A wealth of celebrities have had the chop, taking their once flowing locks to mid-style proportions, including Olivia, Fearne and Jennifer. But the mid-length by no means means middle of the road. Here, we’ve enlisted the help of hairstylist-of-the-moment, George Northwood (Alexa and Rosie are among his regular clients) on why you should go mid-length, how to manage it and how to ensure it’s more New York cool-girl than newsreader.
How should you describe it to your stylist?
A ‘lob’ or long bob is the best way to describe it to your hairdresser, and use your collarbone as a good reference point for length.
Which celebs do it well?
Olivia Palermo, Fearne Cotton and Jennifer Aniston. Alexa too, but hers is a little longer now.
Is it easy to manage at home?
Yes. It’s not too short that unruly hair can’t take it but it’s not too long that it’ll take you hours to style. It’s the perfect style for those wanting a bob but have unmanageable hair.
Which products to use?
The mid length bob looks best a little undone and stops it looking a bit ‘newsreader’. Redken’s Connection Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Lift Finish Spray will give it a good texture and stop it looking too Sloaney, and the Redken Powder Grip will take away too much shine. I also like to tong a mid length bob, but just a few random sections so it looks natural. We use the new GHD tongs in the salon which are great.
Which colour techniques does it work with?
Balayage to get that rooty, softer look. You want it to look modern not mumsy.
Is it a style that can work with all hair types?
Pretty much. If you have really thick or unmanageable hair, break it up with a grown-out fringe or a heavy fringe like Claudia Winkleman, and make it a little more shaggy.