3 Stylish Ways To Style A Lob (Long Bob)

 how to style a lob
If you told me I was going to cut my hair into a ‘bob’ 5 years ago, I would have laughed. Or cried. Then walked around in a swimming cap in fear that someone with scissors was watching. ‘Bobs’ belonged on that 55 year old lady round the block. She was predominately called Sue, she loved angora jumpers and she was about to go through a mid-life crisis. I mean… what kind of sexy hairstyle is named after a guy called Robert?

Fast forward a few years and I am loving my long bob! The lob is one heck of a do’! At that gorgeous, shoulder skimming length that’s super flattering, I’m officially on the ‘bob’ train. Although the long bob is far more versatile than ‘the Anna Wintour’ or ‘the Pob’ (god remember that?!), it can be a bit tricky to mix up your look, especially if you previously had long hair.

I’ve been experimenting with my mid-length tresses, and there’s actually loads of options when it comes to styling your lob! Today, I’m going to show you three cute ways to style your lob: the beachy waves, the fishtail braid and the half top knot.

 Lob With Beachy Waves

A good old 'effortless' fave, beachy waves are my go-to style! There's just something so darn Pinterest-worthy about a wavy lob.

tutorial on how to get textured waves in a lob long bob 

First, I spritz my hair all-over with a heat protective spray. You can use whatever product you want to keep heat damage at bay, but I swear by GHD Heat Protect Spray.
how to get loose waves in a lob long bob using curling iron 

Take about an inch of hair and wrap around the outside of your curling iron, without clamping. This stops it from looking too much like ringlets.

how to get loose waves in a lob long bob using curling iron 

Make it last by spraying with high hold hairspray. I adore Redken Control Addict 28, it smells incredible!

using a rose gold blowdryer and hairspray to add volume to hair 

If you've got fine, flat hair, like mine, spritz extra hairspray on your roots and blast them with a hairdryer. This handy trick works when ever you want to give your hair that extra lift! I used my Remington Pro Air Turbo. I'm actually obsessed with it because it's rose gold! **Insert heart eye emojis**

how to get the perfect pinterest tumblr wavy lob long bob 

Gently loosen the curls by brushing with a soft metal brush.
how to get the perfect pinterest tumblr wavy lob long bob

Scrunch some styling spray in your hair to define those waves! Wella grip cream gives soft definition without looking greasy.

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Lob With Half Top Knot
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 I always get a ton of comments on Instagram when I rock this little bun on my head! A top knot is an easy way to add volume to flat hair and looks fabulous with shoulder-skimming hair.

half top knot length for mid length hair tutorial 

Take the section of hair from your ears up and brush back into a neat, slightly loose ponytail on the top of your head.

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Inject some volume by dividing the hair in half and pulling down, tightening the ponytail.

lob long bob half top knot hair tutorial 

Gently push the ponytail forward to form a slight bouffant at the crown. Secure from behind with bobby pins.

how to style a half top knot tutorial blonde lob 

Twist the ponytail and wrap around the hair tie to create a bun.

how to get the perfect wavy lob with half top knot hair tutorial 

Secure with a hair tie and bobby pins, then spritz on some hairspray for the ultimate hold.

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trendy lob hairstyle wavy with top knot online tutorial
Meet Artie, our kitten!

Lob With Fishtail Braid
 lob fishtail braid tutorial long bob half updo 

One thing I miss about my longer hair was trying out different hair braids. I would honestly spend hours in front of YouTube trying, and failing, to recreate those triple-dutch braid concoctions. This fishtail braid is simple, cute and looks great with a lob: Boom!

hairstyle ideas for mid length shoulder length hair

Pop your locks into a deep side parting and de-tangle with a hairbrush.

fishtail braid tutorial for lob long bob 

Take a handful of hair and divide into two.

how to do a fishtail braid in a lob long bob style 

Time to braid! Create a fishtail braid by taking a small section (about a cm) from the outer of one hair section, cross over allow it to join the other section. Repeat on the either side. Continue doing this until you have about one inch of hair left at the bottom of the braid. Secure on the hair below the braid.

braid lob hairstyle tutorial 

Spray with hairspray and leave to dry.

how to braid shoulder length mid length hair 

Pull the segments of braid gently to make the braid larger. Continue along the length of the braid.

fishtail braid style for lob long bob hair tutorial easy

Secure at the back of your hair with bobby pins.

easy braid tutorial for mid length shoulder length hair

Finish with a hearty mist of hairspray.

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Have a happy hair day!

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  1. I can really relate with what you say about having a bob hair cut! If one would tell me that just 1 year ago, I would laugh real hard! Yet I have a bob turning lob today and I am really enjoying it! The half top knot always works like a charm and I am doing it a lot lately :) Can't wait for my hair to be at your length now, I think I had enough with the bob hehe! Thanks for sharing darling and have a great month of September!
    PS: You do look amazing in any hairstyle!
    Much Love,

  2. I love the way you've styled it, babe! Hope you're all well!
    x Frederique

  3. Awesome hairstyles! Thanks for sharing gorgeous :)


  4. Great looks, very inspirational! I'm starting to like the lob hairstyle, its not too long or too short - well for me anyways!

    Raqda x

    RAYDANT Blog

  5. Love love love this post! I've been thinking about getting a long bob for a while now.


  6. Love all the different ways you styled your ombre beach hair! #hairgoals

    xoxo, Cinddie

  7. I Love all these hair looks. And you kitty cat is so cute.
    Thanks for sharing beautiful.
    Xx, Raysa

  8. I have a lob and you're giving me inspo on how to style it!!


  9. Your second styling is the best! I don't know how to do it though... perhaps it depends on the condition of my hair?


  10. All look great on you, but the fishtail braid is my favourite. Too cute!

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

  11. Always beautiful! :)


  12. These look beautiful, your hair is honestly so gorgeous! I'm too scared to cut my hair into a bob, even a long one. I did it when I was 15 and it was the worst hair mistake of my life. It's so unfair because a bob looks stunning on other people! I'll definitely be trying the half top knot on my long hair though! x

    |Georgia Megan|

  13. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Haha, you always make me laugh with your witty humor, you're just too cute! I love your lob, it looks SO good on you and I love all the hairstyles you've shared here and girl, look at those arm muscles!!! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



  15. wow you are so creative, they all look stunning on you xxx
    Yukova blog

  16. Love these loose curls and the half knot style, super cute!
    Have a great day, Rachel! <3 Radi


  17. Love your different hair looks! The fishtail one is my fave out of the three but I also really like the other two!


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  18. Pretty style!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase

  19. You genuinely make me want to cut a lob. I went short at the beginning of the year and I just didn't know what to do with it! Such gorgeous looks.


  20. Love your lob and you hair color! Great post


  21. This post has given me some great ideas and as I have fallen into a bit of a rut recenetly with my hair. I always wear it down and straight or up in a messy bun but really need to start mixing it up as I am getting bored with the same looks! :) x

  22. All of these styles are so chic, haha makes me want to chop off my hair and work a long bob again! Xx


  23. loving all three looks, although I dont think I could recreate the last one. It's super pretty though!


  24. Love all the different style dearie. You look so cute.


  25. Totally love the beachy waves! Looks so natural and carefree =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  26. I think I shall try those waves out tomorrow on my hair! Thanks <3

    Enclothed Cognition

  27. You hair is gorgeous. You look really good with the long bob. Love all these hairstyles. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing! :)


  28. Looks gorgeous! What a great haircut on you!

  29. what a beauty. I love the way of your styling. Really amazing. I love to do women shopping in dubai. Thank you so much for sharing.

  30. LOVE all these hairstyles! Thanks for sharing!


  31. Rachel, you're too cute! I love all three of these hairstyles but my favorite is the beachy waves! They're perfect!

    xo, Christina

  32. I Love all these hair looks. Thanks for sharing! :)

    The White Ocean

  33. Great ideas, I love your hair!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  34. The first look is perfect for you! Love beachy waves xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

  35. I'd never heard of a "lob" before but it's very descriptive and your styling tips are great

  36. I think lob's look lovely, sometimes I'm really tempted to cut off quite a lot of my length, but then on the other hand I really like keeping it a bit long. Your hair looks great in each of the hairstyles, I've got serious hair envy! ;)

    Velvet Blush

  37. I love how you described bob cuts and the 55 year old lady. My favorite style is the one with the half bun/knot, it brings out your face perfectly and makes your eyes pop more. Ain't your kitty the most adorable animal!! Have a fabulous weekend dear!

  38. Great styles!


  39. Looks gorgeous!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  40. I loveeeeee this post - your hair looks SO fab in all three girl! My favourite has to be the messy waves though, that's my go-to look! P.s I LOVE the Redken hairspray you have on your desk, it's dreamy AF!

    Hayley xo

  41. Beach wave is one of my favorites hair styles!


  42. Just lovin' your top knot...I can't stop doing the top knot!!! LOL!!! SOOOOO GOOD! And that braid is awesome!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls


  43. Dear Rachel,
    How good you finally decided to have a bob as (not for the first time) I thought when I opened your post: ah, Rachel is so beautiful and she definitely has wonderfl and perfect hair!
    Thanks for sharing all this adorable hairstyles. Honestly I love each of them but I fear none of these styles will work for me as I practically never do wear my hair open :) But I love you with this styles definitely to 100 % <3
    xx Rena

  44. The bob hair cut looks amazing on you! You're such a beauty, you can wear every hairstyle :). Love all these different hairstyles. Thank you so much for sharing, gorgeous!
    Hope you're having the best start to your new week!
    Much love,

  45. Great post. :) I really love your fun header.

    XoXo Noma

  46. Beachy waves suits you best Rachel - given that you are always so sunshine and take so many beach shots on your IG! But, I love your other 2 hairstyles too :) Amazing ideas, thanks for sharing :)

    xx Aldora

  47. How beautiful you look dear, and I do like a longer version of the bob. Great tips and love this style. <3

  48. love it!
    i have a LOB too!

  49. love it!
    i have a LOB too!

  50. I plan to cut my hair to a lob soon, I just need to get off my lazy arse and make an appointment. LOL! Love all three hair style, Rachel and I wish my hair can hold curls but usually the curls fall flat within the hour. Maybe because I am not using the right products?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  51. Artie is adorable! I had to click on this post because not only does your hair look beautiful, but the cat person in me couldn't resist clicking ;)

    Gorgeous hair styling, your hair suits you nicely and you look gorgeous in each of your photographs.

    Laura xo

  52. This last one is my fave!! You look incredible!!

  53. All three styles are pretty on you, but I absolutely love the fishtail braid one. You look fabulous dear! xx

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com


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