Singer Ciara sports her layered bob in waves at a pre-GRAMMY event.

How to Style a Medium-Length Layered Bob

by Pamela Simmons

Medium-length layered bobs are incredibly versatile. This bob, which hit rights around the shoulder area, is a stylish and simple option for any mom on the go. From sleek and straight to loose and lustrous, your layers make it easy to wear your hair in a variety of styles.

Pin Straight

Wash, condition and towel dry your hair.

Apply a bit of frizz-control serum to damp hair, working it from root to tip.

Blow dry hair. If you have naturally curly locks, use a round brush while drying to tame curls.

Flat iron hair in sections to make it straight. To create a pin-straight look, simply pull your iron straight down.

Finish with a light mist of hairspray. For additional gloss, spritz a liquid shine spray on your tresses.

Curled Layers

Wash, condition and blow dry your hair.

Wrap sections of hair around a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, holding the iron vertically.

Fluff hair gently with your fingers to loosen your curls. Finish up with a spritz of hairspray to keep your look in check.

Easy Updo

Rake hair back with your fingers.

Twist hair into a simple chignon, securing it in place with bobby pins as you go.

Since certain layers of your hair are short, some strands may slip out. If you'd rather your look be neater, brush hair smoothly back and tuck in stray ends before bobby pinning them.

Items you will need

  • Blow dryer
  • Frizz -control balm
  • Flat iron
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
  • Shine spray
  • Bobby pins


  • Every styling product doesn't work for everyone. If you already have straight, frizz-free hair, you may not need frizz-control balm. If your hair is thick and coarse, hairspray may not be a necessity. Pick and choose the products that work best for you.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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