Styling a LOB

LOB style

If you follow along on my Instagram, you know that I grew my hair out for my April wedding. If you know me in real life, you know how long I had short hair for and how long it took me to actually grow it out! Unfortunately, my hair is not meant to be long. It’s so thin and stringy and required effort every day!

Finally after growing it out for over a year, I said that I was going to go shorter and blonder. Needless to say I cut 6 inches and definitely became more blonde! I have to admit, it was weird at first to feel my hair and not be able to run my fingers through it! However, I absolutely love it. Not to mention, styling it takes no time and it lasts much longer!

Prior to my haircut, I wanted to make sure I knew how to style it. Makeup–I can do that. Hair–I need all the research and help I can get. Needless to say, I think I have got it down pat! Raise your hand if you want a video tutorial? Okay I can’t see you, but comment on my instagram and let me know! I’ll ask Nick to video me while I do my hair. I’m sure he will be ecstatic about it (insert sarcasm here).

Step 1: Protect the damp hair

I usually let my hair air dry after I shower at night, but regardless if you blow dry it or air dry it, make sure to add a heat protecting spray or some sort of spray in conditioner when it’s damp. I like to use It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Spray or Tresemme’s Thermal Heat Protection Spray.

Step 2: Half Up/ Half down

Separate your hair in half after it has fully dried. I use the 1″ Hot Tools curling iron to curl the LOB. I alternate curling forward and backward as I work on the bottom half of my hair. always leave about a 1/2 inch to an inch out of the iron. It’s the bottom half, so don’t worry so much. Go ahead and remove your clip to let all your hair down.

Step 3: Curling the top and learning to “let go”

You guys, I’m an orderly person. I love even numbers and can be OCD at times. If you are like me and have/want a LOB, you are going to have to get over that. The less perfect you make it, the better! Also, make sure to leave hair out of the curling iron at the bottom!

  1. Pick one side, and grab a piece in the middle of the side you chose.
  2. Curl this piece starting up high, and curl away from the face.
  3. Work backward, and curl the next piece towards your face. By this point I’m already at what I consider the back of my hair (essentially hair I cannot see).
  4. For the back, I alternate pieces by how high I start up. Feel free to curl alternately as well. This keeps it from looking “too perfect”
  5. When finished with the back, repeat steps 1-3 for the other side of your face

At this point, you should have 2-3 curls remaining in the front on each side. I usually curl these pieces by curling away from my face. Once again, alternate on how high you start up. By this point your whole head should be curled, but you may have to touch up some pieces you may have missed.

Britt Tip: If you made a curl “too perfect” or “too curly”, simply pull down on the strand a few times while it’s still hot. It will help it loosen the curl.

Step 4: Let hair cool & add product

Let your hair cool for at least 5 minutes. I add in Redken’s Fashion Waves spray all over. Scrunch your hair as if you were re-living your 6th grade perm. Next, use a dry shampoo or a dry texturizing spray on/under your roots for added volume. Batiste works great and is super affordable! Lastly, I use Redken’s Rough Paste (a pea size amount) and apply to my ends. Any styling cream will work fine! Lastly, I spray a tiny bit of hair spray all over. At this point, my hair is nice and texturized, and too much hair spray encourages frizz, so be light handed.

Although it’s a hefty step by step, it only takes me 10-15 minutes! Plus it lasts a few days. Stay tuned to Instagram to see if Nick will film a tutorial! Below is a visual link of all the products I’ve mentioned.

Until next time,
Britt