In a styling rut?
Has your once exciting bob haircut become rather boring and a little blah?
Is that the case because you believe there’s not a lot you can do with short cuts?
Look. Everyone gets tired of their hair. But for some the lack of bob styling options is especially frustrating. It’s almost enough to make you hate it.
Still if you want out of that styling rut isn’t it time to step up?
Isn’t it time learn a styling hack or two so you feel better about your short hair styling skills?
If so then the video that follows can help you feel pretty again with six different ways to style that bob. Easy too.
What you’re going to find will help you think outside the box to keep you from feeling boxed in with your bob. Won’t knowing that feel good?
As you can see it all begins with the
Double Dutch Braid
Who would expect to start off this overview of six hairstyles for long bobs with a braid?
Certainly not me.
But you’re gonna love it because fact is even shorter hair can pull off eye catching braids and do it with style. (Yes you really can get braids with short hair. If you like here’s 15 more ways to make braided glamour super easy to achieve – even with clipped locks.)
Step By Step How To:
Step 1) Cleanly part your mane straight down the middle.
Step 2) Section off the hair toward the front on one side to focus on.
Step 3) Divide that into three strands like any other braid going for smallish ones to create a more delicate outcome.
Step 4) Create your Dutch braid. As you know this is really more of an underhanded braiding technique that will add a bit of raised dimension to this look.
Step 5) When you reach the end secure with an elastic.
Step 6) Repeat your braid weaving magic on the other side.
Step 7) Once done braiding loosen up the unbraided strands off the scalp. This will soften things nicely and give the look an elegantly messy vibe to complement the structured weaved hair which you want to look somewhat fused onto the crown of your head.
Oh and as a reminder you can wear these during the day then unleash the braids and find yourself left with perfect beach waves – the no heat variety.
Or, and how about this for a classic segue, if you prefer the next hairstyle goes into how to create those beachy waves on purpose.
Beachy Waves That Rock
Okay so with this lob style you’re going for those perfectly loose curls. As long as you’re no stranger to a curling iron you should find this to be a super-fast, super easy way to cook up some natural looking waves.
As an added tip salt spray is a product trick not mentioned that can help the process along if you care to try it.
Step By Step How To:
There are four steps involved with this one.
Step 1) Divide your hair in half clipping the upper half up and out of the way.
Step 2) After applying heat protectant and grabbing a small barrel curling wand, (1/2 inch) wrap the hair leaving the ends off the heat.
Do note too that you’re only going to hold the strands on the wand for at most 5 or 6 seconds then let them just slip off. That’s just long enough to put a bit of a bend in the hair.
If you prefer to relax it further you may find that stretching the still warm coil while it’s cooling down may give you the less defined, looser wave you seek.
Remember too that most feel you want the waves to ideally begin about one third of the way down your strands. (half way with longer manes) So don’t even try to curl the portion of the strand that’s right up next to your scalp.
You also want to go for some curl diversity just like you’d see if you were a naturally curly.
That means after curling the first few sections away from your face you want start switching things up. Or curl some of the remaining sections towards your face and others away. That way the waves created will flow and blend more naturally.
Step 3) Repeat this curling process with all that’s left in the lower half. Then let down the top half and give it some curler love too.
Step 4) Once the strands have cooled down rake through them with your fingers to break the waves up a little more for added interest. Then lift random sections and spray with some light hold hairspray.
You want the end result to appear undone. Completely natural. You know, not to look obviously curled?
Now for those who didn’t find this quite instructive enough here’s a more in-depth beachy waves tutorial you might find helpful.
Of course if you like you could use those luscious beach waves and pull your hair back into a half up ponytail. Which would give a way to make the most out of all that texture. Here’s how.
Easy and Elegant Half Up Ponytail
Seems we never tire of this hairstyle whether our tresses are long, medium length, or shorter.
For good reason. This look will never not be pretty. Agreed?
Even better most anyone can rock this look that works whether you’re going for a casual or more formal look.
So let’s get a grip on things, shall we? Letting the texture do most of the work.
Step By Step How To:
Step 1) Separate out the portion to tie up. Starting from the arch of your brow, run your index finger back on each side to do this. You probably want this to be higher than lower.
Step 2) Secure with an elastic.
Step 3) As before loosen the strands near your face so it’s doesn’t look severely pulled back and all secretarial on you.
Smooth down any wild and crazy baby hairs, flyaways and such. If need be insure they stay behaved with some hairspray.
For more volume you can lightly back comb the underside of the pony.
Quick, easy and cute.
Let’s stay on our half up roll, combined with natural beach texture, only this time let’s apply it to a half up bun.
Spice Things Up With a Half Up Bun
Who doesn’t love a cute, fashionable half up top knot or bun? Especially one as quick and easy as this one that works great with a longer bob.
It’s all the more an attractive option when you keep in mind you’re not going for styling perfection.
So undone it is.
But that doesn’t mean it’s has to lack for styling glam.
Step By Step How To:
Okay so this half up, half down look is done just like the half up pony tail only you ….
Step 1) Toss your hair back into a kind of top knot.
Step 2) You then proceed to pull bits and pieces out of it until you have shaped and mussed it up enough to get a cute playful look to it.
Loosening up a bit of a poof in front towards your face is fun way to cut back on any austerity some pulled back looks can suffer from.
Oh and it’s never a bad idea to let some purposeful yet playful wisps of hair fall out around your face to soften the look further.
So there you go. The tricks you need to know for a fun and quick to do bob style.
A bit more of a rumpled, maybe even underrated, style than your average sleek top knot perhaps. But no less useful as a last minute look you can pull together in a flash that still has a styled and chic feel to it.
Moving on and sticking with the bun theme a bit longer let’s explore a messier option.
The Perfectly Messy Bun For Short Hair
Sure, nothing new here exactly. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to see.
Hair done up this way is almost always deserving of a second glance, don’t you think? Maybe that’s because it is so universally flattering.
Plus it’s always the right choice when you need a look you can throw together in a few or you want your everything off your neck. This is especially true if you are working with second day hair.
That is really the secret to this one. Almost essential even. Second day hair makes it all the better as the dirty strands laden with yesterday’s product can work for you.
You see the nice thing is the second day-ness and all that goes with it can work together to help the bun more easily hold its shape.
Essentially it’s all that texture and grit that counts. (If you have freshly laundered locks don’t despair. Salt spray or some light spritzes of hairspray on the underside can accomplish much the same thing by building in some added texture.)
Anyway enough jibber jabber.
Step By Step How To:
Step 1) To get there you simply gather everything up towards the top of your head in a very high ponytail. If it helps you can always bend over at the waist to accomplish much the same thing only easier.
Step 2) Then here’s the key. Wrap with your elastic and on the last go around only pull the ponytail halfway through leaving you with a weird kind of donut shape.
Step 3) Then the fun begins. Loosening.
You want to tug at both the hair towards the front of your head and what’s pulled up into the bun.
Yeah spread your hair secured by the elastic to make it bigger and bigger and more tousled – within reason naturally until you nail the look.
You’ll want to alternate between loosening what’s in the bun and the hair all around it because when you loosen one you automatically tighten the other just a little.
Step 4) Finish off the look with by freeing some strands to frame your face with piecey goodness.
But What If It Goes All Wrong?
Yeah hold on. There’s also a potential issue with this one that few talk about.
I mean doesn’t it seem at times that getting to this effortless style can be easier said than done?
Too often it’s either too up tight or it collapses, falls over or ends up too relaxed and overly deflated.
None of those are the desired effect.
In that case there are three things to try to create some structure out of thin hair.
First you may want to try again only resorting to teasing some.
Or you could divide the ponytail portion into three parts and wrap each around the elastic to create the bun that you then deconstruct.
Finally don’t forget about your BFFs bobby pins. They can always provide some structure as well if things start to fall apart on you.
With all this you should now have a good idea of how to do a cute messy bun with a long bob or other bob styles.
To wrap this up let’s explore the last styling option:
Side Dutch Braided Ponytails Are Easier Than They Look – Yeah They Are!
Want a style that nets you all sorts of compliments? This is the one. With your 3D half braid on the side it looks all intricate and complicated. But it’s really not.
It is a deceptively easy way to jazz up a ponytail and looks like a thousand times cuter.
In addition to being all gorgeous and girly this is another way to disguise strands in need of a washing – otherwise known as blah looking, just-there hair.
Step By Step How To:
Step 1) Section off some hair above your ear to braid and Dutch braid away.
Tip: Leave some strands around your ear out of the braid. That way when things get pulled back into the pony tail your ears are covered.
Step 2) Tie the end with a clear elastic.
Step 3) Loosen up the braid as much as you like to make it look all thick and chunky.
Step 4) Pull the remaining hair into your ponytail making sure to include the braided part too.
Step 5) Tie it off.
Step 6) As before loosen the hair in the front and pull out some piecey strands to frame your face.
If you like you can easily change the look by styling the ponytail. You can braid it, curl it, straighten it or do nothing at all different to it. Your choice.
It’s certainly no fun to run out of styling ideas. Hopefully these six give you some badly needed inspiration when you’re rushed and need to pull off something fast.