How to Blow Dry a Bob

Updated July 20, 2017

A bob hairstyle is a haircut that is cut short on the sides and back and tapers to a defining line across the jaw. It is a haircut that is easy to maintain and is ideal for women who want a low-maintenance styling choice. There are techniques to employ for effectively blow-drying this hairstyle.

Wash you hair with a mild shampoo and conditioner.

Allow the water to drip off your hair. Avoid squeezing the hair with a towel. Leave your hair damp.

Place a pea-sized amount of gel or mousse in the palms of your hands and massage it gently through your hair until most of your damp hair is covered. Remove any tangles on your hair as you massage the gel or mousse.

Plug in the blow dryer. Hold the paddle brush in one hand and the blow dryer in the other. Brush down your fringe or bang on your forehead.

Keep the brush moving the fringe or bang across the forehead down toward the eyes and blow the hair until it is dry. Move the blow dryer up and down and do not leave it one place.

Bring the hair from the left side over your left ear by brushing upward from underneath the hair. As you brush, blow-dry the hair underneath while brushing it up and across the ear and side of the head.

Repeat on the right side. While doing the right side, brush the left side down the left part of your head the way you want the hair to lay.

Blow the middle of your hair on the top of your head and smooth down the right side so that it lays the way you want it while smoothing the top.

Dry the back while fluffing it as you go along and brushing it constantly. All the sides of the hair should be laying properly.

Brush under the hair at the tip of the left side bringing it toward your face with the curling brush. Hold the dryer on the hair and finish drying it as you bring the tip toward the cheek. Do the same with the right side.


Have your hair trimmed every three to five weeks to keep the bob looking fresh and to reduce dry ends.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Non-frizz gel or mousse
  • Paddle brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Curling brush
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Based in New Jersey, Erica Porter has been writing fashion related articles since 2001. Her work has appeared on the Breakthrough and eHow websites. Porter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rochester.