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How to blow dry a bob

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The classic bob: an effortlessly elegant hairstyle that complements so many face shapes. The stylish cut has been adorned by many Hollywood greats, including Keira Knightley and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Maintaining the bob has often scared people away from trying the look for themselves, but it's entirely possible to achieve a salon finish from the comfort of your own home. Here is a definitive guide on how to blow dry a bob to perfection.

Preparation is key

If you want to get a perfectly blown out bob, then preparation has to start in the shower. A bob looks particularly striking when it's sleek and frizz-free, so do everything you can to inject your hair with moisture. If you have the time, apply your favourite hair mask to your follicles and let it really soak into each strand; run a paddle brush through your hair during this time to detangle. Once the mask is completely rinsed out, douse your hair in cold water as this closes the hair follicles which will reduce the appearance of frizz.

Once you're out of the shower, nourish your hair with some quality products and oils. Smooth some frizz serum into your hair and then spritz with some heat protectant; avoid applying any product too close to the root as this can make your hair appear greasy.

Ensure you have the right equipment

Your hairdryer is your secret weapon when it comes to achieving the perfect bob blow out. To achieve a sleek look, attach a concentrator nozzle to your device, as without it you're unlikely to achieve salon-quality results.

A regular paddle brush won't give you the volume you want for your bob, so invest in a heat retaining brush before you start the process; they come in a variety of sizes, and the bigger the brush the looser the curl.

Blow drying a bob

Once you've done the necessary preparation, the main event is easy! Blast dry your hair until it's around 70% dry, then separate your locks into four sections

Starting with the bottom layers, keep your brush underneath your hair lifting up and around as you blow dry. Ensure each section is completely dry before moving onto the next, otherwise it will be more susceptible to frizz and fall flat as the day goes on. Your crown is where most of the volume should be concentrated, so lift this hair up and backwards as you blow dry on a high heat.

Once you're happy with your blowout and each section is completely dry, use the coldest setting on your hairdryer to seal each strand and prevent your hair from becoming frizzy.

Finishing touches

It's the final flourishes that really bring the whole hairstyle together. Use your straighteners to fix any defiant sections that refuse to stay straight; alternatively, use your straighteners to add a wave to the front of your hair. Finally, add some shine serum and hairspray to finish your look and lock the hairstyle in place.

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