Hair 2015

The Long Bob Is the Haircut of the Moment

Skilled stylist and salon owner Lisa Power breaks down the must-have haircut of the season.

By Amanda Zurita August 4, 2015 Published in the August 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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The long bob—I refuse to call it a lob—is easily the most requested cut right now,” says Lisa Power, the 29-year stylist and name behind Queen Anne’s Lisa Power Salon. “It’s loose, shaggy, approachably midlength.” But most important—and why you’re seeing it on women throughout Seattle—it’s diverse. It’s a cut that can be dressed up for the boardroom or down for a weekend hike. It works styled in beachy waves or strong and straightened. 

And it can be worn by nearly anyone. Have a fuller face? Request a more inverted cut that lands just below the jaw line. Fine hair? Keep the tips textured and uneven, says Power, who prefers clipping long bobs with a razor for softer, more graduated edges. As for fringe, choose a swoopy shape with a bit of an angle over a blunt, straight chop.

To style: Let it get a little lived in. “The look we’re seeing is a bit dirty and textured,” says Power. “You definitely don’t need to wash it every day.” Add volume by blow-drying roots upside down, and then use a flat iron or curling iron to weave in a relaxed wave, alternating the direction of curls to keep the look natural. Finish with a paste pomade, working the product from the ends up to the midpoint of the hair.

In other words, keep it loose, don’t overstyle it, and whatever you do, don’t call it a lob.


Lisa Power demonstrates how to go from shower to styled in 10 minutes:


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