The lob is having a major moment, and with a look through these styles, it’s easy to see why. Hair above the shoulder is always edgy, sexy, and unbelievably cool for 2017.
There’s something sexy—and even a little bit coy—about bangs that just barely graze the eye. And it also happens to be incredibly easy to achieve at home. Urban likes to blow-dry this style using what she calls a “wrap dry” technique: With a paddle brush, she first pushes the hair down and to the left, and then down and to the right, and back and forth. “This helps get the swoop of the bang,” says hairstylist Kerrie Urban. Finish off with a sculpting balm (we likeSally Hershberger 24K Vanity Hair Shaping Balm
Sharp angles and a very slight bend is what gives Kelly Rowland a polished look. If your hair is thick or curly, have your stylist thin it out a bit to create texture without the extra pouffy volume.
This wavy lob looks hard to maintain, but it’s actually fairly easy. “Your hairstylist should adjust the allover layers to fit your face,” says Matt Fugate, a hairstylist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in New York City. “That’s what makes it feel so lived-in and organic.” Loosely wrap one-to-two-inch sections of hair around a curling rod (like the T3 Whirl Trio), then flip your head upside down and mist on a light-hold hair spray (likeL’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray
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). Flip back over, tousle a little, and boom! You’re Sienna Miller. (Well, one step closer, anyway.)
Jennifer Hudson’s spiked pixie can best be described as straight-up badass. And her layers is part of what makes it work so well. To re-create Hudson’s texture, start by running a flatiron over sections of hair and then rake a volumizing cream through it for separation. (We like Philip Kingsley PK Prep Plumping Cream)
This is the short-hair equivalent of a lazy-girl topknot. It takes minimal effort, works well with second-day hair, and looks undeniably cool. To get it, wet your hair, smooth a styling cream or pomade through it, create a part (or not), and comb the hair down and away from your face, smoothing as you go.
“The key to this style is keeping hair in top condition so the ends don’t look frizzy,” says Urban. One way to do that? Moisturize the hell out of it with conditioners, like coconut or argan oil. Comb the oil through wet hair and allow it to air-dry, then reapply it again and let your natural curls do their thing.
Want proof that an edgy cut can also be glam? Here you go: “Don’t go overboard with product to re-create this look,” warns Urban. “Just apply a dab of styling cream to give hold and blow-dry with a large round brush. Then run your hands through the top and lightly spritz on a medium-hold hair spray.”
Could Demi Lovato be any cooler? This textured cut screams IT girl. But be warned, the textured cut can cause instant attraction from unwanted suitors.
Yes, it’s a super short cut, but the full top and thin sides give this pixie more structure than most. To re-create it, “blow-dry the hair forward with your hands and take a flatiron to really polish it smooth,” says Urban.
An ombré style doesn’t always have to have a drastic color change. Try a subtle ombré like Kristen Wiig for a sophisticated take on the uber popular trend