If you’ve ever looked at someone with an immaculate concave bob with a sigh of envy, you’re not alone. The inherent chic factor—as well as perceived upkeep, therefore she must have awesome skills, no?—is why we’ll always have a soft spot for this neat, sophisticated hairstyle.
No updos to the rescue here, ladies: Ironically, this short ’do can sometimes be harder to maintain than longer hair because you’re basically stuck with dealing with it, bad hair day or not. So, if you’ve finally committed to the fabulous, concave bob haircut, the easiest way to rock it is to learn how to never have a bad hair day in the first place! Read on for tips and tricks on the best way to style your new super-short pageboy:
1. Ask for slightly tapered ends on your concave bob.
It starts in the salon: Ask your stylist for a concave bob haircut that’s ever so slightly stacked in the back and sides, with the ends tapering downward. These graduated ends will help your concave haircut naturally turn under as it dries, which is half the battle right there! Keep it very subtle—anything longer than an inch in between layers can end up flipping out and looking choppy.
2. Choose a volumizing shampoo and conditioner for concave bob hairstyles.
Wash with a system that helps infuse hair with some bounce and lift. This will help infuse some structure into your concave bob, and prevent it from falling flat even when dried. Concave bob hairstyles look their best with fullness and shiny tresses. A volume-inducing wash and care system, such as the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Healthy Volume Shampoo and the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Healthy Volume Conditioner, has silk proteins and collagen to help thicken hair and pump volume into the roots for a cuter, fuller-looking bob.
3. Use a blowdrying lotion with shine to style concave bob hairstyles.
Nothing makes a concave bob haircut pop like a shape that’s perfectly molded, with some shine to boot. After washing, emulsify a dime-sized amount of hair volumizer, such as Bed Head by TIGI Motor Mouth, between palms and apply evenly onto hair. To style, use a round brush placed underneath hair. Begin to blow-dry in sections, first tugging outward, then pulling in a downward motion till the ends. Key to the look: curling hair underneath and inwards to kiss your neck. Repeat on all sections.
4. Set concave bob hairstyles with a touchable hairspray.
Your concave bob may look molded in place, but that doesn’t mean it has to look and feel hard or crunchy. Finish it off with a spray to make it outdoor-proof. Spritz with a hairspray that promises long-lasting hold and bounce, but without the shellacked stiffness, such as the Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Plump Hold Hairspray.
5. Maintain concave bob hairstyles volume with a dry shampoo.
Keep your rounded concave haircut from deflating midday by refreshing it with a dry shampoo. Choose one specifically formulated to transform hair from lifeless to bouncy—we love Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo for this—and absorb any gunk or excess oil while you’re at it, as concave haircuts can get oily and limp rather quickly.
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