The Wob (Wavy Lob!) Is the Hot New Hollywood Hairstyle
First it was the bob, then the lob and, as we recently introduced, even the mob — "man bob." Now, more and more celebs are twisting things up — literally — yet again with the "wob" (read: wavy bob or lob).
"The long, wavy bob look is very big and will stay that way for a while, as I'm consistently seeing people move toward this easy-to-style look," says Edward Tricomi, master stylist and cofounder of Warren-Tricomi Salons. "In the Winter, people usually lean toward clean yet low-maintenance styles, and this is something that fits into both categories, while also being playful and young."
Though shorter hairstyles have been a Tinseltown favorite for a few years, the beauty pro doesn't see the fad fading anytime soon. "It's a short hair look without the commitment; you can grow out quickly," adds Tricomi, who's been dubbed "Edward Scissorhands" for his dry-hair precision technique and rapid-fire cutting method.
Read on for his curl-enhancing tips, and then click through for more celebs doing the wave (and making a big splash!).
For getting basic waves in short hair:
"There are a few different ways to go achieve this look," he notes. "If you have straight hair, you can simply use a curling iron to create long, loose curls. Make sure that when you spin the hair around the iron, you only do so twice so the curls are not tight. If you have wavy hair, you should be able to scrunch it into place and touch up with a curling iron here and there."
For tousled waves:
"For tousled waves, I like to curl hair around an iron," he explains. "Then shake out the curls and use a texturizing spray or dry shampoo to give the look a little more grit."
For a more polished evening look:
"I would recommend starting with a clean blowout with finishing cream to prevent any frizz or stray hairs," he offers. "After, create loose curls with your iron, leaving the ends undone so they are straight at the bottom. Finish with hair spray and a shine spray for beautiful, healthy-looking hair."
Your wob tool kit:
Tricomi recommends Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Perfect Texture Finishing Spray ($28), Alterna Caviar CC Cream ($25), and Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist ($24).
Always one to make an entrance, Mrs. Carter ditched her long, cascading curls and debuted a short, wavy (and ombré) 'do at the 56th Grammy Awards.
Recent bob convert Emma added a touch of spice to her sultry style at 71st Venice International Film Festival. Her cinnamon-swirled and loosely curled cut with sideswept bangs was on-point.
Dangerous (hair) curves ahead! Jennifer has been having fun with fuller, windier looks postpixie, including this slightly sideswept style seen at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
Kerry's face-framing highlights added more dimension to her subtle yet seductive style (and drew more attention to her eyes) at a 2014 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program event.
As if those pretty amber peepers weren’t enough to draw you in, Kate’s softly-curled coif served as the perfect frame to her flawless face at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
More like T Slick? Taylor proved a touch of texture spray goes a long way (when it comes to riding a short but sharp wave) when she debuted this look at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The always effortlessly chic Alexa forewent a complicated style in favor of casual waves for the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final. To achieve a similar style, we suggest working a lightweight sea salt spray through strands and letting your locks air-dry. Easy breezy!
Is Nicole a double-dipper? The typically fashion-forward celeb tapped two beauty trends at once while sporting a purple-colored (and softly curled) crop at the 2014 AOL NewFront.
Emma donned a dark, finger-tousled tresses, tucking one side of her hair behind her ear, at Entertainment Weekly's annual Comic-Con celebration.
Style chameleon Julianne seizes every opportunity to show off the volume since her pixie started grown out, and her style at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was no exception.
Ciara looked polished to perfection thanks to a slightly more controlled yet still casual take on the wavy lob (easily achieved with a curling iron and, once cooled, a little shine spray) at the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year event honoring Carole King.
Expecting mom Kristen showed off her softer side with lightly tousled locks at the Los Angeles premiere for hubby Dax Shepard's new film This Is Where I Leave You.
Elizabeth debuted a shorter, large-crimp-like crop to complement her smoky makeup and ensemble at the Love & Mercy Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
Keri took her wob to new heights, commanding attention with a voluminously curled coif swept to one side at the Los Angeles Think Like a Man Too premiere.