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3 Hairstyle Hacks For a Short Bob

Posted July 22nd, 2014

When I cut my hair a few months back, I was desperate for a change. Long hair will always work, but there's something about having an actual style (a long bob, in my case) that made me feel instantly more polished and grown-up. It’s kind of great what an hour in a stylist’s chair can do for one’s self-esteem. The only downside to this shorter cut was losing the hairstyles that I had gotten down to a science with my long hair. I could do beach-y waves, a topknot, or milkmaid braids with my eyes closed. I’m now starting to build up my short-hair styling muscle so I wanted to share the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

Step 1: Instead of starting at the root with the curling iron, I start midway down the length of my hair, curling away from my face.

Step 2: At my hair's current length, the curling iron no longer works the way it once did. The end of the curl now lands in a funny place and my beachy waves end up looking more like a '70s flip.

Step 3: To combat the outward flip, I go back and curl the ends under. 

Step 4: I pull on the curl while it's cooling so it doesn't go extreme in the other direction.

Step 5: Shorter hair means it doesn't have the weight to pull it down, so the ends can end up being wispy instead of a post-beach textured look. I rub heavy pomade or wax in between the palm of my hands until it turns clear and scrunch the product into the ends of my hair, separating and twisting as I go.

A topknot might seem out of the question for short hair (truth be told I was entirely convinced that I didn't have enough hair to put up in a ballerina bun), but a healthy handful of bobby pins and a little elbow grease proved otherwise. 

Step 1: Gather hair and secure with an elastic (the higher the ponytail is on the crown of the head, the longer the hair in the ponytail will be).

Step 2: There will be shorter pieces at the nape of the neck that won't make it into the rubber band, so I slide a bobby pin vertically towards the crown of my head so that it's not visible. 

Step 3: To fake a fuller top-knot, I pull the ponytail up through the hair-tie so that there's a small loop.

Step 4: Grab the leftover hair and wrap it around the base to cover the rubber band.

Step 5: Pin all loose hairs down into the loop with bobby pins.

This french braid is the short-hair equivalent of a milkmaid braid and is the hairstyle I rely on to make me look like I've done an intricate updo without the hassle. 

Step 1: Split hair into two sections down the middle of the head. French braid each side and secure ends with rubber bands.

Step 2: Fold braids over one another at the nape of the neck and pin. Finish with a heavy hold hairspray.

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