Hair inspiration: Bangs & bobs
Jennifer Lawrence’s beachy bob is also red-carpet ready. She opts for sunny ombré highlights and controlled texture that shines with a glossy finish. Use a dry shampoo on ends first, twisting strands into loose ringlets, and finish the style with a misting of satin hair spray.
Mad Men screen siren Christina Hendricks’ bob is one of the most flattering options around, thanks to its delicate side-swept bangs and face-framing waves. To get the look, curl front sections around a large-barrel iron, wrapping strands in the direction away from your face.
Model Karlie Kloss keeps it classic with her timelessly chic blunt bob. She modernizes the look by giving her bangs a soft sweep and creating a deep side part. For the same bounce and body, apply some light volumizing serum on roots before drying with a round brush, curling under at the ends.
Imperfect curls give actress Nikki Reed’s chin-length chop some sexy texture. Wrap two-inch sections of mid-shaft hair around a curling iron, keeping ends loose so they fall straight. Finish the look with dry shampoo and tousle ends with your fingers.
Nicole Richie has perfected the ‘lob’ hairstyle, proving that the easy-to-wear long bob style has staying power. Ask your stylist to create a very subtle angle; keeping the front strands slightly longer than the back. Smooth on some shine serum and make a defined side part to match this look.
Quite possibly the most universally flattering hairstyle out there, a bob like Naomi Watts' is a classic cut — yet somehow feels very of-the-moment. A center part and just a touch of wave lend a not-too-drastic, but still dramatic, finish. Not to mention that it's incredibly easy to style by doing nothing more than chasing a round brush with your hairdryer after towel drying.
Glam ringlets on Emma Watson transform her bob into a red carpet-ready coif. Start with a deep side part and curl hair with a two-inch iron from mid-length to ends, tucking one side section behind your ear.
Songstress Alicia Keys keeps her bob super sleek. A flat iron's a must with this blunt cut, which is a bit longer in front to frame her face.
This razor cut bob gives Julianne Hough’s shoulder-grazing hair some sophisticated edge. For the same dimension, stick to long layers and a deep side part—at home, style strands with your fingers and some texturizing spray for an undone finish.
Brandi swept her hair into a faux bob to get the look without the commitment. For soft waves, use a large barrel iron on three-inch sections of hair. Gather strands and tuck the length under at the nape of your neck and secure with hidden bobby pins.
Rose Byrne’s sexy bob gets texture from loose, beachy curls. For waves and extra volume at your crown, mist hair with dry shampoo and twist small sections into loose ringlets.
Side-swept bangs and natural curls bring softness to Kerry Washington’s bob. Create a side part and blow dry just your bangs straight. Use a curling iron to blend some defined ringlets within your natural curls.
This platinum blonde bob rocked by Christina Aguilera makes a classic statement with blunt bangs. Style the look with a center part and be prepared to maintain your fringe with trims every three weeks.
This chin-length bob suits Rachael Taylor’s straight, fine hair. Blow dry hair straight with a paddle brush, then smooth some styling balm through strands with your fingers, combing one side behind your ear for a slick finish.
Nicki Minaj’s punched up bob stands out with rosy streaks. Known for her colorful wigs, you can tame the look with just a few hot pink clip-in extensions, trimmed to match the length of your bob.
A wide side part and slightly mussed texture mirror Cameron Diaz's laid-back attitude, even on the red carpet.
Some major bombshell volume gives Zendaya Coleman’s bob a boost. Treat wet hair with a volumizing cream at your crown, then blow dry smooth. Set sections with large hot curlers for twenty minutes then brush out.
Demonstrating just how versatile the bob can be, Elizabeth Banks sections off her bangs before sweeping them over her crown and pinning at the back of her sleek hairstyle with a single barrette.
Sure, she's equal parts supermodel and super-mom, but Heidi Klum's long bob is one hairstyle that looks just as gorgeous with almost every face shape. Off-center bangs that sweep in in at her cheekbone emphasize her enviable bone structure.
Long, side swept bangs add softness to Ashlee Simpson’s chin-length bob.
Adele ups the glamour with full waves that offer a different take on the chanteuse's signature '60s style.
Natasha Bedingfield creates waves with her edgy bob, transforming it with curls that put a modern twist on a Hollywood classic.
Subtle highlights add extra glamour to Malin Akerman's softly waved bob.
Side-swept bangs and rumpled waves lend a laid-back look to Olivia Wilde's bob.
A wide side part is key to January Jones's precisely cut hairstyle, a sleek yet sexy version of the bob.
Classic and infinitely wearable, Rose Byrne's bob highlights her jawline by falling just below her chin. Long blunt bangs are curled to further soften the effect.
Katherine Heigl adds soft waves to her blunt cut for an effect that's at once elegant and sexy.
Having shorn her long locks for a role, the High School Musical alum, Vanessa Hudgens grows out her hair into a cute voluminous bob softened by face-framing layers.
Emily Blunt keeps it simply stylish with a sleek no-fuss bob that works as well with formal attire as it does with casual wear.
Ali Larter's soft, tousled waves give a party-perfect twist to her versatile cut.
Showing off her signature ‘do, the actress Keira Knightley side-parts a classic bob, which features graduated layers that are longest in the front.
The 90210 actress, Jessica Stroup flaunts a flirty bob accentuated with choppy layers and glossy highlights.
Rocking the sexiest take on the bob, the supermodel, Brooklyn Decker tousles her layered cut into a bed-head style.
A choppy cut ups the Glee star, Dianna Agron’s appeal as she peeks out from behind lash-sweeping bangs.
January Jones accomplishes the task of looking sexy and classy with a tousled bob that looks just a tad bit messy.
Taking your tresses from long to short can be a stressful, sometimes traumatic experience. The questions that loom, "What if I hate it"? "What if everyone else hates it"? It takes courage. I mean we are not fighting a war here but a drastic change definitely stirs a battle in your head. Especially a change so visible. One you are clearly unable to hide from if heaven forbid something goes wrong. Let's face it, your hair is right there. It's the first thing on your body.
So with that said, let's talk bangs and bobs..
I did the major chop to my hair about two months ago, after a 5 year love affair with long hair. Believe me it took me about 5 months to finally decide to go for it. It's not like I've never had short hair. I am a bonafide hair experimenter. The day I graduated from high school I headed straight to the salon and promptly cut about 7 inches from my hair... And in the year to follow it would go from a bob to pretty much a buzz cut, give or take an inch. I've been a blond, a red head, a brunette with major highlights and even accidentally in an at home experimental phase ended up with pink hair. Thank god for brown dye kits. The pink was not for me.
I seem to be getting grossly off point. Okay lets reel it back in. I say all of this to say that I did all of that and I still have hair. The best part about hair is that it grows back...and depending on your vitamin regimen, it grows back fairly quickly.
However going from one extreme to the other does require some changes in your daily and weekly routine. Short hair requires a whole new set of products, and styling aids. And me having naturally super curly hair, it took me a few weeks to really get the hang of it. Now everyone will form their own routine. In hopes of maybe providing a bit of inspiration I thought I would share mine.
Here we go...
Tools needed and what the heck to do with them. As you read on refer to the handy visual aid at the beginning of this post.
1. Proliss Ionic Hair Dryer
Whether you blow your hair out once a day or once a week. An ionic hair dryer dries your hair faster and does much less damage. I adore mine.
2. Drybar Hair Clips
While you are blowing out your Bob...part your hair into four sections and use these clips to hold it in place. I usually part around from ear to ear leaving a top and bottom section then I part the bottom half and work my way up to the middle. I section the top half down the middle and work my way up from each ear. I completely separate my bangs from it all and secure in place until the rest if my hair is dry. I secure the hair in each clip so as I am blowing out the loose sections the other sections don't dry up. If you have curly hair like me, the key to a good blowout is to start with wet hair.
3. Phyto 7
This non greasy moister cream is brilliant. I apply it to my wet hair from roots to ends and a little more anywhere my hair is a bit more dry. For me that is the center of my head and both sides by my ears. I was a bit reluctant at first because it is a bit pricey for such a small tube. However a little goes a long way.
4. Olivia Garden Round Bristle Ceramic Brush
This is where for me the huge difference is between short and long hair. Before I cut my hair I never used a round brush to blow dry. This brush makes all the difference between a flat lifeless bob and a bouncy beautiful bob. Even if you flatiron afterwards. Which is necessary for those of us with curly hair. Here's the thing. Don't try to emulate what you see your stylist do when they blow out your hair. It's impossible due to to the fact that your arms are attached to your body. Take a second and figure out what positioning works best for you. For me, I grab a section, roll the hair around the brush first, then apply the heat. Working my way from the roots to the ends and using a whole lot of tension.
5. L'Oreal Total Repair 5
Heat protectant is super important in maintaining the shine and bounce if your bob. Whether you flatiron or just curl, putting a barrier between your strands and the iron is a must. There are a ton of thermal protectant products out there and L'Oreal has been rocking my world lately with their total repair system. I spray a tiny amount of this dry oil into the palm of my hands and distribute it evenly through my freshly blown out hair before any further styling takes place. It protects and smells great!
6. T3 Single Pass Flat Iron
Here is what I have to say about flat irons. They are not all created equal. Invest in a good one and you will save both time and money. Take it from me. I have wasted more money trying to get a cheaper flatiron that ends up not working. Anyhow.. A good flatiron can curl, straighten, defrizz and seal in shine. I always go over my blowout with a flatiron. Sealing the cuticle of your hair helps to eliminate the frizz that occurs when you step outside. For the curly haired gals... just pass the iron on your roots to ensure that they stay straight.
7. Amika Triple Barrel Curling Iron
Three curlers in one. Great for making tousled beachy bedroom waves. Use the biggest iron for a longer bob... and the smaller irons to add texture to shorter cuts. It comes with a handy glove to protect your hand.
Bangs are not as scary as they seem. Here's what to do. Use your round brush.. wrap your bangs around it as far as they will go. Blow dry with tension. Once dry, use a small tooth comb and flat iron straight. Pass the iron through a few times. Slightly curve the iron under towards the end of the last pass to get a slight bend. I do this every day.. even on the days that I do not wash my hair.
..And now some bangs and bobs that I adore.
From right to left..
1. Karlie Kloss: The Short, sexy and flirty bob with a medium bang. This bob is easy to maintain and even easier to grow out
2. Rihanna: The edgy bob with long bangs. This is a daring move due to the extreme differences in hair lengths that will adorn your head all at one time.. Super cool. Rock and roll!
3. Olivia Wilde: The Lob with long bangs. It's the long bob. Not too scary. Super cute and will work on everyone.
4. Linda Evangelista: The classic sophisticated bob with a shorter bang. This bob stands the test of time. Case in point.. this photo was taken in 1996.
Okay so now that you are armed with the facts... and some pretty awesome inspiration.. get out there and chop your locks!
Remember... HAIR GROWS BACK!