The long bob has been trending for some time now, but hair pros say it's time to move on. This season brings a fresh crop of styles that are the perfect mix of edgy and easy.
It seems like the lob, or long bob, has been the most coveted cut for a couple of years now. Not really long, but not exactly short, the midlength style gets high marks for being so darn versatile: wear it straight, add some wave, pull it back -- it all works. We get it; but hairstylists say it's not the only cut that works. If you're ready for a change, here are some on-trends styles that almost anyone can wear.
Take your lob up a few inches north with a chin-length bob. "It's a huge, huge trend right now," says Devin Toth, hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York City. It's an especially good style if you have fine-to-medium hair. "The one-length cut will make your hair look thicker," he explains. Anyone can pull it off, but your stylist can customize the cropped 'do to fit your face shape. If you have a narrow face, the length can hit right at the chin, Toth says. If your face is wider, go about an inch longer. "The extra length will visually elongate your face," he says.
Must-have styler: A flat iron to make your bob super sleek. Try Rowenta Straight Express 1-inch Flat Iron ($150, bloomingdales.com).
While the lob is mostly one length, this cut is all about the texture and layers. The length doesn't change much -- both styles hit around the collarbone. The big difference is lots of layers in the front. "It really opens up your face," Toth says. To keep this style modern and not "the Rachel" circa 1994, the majority of the layers should fall below your chin, he says. "You want to avoid a top-heavy cut with too many layers cheek-level," he says. You also want the layers to fall away from your face, not toward it. Toth's tip: When blow-drying, look up at the ceiling, not down at the floor. The simple technique tweak sets your hair off your face.
Must-have styler: Volumizing spray. Try Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Mega Full Volumizing Lotion ($5.50, drugstore.com).
If you're really ready for a change -- and a chop -- go for a totally texturized pixie. "It's cool and effortless -- and really easy to style," Toth says. The off-the-neck cut can work for all face shapes, but your stylist can tweak to make it even more flattering for yours. For example, if you have a wide face, you want a longer pixie with the longest piece hitting at the chin, Toth says.
Must-have styler: Sea salt spray gives hair that "roughed up" texture this style needs. Try Suave Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($4.50, walmart.com).