How do I style bob length curly hair?

Posted by Tristan Kilday

How do I style bob length curly hair?

Embrace Your Natural Texture

As a curly-haired girl who has bob-styled hair, I'm well aware that this journey can be a little tricky, but let me assure you, it can be absolutely rewarding when done right. A bob cut can truly highlight the beauty of curls if styled appropriately. My own curly bob journey started primarily because I was done with my floor-length Rapunzel locks and wanted something shorter, fun, and oh-so-easy to manage, especially with my little one, Malena, using my hair as a personal climbing frame. Quite often, many of us curly-haired queens feel restricted with our hair options and styling, but let me tell you, there is a whole world of possibility within those curls, and I'm here to help you navigate it.

Understanding Your Curls and Shape

Before we dive into the styling part, let's take some time to understand our hair. Each one of us has a unique curl type. Some of us boast of beachy waves while others proudly own their tight ringlets or coils. Equally essential is understanding the bob cut shape that would enhance your face shape because, let's face it, even the most voguish bob cut would be of no use if it doesn't flatter your face. If you can discern your curl type and face shape, you're already halfway there.

Choosing the Right Hair Products

Once you are familiar with your hair type, it's time to pick products that accentuate your curly bob. I swear by a cocktail of silicone-free shampoo, hydrating conditioner, leave-in conditioner, curl cream, and a mousse or serum. You might only need a few or all of them, depending on your hair type. The golden rule is to keep your curls hydrated and nourished because guess what, dryness is the mother of all curly hair problems. Make it a motto to keep your curls well-nourished, hydrated, and happy, and they will reward you by behaving themselves.

Prepping Your Hair

Alright, so now that we're equipped with the right stuff, let's walk through the process of styling bob length curly hair. Cleanse your hair with a gentle, hydrating shampoo. Follow with a rich conditioner. My little hack here is to leave the conditioner on for a few minutes longer than suggested. This allows the product to penetrate deep into the hair shaft, ensuring that the hair remains hydrated for longer. Remember, well-hydrated curls mean well-behaved curls. Think of it as prepping your hair to look its best.

Applying Styling Products

After washing your hair, while it’s still damp, apply a leave-in conditioner followed by a curl cream, for optimum curl definition. Ensure that your hair is generously coated, but not lathered. I can’t stress how important it is to apply these products on damp hair. Remember to distribute the product throughout your hair right from the roots to the ends to ensure evenly structured curls.

Drying Your Curly Bob

Now let's talk drying because how you dry your hair can make or break your style. As a general rule, heat styled haircuts are a no-go as they can damage your curls. But on lazy days (believe me there are many of those) or when we're in a rush, it can be challenging to stick to air-drying. In such cases, I opt for a diffuser. This attachment can truly be your knight in shining armor. Use it on the low heat setting and embrace the naturally voluminous bob that you are sure to adore. Whatever your drying method be, the key is gentle treatment. Aggressive handling can lead to frizz, and we certainly don’t want that.

Final Touch-ups

Once your hair is dry, you might want to do some touch-ups. This could be something as simple as separating larger curls into smaller, more defined ones, or even taming some stubborn frizz with mousse or serum. You could also add some texture by gently teasing the roots or scrunching the ends. Feel free to customize the look to your liking. Remember, your hair is an extension of your self-expression, and styling it should be as unique as you are.

Keeping Your Curly Bob in Check

You've done all the work, and your curly bob is looking drool-worthy. How do you ensure it stays that way? Your hair, especially your curls, are a living entity. They need their beauty sleep just like you do. Investing in a silk pillowcase is a game-changer. Silk creates less friction, meaning less breakage, less frizz, and curls that stay intact longer. Pro tip: when washing your hair, consider deep conditioning or a hair mask once a week for that extra dose of hydration. Also, remember to get regular trims to keep your bob looking fresh and neat.

Navigating the world of curly hair can be challenging, but with the right tricks up your sleeve, it can also be fun. It's all about understanding what your curls need. The bob cut is versatile and offers a range of style options that are quick, easy, and fabulous.

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