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Blow Drying Short Hair
With just a couple of styling tricks, your hair will be looking sleek in no time
Blow drying hairstyles for short hair can bump up a flat, limp look into a vivacious one that can still look full even at the end of the day. This merely requires a few simple but effective styling tricks:
- When styling short hair and using a blow dryer, you can create extra volume by working against the natural fall of your hair.
- You can add fullness by working a small amount of göt2b® Powder-ful® volumizing styling powder through your hair at the roots.
- If your hair tends to stick to your scalp and look flat after styling, use clips to hold the strands up until the hair is cool, then remove the clips carefully.
One of the cutest blow dry hairstyles for short hair is the classic short bob, which looks particularly appealing when the hair is silky-smooth with a lot of volume. The hair ends should be softly turned under, which you can easily achieve by blow drying hair using a round brush. Part the hair as usual and proceed to blow dry in sections while slowly curling the hair ends over the round brush from the roots to the ends. This motion will give you great blow dry curls and frame your face beautifully.
You can also blow dry the sections at a 90-degree angle relative to the brush to really turn under the hair ends and create fantastic volume as well. Repeat this step if necessary. Use our göt2b® Glam Force® hairspray for the finishing touch and to achieve a day-long hold.
Turns out, I’ve been blowdrying my hair all wrong—and not only does it not look as good as it could, but I’ve been damaging it. I was recently at my friend Janine Jarman’s salon (Hairroin Los Angeles), complaining about how I can never make my hair look good on my own, and convinced that I’ll never learn, when she handed me the blow dryer and a brush and said “show me how you do it.” I did and she, horrified, said “I see…yeah. That is all wrong and now I understand why your hair is so damaged.”
She was actually relieved because this is a problem that we can solve.
To be fair my hair is a challenge and even she admits that. I used to have great long, natural looking blonde hair. Then I had two kids and proceeded to bleach and chop it and it’s never been the same. It’s curly (therefore frizzy and fuzzy) and broken (so I have to be gentle with it) and it’s actually only shoulder length so while I try to grow it out, I have extensions. It’s also naturally blonde, therefore fine. All of this makes it VERY hard for me to blow it out. The extensions are long and straight, my hair is short and curly. It’s awesome.
So to be clear, yes, I was doing it all wrong, but my hair is absolutely a challenge.
Here’s what I was doing wrong:
- I was not using product, did not have the right brush or the right hairdryer (my good one broke a while ago and so Brian picked this cheap guy up at the drugstore).
- I was blowing the wrong direction, therefore opening up my cuticle and CREATING frizz.
- I was putting the dryer far too close to my hair while it was still really wet (more frizz and damage).
- I had no real order and started in the wrong place.
- I was doing it WAY too fast, creating more frizz.
Here’s what it looked like “before” when I was done. I mean, I don’t think it looks that bad, honestly, but does it look like I just stepped out of a salon? Uh, no. It was still a little wavy, a little frizzy, not that shiny. Good enough for everyday life, but yeah, nowhere near what a pro could do.
So yeah, the finished product, as you can see, is not great. Let’s move on to how you are SUPPOSED to do it:
1. First, towel dry as much as possible. There is no reason to damage your hair by going straight to the blow dryer with soaking wet hair. I hear that this hair towel is great and apparently reduces drying time 50%. (When Arlyn was reading through, she said she actually had that towel, and it indeed made her hair dry faster…though she said maybe by like 30% but she liked it because it was felt light and not like a big lumpy heavy towel that was always flopping around on the top of her head).
2. Next, you want to protect your hair with a product. It’s not like I haven’t tried this but I honestly didn’t know what do use for my hair, how much of it to use and at what point to put it in??? Janine gave me just a few sprays of invisible oil primer and told me to work it all throughout the hair, evenly, while it is still damp. If you have hair like mine, using something that is heat protective is key. It will act as an SPF for your hair, and protect it from the sun and heat (and reduce frizz). I hate my hair feeling product heavy so at first, I resisted, but using this stuff really made a difference and my hair did not feel weighed down by product at all.
3. Use a gentle wet brush to brush out your hair. I was just using my other bristle brush and not being NEARLY as gentle as I should be. She recommended this one.
4. Then we added a quarter-sized amount of conditioning straightening balm and applied it evenly throughout my hair (avoiding the scalp, because it will get greasy).
5. First big thing I learned: You HAVE to start with bangs. Why? Because they are the most important part and it’s best to do them at the beginning before your arms are tired, while you still have the patience and before they get too dry and frizzy. She recommended using this brush, then pull the bangs to one side and blow dry pointing the blow dryer down. Repeat the same motion on the other side.
6. For my hair, Janine told me to do a flat wrap where you use the forehead to help shape and bend bangs. When bangs are almost dry, use a large metal brush, which acts as a curling tool, and pull bangs forward in a circular motion for volume.
7. Before going into sections, rake through hair using hands and blow dry (always pointing downward) to help get rid of some more moisture so you are not spending a million years drying each section.
8. Then move to the crown using a bristle brush and roll the hair under and back using SO MUCH TENSION, while pointing the blow dryer downwards and towards the back of your head. Hot tip: Tension is the key to shiny and frizz-free hair.
9. As you go along, clip sections to cool. Janine told me to clip it like there is a pretend roller in there. This allows your hair to cool down in that smooth shape.
To be honest this is where I started to get REALLY ready for this to be over. It’s so much work and as Janine kept telling me “it’s not a race,” but I just wanted to be done. My arms were tired. I was tired. But I get it. If I take the time, a blowout can last 3 to 4 days so that 1/2 hour to 40 minutes it takes to do it properly is WORTH IT.
10. Once you give yourself a pep talk to keep going (you’ve got this), move to the side sections of your hair, making your way from front to back. We used the big boar bristle roller brush for smoothness, and then moved to the metal brush to add more style, curl and movement. Angle the brush tool the direction you want your hair to go (if you want your hair down and smooth, the brush will need to be curled under your hair, as opposed to just lose like in the top right photo above).
11. Repeat for the rest of the sections of your hair. Hot tip: the sections you work with should not be bigger than the tool you are using.
To give my hair a little movement, my normal routine is to add some curl with a curling iron until it looks nice and voluminous (I did this even when I was doing everything else so. wrong.) so that’s what we did here at the end. The finished product is a lot shinier, smoother and healthier looking. And look, NO FRIZZ. You may notice the exhaustion behind my eyes from the effort, but okay fine, it was worth it.
In case you forgot what MY technique looks like next to Janine’s expert advice, here’s a side by side of the first finished job next to the new and improved blowout:
I kept saying to everyone in the office “are you sure the before is bad enough?” and they all would politely just laugh and say “yeah, it’s convincing.”
So, what do you guys think? Did I succeed? Have I just become a woman who knows how to blow out her hair? I think so.
UPDATE!! We just put up a video of the process, so go check it out if the photos aren’t doing it for you.
A HUGE thank you to Janine for taking the time to show me the tricks of the trade. She is the best and you can check out her salon here and shop ALL the products we used here (Janine was nice enough to extend a 20% discount with code “emstyled” for the full kit through the month of April. You’ll also get a free travel size product with any order).
Happy Saturday, folks. xx
***photography by Veronica Crawford for EHD
Tips for Styling a Messy Bob Hairstyle
So you finally took a leap and cut your locks into that beautiful, textured bob but now you are thinking, “how the heck do I style my hair!” Smooth, sleek and perfectly placed hair is so last season and now we need to think, the messier the better! Yes, messy hair! Seems simple but there are some tips and tricks to help make this look happen in minutes!!!!
First things first, PRODUCT!
Product is not an option, it’s a necessity! With short messy hair, you need to create texture, volume and pliability!
- Professional Ionic Blow Dryer: The Sam Villa Ionic Blow Dryer creates shine, volume and dries your hair faster!
- Large Thermal Styling Brush: Perfect for creating that extra volume needed for this look.
- Ionic Straightening Iron: The Sam Villa SLEEKR® flat iron is perfect for adding wave and curls to your hair, while protecting it and adding shine!
- Redken Guts 10: This creates a texture to the hair to achieve that choppy look.
- Redken Wind Blown 05: Creates airy texture, weightless volume, and flexible fullness to hold a full windswept effect.
- Redken Control Addict 28: Locks in the style without the residue.
- Redken Mess Around 10: Creates tousled separation and body with a natural shine finish
Lets get started!
- Spray Redken Guts 10 in the palm of your hand and comb the product through your hair with hands. This will add texture and hold.
- Use your Ionic Blow Dryer and Thermal Styling Brush to blow dry your hair making sure you stay in control by sectioning your hair. (Click here for the tutorial on sectioning, SO important). Dont worry about getting your hair perfectly beveled and straight. Remember we are going for messy so dont spend too much time just make sure your hair is dry!
- Once you finish blow drying your hair, section the hair again like you did above and begin to curl the entire head with your flat iron. (click here to watch the video on how to create beach waves with a flat iron.)
- After the entire head is curled, run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves.
- Take about a dime size amount of Redkens Mess Around 10, rub into the palms of your hands then scrunch into the hair. Feel free to rub a small amount of the paste on your fingers and piece out parts of your hair. This will create the chunky look.
- Shake your hair out with hands and spray the ends with Redkens Wind Blown. This will create a windswept effect on your hair while adding more volume!
- Finish by spraying Redkens Control Addict 28 to lock in your style!
If you hair falls slightly flat, just shake your hair out with hands, no need to add more product or hairspray! This basically wakes your products back up!
HOT TIP: Before going to bed, spray your roots with dry shampoo! This will prevent any oils to build up at night!
Not sure if you are ready to cut off your long locks? Click here and check out these recent celebs that took the plunge and look incredible!
If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the box below.
Finally, show us your messy bobs on Instagram! Tag your photos using #samvilla for a chance to be featured 🙂
Fresh Celebrity Ways To Style Your Bob
Bobs are sophisticated, short and surprisingly low maintenance hairstyles. Cutting your hair feels refreshing. If you haven’t made a hair change for a very long time, maybe now is the right time to do it. Even Emily Ratajkowski dared to make one. She has never dyed her hair or made a tremendous change in her hairstyle. But recently the natural beauty rocked a sleek bob. The Instagram sensation styled her bob in the most effortless way: straight and center-parted.
If you want to add a touch of the Old Hollywood glamour copy Cara Delevigne‘s wavy hairstyle. The model-turned-actress stunned everywhere she showed face with her platinum bob. Jennifer Lopez flaunted a similarly styled bob with tighter curls on the lower part of her hair.
Jessica Chastain gave us huge #bobinspo when it comes to styling bob hairstyle with curls. The actress’s romantic waves are a red carpet staple. If you need a day to night hairstyle, then this is it. From work to a wedding, the loose waves will do the job. With a bob hairstyle, you don’t need to wear your hair up to add on elegance. Bob with playful waves looks feminine and will perfectly compliment an elegant evening gown.
If you prefer a bit more action take cues from Lucy Hale and Jennifer Lawrence’s hairstyle. Both actresses style their bob in beachy waves and looked stunning.
To add more volume steal Vanessa Williams’s hairstyle. She opted for tight and bouncy curls. This hairstyle is perfect if you have thin hair. Messy curls on a short length hair add additional volume. Curly bob hairstyle will change your life if you have been struggling to style thin hair.
Feast your eyes on all the fresh ways to style bob hair and get inspired to try this hairstyle if you haven’t already.
Photo Credit: Broadimage
Welcome to #BestLife, a column on how to embrace aging and the life changes that come with it. In this installment, Donna Freydkin talks about how to avoid the mom bob haircut and get a bob that works for you.
Some call it the reverse mullet, a misguided style that’s longer in the front and shorter in the back, with harsh highlights to boot, forever infamous thanks to Kate Gosselin. Others simply call it what it is: the mom bob, a largely ill-advised version of the otherwise chic haircut that everyone from Maggie Gyllenhaal to Claire Danes to Victoria Beckham has worn.
Let’s be clear: What you do with your hair is your choice. As the self-inflicted victim of many a disastrous cut (ranging from feathered bangs to bright red highlights to a tightly-wound perm), I am living proof that no matter how unsightly the final product, everything grows out sooner or later. And a bob, when done right, is basically the perfect haircut for anyone because it beautifully frames your face and lets your hair do its thing.
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 28: Actress Diane Kruger attends the Closing Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 28, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)Epsilon
But back to the mom bob. If you’re gung-ho to get one, by all means, go for it. But ask any pro, and he or she will tell you to take a beat before making that decision. A very dear friend of mine (not me, I promise) recently went in for a cut, looking to somehow tame her unruly waves into something sleeker. The stylist, without missing so much as a beat, suggested the tried and true, even though it would have never worked with her texture and length: Let’s go super-short in the back, and let your waves go longer near your chin — basically, a triangle. My friend excused herself, left the salon, and never went back. Today, she’s got a super-bouncy, glorious chin-length bob that looks fantastic on her.
To avoid the mom bob trap, we consulted with a few top stylists to get their take. After all, when you’re sitting in that hot seat, and a would-be expert is telling you how wonderful you’ll look in an hour, it’s easy to just go for it.
“I hate that look,” says Padma Lakshmi’s stylist Jeanie Syfu. “It’s got a bouffant crown and it’s cut behind the ears. A lot of people with that cut over-style it and that’s why it looks like a mom bob. A bob looks chic when it’s not over-styled. A mom bob is not cut right. It’s not personalized to the client.”