Weekly Trend: The Lob

Bella Bethesda Expert: Courtney

Be a cut above the rest with the hairstyle of the moment: The lob (or, long bob). The lob allows you to achieve the classic sophistication of the bob without the commitment to short hair! This haircut is a favorite because it creates the illusion of length and slims down the face. The lob is universally flattering to any group, hair type or face shape. A blank slate for styling options, the lob can easily achieve a variety of looks, from tousled to angular. Bella Bethesda's stylist Courtney, who sports a lob herself, recommends keeping these guidelines in mind:

For a sexy, tousled look, ask your stylist to add long layers to the haircut. Use a texturizer such as Redken Was Blast to create movement.

Try an ultra-modern look with a blunt cut which is refined using a product such as Phytodefrisant. This style adds body to thin hair if the cut is slightly angled from back to front.

Blending bangs into the cut can also flatter this look. Ask your hairdresser to make your bangs shorter in the middle. Side swept fringe is equally as complimentary, especially for those with long, oval shaped faces.