The strong bob—also known as a blunt bob—is on the rise in SF. "This cut is a statement," says Jon Reyman, owner of Spoke & Weal salons in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. "Cool is more important than 'sexy' right now. Or rather, cool is the new sexy." The strong bob works for any hair texture, but if yours is dense, ask your stylist to thin it out first.
The 2018 version of beach waves? Chandelier layers. "It's perfect for long- to medium-length hair, works with all hair types, and can be easily adjusted for your face shape," says Alan Vuong, owner of Salon Blanc in Honolulu, HI. It has layers that fall freely and precisely, which adds volume that won't be weighed down or flattened. "Ask your stylist for long layers at the back and smooth, graduated layers to frame your face," suggests Vuong. "Or you can balance the layers with long bangs that can be styled to either side."
Seattle, WA: Long Lob
"The lob looks good with varying lengths, which makes it perfect for all face shapes and hair types," says Stacie Bowie, owner of Bowie Salon and Spa in Seattle. When it's a little more grown out—think past your collarbone and around your shoulders—it's even easier to style and manage than the original.
Chicago, IL: The Shag
The Midwest has moved on from lobs—sort of. "The lob is making way for the modern shag," says Nicole Coil, a stylist at Blueberry Moon in Chicago, IL. "Lots of textured layers create a soft shape, which is perfect for curls and waves. And it works to give lift and volume to smooth styles." Translation: It works for every hair texture. The shag is also ideal for Chicago's endless winter months, she says, because it keeps its shape under hats and beanies better than long layers can.
If you have natural curls, look no further than the bob. "The bob is a very popular cut for curls, because it can be flattering on many face shapes and curl patterns," explains Robin Sjoblom, owner of Southern Curl in Atlanta, GA. "Curly girls want something other than long, curly hair. They want a style." Plus, she says, it's easy to maintain and grows out well.
On the polar opposite side of the lob, stylists in NYC are also seeing a surge in requests for short haircuts, says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York, NY. "The girls who had lobs for a long time are going even shorter now," he says. Just don't make the mistake of assuming a pixie is low-maintenance; depending on your hair texture, it could actually be more work.
B is for Boston, and also, bangs. "It's an easy way to soften a look and add dimension," says Michelle Lee, owner and manager of Salon Eva Michelle in Boston, MA. They're definitely a commitment, but can do wonders for your face shape. A good trick to make sure you get the bangs you're picturing: Bring photos of what you don't want, in addition to styles you love. "Those speak volumes more," Lee says.