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Attention Pretty Little peeps! Our favorite brunette babe was on Conan last night, looking stunning, per usual. As you may know (if you follow her INSTA) we cut her hair off a couple months ago. First it was a lob and then she wanted to go even shorter to a bob so we went above the shoulders! Styling short hair can be tough, and there are little tricks that I use that may be helpful for you. Here’s how we got Lucy’s look last night…

  • I sprayed THICKENING SPRAY all over Lucy’s damp hair, not because she needs thicker hair but this stuff is great as a styling spray. It disappears completely in the hair once it’s dry but gives you such amazing support with heat styling. I know it will never feel product-y, which is great because I have additional things I like to put in the hair for texture later.
  • Next I rough dried Lucy’s naturally wavy, thick hair using a BLOW DRYER WITH NOZZLE. Make sure to keep the nozzle on if you want any shine to your waves. If you want less shine or the hair to be a little more “rough looking” dry it with no nozzle.
  • Use a good ceramic BEVELED FLAT IRON to create SUBTLE WAVES. <—- That’s the tutorial for flat iron waves so check that out if you don’t know how, but one extra special tip that I like for haircut lengths above the shoulders is to hold the flat iron at a diagonal angle as I do the waves. This makes it look a lot more natural and not so much “like a waterslide”. haha! The hair just lays a little closer to the head if you hold the iron at an angle, in my opinion.
  • I know this sounds crazy but one of my favorite things to do is spray a light mist of water on the ends after I flat iron. I just use THIS SPRAY which is pure water. Sometimes, I’ll end do a super light mist over everything. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the fine spray that comes out. Anything heavier might bring too much natural wave or curl back to the ends, which I don’t want. It just takes away that “freshly ironed” look and makes it look more like second day hair. I love it!
  • Next I did a little product cocktail! I took a dab of this POMADE and a half pump of this SERUM and emulsified it together in the palm of my hands.
  • Run that through from middle to ends. Use whatever tiny bit is left on your hands after that to smooth any unwanted fly aways. Then a light mist of hairspray if you think you need it.
  • Last but not least: baby hairsssss. Most people tend to have these annoying little buggers. The issue is, they’re too short to grasp with a flat iron, they’re to tiny to get with a round brush and blowdryer, so what? I use this fancy tool called a ROOT CONTROL. Think of it like a comb with an iron behind it. You just comb over the little hairs and the heat gets them to stay right where you want them. It’s easy to use and the comb guards your skin so you don’t burn yourself. I wouldn’t recommend this for thin or brittle hair, more for unruly, uncontrolable baby hairs.

If you want more deets about her makeup you’re going to have to ask her very talented makeup artist—> KELSEY! If only we could all look as gorgeous as Lucy Hale, AMIRIGHT?! If you try these tips or have any your want to share, let us know in the comments below!




There’s no way I could go one more day without posting this tutorial! I’ve had requests on here, on the gram, on pinterest, on my cell phone and in person for this tutorial and TODAY is the the day, y’all! Many have mentioned that they’ve been very inspired by all the bobs and lobs out there– so much that you went in for the chop. Problem is, looks great leaving the salon but you can’t mimic it at home, right? Let’s fix that! This is one of my favorite ways to style a lob or bob (I typically do it the same way for both) and I fully believe that you can do this! Don’t psych yourself out, just act cool. We’ve enlisted the help of one of the most beautiful beings we know, ALLIE MARIE EVANS. She’s hilarious and gorgeous and very smart so we thought we’d beg her to take a break from her YouTube channel to come help us out with this look. Here we guh!

how to style a bob by the beauty dept


  1. You’re almost always going to want a styling aid for this. Nothing major, just a light weight mousse like THIS, THIS or THIS.
  2. You’ll want to make sure you distribute it evenly. Use a comb or a brush to move it through if you need to.
  3. Begin rough drying with the nozzle on your dryer. THIS is my classic favorite as far as dryers are concerned. For the most part I like to use my fingers to rough dry the hair, maybe brushing lightly if something tangles up.
  4. Give it a good flip to the opposite side to keep it from feeling flat. Once it’s all the way dry, detangle with a gentle detangling brush.

styling a bob lucy hale lauren conrad kristin ess the beauty department

CURLING: The objective with this technique is to break the hair up into 3 horizontal sections. Then you’re going to want to curl each section in a different direction.

  1. Ali is doing a heavy side part in this tutorial so the sections will be a little larger on the heavier side. Begin by clipping up your first section.
  2. Using THIS 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron, curl pieces back/away from the face.
  3. Clip up your next section above that one.
  4. You’re going to want to curl this section forward/toward the face.
  5. Now your 3rd section should come down.
  6. This section will be curled backwards/away from the face as well.
  7. Do the same thing on the other side. If you’re doing a heavy side part like Ali, you can split the less heavy side in 2 sections instead of 3, but you’ll still alternate directions for each section. In other words, if you split it in 2, curl the bottom section toward your face, then let down the top section and curl it away from your face.
  8. Add a veil of lightweight hairspray all over for a little extra support. You don’t need to spray your sections before you curl because the mousse that’s dried in will give you all the thermal styling hold you need.


kristin ess bob the beauty department



One of the most important things you’ll want to do on each section when you curl is “drag” the curling iron out. As you see we’re using a marcel iron (aka: the iron you see a lot of hairdressers using) but you can definitely still do this with a regular spring iron. You just inch the curling iron toward the ends and then lightly “drag” it out when you’re almost to the ends, which creates more of a straightened look at the tips. If that technique is hard for you, you can always quickly/lightly tap the ends with your flatiron.

kristin ess lob the beauty department


  1. Work your hands through the hair in a scrunching motion first.
  2. You’ll start to see a tousled but pretty texture emerge. This is the point where I like to add my favorite product cocktail of  a serum like THIS or THIS mixed with a lightweight water-based pomade like THIS or THIS. I rub them together in my palms and work it in at the root for a little extra texture. Then whatever is left on my hands gets dragged through the ends.
  3. Check the sides and back with a hand mirror. Add a little more spray if needed.

I hope this helps you gorgeous gals who have been trying to get your hair right since you cut it. If you do decide to try this and you love the way it looks, add it to the #cleartheshoulders hashtag on instagram! It’s so fun to see how you all style your bobs and lobs! Good luck!


photos/post: kristin ess

photos/post: kristin ess

Earlier this week, we did a post on everything you need to know about the lob. But what about the bob? Maybe you’re considering taking the plunge and going short right away! Or maybe like most people who get a lob, you decided almost immediately to take your relationship with that collarbone length cut to the next level. It’s really easy to get addicted to taking off more length once you’re in the lob/bob family. Here are some of the main questions I get asked about going for a real bob and some great things for you to know if you’re about to do it. DO IT!!

  • What qualifies as a bob? You want to make sure the hair clears the shoulders, meaning there should be (even if just a little) space between your longest piece and your shoulders. I started a hashtag called #cleartheshoulders on instagram hoping to build up reference photos for bob lovers. The first couple photos at the bottom are cuts I’ve done that qualify as bobs in case you need a visual reference. People have added some photos of lobs that don’t quite “clear the shoulders” but you’ll see mine in there and can use them for visual reference with your stylist!
  • Can I wear a bob? There are a couple of key things that I look for when considering a bob on a client. If your shoulders are extra wide or if your neck is really short, I will probably encourage a different style, either longer or shorter. Bob haircuts put the focus on your neck, decollatage, chin, shoulders, face and jawline. You have no security blanket of hair when you get a bob. Everything about you is out there and on display so if you have any particular insecurities about your upper self, now is the time to get rid of those and let it all shine!
  • How do I make sure my hairstylist understands what I want? {Same answer as the lob} Bring photos. Bring these photos. Gone are the days of ego-driven hairstylist who take offense to you bringing in pictures. We live in a Pinterest-reference world, right? Make a small folder of images to show your hairstylist and let them piece it together. I’ll look at my client’s collections of photos and gather what they like and dislike through one short convo about those images.
  • What do I ask for specifically? For this particular cut, you would say “I would love a textured bob that clears my shoulders. I would like softened bluntness on the bottom and I would like it to fall somewhere between my chin and my shoulders when it’s dry.” Then your hairstylist will help you figure out exactly what length between your chin and your shoulders would be best for you.
  • Can I have a lob with my texture? {Almost the same answer as the lob} Yes. Your hairstylist will know what is best suited for your personal texture. But rest assured, this length looks great on the straightest hair, waviest hair and the curliest hair. The bob is perfectly ideal for thos of you with baby fine hair. It creates a much thicker, healthier and fuller look if you tend to get weak, string-y ends.
  • What styling tools do I need? I don’t let my clients leave without either THIS or THIS. The first one is the best investment you’ll make for styling your bob. The second one is a slightly more affordable alternative and a personal favorite amongst clients of mine who are on a tighter budget, but still an investment. (ALSO, NOT SURE HOW LONG THIS WILL HAPPEN BUT I JUST SAW THAT THE FIRST ONE IS ON SALE! And that almost never happens!)
  • What products do I need? Product-wise I always recommend THIS or THIS mousse paired with THIS or THIS pomade. Start off with mousse on wet hair, blowdry or air dry (whichever gives you the best texture) and finish with a lightweight, water-based pomade after using your flat iron or wand.
  • How often do I need to get it cut? Bobs grow fast. If you want to maintain the length between the chin and shoulders, I would say get it trimmed every 4-6 weeks. But, if you’re willing to wear both the bob and the lob, you can go more like 8-12 weeks.
  • Can I do it with bangs? Yes! But much like the lob, you just want to make sure it doesn’t start to look like a wig. Hair covering the forehead and falling on the sides of your face can overwhelm and hide your gorgeous mug and nobody wants that. Personally I think this cut has a much “cooler” vibe without bangs, but that’s just my opinion. And even if you cut it with bangs, you can up your cool factor through your style.

the bob the beauty dept




Perhaps you’ve noticed the lob and the bob are taking the world, or at least our social media feeds, by storm. It’s a really fun time to make a big hair change and you want to make sure it’s done right. Today we’re talking all things lob and later this week we’ll cover the bob. I thought it would be fun to go into detail about these cuts here because it’s hard to answer all your questions on Instagram and Twitter. Here are the questions I get the most about lobs, specifically, and my best answers for each. If there is a general question that could be good for the group that you don’t think I covered, add it to the comment section below and I will add it in an update within the week!

  • Can I wear a lob? Almost anyone can wear a lob and your hairstylist will let you know if you shouldn’t. It actually has nothing to do with face shape. I have cut this on pretty much every face shape out there. I would say the only people I would avoid cutting a lob on would be people with extremely thick or thin hair. Not just regular thick or thin, we’re talking a mega mane or baby, baby, BABY fine hair. Cutting this on extremely thick hair could take so much work and thinning out to make it look similar to this that it may be really hard to style on your own and it simply may not ever look like this after leaving the salon. If you have incredibly thick hair, it’s better to stay a little longer with your length and then get this kind of texture! If you’re the girl with super-duper baby fine hair, try a bob instead. Something that falls between your chin and your shoulders. Super fine thin hair at this length can look stringy when texturized like this, even if the bottom is cut blunt and texture is added to the top layer. A few hours into your day, the hair might separate and just look weak.
  • How do I make sure my hairstylist understands what I want? Bring photos. Bring this photo. Gone are the days of ego-driven maniac hairstylist who take offense to pictures. We live in a Pinterest-reference world, do we not? Make a small folder of images to show your hairstylist and let them piece it together. I look at my client’s collection of photos and can gather what they like and dislike through one short convo about image.
  • What do I ask for specifically? For this particular cut, you would say “I would love a collar-bone length lob with texture though out. A tiiiiiiny bit shorter in the back than in the front.”
  • Can I have a lob with my texture? Yes. Your hairstylist will know what is best suited for your personal texture. But rest assured, this length looks great on the straightest hair, waviest hair and the curliest hair.
  • What styling tools do I need? I don’t let my clients leave without either THIS or THIS. The first one is definitely and investment but gives you that “flat iron wave” look without having to perfect the flat iron wave technique. The second one is a very affordable alternative and a personal favorite of mine.
  • What products do I need? Product-wise I always recommend THIS or THIS mousse paired with THIS or THIS pomade. There are plenty of great alternatives to both but you should start off with mousse on wet hair and finish with some sort of great, lightweight, water based pomade.
  • How often do I need to get it cut? Lobs are different than a bob because a bob can grow for a while and turn into a lob, whereas the lob can start to flip out at the bottom in an undesirable way as it grows out, so you’ll need to keep it as close to collar bone length as possible. I would say 6 weeks is good on average.
  • Can I do it with bangs? You certainly can, you just want to make sure it doesn’t start to look like a wig (unless that’s your jam). Hair covering the forehead and falling on the sides of your face can overwhelm and hide your gorgeous mug and nobody wants that. Keep the bangs lights and sideswept if possible. Make sure they go well with the texture of this cut.

the beauty department lob


Again, if there’s a question you think I didn’t cover, let me know below and I do an update! Good luck if you decide to make a big change, pretty peeps!