Mark Our Words: This Will Be the It-Girl Haircut of the Season
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 air time, 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 plain ol' long bob. Since their "debut," they have been a staple in most celebrity's (and non-celebrity's) hair rotations.
This year, and specifically heading into winter, we wondered which haircuts would be the "it" cut of the season. After polling a few celebrity stylists and mane moguls, turns out the lob is still reigning supreme in 2017. Below, more on this and their other predictions for the top chops of the season.
"The cut being refined this season 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. 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's Volume Powder ($52).
"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 is 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 and blowdrying 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 a flatiron, 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. With the right cut, it should be very air-dry friendly."
"Chic, face framing pieces look super French," 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 blowdry and style them first before the rest of the hair. I suggest prepping them with Tresemmé Repair and Protect 7 leave-in, then blowdrying with the Ghd Air blowdryer 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 blowdry 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 favourite trick is to spray the roots with Batiste Dry Shampoo ($10) 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."
Next up, take a look at how cool girls in NYC and L.A. are dyeing their hair this season.