Wondering if a chic bob is a wearable cut for those with fine hair?
What styling challenges do such haircuts present for those with finer strands?
What tricks, how-tos and styling products can help maintain the sleekness bobs offer?
Good questions, huh?
If you need help figuring any of this out the few minutes it takes to read the following may well be time well spent. As you will begin to find out if fine hair and bob haircuts really can coexist. Especially if your hair would most often be described as limp and totally lacking body.
It just makes sense that getting to know the cut before your stylist brings out the scissors can help avoid wreaking havoc on your innocent strands.
Besides being bob cut savvy makes it easier for you to bring out the best in your style.
Because without a doubt bob haircuts are quite fashionable, trendy and remain popular. For sure they haven’t endured for decades as a celeb favorite because they are not flexible and or don’t work with various hair textures and face shapes.
Still is one of them the best option for someone with fine hair?
Actually to eliminate the suspense, even if your hair is on the fine side you do have a wide selection of bob cuts to choose from. Yes, you can get several types of flattering bobs that will work well with thinner hair as fine hair and bob haircuts really can coexist quite nicely. The reason for that is the cut can leave you with hair that looks fuller that it is. Helping you to get the most volume you can out of your thinner locks.
Now your perfect bob might be a cute a-line bob, a heavily layered bob, even a blunt bob or a longer bob. You’ll only know after a heart to heart with your stylist.
Plus as with any hairstyle it’s best to find a someone who has plenty of experience cutting hair into the desired style. One who can advise you how it will work with your face shape would be helpful too. If you can find one who can weld the scissors with skill you may end up with a look to love.
Show and Tell for the Perfect Cut
Of course a good place to start is to grab some fashion magazines. Find some photos of models sporting the look you want. You want to carefully study different pictures to determine what kind of bob hair cut you like best and will work best with your face shape. Plus bob cuts, fine hair or not, can be very simple or somewhat complex. Most will tell you the more layers you get the better. As more layers mean more natural movement and body to your hair. Especially if it’s on the fine side. But that’s not always the case. Hence the reason for the heart to heart.
The photos serve another important purpose. You see, it’s important you are clear about the kind of bob you are after. Stylists are not mind readers you know. Showing pictures to your stylist can give him or her a good idea of exactly what you want with your new cut.
Also when discussing the cut, do not hesitate to show how short you want your hair to be. Going a bit longer now and shorter still later is a good way to avoid going too short too soon if you are even the least bit nervous about that happening.
Oh and don’t forget to delve into the coloring your hair question. Color can affect how a cut or style works too. And if you’re going for a totally new look, why not consider changing the color at least a little. It can brighten your look and because coloring can sometime agitate the cuticles just a bit it will add a bit of texture to your strands. Aiding your eternal quest for more volume.
Also make sure you check what the cut looks like from behind. Most of the time the stylist will hold a mirror behind your head so you can see in the mirror in front of you what the cut looks like in the back. This is important because some stacked bobs will draw attention back there to the nape of your neck. Returning to coloring, I’ve some cute cuts with the underlayers back there colored quite dark in contrast to the blonder top color which adds even more dimension to the look.
Maintaining the Look
Most find a bob cut requires a little bit of maintenance and styling know how. Plus when it comes to styling you’ll need to understand how to style yours at home to keep the sophisticated look you had when you left the salon.
Do you know how to use a round brush when blow drying to create volume where there isn’t any? Or to style the face framing layers to have them fall inwards to frame your face rather than flipping out.
Can you use a lightweight mousse? What about spray in styling gel? Both offer you a way to develop some volume using products without weighing your mane down – an important point with finer locks.
Are you able to finish the look like a pro by spraying a little volumizing hairspray to keep the look from going limp on you? The key is to spray the underside of the cut.
Obviously there are many techniques you can use to style the various bob cuts. Here’s a quick look at how one hair diva does it that seems pretty simple to me.
The video rather quickly shows how she blow dries her dark mane using a paddle brush. Curling it inwards so it frames her face nicely.
She relies on a straightener to clean things up. Suggesting you can section your hair and focus the straightener on the underneath layers if you want. But you can see how she cleans up the ends using a straight iron without doing that. Going from a bit frayed out to smooth and neat. Gently turning the hair in again to frame her face.
When styling a bob the cut should do most of the work for you. The objective should be to keep styling simple. A round brush and dryer with diffuser may be all you need. Use the nozzle of the blow dryer to direct the hair in the direction you want it to go. The idea is to keep the hair looking smooth. And to create volume and body around the crown.
Still she doesn’t put a lot of effort into creating lift at the crown. But like she said, if you do, a bit of back combing can accomplish that. So can scrunching. A bit of mousse added from the roots out can help if you like to use products.
Overall she maintains this is a cut that can be as low or high maintenance as you choose to make it.
You can go back to the hair salon regularly if you want to keep your hair style looking the same. You should trim the ends of your hair regularly, especially if you have some flirty layers and want to keep them that way. But keep in mind that you can easily maintain it at home and just enjoy the cut as it evolves.
Consider using a volumizing shampoo adapted to your fine hair to build in the body and keep it working for you.
Anyway, hopefully these tips gave you a better idea of whether or not a bob haircut is the ideal choice for you. It likely is. Just find a good hair salon and look at pictures before deciding to get your bob haircut.