Exactly How These 4 Cool Girls Style Their Wavy Bobs

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Hair trends come and go, but the bob is much more than a trend: It's a classic. No matter the decade, the color, the texture, or the variation — sci-fi bobs, '90s bobs, grown-out lobs — a shoulder-length cut is never a bad idea. And lately, we've been seeing a lot of air-dry enthusiasts embracing the wavy bob... with good reason. We first spotted the cut on the Louis Vuitton Fall 2018 runway, and on the tousled heads of the chicest French girls soon after that. Now, we're obsessed.
The easy, breezy style can become a full-on look without the use of hot tools, which means no heat damage and practically no effort put into your styling routine. This is where your natural texture thrives.
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Because we foresee spending the rest of the spring and summer taking advantage of this low-maintenance vibe, we asked the coolest of the cool girls what they do to boost their waves, bends, curls, and spirals and let 'em fly. Ahead, the wavy bob routines you'll want to copy ASAP...
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Cecilia Gorgon, model

What inspired you to cut your hair?

"I used to have really long hair all the way down my back, but about four years ago I cut it into a really short pixie. Now, I've been growing it out for the last year and a half because it's a really fun and versatile length. It's just long enough for braids, but short enough to not be a complete hassle."

How do you feel about heat styling?

"I never, ever, ever heat style, mostly because I just don't think it's necessary and I hate the smell."

What's one of your biggest wavy-bob tips?

"It's really important to remember your roots. Flipping your hair around a few times — but not running your fingers through it — adds nice volume without breaking up the curls."
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What's your daily washing routine?

"I only use Hairstory's New Wash to wash my hair. It's a co-wash and it's just soooo good. It hydrates my curls and makes them look — and feel — so juicy. It also works really well on other hair types. It's one of my all-time favorite products.

I don't use any hair masks, but I do scrub my scalp with my own mixture of sea salt, rosemary, tea-tree oil, and olive oil each time I wash my hair."
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Walk us through your air-dry routine.

"I detangle my hair while it's dry before I get in the shower, and brush it while it's really wet still in the shower. Unless I want a frizzier look, or if I'm braiding my hair, I don't brush it again while styling. I normally like to squeeze the water out with a cotton T-shirt, not a towel.

A truly crucial step for my styling routine is while my hair is still super wet, I add castor oil and Hairstory's Hair Balm to the ends. I divide my hair into three sections, add about a pump and a half of both to each section, and brush through with a wide-tooth comb. I flip my hair around a few times for a little volume and then I let it air-dry."
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Alyssa Coscarelli, Refinery29 Senior Fashion Market Editor

Did you always have short hair?

"I fell into a bob gradually. I never had super long hair, but with each haircut over the past few years it progressed from a shoulder-length cut to something shorter and shorter. Now, it's the bob it is today."

What's your biggest styling rule?

"I never brush my hair, ever. I don't even own a brush. Also, I find the less I touch my hair as it's drying, the better it dries. I can always shake it out once it's dry for a little more texture and movement."
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How often do you wash your hair?

"I work out a lot and I like my curl best when it's freshly air-dried, so I usually wash it every day or every other day. I use the Ouai Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, which smell amazing (seriously, sometimes I rely on this formula instead of wearing perfume). If I skip a wash, I'll use some dry shampoo and stick it in a half-up top-knot."
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What are your go-to styling products?

"I usually wrap it up in a towel as soon as I get out of the shower and let it sit in there while I do my skin-care routine. I take it down, comb and scrunch with my fingers, and add the Ouai Wave Spray and the Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil. If I want it to dry faster, then I'll add some of the Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry and either lightly blow dry or diffuse my waves until they're dry."
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Amor, spiritual healer and writer

Why did you cut your hair?

"I've had long hair for years and I needed a change. I gradually began cutting it and then there came a moment where a bob didn't seem so scary anymore. It actually felt more freeing to cut it that short."

What's one styling trick you swear by?

"I tease certain areas of my hair to add more volume. I also avoid using heat as much as I can except maybe once or twice a week. Normally, I only use hot tools to diffuse my hair, or add body to stringy pieces with a curling wand."
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What shampoo helps your wavy bob thrive?

"I've been using the OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner because they keep my hair hydrated without costing a fortune. I typically wash my hair every other day, or every day, depending on how hard I hit the gym."
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What's your everyday styling routine?

"I typically finger comb my hair in the shower while I'm conditioning it, and then again after a quick towel-dry. I like using my fingers instead of a comb because it keeps my natural wave intact.

My products usually remain the same whether I diffuse my hair or let it air-dry. I use about a dime-sized amount of the Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In and run it through my hair using my fingers. Then, I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in a scrunching motion to help create the waves."
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Courtney Yates, photographer

What made you ditch your long hair?

"I felt like I was carrying a ton of emotional baggage in my long hair that I had had since I was a freshman in high school. One day I was just looking at photos of my long hair and thought, What's the point? My long hair just wasn't a look anymore. Now, my short hair always feels like I’m making it work, even if I just rolled out of bed."

Any tips for short-hair styling?

"I highly recommend sleeping on damp hair if you want to enhance the texture in your natural curl."
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How often do you wash your hair?

"I wash my hair about every three days with the Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner, which I absolutely love right now. It makes my hair super soft and holds my natural curl."

How does your long hair differ from your short hair?

"Now, it definitely gets dirtier faster — or at least it’s more noticeable when it is and needs more reshaping."

Do you normally stick to an air-dry routine?

"I air-dry my hair almost always and apply a bit of gel to hold my curl. I blow dry my bangs to make sure they keep the shape I want it to."
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