When it comes to getting a haircut, people usually go one of two ways: they get just a trim to remove split ends, or they go for a big chop. Before you go and get a short hairstyle, there exists an often-forgotten in-between length. Shoulder-length haircuts have begun to rise in popularity. The main appeal? The ability to provide lightness without requiring you to get a complete bob. Commonly referred to as a “lob,” shoulder-length hairstyles can keep you cool and still leave room for some play — because we all know how long it can take to regrow your length after a big chop.
Trends may come and go, but thankfully, the best shoulder-length haircuts are here to stay for the long haul, offering versatility and the ability to customize your look to fit your personal style. Whether you go for a shoulder-length haircut with layers, bangs, or need something to accentuate your waves, you have plenty of options.
For those considering a cut, Mariah Molina, an editorial hairstylist at DopDop Salon in NYC, and Kimberly Loomis, owner of Urban Posh Salon in Sola Salons, share how to find the best shoulder-length haircut depending on your hair type, ahead.
Shoulder-Length Haircuts on Different Hair Types
Even if you don’t know where to start, take comfort in knowing this: it’s very likely a shoulder-length style will look good on you. “You really can’t go wrong with this length,” Molina tells POPSUGAR. Everyone has a different type of hair and face shape, which can help guide what shoulder-length hairstyle you choose. If you’re still unsure, Molina recommends consulting with your hairstylist to determine the right fit.
“Remember, if you see something you like that’s not your face shape, any good hairstylist can cater the look for you,” she says. “In modern hairdressing, we tend to break those rules and mix and match face shapes and hairstyles in order to create a unique identity that reflects each client’s personality, lifestyle, and fashion sense.”
Shoulder-Length Haircut Ideas
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