The “Lob” and 6 Other Chic Shorter Hairstyles You’ll Love

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It’s official. Shorter to mid-length ‘dos are all the rage right now. One by one, ladies are chopping off their long locks in favor of shorter, chicer styles. The “lob” (long bob) is especially popular right now. Mandy Moore, Nicole Ritchie, Alexa Chung, Lauren Conrad, Olivia Palmero and countless other trend setters are rocking the lob these days. Even though Anna Wintour has been on this look for years, the rest of the world is catching on to the fact that less is more when it comes to hairstyles -at least for now.

Shorter ‘dos are seeing a surge in popularity that hasn’t been around since the ’50s and ’60s. Back in the days of Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, short was the only way to go. Then the “flower child” era of the ’70s hit and it’s been all about long hair since then. From the feathered Farrah Fawcett wave of the ’70s, to the big permed styles of the ’80s, followed by the cascading waves of the 2000’s brought to you by Victoria’s Secret and Britney Spears, long hair has dominated for over  four decades. But that trend has come to halt over the past couple years. From celebs to fashion bloggers -long locks are getting chopped off daily. And we can’t say we blame them. Long hair can be a real pain, so we’re pretty excited that shorter ‘dos are the current “it” look.

Here are 7 shorter styles to check out if you’re considering taking the plunge!

The Choppy Lob with Fringe

The super cute choppy “lob” (long bob) as seen on Nicole Ritchie, looks great on everyone. The long sideswept fringe gives you something to work with and this cut is long enough to pull back into a ponytail when you need to.

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The Classic Lob

Olivia Palmero’s single length classic lob is perfect for anyone with thick straight hair who is looking for a chic change. If you want a classic look with no fringe, the single length lob is one style to consider.

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The Pageboy

The pageboy (a.k.a the hair of Anna Wintour) is a classic style that started back in the ’20s. It’s instantly chic and retro. This style does require more maintenance than the lob, so keep in mind you’ll need to go in for haircuts more frequently, but it’s oh-so-cute!

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The Bob

The bob is similar to the classic pageboy except, as you can see, it goes from short to long in the front. This look is more avant-garde, but perfect if you have a straight hair texture and want something a bit more edgy.

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The Pixie

If you’re brave and you want to go extra short, try the pixie cut, as seen on Emma Watson. This edgy cute ‘do is great for anyone with slightly wavy to straight hair who wants any easy, fun haircut. Keep in mind, this cut like most other short cuts, needs regular maintenance!

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The Flapper

If you’re looking to go short, but not pixie-short, check out the flapper cut. It’s reminiscent of the ’20s flapper era (a la Great Gatsby) and because of the wavy look, it works well with most hair types -except super curly hair.

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Medium Length Waves

And if you’re not quite ready to go short, but still want to update you long locks, try a choppy medium length layered look. It’s safe, but it’s still a chic updated version of long hair. It’s also great for all hair types -including curly.

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