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Hello Hair Fix Fans,

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m back and better than ever! My very first post from November, 2012 was all about the Lob, and two and a half years later this trend is still HOT! Thanks to celebrities like Julianne Hough, Kate Mara, Rose Byrne, and Ciara the trend has stayed strong.

The reason it’s been so popular is because of how versatile it is. Of course it all comes down to customization by your stylist to make it work for your face shape, hair texture and hair type. In general though, the Lob suits most face shapes by simply adjusting where the part falls and how long you choose to keep the length. The length of a Lob should be anywhere from just grazing the shoulders to a few inches below. Another reason why it’s so versatile is it makes finer textures look fuller and can bring out a natural wavy texture for anyone that has long thick, heavy hair. This style can be worn sleek and straight, natural, or textured by using a curling iron and using a dry texture spray. I like Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave. Lastly, because it’s a Long-Bob, if you don’t like it, it won’t take you very long to go back to your long locks. Give it a try, summer is coming!

I’ve shared a few pictures below of recent Lobs I’ve done, at my home, the Antonio Prieto Salon. There are 5 main techniques that go into a well executed Lob for me.

  1. The ideal length, cut with a soft A-Line
  2. A combination of surface layering and undercutting
  3. Long or no layers around the face
  4.  Diffusing any blunt lines to create texture
  5. Directional slicing & channeling to add movement

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A big source of inspiration for me is stylist, Anh Co Tran, from the Ramirez Tran Salon. He does beautiful, cutting-edge work. Follow him at anhcotran on instagram. Follow me as well on instagram at brianzinno.

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What is a Lob you ask? It’s a Long-Bob. I have a lot of clients that like the idea of a Bob and how simple it can be to manage but do not like how heavy and dense it can look. The Lob serves a lot of face shapes and hair types as well.

I find myself suggesting this haircut behind the chair a lot. A perfect example is two clients I had this month on separate occasions. My first lady was enjoying a long layered haircut we had been doing for a while but was feeling like she wanted a change and possibly wanted to go shorter. She was understandably afraid to lose a style she loved and the length. My second client I was helping grow out a shorter style we had been doing for a while, but didn’t want anything too high maintenance. In both situations I suggested a Lob.

I told my long layered lady during our consultation that a Lob would fulfill her need for a change, and wanting to go shorter. What’s so great about this haircut is that a Lob can range anywhere from 2 inches below your shoulders to an inch above your shoulders. I suggested a length just skimming the shoulders and slightly longer toward the face.  If she finds that she misses her long hair within eight weeks it will be just below the shoulder again which will make it feel like a longer haircut. It’s really such a transformative style.

With my shorter hair lady I also suggested a lob, but with a length hitting an inch off the shoulders. I knew it would be a good goal to work toward and keeping it off the shoulder will still feel like a shorter style to her. For either length the keys to making this style work is light-long layering, undercutting, texturizing and removing weight. Without these techniques you will be walking the streets with a heavy, blunt triangle sitting on your shoulders. The ends should feel light and piecey. The silhouette should be sleek and have internal movement.

My all-time favorite example of this is Jennifer Aniston’s Lob.

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