Happy New Year #bossy ones! I hope that you all had a fun, restful holiday! I'm typing this with a tummy full of leftover chocolate and a new pair of flannel jammies.
Let's jump back in with four quick-and-easy hair tutorials for short hair. The lob has been all the rage this year, so plug in your flat iron, get out your hair spray and try a new style for the new year!
In case you missed it, you can check out my post on four easy hairstyles for long hair here.
Part your hair at the side. Section off the top half and clip it out of the way. Using a flat iron, curl the bottom layer. Curl your hair away from your face, working with 1" to 2" sections. Start each curl about 3" down from the root of your hair for a looser curl. Your curls don't have to be uniform - it looks best if they vary in size.
Once you've finished the bottom layer, spray it with a flexible hold hairspray. My favourite is Aussie Mega Hairspray in #1 flexible hold. You want your hair to hold the curl without feeling crunchy.
Curl the top layer of your hair, paying special attention to the pieces that frame your face (they usually fall out first). Give it a good spray.
Let your curls cool. Once they have set, gently brush out your curls with a round brush. Brush in the direction that the hair is curled. This will give you a more relaxed, "bedhead" look. Finish off the whole thing with a quick spray and you're on your way!
Tips and Tricks
- For frizz: Rub a few drops of coconut oil into your palms and run your hands through the bottom two thirds of your hair to control frizz and boost shine.
- For volume: For added volume, lift the top layer of your hair and tease the hair towards your scalp. Spray with hairspray and replace the layer. Smooth the top of your hair and - voila! - instant volume.
- Make it last: If you want to preserve your curls for the next day, brush them out, give them a spritz of light-hold hairspray and wrap them into a high bun on the top of your head (twisting your hair in the same direction as it curls). Use a big clip instead of a hair elastic to avoid that pesky elastic bump in the morning.
Using a flat iron, straighten your hair. Clamp the iron at the root of your hair and gently pull it up and away from your scalp until you reach the ends. This motion will give your hair a nicer shape than you would get from pulling the flat iron straight down.
Section off the two front pieces of your hair, pulling them forward and out of the way. Place the headband midway between your forehead and crown before smoothing the front pieces back into place. Easy peasy.
Tips and Tricks
- For volume: For extra lift behind the headband - and a more 1950s pin-up style - lift the top layer of hair at the crown of your head and gently tease it. Spray with hairspray and smooth the layer back down for instant volume.
- Headbands: Look for unique headbands at markets and craft stores or make your own by covering an old headband with a cute bandana!
Follow Steps 1-3 from the Loose Curls tutorial above. This look also works really well with leftover curls from the day before.
Starting at the top of your side part (on the side with the most hair), french braid along the hairline, leaving out a few strands in front of the ear. Secure the braid using a small hair tie. If you need a refresher on french braiding, check out this tutorial.
Use the pick end of a comb (or the end of a makeup brush) to loosen up the braid. You want the braid to be nice and fat. Messy is okay for this look.
Wrap a small piece of hair around the hair tie to cover it up and secure with a bobby pin. Give the whole thing a spritz of hairspray and away you go!
Tips and Tricks
- Lock it down: if your braid feels too loose, add a few bobby pins to secure the base of the braid to your head. This will lock it down and keep it from moving around during the day.
- Get dirty: Didn't wash your hair? No problem! Spray a little dry shampoo in the roots - my favourite is Got 2 B Rockin' It Dry Shampoo (*rolls eyes at name*) - and start braiding. This hairstyle works really well with second (or third) day hair.
Follow Steps 1-3 from the Loose Curls tutorial above or use leftover curls from the day before.
Gather your hair into a half ponytail that starts just above your ears. Secure with a small hair tie. Gently pull up on the hair at the crown of your head to loosen the pony and add a little volume.
Pull out some strands of hair to frame your face. Give these strands a little boost by teasing them at the roots. This added volume will keep them looking bouncy. You want this look to be "undone", but still fresh and full.
Wrap a strand of the ponytail around the hair tie and secure it with a bobby pin. Spray the whole thing with hairspray and you're ready to go!
Tips and Tricks
- Add a little sparkle: Pin a sparkly pin or clip at the back of your hair for a little extra oomph!
- Get dirty: Just like the Side Braid, this style is great for disguising dirty hair. Nobody will ever know ;)
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Time to get creative and rock your lob! Let me know your favourite quick-and-easy hairstyles in the comments below and don't forget to click the "like" button and subscribe if you enjoyed this post. Wishing you all good hair days!
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