Looking to take years off your face and achieve a fresh, new look? It might be time to cut all your long hair off.
The lob (or long bob) is enjoying a moment right now, with Mintel reporting that hairdressers around the world are finding more and more women want to cut serious inches from their hair in order to create a chin-length bob.
As the lob soars in popularity, FEMAIL speaks to leading hairdresser, Anthony Nader, to find out why the celebrity-loved hairstyle suits and flatters every face shape and age.
The most recent star to try the lob is actress, Margot Robbie, who chopped several inches off between the BAFTAS and the Oscars with transformative results.
‘I love a lob,’ celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader, told FEMAIL.
‘We’ve done the sharp jawline graphic-edged bob, and now it’s all about letting your length grow so it gently sweeps your shoulders.’
The hairdresser revealed that ‘the beauty of the popular style is that you have the length to alter the base line to meet your facial feature requirements’:
‘The length point at the very front can tip lower than the rest, so you have the illusion of “longer” in the front and shorter in the nape of the neck.’
Anthony also pointed out that you can also ‘keep the base line completely even and horizontal, so it sits at one sleek length all the way round.’
A good purveyor of this style is Margot Robbie, whose chin-length style suits her face perfectly.
But it’s not only twenty-somethings like Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift who suit the lob.
Anthony pointed out that women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond all suit the style – with women including Madonna, Kim Cattrall and Rose Byrne all wearing the cut.
‘You can have so much fun styling with or without layers,’ he said.
‘Having layers will definitely give your strands more volume and texture, while keeping your lob all one length will keep its appearance sleek and polished.
‘But be warned that when you have a one length lob, you’ll be working harder in the mornings to get a shape,’ he added.
‘This is because of the extra weight.’
For those thinking they would like to try the lob, a few words of warning and pieces of advice.
If you have a long or oval face, the pros recommend asking for longer bob, with layering to add volume.
Round or heart-shaped faces would do well to ask for a blunt finish, a la Margot Robbie.
‘Keep in mind that the smaller and more petite your face, the more you should have a style that doesn’t cover up all your facial features,’ Anthony said.
‘Fringes can definitely work – but on face shapes where your forehead is wider and longer, this works a treat.’
Finally, Anthony revealed that with a textured lob, the good news is that your styling can get ‘a whole lot easier’:
‘Invest in a sea salt spray or volume mousse and scrunch in your product into damp hair and you’re set to go,’ he said.
‘If you have a few extra minutes in the morning, blow dry your hair and scrunch it up while it’s drying.’