As you may have seen via my Instagram account, I recently got a bit of a hair makeover from local stylist Vanessa K of Hedkandi salon. After a couple of weeks now of playing around with my shorter locks, I thought it was about time I share my favourite styles with you!
There is a reason the long bob is so popular, especially for us fine-haired girls! Getting a shoulder grazing cut means less dry time, true, but even better is that it helps provide more volume and fullness to those of us that aren’t so naturally blessed. What’s more is that is looks good on pretty much everyone, making it the worlds most versatile haircut.
So since this is one trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, I wanted to show you my three favourite ways to wear the shorter style. I think it’s worth noting that I always start with the same base, textured curls (or beachy waves below). My hair is naturally curly anyway, so for me this look is what seems to suits me best, but you do you! Working with your own natural texture is going to save you a lot of time when it comes to styling your hair.
Prep damp hair with a primer, comb it through, and then work in some thickening mousse before round brushing your hair dry. It’s not necessary to use the round brush technique if your hair is naturally straight or wavy, but for us unruly curly girls, well, we just have to work a little harder! Then use a one inch iron to create loose curls before shaking them out. The best guide I’ve found to show the technique I use is here, but the main thing is to make sure to leave the tail end of your strands out of the iron, untouched. Make sure to use a texturing spray to finish. If you need some extra hold, feel free to use a little hairspray!
Using the beachy waves style as a starting point, section the top half of your hair from ear to ear, twist into a bun and pin. This style also looks great with a loop bun secured with a hair elastic, but maybe a little too sumo wrestler for my tastes. Soften up the look by pulling out some loose strands around your ears and finish with a light-hold hairspray.
First twist the hair on one side of your head toward the back, grabbing more sections of hair from underneath on each twist. Secure at the back of your head with a bobby pin then do the same to the other side. To finish, take all the hair still left loose in the back, twist it into a bun and pin. Tip: if you tilt your head back when twisting the first sections you’ll get some nice volume in the back of your head, no need for backcombing! This is my absolute favourite updo and takes me about 2 minutes and 3-4 bobby pins to create.
A big thank you to Vanessa and Hedkandi salon for having me in. It was such a pleasant first experience for me to get my hair done at the Bankers Hall location. After going in for a hair consultation, Vanessa tagged me in Instagram posts for cut and colour ideas which really helped to assure me that we were on the same page. Vanessa added Olaplex to my hair colour, which is a new service that helps reduce the amount of breakage during colouring. This is especially great for brunettes that want to go blonde and can do so in one visit without destroying their hair. I was sent home with the No. 3 Hair Perfecter which is a once a week treatment that will continue to strengthen my hair between chemical treatments.
What do you think of these styles? If you have shorter hair, I’d love to know how you style it!
-photos by justine milton–