Question: "I have brown naturally curly hair that is a little longer than my shoulders, and I wanted to try something new with my look. What I should do?" -Emily
Teen Vogue's answer: I feel your pain! Having naturally curly hair, it can feel impossible to shake things up and try something new. Go too short, and you wind up with the triangle hair--not cute. Wait for it to grow and, well, what's the fun in that? Lately though, the hottest style is a blunt, shoulder length bob, or "lob", which thankfully works both curly and straight! The look, as rocked by Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow, is "is very popular right now because it puts a modern twist on the classic bob," says top stylist Roman Kusayev of Butterfly Salon in New York.
Fekkai celeb stylist Adir Abergel, who apparently coined the look "the lob," says: "This is a great length that gives you a specific stylized cut but still lets you play with different updo's and textures. The length should just hit your shoulder blades at the longest point and graze the tops of shoulders at its shortest," explains Abergel. "Make sure your stylist understands that you want the layers to be a bit more choppy than perfectly graduated layers. This will give the cut a more funky vibe."
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Be sure to go in to the salon ready with photographs of the style you want, and prepared to tell the stylist precisely what you want. "To avoid a pyramid shape," notes celeb stylist Richard Marin, "cut your hair with a slight layer in the face frame area anywhere from the bottom of your lip to your hair length. This gives your hair a swingy motion that's always cool, and gives an elongated shape to curly hair."
To style your new 'do, try Kerastase Oleo Curl to define curls and protect against humidity, or Fekkai's Oceanique to lend texture, and a carefree, beachy feel. Stylist Jessica Tingley from the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in LA recommends applying a small amount of deep conditioner as a styling creme. "It will absorb into the hair, moisturize, and help calm frizz." If you want to rock the look straight, try using a blend of Shu Uemura Silk Oil and Satin Design. "The mix will help hair look and stay silky smooth and tame frizz from the summer heat," says Kusayev. Finish with the Remington Wet 2 Straight iron, which dries and straightens your hair in no time, and will give you a sleek, chic, blunt look.
Related: Tips for gorgeous, supermodel-sleek hair.
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