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.
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.
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.
Make it last by spraying with high hold hairspray. I adore Redken Control Addict 28, it smells incredible!
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**
Scrunch some styling spray in your hair to define those waves! Wella grip cream gives soft definition without looking greasy.
Lob With Half Top Knot
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.
Take the section of hair from your ears up and brush back into a neat, slightly loose ponytail on the top of your head.
Inject some volume by dividing the hair in half and pulling down, tightening the ponytail.
Gently push the ponytail forward to form a slight bouffant at the crown. Secure from behind with bobby pins.
Twist the ponytail and wrap around the hair tie to create a bun.
Secure with a hair tie and bobby pins, then spritz on some hairspray for the ultimate hold.
Meet Artie, our kitten!
Lob With Fishtail Braid
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!
Pop your locks into a deep side parting and de-tangle with a hairbrush.
Take a handful of hair and divide into two.
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.
Spray with hairspray and leave to dry.
Pull the segments of braid gently to make the braid larger. Continue along the length of the braid.
Secure at the back of your hair with bobby pins.
Finish with a hearty mist of hairspray.
Have a happy hair day!
P.S. Love it? Pin it baby!!