With the hair cut and colored, but still wet, now is the time to dry and style my short bob.
I have flat thin hair and in the video you will see my hairdresser advising me on how to use products to get body in my hair, whilst still keeping a smooth look.
This is the third post in a series of four about my new bob hairstyle. If you haven’t seen the first two yet, here they are:
How to get lift at the roots of your hair
If you have flat hair you know that root lift is a priority for you. So I ask Alison, my hairdresser, the best way to maintain my new bob style so that it doesn’t lie too flat.
I always feel that even a little bounce around my face makes me look much less drawn and tired.
Alison explains that just blow drying is not enough for my type of hair. I will need a root lift product.
But she, personally, no longer uses a mousse on fine hair as it can be sticky and the blow drying can work the fullness down to the ends instead of lifting the root.
How to use a root lift spray on flat hair
Section the hair across the head while still wet. Then spray the root lift product directly onto the roots of the hair underneath each strand. Work carefully and methodically from the crown as you separate fine sections of your hair.
Lightly comb the product through the hair to add body. Then blow dry.
At home, a useful technique is to blow dry the roots only, while you keep your head upside-down. Once you bring your head up again you can then blow dry the length of the hair leaving the root lift in place.
Drying hair in a smooth bob style
As older hair and fine or dry hair all have a tendency to suffer when we use heated appliances, it’s best to use a heat defender product all over the hair before you dry and style a short bob. This helps to avoid frazzling strands and allows you to get a smoother look.
If you are confident – and have the strength in your arms – to turn a circular brush while holding the hairdryer then this is the way a hairdresser likes to work. You can twist the brush more firmly to get more bounce at the ends. If, like me, you prefer a sharper , more straight-cut, bob then draw the brush down whilst twisting it less.
Otherwise an air styler or hot brush works well. It doesn’t make your arms so tired.
If your hair has dried out after blasting the roots, then make sure you use a cooler setting on your hairdryer or hot brush when you style the length of your hair.
Should you use conditioner with a heat defender product?
Root lift and heat defender sprays are for styling. Your hair also needs conditioning. Use a conditioner made for your hair type – I use a fine hair conditioner. You can use a traditional conditioner that you apply and rinse out after shampooing.
Or you can use a lightweight leave-in conditioner. Spritz your damp hair with this or apply as a balm.
Product suggestions for styling a smooth bob in fine or flat hair
- A heat activated spray to give a boost at the roots for a natural, touchable feel that lasts all day. Full Root Lift delivers a fine spray pattern that is never stiff or sticky for:
- Body boosting
- a non-tacky comb-out
- Full Root Lift is ideal for fine, flat hair. It is silicone-free. Safe and formulated for color and chemically treated hair.
- Hair raising
- Brand New!
- Packaging May Vary!
- Used By Professionals
- TRESemme Instant Heat Tamer Styling Spray Conditions for soft, shiny hair
- Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Rinse improves manageability, thickens, and detangles hair
- Adds weightless volume to fine hair
- Helps to repair damaged hair
- Thickens And Detangles
- Thickens And Detangles
If you’d like more tips about adding body to flat or fine hair read How to Add Body to Flat Hair.
The next step, Post 4: 6 Ways To Wear A Bob Hairstyle