars like Amandla Stenberg and Cara Delevingne have traded in their long locks for short, low-maintenance cuts—perfect for hot summer weather if you ask us.
Next up, take a look at how cool girls in NYC and L.A. are dyeing their hair this season.