Quick & Easy: How I Curl My Lob

Short Hair, Kinda Care

Easy, Fast, and Simple Beachy Waves

(Skip down for the actual tutorial. I tend to ramble a lot, I know.)

Every girl knows that sinking feeling after you leave the salon with 4″ chopped off your hair rather than that trim you asked for. I know I always did. When I was younger, I was a bit of a tomboy, so I didn’t care that my mom had my hair cut into a long bob, or a lob as they call it. As I got older, I became more of a “girly” girl and I refused to cut my hair short. I also begged for bangs (which looked awful on me), but that’s another story. Anyways, since I was about 9, I’ve kept my hair long -all the way down to my waist. I always dreaded going to the hair salon, knowing the inevitable fate of my precious long locks. However, a few years ago, I decided that I would take the plunge and get 8″ of my hair chopped off into the popular lob style. This time, by choice. Although I loved the new length, my hair quickly grew long again (my hair grows really fast, which is both a blessing and a curse) and I never chopped it that short again. Until now.

I’ve been seeing a lot of pictures on Pinterest of gorgeous lob cuts with balayage highlights  or écaille (tortoiseshell) hair colours. I loved how both of these hair colours made highlights look so natural and I was dying to try the trend myself. I’ve always had colour-treated hair. From the ever so popular harsh ombre that I experimented with in my teens, to a coppery rich auburn, I loved to try new hair colours -all within my neutral comfort zone, of course. So, about two months ago, I did it. I wish I had a picture of my hair right after I left the salon because no matter how hard I try I can’t quite recreate the way my hairdresser styled my hair. The pictures below are of my hair now without any styling.

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I don’t know why it looks so brassy in the picture, but in real life it is a bit more cool-toned and a caramel honey-blonde colour.

My natural hair, as you can see above, is quite straight. Although my hair is quite normal in the sense that it is neither fine nor thin, and it is certainly not thick, it does lack in texture and body. So, on an almost daily basis, I like to curl my hair to give it some textured, beachy waves. I promise that it’s easy and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes after some practice. If you’re not quite used to it in the beginning and it’s taking you a bit longer, I suggest that you curl your hair the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. I’ve tried this many times and when I wake up in the morning, I like to touch up my front pieces a bit, but if your hair holds a curl well, you can walk straight out the door!

What you will need:

  1. A curling iron (mine is 1″/25mm)
  2. Some texture spray (I use dry shampoo)
  3. Heat protectant of some kind for your hair
  4. Optional: A heat protectant glove

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I use the NuMe Magic Wand (169USD, ships internationally) with the 1″/25mm titanium barrel. The titanium barrel claims to lock in your hair’s natural moisture and keep your hair soft, which I totally agree with. For how hot this thing can get, it’s surprising to see that it doesn’t damage my hair or fade my colour-treated hair. This wand also comes with a heat protectant glove, which makes curling my hair so much easier for me because I don’t have to worry about burning my hand. NuMe always has coupon codes, so make sure to check them out before paying the full price! These are a few codes that I found (there is an expiration date on these, but they always come out with new codes that you can find easily online):

  • code ITSONLY70 for 70% off any curling wand + free US shipping
  • code ALLTOOLS for 50% off any tool + free US and CA shipping
  • code WISHES for any curling wand for 49USD + free argan oil + free US shipping

For giving texture to my hair, I use my favourite Batiste Dry Shampoo (prices vary, around 8USD/£3/10CAD) in the scent “Natural and light: bare.” This is my favourite scent by far from their whole collection and the dry shampoo itself is amazing for creating texture and volume in my hair, as well as giving my hair the “beachy” look. Added bonus: it doesn’t leave the dreaded white cast in dark hair.

The heat protectant that I’m currently using is the Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker Smooth Serum (£8, does not ship internationally). To be fair, this is marketed as a serum to use on either damp or already-styled hair, but it does claim to contain heat protectant. I am not the biggest fan of this product and to be completely honest, I picked it up more for the iridescent packaging than anything. I probably won’t repurchase this but as it is not a bad product, I’m going to use it up. I recommend getting the TreSemme Thermal Creations Protective Spray Heat Tamer (prices vary, around 4USD, £8, 5CAD) if you’re looking for a good heat protectant.

Finally, the actual tutorial. 

  1. Spray in/apply heat protectant. I use about 4 pumps of mine and roughly work it into my hair.
  2. Spray in your dry shampoo, focusing on the roots of your hair. Massage it into your roots and roughly tousle your hair. I also like to flip my hair over to add even more volume. I prefer adding dry shampoo before I curl my hair because I find that using it after can mess up my curls. However, if I feel like I need more texture or volume after curling, I will spray in a bit more.
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    Before and after dry shampoo

    I know the difference is subtle, but I swear that it’ll make a big difference to the end result!

  3. Start curling! I don’t section off my hair because it takes too much time and I don’t like my curls to look too perfect anyways. Also, with short hair, you can get away with not curling the shorter strands on the bottom layer of hair since you won’t be able to see it anyways. Even though I have a side part, I like to part my hair in the middle while I curl my hair (you’ll see why later). I like to set my curling iron to 390°F and just grab sections of hair at random, wrapping them around the curling iron for around 10 seconds and alternating directions with each curl. I don’t really have a specific method, but here are some pictures to show you what I do. hair4On days where I’m in a big rush, I’ll turn up the heat to 430°F and take larger chunks of hair. This probably isn’t good for your hair so I wouldn’t recommend doing it, but you know… just throwing it out there.
  4. One side done! Repeat the same thing on the other side.hair5
  5. After I finish both sides, I make sure to flip my hair to my right side to form my side part again. The reason why I curled my hair parted in the centre is so that I get more volume at the roots when I flip the hair back to my side part. This is how the curls look after I’ve curled all of my hair. I don’t brush my hair out as that ruins the piecey, beachy look that I go for, but I did run my fingers through my curls to tousle them a bit. I didn’t feel like I needed more volume, so I didn’t use more dry shampoo, but now’s the time to do it if your hair is lacking in the volume department. hair6

Here are the before and after pictures:

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I didn’t add hairspray because personally, I hate having to wash it out at the end of the day. My hair doesn’t hold a curl exceptionally well, but well enough that at the end of the day, I will still have some waves left in my hair. The dry shampoo also helps to keep your waves intact. If you’re going to a special event or if it’s very humid where you live, I would suggest spritzing some hairspray in your curls after you’re done. Here’s my hair after 10 hours of wear:

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Not bad eh? (Sorry about the lighting change, but this was at the end of the day so I had to use artificial lighting)

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed my first ever hair tutorial!

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