Which Bob Haircut Is Right For YOU?

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There are two distinct ways of looking at a haircut: fun and exciting...or completely terrifying. If you fall into the latter category, like I do, you've probably had long hair for as long as you can remember. In an effort to change that, I've been thinking about the concept of a "shock-proof haircut." While notably shorter, these looks aren't jarring, because you can still create the same styles as you did with your longer hair — and more importantly, the same feeling (whether sexy, glamorous, edgy, whatever).

A "shock-proof haircut," mind you, is not just the cut you currently have, only shorter. Instead, it's a cleverly selected cut that makes sense based on your current style and one that gives you the ability to recreate your everyday look. For help navigating these uncharted waters, I turned to two top hairstylists (one on each coast) for their expert opinions. Leanne Citrone, co-owner and stylist at Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles, and Jon Reyman, founder of bicoastal salon Spoke & Weal.

"The same thing only shorter is not always the best thing," Reyman agrees. However, there is one base cut both he and Citrone recommend: You guessed it — the bob and its cousins, the short bob and the lob. "It opens the door to a bunch of different haircuts," Reyman explains. "For so many years it’s been about long hair or short hair, which is such a big jump for people. We started giving lobs...[it's] a gateway drug to different cuts."

So, how do you know if you should take the plunge? "I understand the attachment people have to their length," Citrone says. "But when you're ready, you're ready." If that sounds like you, click ahead for a two-in-one consultation with these pros, which will make picking this big chop incredibly easy.