All throughout my twenties, I kept my hair long, layered, and generally untouched. I have thick, naturally wavy hair that isn’t incredibly versatile in the hairstyle department (and many a hair tie has been a casualty of its volume). And while I always loved the look of a spunky, chin-length bob, I never thought it was possibility for me and my massive mane. However, after years of the same ol’ same ol’, I took the plunge and chopped it off. After a period of trial-and-error, I became an established “bob girl” — thanks to these ten key products that are perfect for short hair.
While cropped cuts are supposed to be a time-saver, many find it to be harder to manage in that you often can’t just throw it up into a bun or ponytail when your hair isn’t behaving. There’s often more styling and products involved, even for the most “effortless” of looks. I felt this firsthand in the first few months of having a chin-length bob. My go-to solution became to flat iron my naturally wavy hair to make it manageable and sleek-looking. But, of course, that gets old after a while — and wavy bobs are just as chic.
After several heart-to-hearts and unofficial hair lessons with my hair stylist, I learned a few tricks of the trade on how to spice things up with my new crop. Hair accessories, texturizing products, and some go-to hair tools have all helped me expand my horizons and keep things interesting. I've proudly worn short hair for some two years now and I feel like a connoisseur of sorts. So if you’re thinking of going the short-and-sweet route, ahead, check out the 10 life-saving products and styling tips that keep my bob game on point.
Because I typically go stick-straight or naturally wavy with my hair, three key products come into play and are regulars on my beauty shelf: styling mousse, hair oil, and texturizing balm.
Although I love a hair oil for any and all hair styles, I particularly love the magic it works on my sleek styling days. After I run my hair through a flat iron, I’ll lightly spritz it with an oil and smooth down any strays or wayward hairs (by hand or with a comb). It gives my hair a stunning finish.
For days I go wavy, I employ some lightweight styling mousse and texturizing spray or balm (I prefer balm!). I typically apply the mousse to my wet hair prior to styling or air-drying and then work texturizing balm to my hair post-drying and styling to help keep its shape and give it some texture.
I am a hair tool fanatic and have about seven or eight displayed proudly on my bathroom shelf. However, to be completely honest, I only really use two tools regularly (if at all) — my blow dryer and my flat iron. While a flat iron is obviously used for days I want a sleek bob, I’m also known to use it to curl my hair from time to time. Because the iron I have is rounded, it gives a nice natural-looking wave that feels more relaxed and effortless.
On days I’m in a crunch and have less than 10 minutes or so to work with my hair, I’ll typically pop my diffusing nozzle onto my blow-dryer and dry sections with warm — not hot — air. If I’m really in a pinch and can’t even be bothered with a diffuser, I put this pro tip into effect: I quickly apply a heat protectant and a bit of styling mousse into my damp hair, then twist sections of hair and blast them with my blow dryer for a few seconds. As I work my way around my head, I’ll keep my semi-dried sections twisted until I’ve given my entire head a once-over. Then, I’ll shake out my hair with my fingertips, and apply a bit of texturizing balm to the tips, then allow the rest to air dry. Both the diffuser and this little handmade technique deliver a tousled, naturally waved look that I’m kind of obsessed with.
Also, of late, I've been wearing fringe bangs, so I'll typically blow out my bangs with a round styling brush (away from my head, not toward). Because they are a bit more on the wispy side, they fall nicely around my face.
This goes without saying, but chic hair accessories are ideal for making it look like you put effort into your look, even if you barely lifted a finger. Luckily, these days, the dainty and whimsical bobby pins and headbands of your childhood are back and better than ever. I’m particularly reliant on both for days I can’t be bothered with dealing with my bangs.
And for days I want to try a half ponytail, scrunchies in interesting textures and prints come into play. I actually keep a scrunchy in my handbag or work bag at all times in case of emergencies. And, if I want to go a bit more dainty with my ponytails, I’ll reach for a hair ribbon or bow, both of which have been major red carpet trends this award season.