Mid-length hairstyles like the long bob (or lob, for short) are popular for a reason. Because aside from being incredibly versatile, it's a low-maintenance haircut that's not too long but not too short as well—it's like having the best of both worlds. Playing with different looks isn't that difficult with this length either. In fact, there are endless options to make your 'do look brand new every time. Keep scrolling for some celebrity-approved styling options!
1. Beach waves
Let's start with the simplest type of curl that you need to master: beach waves. This will add more bounce and texture to your hair without using too much heat and hair product. Not to mention, it looks absolutely stunning on everyone.
2. Crown braid
A braid never fails to add a doll-like touch to a short 'do, and a big braid looped around on your crown can be one of your daintiest choices. You can even braid some extensions and use that as a makeshift headband!
For instantly textured hair, press your strands with a crimper to achieve small waves in record time. Unlike curling irons, crimpers have at least three barrels that speed up the process of getting volumized hair. No wonder it was such a huge trend back in the '80s!
4. One-sided texture
If you've been blessed with thick hair, make the most out of your luscious locks to create the most amazing textured waves. The key here is to prep your locks with texturizing spray and finish the look with a generous amount of hairspray. You know what they say: Go big or go home!
5. Coat tuck
Tucking your ends into your suit jacket is the simplest way to give your hair and outfit that special (and literal) connection. It's an easy yet polished look that'll save you time and hair products!
6. Relaxed waves
For a romantic vibe that still looks effortless, opt for big, relaxed curls. Start your waves with a medium-sized curling barrel and softly brush out the curls to loosen them up! The result? It'll show off the layers on your 'do or soften the appearance of a blunt-edged cut.
7. Double barrette
Barrettes can spice up any hairstyle and make it look brand new. Don't stick to using just one either—the more, the merrier! Better yet, match your pins with your outfit to tie your entire OOTD together.
8. Low ponytail
The advantage of having a long bob is that your hair feels lighter than ever but you can still tie it in a ponytail. In fact, you can make it special event-ready by gelling it down in a clean side or center part. You can even accessorize it by topping it off with a barrette!
9. Half ponytail
Can't commit to a ponytail? Cut the section in half just to keep some strands away from your face. If you have thin hair that needs more volume up top, lift some hair from your sides and gather them at the center for a chic, functional partition.
10. Curtain bangs
Anyone who's ever had bangs would know how much of a struggle it is to grow them out and style around the awkward length. But if they're long enough, try separating them in the center and let them blend in with the rest of your waves. It creates what hairstylists call "curtain bangs" as it frames your face with a pair of long fringes.
Achieving tons of volume doesn't always mean curling your locks until they're fried. Sometimes, a good blowout will suffice, especially if you have sparse strands that need a lift.
12. Wet hair
The sleek, "wet" hairstyles you see are often not wet with water at all. Faking that post-swim look is usually thanks to copious amounts of gel, hair gloss, and texturizing hair products that douse hair for a photo-ready sheen.
13. Flipped ends
If Betty Boop had a lob instead of a pixie cut, she'd probably reposition her signature flips to her ends. Not only is it so retro chic, you don't need pro skills to do it—a few flicks with a flat iron will do the trick!
14. Inward flip
An inward flip, on the other hand, is a more modern option that brings attention to your face by pushing the vision towards the center. The way it adds effortless bounce and delivers the illusion of thicker hair is but a bonus!
15. Straight and center-parted
Where you part your hair makes a huge difference to its overall look, so choose wisely. That said, we're strong advocates of the center part for a quick, easy, and face-framing style that round-faced girls will love.
16. Low bun
With the help of bobby pins and strong hold hairspray, you can twist your lob into a low bun—perfect for attending a wedding or even for daily wear! It doesn't need to be that neat either. After securing the knot, you can pull your hair loose from the roots to loosen it and frame your face with thin sections.
17. Brushed up
A brushed-up 'do can also look amazing dry if you have a good blowout as a base. Add more drama by flipping your ends (see #13!) or sliding on a chic hair pin (or pins!) to push your locks back.
18. Vintage waves
Finger waves were huge in the '20s, but it's not exactly the most wearable style for the 2010s. That doesn't mean you can't channel that vibe anymore, though—all you have to do is make your sections bigger and less structured.
Every time you get a gift or treat yourself to a designer purchase, keep the ribbon the package comes with! Breathe new life into it by turning it into a hair accessory. Your ponytails will never look boring again.
20. Faux bob
Layers aren't just for adding dimension to your hair—it also makes for a good optical illusion. For one, separating your shortest strands and tying the rest in a bun gives you an instant bob sans the haircut!