To navigate the perfect bob haircuts, we turned to two top hairstylists for their expert opinions: Leanne Citrone, co-owner and stylist at Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles, and Jon Reyman, founder of bicoastal salon Spoke & Weal. Both Citrone and Reyman categorise the trendy length as a shock-proof cut that won't leave you in tears, and might even inspire you to try more risk-tasking lengths in the future. Reyman likes to call it the "gateway drug" to different, more dramatic cuts.
And how do you know if you should take the plunge? "When you're ready, you're ready," says Citrone. Sound like you? Ahead, all the answers — and inspo — you need.
"You could play it safe with a lob," Citrone says, "but a really sharp, straight bob with a fringe is dramatic and beautiful." This cut will give you the same look-at-me effect as your long, swingy strands, while the fringe will maintain that mysterious long-hair quality you love.
Blunt bobs are way more versatile than you think, and they work best when you let your natural texture be free. This look on Yara Shahidi may only be wig, but the effect is just as powerful. (And yes, curly hair girls can rock a fringe.)
There's no denying that Lucy Boynton had the breakout bob of the year. Although she's since ditched the blue tint from the Met Gala, the actress is sticking with this soft cut courtesy of Jenny Cho — and we love it.
If you have: one-length hair with a few face-framing layers. Try: a sharp, blunt bob.
Good news for anyone who has a few face-framing layers on their generally one-length cut: You'll transition beautifully to a sharp, blunt lob. Why? While a blunt cut can be startling for anyone, the length of this chop will frame your face even better than your layers do and give you the thick, one-length look you like.
Jessica Chastain's layered lob proves that a trusted air-dry routine can do a style some good. Ditch the hot tools and you'll really get to see what your natural texture can do.
Looking for lightweight movement even if your hair is crazy thick? Copy Rowan Blanchard's former style for the cool-girl cut of the moment.
Kelly Rowland is a master at switching up her short, chin-length hair, but this simple, sleek blowout with a centre part is one of our favourite looks on her.
If you need any more reason to finally take a leap of faith and ditch your dead ends, look to To All the Boys I've Loved Before actress, Lana Condor. The breakout star cut off her signature hair for a choppy bob complemented by soft, messy layers.
Copy Lily James' chin-length chop and your hair routine will get so much easier. Soon enough, you'll be ditching the accessories and hot tools for the simple hack of tucking a few pieces of hair behind your ears. We already know it makes a huge difference for your look — James is just the latest proof.
"This is for people who are ready for a big cut," Citrone says, adding that the best way to wear it is with the waves tucked behind one ear, like Dua Lipa.
Reyman suggests you ask for some light layers so you can wear it wavy (his preferred look with a lob), and because it makes air-drying easier, no matter your texture. "A lob makes any hair more pliable and gives you tons of options; it's versatile," he says. "Just make sure that whoever cuts it is able to manage your length and your density."
A-list celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook gave Elisabeth Moss this gorgeous lob — and we're so here for it. A deep side part and loose, beachy waves make this cut look elegant and alluring.