Looking for a new do this spring? Check out two iconic styles, the bob and the “lob,” that are dominating the tresses of Hollywood starlets from Tia Mowry to Sanaa Lathan. Get the facts on why either style could work for you.


What is the bob?

The iconic bob haircut is a blunt cut that is level with the bottom of the ears all the way around the head. This chic style can be worn with bangs or hair swept to one side of the face.

Who is wearing it in Hollywood?

Oscar-winning beauty Jennifer Hudson is sporting a sexy spring bob do that was cut by celebrity hairstylist Tippi Shorter.

Why wear it?

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“Bobs, whether ladylike, flirty or totally racy, are a mainstay of great style,” says ESSENCE Beauty and Cover Director Mikki Taylor.



What is the “lob”?

The “lob,” also known as the longer version of the bob, is a mid-length style that features long layers with the length in the back being slightly shorter than the strands in the front.

Who is wearing it in Hollywood?

Actress/humanitarian Jurnee Smollett needs a wash-and-go style to keep up with her eventful work schedule and this “lob” works perfect for her. We love the wavy tussled effect to her strands, but she also rocks when it’s blown out straight.

Why wear it?

“Hair that looks chic, modern and ‘lobbed.’ What could be better right now? Nothing!” raves celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson. “The soft wave, the length past the chin, the effortless style looks so right now. If you are wearing a ‘lob,’ update your look by using a few hot rollers to give it that sexy style.”