When it comes to beauty, there's nothing we love more than a universally flattering product. NarsВ Blush in OrgasmВ ($30), MAC'sВ Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($19), any one of these lipstick shadesвЂ¦ В We equip ourselves with these foolproof picks, knowing they'll pull through for us each time with their magical ability to flatter all skin tones. Haircuts, on the other hand, are a completely different story. There's a reason we obsess and Pinterest-scroll for days before an appointment with our hairstylist, and have slowly realized (through trial and error-lots of error) that just because Emma Watson can pull off aВ pixie cut doesn't mean that we necessarily canВ too (#RIP2009pixie).
But we couldn't help but wonder,В is there a one-size-fits-all cut? Is there a wondrous style that we can count on flattering round and thin faces, curly and stick-straight strands alike? For our answer, we went straight to an industry pro: veteran hairstylist Leanne Citrone, who also happens to be the co-owner of celeb-favorite Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles. Citrone surprised us by claiming that yes, such a mystical haircut exists-and let's just say it was definitely not what we were expecting. Curious? Keep scrolling to find out what it is.
The one haircut Citrone swears looks good on everyone isВ the bob.В Yes, the cut you've been eyeing from afar with curiosity and perhaps a tinge of fear. вЂњThe bob is such a great, versatile haircut that really suits everyone,вЂќ Citrone tells us. вЂњIt can easily be customized to anyone's hair length and texture.вЂќ Can it really, though? Haven't we been told that those with round faces or super-thick strands should veer away from bobs, to avoid looking vaguely mushroom-like? According to Citrone, it's all about how you personalize it. Find her advice for each different hair typeВ ahead.
вЂњIf your hair is thin, you can keep this haircut short and clean, with no layers,вЂќ Citrone says. вЂњThis gives it a thicker, fuller feel.вЂќ OrВ she suggests going the lob routeВ and having the cut skim right above your shoulders.Getty Images
If your strands veer on the mousy side, Citrone says you can add some layers to soften the ends and add texture. The final effect should be slightly choppy, messy, and modern. Also, a texturizing dry shampoo will be your best friend. вЂњI absolutely love Serge Normant's Meta Revive Dry Shampoo ($25),вЂќ she says. вЂњIt gives the most incredible texture, adds volume, and really holds any style. It's my go-to product for adding a bit of grit to a hairstyleВ and adds a beachy, thick, slightly dirty feel.вЂќGetty Images
For a straight and sleek style like Emma Roberts's, Citrone applies DavinesВ OI Oil ($20)В and then blow-dries the hair using a large boar-bristle brush. Then, she goes over the whole head with a flat iron-simple and straightforward. For texture, she blow-dries the hair and twists each section around a brush to give a slight wave. вЂњWhen that's finished, I get the one- to one-and-a-half-inch curling iron and wave each section going backward, breaking it up with the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Beach ($32) to add texture when I'm done,вЂќ she says.
So you've got thick hair with a mind of its own, and no way is it going to cooperate and fall into a sleek, cool-girl bob. Don't give up so fast. вЂњThinning out the layers but leaving them long-especially in the back-while leaving the front corners with fewer layers can really work to take out bulk,вЂќ she says.В
When it comes to styling thick hair into a bob or lob, Citrone says it's all about the pre-heat prep. вЂњI use Kevin Murphy's Easy Rider Anti-Frizz Creme ($29) if I'm going to blow thick hair straight, or want it to just have a gentle wave,вЂќ she shares.ВGetty Images
If you have long strands and aren't sure if you're ready for a bob, consider a lobВ instead. вЂњThis cut gets rid of all that long hair, but having your hair below your shoulders and skimming your collarbone adds the illusion of length,вЂќ Citrone says.ВGetty Images
Curly hair cut short can easily go wrong (namely, a final effect that's vaguely broccoli-esque), but Citrone swears it can be done. вЂњCurly hair actually has the most potential to have fun with this cut,вЂќ she says. вЂњYou can add more layers to create a great shape, even potentially leaning more towardВ a shag vibe.вЂќВGetty Images
To style your curly strands into a lob, Citrone says to towel-dry your hair gently by squeezing it with a towel (to avoid frizz, try not to break up the curls). Then, she follows by blow-drying on a lower speed with no brush; after that, she takes a curling iron to random sections of the hair to even everything out and blend it all together.Getty Images
In the end, it's all about communication-visual communication, preferably. Bring photos of what you want when you go into the salon; the more open the discussion, the better. And next time you're in doubt, why not consider a bob or lob?В вЂњThe cutВ translates forВ beautifully for all hair types,вЂќ Citrone says. вЂњYou can easily tailor it to each individual to achieve whatever it is they are looking for."
Next up:В Transitioning to natural hair won't be hard if you use these products.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.