The New Chin-Length Bob

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If 2014 was the year the lob, 2015 is all about the #cleartheshoulders movement. It’s time to say goodbye to those extra inches. The cut gained traction when Lara Bingle debuted her chin-grazing bob last year – but the popularity of shorter lengths sky-rocketed when Lauren Conrad’s revealed her new bob in December, cut by her hairstylist Kristen Ess.

This modern take on the classic bob is all about soft, lived-in texture.  As the name suggests, the chin-length bob should clear the shoulders – the ends of your hair should fall somewhere between your chin and shoulders when dry. For inspiration, look to Karlie Kloss, Lily Collins, Emma Roberts and Sienna Miller for different takes on the cut.

The great thing about this cut is its versatility – it can work with almost all face shapes and hair textures, fine, wavy or coarse. Have a chat to your stylist about lengths, layers, texture and fringes to work out what will work best for you.

The shorter length doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on styling options. Bobs look great worn poker straight and slicked back, lightly textured, wavy and curly, or pulled back into up styles. Keep it casual with a slightly mussed and messy look, or go glamorous with a 1950’s inspired curl. Pinterest has a million-and-one pictures to inspire!