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…ย 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 aboutย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply leah rachel January 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Gorgeous hair! I absolutely love your curls!!

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear January 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Such a great post! I love your curls, and I’m just like you: I don’t wash my often either! Natural oils are so important for your hair!

    Happy New Year, babe!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Lily Ayala January 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Pinning this for others because I’m sure it will help someone out! I do this as well…but since I have a ton of hair, I don’t have the patience to curl it that often. But I love how the curls fall and look so effortless.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply Jalisa January 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Girl, I don’t wash my hair often either, haha! It’s actually better for your hair I’ve heard because your natural oils get to moisturize your hair! I don’t have short hair, but I love the way you style yours and I can imagine the amount of compliments you get! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your new year so far!



  • Reply Fiona January 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Lovely hairstyles! I need to wash my hair every second day ๐Ÿ™
    xx Fiona

  • Reply Michelle Orsi January 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I can’t believe you are able to go 4 days without washing! My hair gets greasy & flat after 1 day.

  • Reply PutAllOnMe January 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Love this hairstyle, it’s probably one of my favourite but curls don’t last for too long in my case because my natural hair is super straight.
    Happy New Year <3

  • Reply Threads for Thomas January 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I love this tutorial! I wish I could go four days without washing. My hair looks so greasy by then end of the second day, plus it get all frizzed after my workouts. I going to try spaying it before bed though, and see if that helps!

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom January 2, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    If I didn’t run so much, I think I could get away with dirty hair more often. But, I sweat a ton when I run!! I do try to go two days without washing at times. Do you use dry shampoo at all to help with oil? I have really oily hair after I sleep, too. I have also found that a larger barrel helps with not getting the Shirley Temple look. I never thought of using hairspray before bed, I need to try that! Great post!


  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista January 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    So excited for this post, I’ve always loved your hair! I can’t pull off shorter hair because I could never get the waves just right. This is fantastic, thanks gurlie! Happy New Year <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Meghan January 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Do not feel bad about not washing your hair enough!! I probably have been washing it once a week now it’s cold! But I get this question asked a lot as well. I love this post babe, going to be doing a beauty post too myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Maria Jose Gomez Verdu January 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I love the curly hair thanks for this advice

  • Reply Rachel Spross January 2, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I love the way you style your short hair! So cute. Happy New Year!


  • Reply Shauna C January 2, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Don’t feel bad – I literally wash mine like, once a week! You’re inspiring me to cut mine shorter too, with this cute bob ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!


  • Reply Britney January 2, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Love this post! I think your hair always looks cute, and I love your curls. My hair is sort of similar in that it’s also blonde and when I get my hair cut I usually get an angled bob. However, my hair is fine and needs to be washed more often. Also there is no way my curls would last into the next day, let alone a few days. So jealous!

  • Reply Tamara January 2, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Great post! My curls don’t even last through the day! I have very fine hair that tends to not to hold a curl. I’m definitely trying it your way next time. Happy new year Amy!


    Tamara –

  • Reply Alina Aronow January 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Love this type of post!!!! Your hair is always perfect.

  • Reply Ashley January 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Loved this post! Your hair looks great.

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Reply Duchess of Fashion January 2, 2017 at 9:48 am

    These curls are literally perfect! I’ve always found it difficult to style short hair but you’re a pro!

  • Reply Anna White January 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    What a great tutorial!! The pictures really help. Thanks for sharing! XO –

    Anna |

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