10 Covetable Lob Hairstyles That Prove The Power Of Middle Ground

Think of it as a cut compromise.

Hair decisions (of any kind) can seem overwhelming and oftentimes extreme.

Chopping to chin-length? A dauntingly drastic move for some, especially if you’re used to longer locks. However, there comes a point at which ‘a tiny trim’ is simply not enough for hair health or excitement levels.

Luckily, long and short are no longer your only length options. The ‘lob’ (AKA the long bob) is the perfect in-between (and eternally on-trend) cut to try if you’re not sure about your next move.

Settling somewhere around the shoulders (generally either slightly above or slightly below depending on personal preference), the lob is both universally flattering and undeniably chic, as proven by Hollywood’s clear affinity for it.

Yes indeed, celebrities have long enjoyed mane middle ground for its bevy of benefits, with many of our favourite faces preferring lobs over jaw-length or waist-length alternatives.

Why? The lob is in fact a perfect cut compromise. You still have enough length to play with in terms of styling options, but time spent washing, drying and (worst of all) attempting to manage breakage will still be cut way down.

It’s quite the future-proof cut, as well. You could live in the land of the lob before continuing onto a full-fledged bob, enjoy the way a shoulder-length chop helps to eventually allow your frayed ends to be long and strong once more, or just embrace the lob for the non-daunting, striking final length destination that it is.

Whatever your reasoning or your plan, we’ve rounded up 12 celebrity lob hairstyles that may just convince you to take the (mini) plunge…

The Best Long Bob Hairstyles For 2024

How celebrities are wearing the long bob in 2024.

Sydney Sweeney: The Edgy, Messy Lob


Sydney Sweeney unveiled a messy lob at the Autumn Winter 2024 Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion Week.

Zendaya: The 1950s Housewife Lob


Zendaya makes this voluminous 1950s bob sleek and modern. You may need to ask your hairdresser for ‘Zendaya lob blow out tips’.

Salma Hayek: The Sleek, Blunt Lob


Salma Hayek’s ’90s bob is the peak of the sleek ‘executive’ bob. The blunt lob with a centre part is set for a return, if you ask us. Just stock up on shine-inducing hair serums.

Daisy Edgar Jones: The Lob With Curtain Bangs


A queen of the balayage lob, Daisy Edgar Jones has recently cut curtain bangs into her usually messy lob.

Emma Stone: The Flicked Out Lob


Emma has grown out her iconic red lob and wore it with ‘flicked out’ ends to the 2024 Golden Globes. Some hair types will do this naturally, so ask your hairdresser if it will work for you.

Margot Robbie: The Old Hollywood Lob


Margot Robbie now has long, flowing Barbie hair. However, we’re still not over her mid 2010s lob, which she grew out from a sleek peroxide bob to an Old Hollywood side-swept, wavy lob.

Scarlett Johansson: The Ringlet Lob


Johansson keeps her lob a little shorter, hitting just above the shoulders.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: The Beachy Lob


Huntington-Whiteley’s lob still allows enough length for a balayage blend.

Constance Wu: A Blunt Lob


Wu keeps her look chic and sleek, with smooth texture and a centre part.

Jessica Chastain: The Wavy Lob


Chastain’s parting says ‘glamour’ but her tousled texture says ‘undone’.

Phoebe Dynevor: The Slicked Back Lob


Dynevor proves that the lob looks just as chic slicked back as it does down.

Related stories