It may seem like a standard style but the lob is actually more flexible than you think…
A year before I had a baby I took the plunge and got the old ‘mom chop’. I haven’t looked back since. The lob, meaning ‘long bob’ is the perfect length because it gives you a sleek day to day, manageable look. But because it isn’t too short, it actually gives you the added versatility and flexibility when it comes to styling it. Here’s how to pull off four very quick and simple styles…
1. Side Part Glamour Waves
This is one of my fail-safe hairdo’s that I pull out time and time again when I have an event. Firstly make a side part and spray your hair with GHD Curl Hold Spray, $26. Next, wrap your hair around the Cloud 9 curling wand, $375, in a direction that is away from your face. You should have the thicker part of the wand closest to the root of your hair and the tips of your hair around the thinner part with the wand pointed towards the ground. Choose to curl small sections (between 2-4cm’s thick) starting from around the face, but if you’re in a rush try larger chunks around the back. One word of warning – the Cloud 9 has bite (and has known to burn me a couple of times due to my own sheer negligence!) so be careful.
2. The Slicked Back Bun
I don’t think I’ve worn a hairstyle so much since becoming a mum as I have this one. It’s my absolute go-to for any event, dressy or casual, day or night. Plus it manages to look sleek even if you haven’t had time to wash your hair in days! For best results style this as soon as you’re out of the shower and your hair is wet. Make a center part and then brush your hair into a low ponytail. I find the Tangle Teezer brush, $34, the best choice as it gets really close to your scalp for the slickest look. Once there secure with a hair tie. To create the bun simple twist and wrap the hair around the hair tie and around itself. Either tuck the ends back into the hair tie or secure with some bobby pins and spray with Schwarzkopf Extra Hair Spray Strong Hold, $8.50, which will keep stray hairs locked down!
3. The Hun
Known as the half up bun this one is a fun day time look when you can’t really be bothered doing much else. Section your hair by running your fingers from the top of your ears until they meet at the back of the crown. Once in the traditional half up style secure with a hair tie. Spritz some Davines This Is A Dry Texturizer, $44, into the ponytail part and then give it a very light teeze with your brush – this will make it easier to work with. The next part depends on how you like the bun part to look. Personally I prefer it a bit more structured, so I wrap it around the hair tie and around itself (like the bun above) until it starts to get that bun formation. For a more casual look tuck back into the same hair tie, otherwise secure with bobby pins. Straighten or leave the back wavy for an effortless look.
4. Straight ‘n Sleek
Let’s be honest, this is hardly a style at all and merely requires you to run the straightner through your hair a couple of times, but I’m claiming it anyway. For best results use The Original ghd IV Styler, $230 and Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Primer Oil, $17. Et voilà!
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