10 Haircuts S.F. Stylists Are Calling The "Next Lob"

There's no ignoring the fact that the wavy, shoulder-length hairstyle known as the "lob" has been sweeping California salons for quite a while now. The cut, popularized by famed L.A. stylist Anh Co Tran, is a ubiquitous 'do in S.F. — seen on everyone from local bloggers to tech power players.

But, if you ask us, it's high time to see what's next. After some solid seasons in the spotlight for the lob, we're ready to explore a new cut. Which is why we've tapped 10 S.F. stylists to give us the scoop on what they think everyone in the city will be asking for soon. Whether it's a '90s-style Linda Evangelista pixie or a blunt cut with bangs, these styles may just have you saying goodbye to the lob come fall.
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Photo: Courtesy of Barrow.
The Salon: Barrow
The Stylist: Shelly Cross
The Look: Layered bob with bangs

"Bangs are super-inspiring again. [They're] a fun, quick way to completely change the lob," says salon owner Michelle Fiona. "Plus, adding layers to the old lob gives a completely different look with a ton of different styling options."
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Photo: Courtesy of Barrow.
The Salon: Barrow
The Stylist:
Michelle Fiona
The Look:
Soft, '70s-inspired layers

"We are obsessed with layers being new again," says Michelle Fiona. "There's been a trend of no layers and a super-grungy lob, so it's refreshing to lighten up hair again."
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The Salon: Cowboys & Angels
The Stylist: Brittnay Sugure
The Look:
Soft, updated pixie

"If you took off a lot of length to obtain the coveted lob, are feeling adventurous, or want to take your hair to the next level of short, you might want to try a long, soft-razored version of a classic pixie," says salon owner David Tolls. "Think a little '90s, Linda Evangelista style."
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The Salon: Cowboys & Angels
The Stylist: David Tolls
The Look:
Deconstructed layers and bangs

"Grow out your lob — a bit or a lot — and add in some medium, soft, deconstructed layers and curtain fringe, kind of like Jean Shrimpton," says Tolls. "It can be stronger or softer depending on bone structure. This is an easy transition, and a winner for most face shapes and textures. It also makes a ponytail or bun much more interesting when you don't have a lot of time."
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Photo: Courtesy of Pony Salon.
The Salon: Pony Salon
The Stylist: Corinna Hernandez
The Look: Feathered bob

"Update the lob by cutting it off into a chic, short, full, feathered bob — '70s-style," says owner and stylist Corinna Hernandez. "Sorry, ladies, but maybe it's time to move on from the lob."
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Photo: Courtesy of Taylor Monroe.
The Salon: Taylor Monroe
The Stylist: Tina Nguyen
The Look: Asymmetrical, disconnected bob

"This cut complements all lifestyles," says salon owner Rochelle Rapada. "The asymmetrical and disconnected cut makes it modern, edgy, and fun. The length can be as subtle or dramatic as you desire. The cut flatters most face frames and hair textures. It can be worn sleek-straight, wavy, or messy with a bit of dry shampoo for some added texture."
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Photo: Courtesy of Taylor Monroe.
The Salon: Taylor Monroe
The Stylist:
Juli Smith
The Look:
Textured blunt cut with bangs

"Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that blunt cuts are in. But how many times can we really get excited about seeing the same square, one-length [cut] with a strategically disheveled finish?" says Rapada. "To give this look more of an edge, try a triangular blunt cut and refined ends with some texture. The texture through the ends gives the cut more versatility, and the blunt-cut fringe really showcases your features."
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Photo: Courtesy Of Edo.
The Salon: Edo Salon
The Stylist: Jayne Matthews
The Look:
Disconnected layers with heavy bangs

"This cut is not quite as blunt as the lob. It's styled similarly — but is just a bit more daring," says owner and senior stylist Jayne Matthews.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rubio & Raven.
The Salon: Rubio & Raven
The Stylist: Hector Estrada
The Look:
Classic bob with bangs

"As we see the lob trend slowly fade, women are bringing their hair length up to a classic bob haircut," says salon manager and senior stylist Devon Zeigler. "Perfect for both summer and fall, this cut allows more versatility in styling."
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The Salon: Rubio & Raven
The Stylist: Hector Estrada
The Look:
Classic bob with movement

"This chic, chin-length bob can be worn straight and sleek, or slightly messy for a more textured aesthetic," says Zeigler.
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