Notoriously cute bobs seem to be everywhere.
Maybe you just ditched longer locks for one or wish you had.
Maybe too you’re clueless about practical dress down styling that’s perfect for a Saturday in jeans spent hitting the local shops and boutiques. Then later on switching to a look that’s more dressed up for an evening out.
No worries. This is a surprisingly versatile cut that’s adaptable to many different styling approaches.
Yeah, don’t for a second think you’re locked into the same ole same ole styling routine here. Or mistakenly assume there’s not a lot you can do with short hair.
Fact is nothing could be further from the truth. There are more than a few ways to keep your look fresh, chic and stylish.
Best of all, the bob styling options available to you are not really all that tricky. So you won’t be stuck in the bathroom for 30 minutes or longer trying to coax your shortened locks to go from bland to fab.
To prove it let’s start with something quick and simple. Beyond that here’s how to quickly get to the other four:
- #2 The Secret to Perfectly Messy
- #3 Easily Accessorize Shorter Strands With a Headband
- #4 Surprisingly Sophisticated Middle Parted
- #5 Bouncy Voluminous Bob Delivers Body to Spare
Short Cuteness Accented With A Side Braid
Nothing says super cute like a pretty side braid now does it? Add to a recently shorn bob and you’ve got a winning style.
And no, your hair is definitely not too short to pull this off.
This first video demonstrates all you need to know after shampooing and blow drying those bobbed tresses. Because the real fun begins with quickly styling these two pert and perky looks.
You should find this to be an easy-peasy way to change up your bob.
Not only is a braided look versatile, as an added bonus a bit of a braid will keep your hair out of your eyes. So let’s give a shout out for braids for short hair!
Oh and if added grip is needed your styling hack would be dry shampoo blasted into the roots. That can add the required texture to make side braids in short hair an easier reality.
The Secret to a Perfectly Messy Bob
Tousled waves are probably the next easiest way to change up a bob haircut.
Better still anyone can bring this lived in, textured waviness look to life. All it takes is a big barreled curling iron, some heat protectant spray, a little bit of know-how and in next to no time you’re ready to go.
Now if your ends are not straight or your hair is a little wonky it’s smart to flatten out your strands with a flatiron a little before you commence styling. You know just to tamp any excessive craziness?
BUT…the big trick to try here involves how to section the hair you’re going to curl.
You want to try using sections that are more vertical, meaning they go down the side of your head from the crown in the direction of your ear, rather than running horizontally from the front to the back.
The video shows you exactly how she does this and I think you’ll find it worth trying.
The second point is you’re going to want to work with bigger chunks of hair. Otherwise you risk ending up with tight little ringlets with isn’t what you’re going for.
You also want to keep the ends (half inch to an inch) straight by not wrapping them around the barrel of your one inch curling iron. This produces a wave in the middle of the section with less of a curl. (Don’t worry there’s another video below that shows how to get bouncy curls if that’s what you have in mind.)
Pay attention to the direction you curl the hair too. Near your face you want to curl AWAY from your face. Otherwise it’s smart to mix up the curling away from or curling towards as you go to give a more natural result.
Also with shorter strands you’ve got to watch for flipping out which is another reason to watch how you’re curling so the hair tends to curl under.
Give things plenty of time to cool down before loosening up the wave patterns. That means hands off until everything is totally cooled off!
Then use your fingers to gently break up all those tendrils into a more textured, messy waves effect. That will give you just the right amount of loose messiness or the perfect way to rev up a beautiful bob.
Want even more texture? A few spritzes of salt spray will get you there.
Perfectly imperfect. Or just another of the many amazing ways you can style shorter tresses to dress up your look.
Easily Accessorize Shorter Strands With a Headband
Got a sec? Because that’s about all this slick change of pace takes to accomplish. Mere seconds.
Yet it can transform your style into a totally different, dare I say? somewhat more bohemian one.
Gotta love easy hairstyles with headbands like that, right?
Now most would say the big takeaway here is thick – as in a thick headband. That’s important since you want the accessory to offer a bit of balance to your over appearance.
Even better it might just buy you another day without shampooing as you can cover the evidence with your flirty headband.
Cheat with “no makeup” makeup, accessorize with some eye catching earrings and your carefree, effortless look is complete.
Such is the allure of sexy short locks like these. They seem to always have the ability to look epic regardless of the styling. That’s true even of a headband.
Surprisingly Sophisticated Middle Parted Bob
A bit hard to believe perhaps but a girl can accomplish a lot by simply changing her part.
Mixing things up like this can be just the way to rescue a style going stale or one you’re growing bored with. All the better when done on purpose as part of an ever changing short hair styling routine.
This works so well because with the part switch comes new ways for the light to hit your strands, while the illusion of layers changes and volume almost magically appears where previously there was none.
Such a styling sleight of hand might even be enough to convince some it’s an entirely different cut.
This video segment shows you one way to achieve just that with a middle part.
There you go. Trendy casual yet sophisticated enough to support a particularly pretty necklace no problem. Hit with hairspray and you’re out the door.
Bouncy Voluminous Bob Delivers Body to Spare
Just because you got rid of the long hair I hope that doesn’t mean you got rid of your hot rollers too!
That’s because they offer an easy way to get big, voluminous curls without hardly even trying.
Basically all you need do is heat up the curlers, clip them strategically in your hair like you always have, give them 15-25 minutes to set (hint: the rollers have cooled down) while you go about the business of getting ready, then take them out.
Can you say bouncy? As in a bouncy bob with natural-looking body to spare?
Preserve all that full lushness with flexible, long holding hairspray and you’re all set.
Then prepare for the compliments as you flaunt all that voluptuous volume. Or what’s otherwise known as an effortless way to add some oomph to your cropped mane. Truly the stuff of hair dreams, right?
Hopefully you can see there are more styling options to a bob cut than a daily dose of the Dora the Explorer hairstyle.
So yeah. There’s plenty to love about short hair.
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