These Iconic Celebrity Bobs & Lobs Are Proof: Short Hair Is In For Summer

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Written by Sophie Mara

Updated: June 17, 2024

With everyone from Margot Robbie to Zendaya chopping off their long locks for summer, it’s no wonder the bob and its equally chic sister cut, the lob, are having a huge moment right now.

One of the most requested haircuts of 2024, we’re rounding up all of the most iconic and downright beautiful cuts from the celebrity hair world.

Will you opt for a sleek side-swept Italian Bob a la Sydney Sweeney? Or will it be a luxurious lob style inspired by Jennifer Aniston Herself?

Keep scrolling to find out…

Elle Fanning – The 50s Style Bob

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Usually identifiable by her long blonde locks, Elle recently chopped off her lengths in favor of this flicky bob. As well as these adorable 50s-inspired flicks, we’ve spotted her wearing her bob in a straight center-parted style, in wet-look waves, and even a chic curled-under style to frame her face.

That’s the beauty of a simple, un-layered cut like this one, it’s entirely versatile. The length also goes past the ears so you have more length to play with than with a lip-length bob. This is the ideal length for those about to brave the chop who still want the option of tying up their hair.

Anna Sophia Robb – The Jaw Length Bob

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The queen of chic short do’s, Anna Sophia has modeled everything from pretty pixie cuts to shoulder-length lobs over the years. However, we have to say that this particular look is one of our favorites.

Fresh yet undeniably timeless, this subtly layered cut with a gentle side parting perfectly emphasizes the jawline and draws all the attention to your facial features. Not to mention, layered looks like this one are perfect for summer and look just as good with a little heat styling as they do when you let them air dry.

We recommend this cut for anyone with natural curls or waves, the layers will create tons of volume and show the natural texture of your hair at its best.

Jennifer Aniston – The Straight Lob Haircut With Layers

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When it comes to iconic haircuts, Jennifer Aniston ranks high on every list. From her impossibly straight and shiny mid-length tresses to her voluminous layered locks in her early Friends days.

For someone who rarely switches up their haircut, she’s managed some of the most memorable styles of any celebrity out there. Her latest? A luxurious shoulder-length lob.

It feels fresh and new yet allows her to maintain the sleek straight look she, and celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan have been nailing for decades. We love how it frames her features with subtle feathering around the jawline and a purposefully imperfect side part.

Add this one to your inspo list for a subtle style change this summer. 

Sydney Sweeney – The Italian Bob

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Perhaps one of the most surprising bobs we’ve seen this season, Sydney Sweeney chopped off her signature long blonde locks in favor of this seriously chic, side-parted bob.

Undoubtedly one of the most requested haircuts and styles of summer 2024, this Italian-inspired bob boasts a deep side part, long yet voluminous side-swept bangs, and gentle flicks to frame the face.

The best part? It will look good on everyone.

Whether you’re working with super thick locks or your hair happens to be on the finer side, this haircut will give you all the volume you need. It’s also long enough that you can have fun with styling, or simply let it air dry in the summer sunshine. 

Ayo Edebiri – The Centre Parted Bob 

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It’s official, we’re obsessed with Ayo’s chic center-parted bob for summer.

This haircut is utterly timeless and will look just as amazing at formal events as it will for low-key plans. Also, it’s relatively low maintenance, you only need to nail getting your parting perfectly central.

Let the rest take care of itself and wear this look straight like Ayo has, or add a few gentle curls or bends for extra volume. Either way, a cut like this makes every outfit you wear look ten times chicer and expertly put together.

The ideal cut for those unbothered about heaps of hair styling options but who want to look effortlessly chic at all times. 

Hayley Bieber – The Sleek Dark Brown Bob

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Want one of the simplest yet most sought-after haircuts of the summer? Opt for Hayley Bieber’s classic dark brown bob.

Her haircut takes things back to basics so, aside from a couple of shorter pieces near the front to break up the cut around her face, this one-length bob couldn’t be easier to achieve.

We also adore this no-fuss haircut for summer since it always looks stylish and requires minimal styling. No layers or feathering at the front to worry about, you can wear this bob straight, wavy, or curly and look amazing every time.

Save this picture to show your stylist this season and beyond. 

Margot Robbie – The Blonde Lob Cut 

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Proof that the lob can look both sophisticated and effortlessly pretty, Margot Robbie’s new shorter length is the quintessential cool girl cut for summer.

We love the light blonde tones through her hair with this shoulder-length chop. It makes for the ultimate beachy style in warmer weather.

It’ll look amazing with darker hair too, of course, just ask your stylist for a one-length style without layers. Lastly, don’t go overboard with the heat styling.

This cut shines with a natural-looking finish that’s not perfectly straight. 

Zendaya – The Voluminous Side Part Lob 

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Those with thicker tresses, look no further for your dream shorter haircut. Zendaya’s voluminous lob with a deep side part and plenty of flicky layers is the perfect way to celebrate the fuller texture of your hair.

Wear it long and straight for a sleek off-duty look or go for barrel curls for events.

Expect to see this glamorous style everywhere this year.

Julianne Hough – The Lip Length Bob 

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Possibly our favorite bob haircut for the summer, Julianne Hough’s lip-length bob is as pretty as it is practical.

The shorter length will keep you cool as temperatures soar while the center part and straightened style look undeniably elegant. Depending on the length of your hair right now, taking the plunge with a much shorter cut like this might feel like a risk.

But once you leave your appointment with this sleek statement cut you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. 

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