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 Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags January 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Firstly, I LOVE your colour! Secondly, I totally know what you mean about your hair somehow staying cleaner when it’s curled! I’m so glad I came across your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx, Pia

  • Reply Izabela Nair January 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Your hair always looks amazing. I need to wash my hair every other day but it takes so much time. I should invest in a hairspray and try your trick.

  • Reply Missy May January 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    You’ve such a good hair and so beautiful. Thanks for the tutorials. I will try it on my hair.

  • Reply Paulina January 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This is amazing! I used to wash my hair every other day, too. Now I can last up to 4 days thanks to a dry shampoo! Longer than that I just don’t feel comfortable with myself. I don’t ever use a hairspray but I noticed that when I curl my hair with a straightener, the curls last for days without any products.

    xoxo from Napa Valley!


  • Reply beautygirl24 January 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I am always thinking how amazing your hair looks! I hate doing mine so I go to a blow dry bar about twice a month! Happy new year to you and yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Liz H. January 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Wow! I wish mine lasted that long. My hair is super fine so curls only last about an hour lol


  • Reply Jackie January 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Gurl, I hear ya! No judgement here. Your hair always looks so good. I do the same thing with my hair, I curl with a wandless curling iron and I milk those curls for days. Because everyday the curl loosens and it’s a whole new look! lol! But I need to add hairspray before bed, genius idea. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Jackie

  • Reply Ruth January 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    This is me. My hair is the same way and I usually go 5 days without washing. Yikes I know but my hair is really thick and course and if I was it constantly is looks so bad. I’m totally with you on this hair post ๐Ÿ™‚ No judgement at all!

  • Reply Mary January 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Amy Ann,
    So jealous that your hair looks awesome for 4 days with no washing!!! Happy New Year!

    Love, Mary

  • Reply Ashley White January 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

    You are the curl master, girlfriend!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Reply Lauren Oliver January 3, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Love these tips! Day 3 is probably my favorite because I just love the wavy look! And Aveda products are the best! Happy New Year!


  • Reply Lauren Scorzafava January 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • Reply Bash Harry January 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Oh gosh, you make me wish I kept my long bob. Your hair looks gorgeous! I wish I knew how to curl my hair but I’m terrified of heat near my face haha. <3

    xx BASH   ||   HEY BASH

  • Reply Rachel January 3, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Such a fun tutorial, Amy Ann! Your hair always looks fabulous. And I love that it stays for 4 days, that’s such a time saver!! Happy New Year!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Pamela January 3, 2017 at 8:31 am

    You do have gorgeous hair girl! I have tried so many times to curl my hair and have the curls stay the next day but I must be a pretty rough sleeper because my hair always looks like a wreck the next day! And I’m right there with you on washing as little as possible, no judgement here! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • Reply Laura January 3, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Your hair looks beautiful! I wish curls would hold so nicely on me. I have heavy hair and in the end only the end of my hair is curly ๐Ÿ™


  • Reply Public Lives, Secret Recipes January 3, 2017 at 8:00 am

    YAY!! Your hair always looks amazing so this is a great tip to know!! Thank you! xo

  • Reply Dora Toubanaki January 3, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Spraying before bed? Kinda genius!! Should def try this!!

  • Reply Amber Shannon January 3, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Yep, I wash my hair like every 3-4 days… just depends… so much better for the hair to avoid constantly drying it out. Your hair looks great!!

    Happy New Year!!

    All the Cute

  • Reply My De Beauvoir Diaries January 3, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Such amazing curls Amy, ace that they last so long too!

    X Hayley

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