What I Did: Styled My Wavy Bob Haircut

It took me more than a week, but I finally figured out how to style my new wavy bob haircut. I spent all of last week trying to figure out how to get my hair to look wavy. I watched a million video tutorials. I read tons of articles. I stared intensely at pictures on Pinterest. I tried to learn how to curl my hair using a straightener. I need to just accept that I will never be able to do that. It’s just not going to happen. I don’t know if my wrist rotation is flawed or if I’m lacking the necessary coordination skills — either way, I will be reserving my use of my straightener solely for straightening.

Next I went through my collection of curling irons in various sizes. I tried a 3/4″ iron, a 1″ iron and a 1.25″ iron. And I tried doing regular curling as well as the technique where you wrap your hair AROUND the iron without the clamp. I only burned the tips of my fingers a couple times, so I consider that a win.

Every time I tried what the tutorials said, I got a look I didn’t like. Usually the curls were too intense for me, and my hair was too poofy (and not in the voluminous way). I couldn’t, for the life of me, get my hair to look anything like how my stylist did. I spent the whole week fighting my hair. Once the weekend came, I was “over it.” I decided to leave the vast majority of my styling products out, and simplified.

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And I am finally SO HAPPY.

Here’s what I did. I shampooed and conditioned as normal in the shower. I left out the mousse, and let my hair air dry instead of blow drying 100%. While my hair was air drying, I went about my other morning routine chores: breakfast, Digger duties, flossing/brushing my teeth, applying my makeup. This is almost enough time for my hair to air dry completely, but not quite. I spray a little Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray and scrunch my strands. Then I attach my diffuser thingie to my hair dryer and use it for 60-90 seconds — just enough time to get my hair close to 90% dry. Then I use my 1″ curling iron to run a few chunks of hair through wherever I need a little extra wave. My hair moves through my iron quickly — other irons I’ve used kind of stuck to my hair. When I’m adding my curls/waves, I move it right through instead of holding for any amount of time. To finish, I spray my new favorite hair product, Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, throughout my hair to make it piecey.

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All of these pictures are after a FULL DAY of work (and an immediate outfit change to my comfy sweatpants and hooded sweatshirt). On top of surviving an entire work day, I was in and out of buildings while it was snowing most of the morning. My hair held the wave all day (thanks to Not Your Mother’s and Oribe).

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I’d feel totally comfortable meeting up with friends immediately after work without refreshing my hair if I had to. If I had time in between work and my evening plans, I’d probably spray a little of the Oribe into my roots to pump up the volume a smidge.

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I’d like to attempt skipping the sea salt spray whenever I can — I think it’ll dry out my ends pretty quickly.

So that’s it. I’m relieved that I found a method that actually works for me. And I’m relieved that it’s not very time-consuming.

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