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Growing out a lob may not seem like a big deal (you’re already halfway there, right), and in comparison to growing out a graduated bob or a pixie it really isn’t. But a lob is such a particularly heavy shape, it does require some planning. The trick to growing out a lob is frequent trims to reshape the cut and to give you the feeling of longer hair faster. Click the notes for more. –– Kelly Rowe

Lobs like to flip out.

A super cute lob that sits just above your shoulder will start to do a vintage flip-out once it hits shoulder length. This is why you need to cut it. A lob is heavy and re-cutting the shape will allow it to lay flatter without weird flips or twists.

It was cut to be short not long.

Plain and simple lobs are cut to create movement but retain length at the bottom line. This can make hair look overly thick, fluffy, and unruly when it starts to gain significant length. If you love your cut, but find it getting heavy and hard to style, just have it trimmed consistently with a razor to remove length and weight, transforming your short cut into a long cut slowly over time.

Your hair needs to be longer than you think before you cut long layers into it.

Long layers are the most popular style for longer lengths, and it may be that this is what you want once your hair has grown out. The problem is that if you get these layers too early, your hair will hug your head like a helmet or a bowl, probably making you regret growing out your awesome lob. Hair needs to be past the collarbone before you have long layers cut in so give your tresses time to grow.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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