One of the best things about having a bob is versatility. The cut is long enough to style with hot tools and short enough to dry quickly and hold shape easily. Bobs have an interesting ability to capture a variety of moods; they can look posh, playful, wild, or innocent depending on how they’re finished. These four styles offer dramatically different takes on the shape. Read on for steps to adapting this classic style to how you want to look and feel each new day. –– Laura Martin
Finish 1 – Vintage Brush Back (upper left)
Using heated rollers is the best way to achieve this high-volume style. Spray clean, dry hair with set and style spray and wrap around medium sized rollers, rolling hair away from the face. Set entire head, starting at the front hairline and working to a smaller roller size in the nape. Allow to cool, brush out with a paddle brush, and lightly backcomb the top to increase volume and hold. Smooth out the top surface and finish with holding spray.
Finish 2 – Wind Blown (upper right)
This finish takes texture to extremes with piecey, wild tendrils. Mix texture paste and styling whip together and run through strands from roots to tips. Twist hair into loose coils and dry with fingers, disturbing as little as possible. When hair is dry, mist with a heavy coat of dry shampoo and add hair cream to ends, rolling sections between your palms. Shake out and roll.
Finish 3 – Bouncy Kinks (lower left)
Mist clean dry hair with protective thickening lotion. Separate out a 1″ section and hold a hairpin at the base of it, close to the scalp. Wrap the section around the hairpin in a figure eight pattern, weaving in and out around the pin with tight tension, working from roots to ends. Secure with a piece of foil wrapped around the pin to hold the ends. Clamp an iron over the section for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat all over the head, allowing entire set to cool before removing pins. Shake out set gently with fingers and finish with primp working spray.
Finish 4 – Angelic Wave (lower right)
Apply volume foam to roots and protective thickening lotion throughout and dry hair smooth with a denman brush, which will give strands natural looking volume. Part deeply on one side and mist with holding spray. Using a three barrel iron, pick up a thick section of hair, slightly more narrow than the width of the iron. Press iron into the center of the strand for 10 seconds, holding tightly, and then release. Repeat on remaining strands, creating the wave in the same place. Brush hair gently for a softer finish and add a single bobby pin on the heavier side, clipping hair back at the temple.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.