How to Curl Your Bob

The most frequently asked question I get asked is how to curl your bob (or lob- AKA long bob). I have had short hair longer than not having short here. 3 years ago my very first youtube video was actually how to curl short hair and I cringe watching that video everytime too!

I thought it was about time to update this blog post and share a NEW how-to video so let’s jump right into it…

One thing I will mention over and over again is to get a texture spray (see my favorite texture sprays here)! For me, it is my saving grace when it comes to curling my hair. It helps my curls last longer and also gives it jusssst enough volume.

The second thing is (and this will be a personal thing), but, I have tried to use an actual curler over my wand, and I ALWAYS go back to my wand. I know the T3 comes with a hefty price tag, but man, this wand is good. If you can add it to a wish list or splurge, I would highly recommend it!

The last thing I will mention is to practice! Practice makes perfect. You can only watch so many videos until you have actually to try yourself.

I hope the video below is easy to follow along. If you have any questions, make sure to comment below!

Products used: Navy Texture Spray use code “UPTOWN” for 30% off // T3 Trio

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77 comments on “How to Curl Your Bob

  • Jaclyn says:

    I love seeing you use a wand! I’ve been debating getting one or not, so I think I will now!

  • Emily says:

    I love this video, Elly – great job!! Thanks for sharing the different ways to create curls using the wand – I have always wondered how to use a curling wand! I have been using a traditional curling iron and it is on it’s last leg, so I have been trying to decide what type of curling iron to use next!

    xx, Emily

    • Elly says:

      you are so welcome Emily! I am so glad you found this video helpful! I would recommend getting a 1″ wand. You can get almost any type of curl with it and it works great from almost any hair length!

  • Allison says:

    First, thanks for the tip about texture spray! My hair has never held curls well, so I’m anxious to try that. Beyond that, do you use any specific type of hair spray to keep your curls? Thank you!!

    • Elly says:

      Hey Allison! Nope, with using the texture spray before and after I don’t need any hair spray anymore! It’s seriously amazing! 🙂

      • Paula says:

        What brand of texture spray did you use?

      • Elly says:

        it’s called Amika. They have it at Sephora, and there is a link above in the post for you in case you need it 🙂

  • Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine says:

    I love this video! It’s so fun 🙂 I feel like if I tried to make one it would take about 6 hours, so your 5 hours isn’t looking too bad haha

    • Elly says:

      hahaha, one day I hope it takes me only an hour to edit, I just wish that one day was no and not months from now! 😐

  • Michelle says: http://pinterest

    I have a wand at home that is more narrow at the tip and then get wider at the base. Will that give me the same effect? Or do I need to get a wand that is the same width all the way around? 🙂

    • Elly says:

      I would suggest getting one the same size. How long is your hair Michelle? What you can do is just curl your hair around the thicker part of the wand. Normally, a smaller wand will always give you tighter curls, You can grad a thicker pieces of your hair to make it looser waves and that should do the trick!

      • Michelle says: http://pinterest

        Thank you!! I have a shorter long bob. Probably about your length actually. Ok I’ll try that. Thanks again!

      • Elly says:

        Let me know how that works for you! 😉

  • Tajah says:

    What brand of texturizing spray did you use? I couldn’t catch what you said or read the label… :/. Thank you!

    • Elly says:

      Hey there! The link to the spray is above, but its from Amika! 🙂

  • Ashley says:

    I have shorter hair again after a year of growing it out and never mastered curling before. I would get the bottom layer done but always move right to the whole second top half of my hair. Now I see I was releasing to much hair at once. Thanks for posting this video, love the light and dark color of your hair too! So glad I found your video on pinterest.

    • Elly says:

      Yay Ashley! I am so glad I can help! 🙂 Always here to help if you need anything!

  • Jess says:

    Great tutorial! Can you share where you got that adorable tie up shirt?!

    • Elly says:

      This top is from Charming Charlie! 🙂 It’s linked up top

  • Renee says:

    Just curious about using the dry shampoo- you say you use it before you get in the shower….I’m assuming you don’t wash your hair in the shower then?
    Love the curls and video. Was debating on getting a wand, but definitely will.

    • Elly says:

      Hey Renee, haha yes. I guess I should have mentioned that right? Yea I load it up before the shower just so it has enough time to really set in and soak up the oil! 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    Hi great video! I just cut my hair short and I’ve been having a hard time curling it but this video really helped. What kind of texture spray do you use in the video?

    • Elly says:

      Hey Kelly! The texture spray that I am using is from Amika! The link is up top in the post, but you can find it at Sephora! 🙂

  • Alex says:

    Hey there! Great video! I’ve recently cut my hair the same way you have it here in the video, and still haven’t mastered the curling. I’m going to try this! But I have a question, on the video with each section you start in front and work back. Expert the final section. You started halfway back. Did you do anything different on that front right section? It turned out exactly how I try to get mine! Adorable!

    • Elly says:

      Hey Alex! Thank you so much for your sweet words! So no, I didn’t do anything different, I still curled like I did the rest of my hair, I just cut the video because I was rambling! Haha!

  • Karen says:

    I noticed you dont use a glove with your wand…does tjis wand not heat up that high? All of mine feel really hot even w/the included glove

    • Elly says:

      Hey Karen, my wand does heat up really hot. I have gotten so used to the wands and when to start and stop that I have just gotten the hang of it! I have burned myself several times though, haha!

  • Amber says:

    Hi! I have long hair and thinking of cutting it short… Do you have layers, and what style would your hair be considered? Long Bob, A-line? Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Elly says:

      Hey Amber, I do have a little bit of layers, but not a whole lot. SO my hair is slightly a-line, not a whole lot again, just a little bit. But it would be considered a lob (long-bob). I hope this helps!

  • Jackie says:

    Love this! What lipstick are you wearing?

    • Elly says:

      Thank you Jackie! Lip color is from Bobbi Brown in Ibiza Pink- I linked it above! 🙂

  • Hannah says:

    First off, your hair is so cute! I love the ombre + bob combination. My hair has a really hard time holding curl, so I definitely need to try some texturizing spray next time! Thanks for an awesome tutorial!

    • Elly says:

      Hannah, thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet words! My hair has a hard time holding curl too! The products you use will definitely help with that! 🙂 Good luck!!

  • Monica says:

    My hair is your length and I love your curls! I just bought a 1 inch wand and turned it up all the way and burnt the fire out of myself! So now I’m scared of it ha ha! I tried the glove but I cannot feel my hair in my hand well :(. Maybe if the heat was turned down and I just held it longer it wouldn’t leave a mark. What temp setting did you put yours on?

    • Elly says:

      oh no!! I hope you’re okay! I have had that happen way too many times. So my wand doesn’t have heat settings. It’s just on or off, I hate using the glove, I feel like it’s too bulky and I can’t really grip my hair. You just need some practice, also try to leave the ends off the wand, that should help!

  • Britney says:

    Hey do you brush your hair before or after you spray the texture spray at the end?

    • Elly says:

      I will brush it before I apply the texture. Depending on the curls I want, I sometimes will brush the curls. But most the time I just run my fingers through my hair once I finish curling! Does this help at all?

  • maggie says:

    Oh my gosh I can’t thank you enough for this! I just cut my hair into a bob and was so bummed thinking I wouldn’t be able to curl it. I am beyond excited to try out your tips :))

  • Michelle says:

    I need your advice!! I am trying to get away from washing my hair every day, so I will buy that dry shampoo….but how do I apply it? I just cut my long hair off; it’s a little shorter than yours in the video. How do I apply the dry shampoo to my hair for it to be most effective?

  • Morgan says:

    I love this look! The bob style is so cute, and I think the curls give it a nice touch! Thanks so much for the tips!

    • Elly says:

      Thank you Morgan! You are so welcome and thank you for stopping by!

  • Heather says:

    So cute! Love your hair!

  • Maggie Elizabeth says:

    Hey Elly! So I’ve had short hair for about 3 weeks now and it’s about the same length as yours in this video. I’ve tried using a wand, which normally works for me, and a flat iron which always curled my hair before. And just really haven’t had any luck since I’ve cut it. Do you possibly have any other tips?

  • Randi says:

    Thank you for sharing. Having short hair for the first time in years, this is a really helpful video.

  • Irene says: http://pintrest

    Love , love, love your tutorial! I already have a wand but needed to know the technique and products. So helpful!
    Thank you!

  • Melisa says:

    Hi Elly, I have a cheekbone length bob and I’m wondering if a wand would help curl my hair? I’ve tried rollers but I can’t reach the back by myself which is more layered. I’ve always wanted curly hair as mine is so straight. Thanks!

    • Elly says:

      Hey Melisa! I would suggest a wand. Since your hair is short I would suggest going with a 1/2 inch wand, or really anything smaller than an inch. You can still create loose waves by wrapping your hair loosely around the wand. Does that make sense?

  • Emilia Stark says:

    My hair is basically bob and super thick
    I’m considering a long pixie but love to curl my hair like your latest videos and i loved it…My hair is always straight, limp, and boring… I wish I would’ve seen this first because I think I tried 1,000 things before I finally found something that worked for me. Curly hair provides timeless appeal and thus curling irons are a must have for almost everyone. Before purchasing curling iron you should remember that short hair would need small iron and simultaneously longer hair would need larger iron. When it comes to barrel, the beauticians generally advice for the metal based ones as metal barrels are suitable with any form of hair & is most economical as well.

    • Elly says:

      Hey Emilia! Thanks for stopping by! I guess it depends on how short your hair is. I think if it’s anything shorter then a bob then a smaller wand/curler would be best. But with my length hair a 1″ and 3/4″ works great. I think it depends on what look you’re going for.

  • Monmiz says:

    Nice video, you are cute! I used to curl my hair with a wand but I find it easier to curl it with a hair iron.
    I did not understand how you use the dry shampoo
    . You use it instead or regular shampoo?.

    • Elly says:

      Thank you!! So with a Dry shampoo, it helps prolong you having to actually wash your hair. It sucks up excess oil in your hair. Most dry shampoos can also add a bit of texture to your hair making your style hold a bit longer. Does that make any sense?

  • Ashley says:

    Great video!
    Also, where is this shirt from???

    • Elly says:

      Thank you Ashley! This top is old and was from J.crew last Summer!

  • Sonny says:

    Thanks for the tip…I have shoulder length hair and this style would look great. ..had no idea how to curl…will go ahead and invest in a styling wand…I didnt purchase one before cause I was afraid of burning my fingers

    • Elly says:

      Hey Sonny! Having a wand I think will help you curl. Most wands also come with gloves you can use so you don’t get burned! 🙂

  • Heather says: http://NA

    I found your video very helpful but I have three questions: 1) how long does the process of curling your hair take, 2) does the texturizing spray hold your curls all day, and 3) would you still recommend using the dry shampoo if it’s been a day or so since washing your hair? Thanks!

    • Elly says:

      Hey, Heather! Umm, normally it’ll take 20-25 mins. Depends on how much I care, and how messy or neat I want it to be. With short hair, it takes a lot less. The Texture spray does help hold curls all day. I would spray before you curl, though, to add a bit of grit to your hair to help hold the curl. Yes, Deff use Dry Shampoo- just don’t go overboard. They are really not great for your hair. I would wash you hair by the 4th day! 🙂 Hope that helps!!

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you, Elly! I’m headed out in search of a 1″ wand… your hair is gorg!
    xx Shannon

    • Elly says:

      thank you so much Shannon! If you need any help just let me know!

  • Kelly says:

    Do you only use the spray in shampoo when showering, or would you use conditioner too?

    • Elly says:

      the dry shampoo? I use before showering. That way it really sets in and soaks up the oil during the shower. Note: I use a shower cap to keep my hair dry. 🙂 Does that makes sense?

  • Tiffany says:

    Love the video! What kind of wand do you use? I love the tip about the texture spray. If you use too much.. I’m sure it will leave residue. Correct? I have fine..kinda silky smooth hair. Also, are your curls cute the next day?

    • Elly says:

      Hey Tiffany, yes don’t use too much. You want just enough to add a bit of grit to help hold! I am using just a regular 1′ wand. I think there are so many great brands out there, it won’t really matter which wand you use!

  • ChriStinE Gifford says:

    This is a great tutorial. I’m pretty sure we have the exact same hair. It seems amlitger tutorials curl their hair with theee twists of an iron, which is unrealistic for me. The biggest question or struggle I have is with the top front by the swoop. How can I curl this without looking circa 90s? Thanks!

    • Elly says:

      hey Christine! I am so glad this helped a bit! Are you following me on IG? My hairdresser is going to go live with me tomorrow and do a little how-to if you want to follow along or have any questions! Also, do you mean like the frame around your face?

  • Andi says:

    Video was helpful! Need to purchase the want. Can you tell me what I need to tell my hair dresser to her the color technique you have in this video?

  • Jessica says:

    Hi Elly,
    I have a curling wand and I’ve never had the patience to use it as often just because I’ve never been able to perfect a curl! haha Well, I succeeded once which took me hours. It’s good to know about the texture spray. Great video, it was fun watching you curl your bob 🙂
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    Excellent and decent post. I found this much informative I’m impressed by the web site. Thank you for this post.

  • Rachal Zoe says:

    I really like this one, but i am confuse, as a 16 years old girl, should i try this one?
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  • Lisette says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. You influenced me into buying the T3 Whirl Trio, haha! Looks amazing!
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