The Best Mid-Length Haircuts To Get When Growing Out Your Bob

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A perennial classic, the bob had a major moment over the summer. Thanks to stars like Margot Robbie, Jessica Chastain, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian, the short style was the ‘it’ cut of the season. But say you hopped on the trend, and now that summer is almost over (sniff, sniff), you’re ready to go long again. What’s a girl to do?

Here, stylist Michelle Pasterski of Chicago’s Mixed Co. Salon shares four mid-length haircuts that are ideal for that in-between stage.

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The Lob

Okay, so clearly a long bob is the most obvious option, but it isn’t just as simple as letting your bob grow out. Once it starts to hit your shoulders, it requires a little extra attention, says Pasterski. She suggests asking your stylist to cut it dry: “This will help him or her better see what shape the original bob is starting to take and balance it out accordingly. Usually the ends need some texturizing,” she explains. Also nice: Whether you like to wear your hair straight, wavy, or curly, this cut works.

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The Modern Shag

No, not the kind of shag Meg Ryan rocked in You’ve Got Mail. “The modern take is shoulder-grazing with lots of broken up layers that hit at different lengths,” explains Pasterski. “It’s a good option for the growing-out phase because a bob is typically pretty blunt and can start to look triangular once it hits your shoulders, especially if you have thick hair. The layers help balance out the shape.” This style is also choice if you’re a wash-and-go kind of girl: “It works beautifully with air-dried texture, since the shattered layers make for lots of volume and movement,” she points out.

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The A-Line Cut

“If you have fine hair, flipped up ends around the neck and shoulders are an unwanted side effect as your bob starts to grow out,” says Pasterski. A subtle A-line shape (key word being subtle — the front should be just slightly longer than the back) can help the hair lay flat around the shoulders and balance out the shape, as well as keep the back from looking too heavy, she explains. And while it’s an especially good pick for fine hair, it works on all hair types and textures.

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The Razor Cut

“A straight razor cut is the perfect way to get a light, fluid line around the shoulders,” notes Pasterski. Ask your stylist to ‘remove some weight,’ which means using the razor to take out small bits of hair in interior sections, without losing any length. “This lightens up the overall effects and creates volume,” says Pasterski, who adds that this cut looks especially pretty when styled to be smooth and sleek.