It took me years to find a good hairdresser. The day I finally got what I wanted from my hair appointment was when I lived in Boston and I had sorted through 4 different hair stylists at one salon. At last, my hair looked exactly the way I wanted it to, and I was ecstatic!
Then I moved across the country… Dun dun dun! My first haircut on the west coast chopped my hair apart. It was horrible. I like my hair styled sleek and classic, and this haircut was more rocker chic circa 1995.
Thankfully the story does have a happy ending with me growing my hair out for four more months and two years later finding a hairstylist who cut me the perfect mushroom-shaped, slightly angled chin-length bob!
What I’ve always found quite amusing is that whenever I’d get my hair cut, other women in the salon would comment on how great it looked but, “Bet it doesn’t look like that a week later, huh?” I’d always laugh a little to myself when my stylist would respond, “Actually, she does a great job of keeping it up!”
And this is true. It has been for many years. I remember the day back in Boston when I spend the entirety of my hair appointment no relaxing or reading a magazine but watching very attentively while my stylist dried my hair. I knew at that point in my life that the reasons many women complain about their hair never looking as good as it does the day they get it done are two…
They don’t buy the styling products the stylist uses on them.
Your hair is never going to be that voluminous, shiny, and soft at home if you’re not using the exact volume spray and smoothing serum your stylist used on you in the salon. It’s just that simple. So that day I started buying what they used and asking exactly how much to use.
They don’t use the same techniques as their stylist when drying/styling their hair at home.
Same goes here. If you just haphazardly blow dry your hair with a normal brush for ten minutes before running out the door, it’s definitely not going to have that “just got out of the salon” look. I spent about two full hair appointments studying the way he held the round brush, which diffuser he put on the hairdryer, and watching the way his wrist flicked as he rolled through the sections of hair!
After all of this in-person study or products and technique, I did one last thing. I invested in the right tools to really make it happen! Some brands have changed since that fateful day six years ago, but the tool types have always been the same!
So here are my staple hair tools for short hair, particularly for bob haircuts!
This is the most incredible hair dryer I’ve ever owned! I LOVE this thing! My first semi-professional hair dryer was about $80 and I bought it at Ulta. It was big, bulky, kind of heavy, and took about 45 minutes to dry my thick, short hair.
This T3 is miles better! It’s small, light, compact, and easy to maneuver. I can take it on trips even in a carry-on because it folds into itself! It already comes with a pointed diffuser, which is great for the sleek style I prefer. I took a while to decide between the full-size and the mini, but the mini size won. The best part is that the size doesn’t compromise on the power. This one is way quieter than my old one and dries my hair in 20 minutes! If you’re in the market, I highly recommend it!
I used to think that the bigger the round brush, the bigger the volume… Not necessarily true. The perfect size round brush for short hair is typically labeled “medium”, and measures between 1.7” and 2”. I never go for boar hair because I prefer synthetic.
So, this one is another big favorite! I used to use a Sephora branded plastic paddle brush and it worked well enough. But I used to get my hair done at an Aveda salon, and they used Aveda brand brushes. At some point, I ended up with enough Aveda loyalty points to get the paddle brush, so I did (don’t we love free things?!). It is a definitely a favorite. The brush is wooden, and the bristles aren’t, but somehow my hair isn’t at staticky as it used to be with the Sephora paddles brush!
My last one is technically two, but they are in the same category of clips! I use these to section off my hair as I blow out my hair, and they make it so much easier! I dry my hair about 75% first, then I pop these in and style one section at a time! Both of these clip types are necessary (I’ve tried using just one or the other and the results are just not rh same).
And that’s all folks! These are my tried-and-true hair tools that I cannot live without! Keep in mind these are all picks for short bobbed hair, but my sister shares my hairdryer, and her hair is super long (so the dryer in particular works for everyone!
‘Till next time!
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