I’m not a brave, experimenting person when it comes to haircuts. I had a few attempts with bobs some years back, but I ended up looking like a 13-year-old school girl. Then I embraced fringe, but you've got to have a particular kind of patience to maintain that. Eventually, I reluctantly accepted that longish, normal, not-very-interesting hair was my thing—nothing to write home about, but certainly not offensive.
And then the long bob, aka the lob, happened. And kept happening. It's been at least three years now—maybe four, if you're really up on your trends. It started with the models (hello, The Karlie), eventually filtering down through Hollywood and then to Instagram celebs. By the time every stylish girl sitting next to me on the tube had one, I relented, seriously thinking to have found the cut for me (an easy solution for those I-want-a-change-but-not-really faint-hearted people like me) and absolutely loving it, until...well, apparently the lob was declared over.
But let’s talk about it, shall we? OK, it has been given a code name, and that’s never a good sign. And yes, last time I checked, Instagram had 288,000 pictures tagged #lob, which doesn’t make it the most unique and revolutionary haircut of the century. And I can even admit that I probably have a couple of friends with the same cut (a fact that can crack a bit my “cool' attitude in sporting it around).
But I warned you, I’m not the most brave client at hair salons. Changing at this point sounds like a no-go—who enjoys growing out their hair? I think all of this only proves that the lob just works. It still works months after its boom, and it works on everyone. Even products become sort of interchangeable—and style as you like. The right volume can be a little tricky to find, and for me Living Proof's Full Shampooand Full Root Lifting Hairspray are perfect for the right balance of weight and levity.
At this point, I just tell people accept it! Accept that other girls have the right of finding the (same) perfect haircut once in a lifetime. Sometimes mainstream is not the enemy. After all, why should we turn our back to a bob that has grown in the most perfect, regular way, snapped just a moment before crossing the collarbone for good? It has always been around— Emily docet—and I’m sure it will always be.
Agnese Capiferri is an Italian writer living in London.
Arizona Muse photographed by ITG.