The long bob, or 'lob' is this season's must-have hairstyle. Hailed as the haircut that works on every face shape, hair type and colour, the long bob is the style to ask for at your next salon appointment. Striking and completely versatile, the lob makes it easy to go from tousled bed head to sleek red carpet-ready tresses in an instant. In fact, it's not hard to see just why the long bob hairstyle is being championed by everyone from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jessica Alba to Sienna Miller, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lawrence.
A long bob sits somewhere just below the collarbone and whether you hair is curly, wavy, straight, thick or thin, a lob hairstyle can work for you. And with the warmer weather about to hit, a chic lob is our new go-to style to keep us cool when the heatwave (hopefully) arrives. Decidedly low maintenance, the lob requires very little styling (or as much styling as you wish) and can completely transform your look.
Whether you're already thinking about going for the chop or still need convincing, our pick of the best long bob hairstyles will give you all the information you need to make the most important hair choice of the season...
This season's trends see a shift from minimalism to big colour, graphic shapes and bold makeup – and the Lob is the perfect hairstyle to complement this move towards maximalism. Want to channel all-out boho style for this summer's festivals? The Lob is the perfect paired back style for subtle beachy waves. Thinking of trying out summer's electric blue eyeliner? A chic long bob hairstyle will ensure your make-up does all the talking. Date night at your favourite restaurant? Style your new lob hairstyle sleek and chic.
If you are going to style it, aim for something simple. Use the George Home Ceramic Coated Straighteners to perfect any poker-straight 'do, or use the BaByliss Curling Wand Pro to create enviable waves for an evening out.
Or, you can easily add some texture to your lob hairstyle the right product. For super easy, on-the-go style try a spritz of ASDA Exotic Tropic Dry Shampoo, which will give your cut that covetable bedhead texture.
To achieve natural-looking bounce, try applying TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse to give your hair some added oomph and use a hint of wax on the ends, such as Shockwaves Ultimate Effects Texturising Gum, to add extra depth to the cut, especially with fine tresses.
If you're addicted to styling tools, make sure to give your lob some TLC with a product like the Tresemme Liquid Gold Perfecting Treatment, which will help to restore shine and vitality in one fell swoop.
Finally, a spritz of Silvikrin Natural Hold Hairspray will hold your style all day without restricting movement and texture.