How to Create Curls that Last on a Long Bob

January 2, 2017

I’m not a big enough blogger by far to have regular requests for anything (but please let me know if you do have something!). You know what people do ask me about? My hair. I think I must be doing something wrong seeing as I am a fashion blogger and all. Grin. Here’s the funny thing about my hair: it is my life goal to fix it as little as possible. Oh, and make it look thicker than it really is. But seriously, I am a little embarrassed to admit how rarely I wash my hair. I always get mad when it’s rainy. If I have to wash my hair sooner than planned… If you’re reading, do you promise not to judge me?

Want to hear a funny story? Sometimes people say to me, “Your hair looks great. Did you do something different?” As I hang my head in shame, I say, “No, it’s just clean.” In reality, I have found that curling my hair really does allow me to go longer between washes, accomplishing my life goal.

Okay good, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about how to create curls that last on a long bob. I always feel so accomplished on days I wash and fix my hair before I even leave the house. I’m all like, “Hey, I just worked hard. Shouldn’t I get the rest of the day off?” I wish.

Here’s my secret – hairspray. Read on (and remember, no judging).

How to Create Curls That Last on a Long Bob

how to create curls that last on a long bob - step by step tutorial

Step 1. Add product and dry straight. My favorite products are Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel and Aquage Lifting Foam (awesome for volume!). To dry my hair, I basically flip it over, get it most of the way dry, and then use a paddle brush to comb it out while I finish drying. I don’t want to dry it super sleek or anything since I want the curl to hold.

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how to create curls that last on a long bob - start with clean, straight hair

Step 2. Section the bottom fourth off with a clip. Using a 1-inch curling iron, curl each side away from your face. For the right side, curl it back and to the right. For the left side, curl it back and to the left. They basically meet in the middle in the back, not that you can tell. I take the curling wand pretty close to my scalp so the whole strand gets curled. When it’s day three, you’ll be glad for that extra half turn. Hairspray. (Get used to that one. We’ll use it a lot.)

how to create curls that last on a long bob - step by step tutorial

Step 3. Repeat step two on next fourth of hair. Don’t forget the hairspray!

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Step 4. Repeat step two on next fourth of hair (getting closer!).

how to create curls that last on a long bob - step by step tutorial

Step 5. You’re now on the top fourth of your hair. Congrats on your hard work. You guessed it: repeat step 2. The only difference on this final step is that I do not curl my front pieces as close to my scalp. I use my curling iron to skim over them just to take away some of the frizz then curl the rest.

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Step 6. Let your hair cool. You may look like Shirley Temple. Fear not (and maybe don’t pin this picture of me looking like her).

how to create curls that last on a long bob - step by step tutorial

Step 7. Once all the heat is gone from your hair, tease the sides and back near your part. This should break up the curls some around the roots. Since they already have hairspray, you won’t take out all the curl. Gently loosen the rest of your hair with your fingers. HAIRSPRAY. Ya know, one last time for good measure.

how to create curls that last on a long bob - step by step tutorial

Step 8. Here’s the real secret, hairspray your hair before you go to bed. You may feel funny, but it’s worth it in the morning when you don’t have to do this all over again.

how to create curls that last on a long bob - step by step tutorial

Step 9. The next morning don’t totally brush your hair. The only time I run a brush straight through my hair is when I get out of the shower and after blow drying. Just retease it, smooth, and brush ends as needed. Then hairspray! Told you it was my secret.

Notes: As you can see, my curls last through 4 days. The curl just slowly falls/gets more wavy instead of curly. Remember my life goal? I really have been working on fixing my hair as little as possible most of my adult life. In the beginning, I washed it every other day. The the third day turned into a ponytail day. Eventually my hair adjusted and I could leave it down. Sometime in there, I managed to start making it four days. If you wash your hair everyday, please trust me when I tell you this life is so freeing! Think of the time you’ll save. And buy some hairspray and maybe dry shampoo too. 🙂

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  • Reply Lauren {By Lauren M} January 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Your hair always looks so good! I love this tutorial!
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  • Reply Laura January 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I can typically go 3 days and love the extra time it gives me. Your hair always looks great! I think I need to hairspray more! 😉

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo January 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

    My mom is going to say I told you so, if I show her this post! Because I’ve been trying not to use hairspray as much and to her it’s her savior!!

  • Reply on my own way January 2, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Nice and easy look!
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  • Reply Dolce Nina January 2, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Love your hair! xoxo

  • Reply Victoria Fox January 2, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I need to try this! When my hair was super short like this I always had problems with keeping the curl! Now that my hair is shorter in the back and longer in the front my hair can not hold a curl! I must try this asap! Happy New year!

  • Reply Aracely January 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I so need to try this in my hair. I have very thin hair and use all sorts of volumizing products. Curling my hair isn’t one of my strong suits. I cannot do one curl my hands get all weird, not pretty! I’m going to give another try though! I’m excited about going 4 days without washing my hair. Your hair looks so good and thanks so much for this post!

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz January 2, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Your hair always looks GORG! After the wedding I’m planning to go short again so I loved reading how you style your shorter bob! Happy New Year!

  • Reply The Fashion Folks January 2, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Haha I loved reading this! I have quite long hair and am not working a chic long bob unfortuanetly, but my goal in life is also to wash my hair only when I absolutely must. I, like you, have these different stages of how the hair looks depending on how many days that’ve passed since I washed it. First 3-4 days, I can work it pretty normally, but then I start using dry shampoo and then I do different updos, haha. My scalp is painfully sensitive, so not washing the hair that often lets it rest! Anyways, have a lovely start to 2017! Xx

  • Reply Rosa Larissa Klara K. January 2, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Your hair definetly always looks soooo good! I am impressed by how you manage to keep it look so good even though you have a baby in the house now 😀 since our little girl is born, I keep my hair even shorter than before because I rarely ever have the time to style it. It is great though that you only have to style yours every fourth day. That definetly makes it a lot easier I suppose 🙂

    Thank you a lot for your last comment on my blog : )
    Happy new year!

    Rosa Larissa Klara

    conscious lifestyle of mine

  • Reply Terri January 2, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Great look and love how they stay so well!


    & Much love,


  • Reply Whitney January 2, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I love this. I only wash my hair every few days, but it gets so oily fast, so I usually pony it or braid it by day 2. I will have to try curling it more. You’re hair always looks flawless, it’s good to know your secret!

    Whitney & Blaire
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  • Reply Rachelle January 2, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I love your curly bob so much, great tutorial.


  • Reply Carmen Jny (carmitive) January 2, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Such a great post Amy Ann! I will keep those tips in mind even though I don’t have a long bob. I am sure they will help with long hair as well 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine January 2, 2017 at 5:22 am

    This was a great idea for a post! Loved seeing how you still your gorgeous curls! Cheers to the New Year gorgeous!!

  • Reply Susan Jeffries January 2, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I love this style! Do you use the gel in your hair before you dry? And are there any other styling products used, or just the gel? Thanks! Susan

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold January 2, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Yes, I put the product in when my hair is wet. I also use a texturizing spray from Ulta, but they’ve stopped making it and I haven’t finished my bottle to try a new one yet.

  • Reply Meagan Brandon January 2, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Girl, I am so with you…I go two or three days without washing my hair and longer if at all possible, but unfortunately my hair is fine and gets oily pretty fast 🙁 My husband always teases me because I LOATHE days when it’s time to wash my hair. I dry shampoo my hair before bed but I may have to start adding some hairspray now, too! I have noticed that hairspray helps keep the grease away so I’ve started using it more often. Your hair is so gorgeous–I know I’ve said that before, though 😉 Thanks for the tips!


  • Reply tiphaine marie January 2, 2017 at 3:15 am

    love this!! your hair is always on point 🙂

    x tiphaine

  • Reply Publicist in Pearls January 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Your hair always looks perfect in all your photos! I always think that! Need to try this curling iron!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply C A M I January 2, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I got a hair cut about a month ago and since then I curl it all the time, very similar to the way you do it and it lasts for about 3 days. I also wear the same hairspray!

    Happy 2017, I hope you have an amazing year!

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