L.A.'s Most Popular Summer Haircut Is NOT What You'd Expect

Los Angeles, land of the messy lob and air-dried waves, is officially enamored with a more-graphic look: the bob with bangs. It's a style that first swept Hollywood, and has officially infiltrated our coolest salons, too — and there are countless variations to choose from for every texture.

L.A. hairstylist Sal Salcedo tells us it's his most-requested cut right now. "It's daring, it's a strong statement, and it shows that the person wearing it is confident and that their idea of femininity is not necessarily having long hair," he says. Meanwhile, Shai Amiel (the man to see for natural curls) has been giving more and more clients bangs with short, bouncy chops. And the stylists over at Ramirez|Tran are churning out the shortest versions of the look. Suffice it to say, it's a thing.

Ready to see it in action? Our favorite bobs with bangs for every hair texture, ahead.

Straight Hair

Ask for a classic/textbook bob that's cut right to the corners of your lips — the secret to the universally-flattering finish. When it comes to the bangs, don't be afraid to go for a length a bit shorter than you might typically go. "The fringe should be above the eyebrows and get slightly longer at the temples so that it blends right into the length," Salcedo says.
Spoke&Weal hairstylist Lindsay Victoria takes the look a bit longer, but keeps the fringe short to score a similar effect.
Prefer something with a bit more edge? This choppy bob has all the punk rock vibes of a shag, but cropped to a classic bob length.
Ready to kick off the training wheels? Try this shorter, more graphic chop for all the Instagram likes.
Good news: Once your bangs grow out, they'll still look incredibly chic.
This short, A-line bob makes cheekbones so sharp, you won't even need highlighter.
This blunt cut has almost zero layering for a modern finish.
This look features a sharp, even base (as opposed to an A-line cut), with that classic L.A. messy styling.
These choppy, uneven bangs give this cut an artsy feeling that's totally unique.
Wavy Hair

Hair need not be straight to make this killer cut look amazing. For those with natural waves, heed hairstylist Daniel Martinez's advice. "This shape is the epitome of a lived-in box bob," he says. (Your stylist will understand the term.) You'll want the ends to hit around your chin, but be sure to make length variations with your exact texture in mind (your light-to-choppy layers should have weight to air-dry).

Wavy bangs can be a touch more difficult to wrangle every morning, so Martinez suggests starting longer. Ask for tapered fringe that hit the tops of the cheekbones and keep the density light, so they're easy to smooth into the rest of your hair if needed.
These wispy bangs make for a softer version of the trend. Make sure to stick to a layered cut, which will keep the look soft throughout.
Notice the bangs are also longer here, which ensure they will dry into a shaggy shape on wavy hair.
Thick, blunt bangs give this wavy bob transformation an edgy dose of cool — even before you realize half her hair is green.
Believe it or not, this is how this chop air-dried, thanks to the longer fringe and perfect length. Pro tip: Tuck wet hair behind the ears for the perfect face-framing wave.
But just because you have wavy hair doesn't mean you must opt for a longer fringe. Baby bangs look crazy cool on colorist Christine Silverman .
Curly Hair

The key to getting this look on curly hair lies in a dry cut, Amiel tells us. "Fringe has been very popular lately — all my clients are asking for bangs," he says. "You don't need to fear bangs with your curls... just make sure you are cutting them in their natural state — and while dry! The last thing you want is to cut them wet because when they shrink, you have nothing left."

Ask for tapered bang that blend into shorter layers on the crown, he says. "The fullness from the layers and the dramatic bangs really gives the hair great presence."

Moral of the story: Ask for well-blended fringe — and don't let anyone touch your curls with thinning shears, which will cause major frizz, Amiel notes.
Salcedo's choppy layers give this voluminous look a lived-in effect.
Proof that short, piecey bangs work just as well on curly locks. Word to the wise: Book an appointment with L.A. hairstylist Sabina Yannone if you can, because her cuts are epic.
Similar to Amiel's technique, this chop features shorter layers at the crown for a fuller look. Tip: Ask for rounded layers to copy this look.
Don't be scared to ease into this style with a lob instead — keeping some weight on the ends will make air-drying easier for some textures and lifestyles.
Anh Co Tran kept this cut at lob-level, too, and we're so here for it.
Celeb hairstylist Marcia Hamilton created this cut on Tamera Mowry using a similar technique: rounded layers and smooth transitions between the lengths to ensure a fluid, bouncy finish.
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