How to Blow Dry a Bob Flawlessly

How to blow dry a bob?

It sounds simple as long as you can master the technique and know all the things you need. 

This guide is an attempt to take into consideration all the different types of bob styles and specific instructions for blow-drying for each type. 

blonde lady showing how to blow dry a bob

I’ll start with a general instruction manual of blow-drying a bob and then move on to the specific types. 

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How To Blow Dry A Smooth Bob (Tutorial)

These first steps are the same no matter what type of bob you’re working with.

Pre-blow-drying Prerequisites 

I can’t stress this enough: If you want to blow dry a smooth bob, it’s vital that you use some sort of heat protection product. Otherwise, we’re talking frizz city, my friends!

There are A LOT of them on the market. Just pick one that’s right for your hair and that fits your budget. Yeah, some are better than others, but honestly, at this point I just want you to use one, period [1].

girl spraying heat protectant to her hair

In addition to this, you can add light oil since it will not only add a protective layer to the hair but also will help you have a silky look to your hair. 

Now the fun begins!

Drying And Combing Simultaneously 

Hold your blow dryer on your dominant hand and a wide-toothed comb on the other. It is important to have a wide-toothed comb since using a hair dryer without one will leave your hair a tangled mess. Trust me, been there, done that.

Try not to use a hairbrush since the gaps between the teeth are so narrow that the brush might end up completely entangled in the hair. Again, I speak from experience. Learn from my mistakes.

All you have to do in this step of the process is to comb your hair as you go along with the drying process. There is no rule regarding which part of the head to start with.

However, starting from behind is preferable since many of us tend to have the maximum volume of hair on the behind.

One aspect that you will have to be careful about is the space between a group of hair and the nozzle of the blow dryer.

Try to hold your dryer at a decent distance away from your hair since it might burn your hair follicles. When that happens, it leaves a very unpleasant smell that is easily detectable. Honestly, you can’t miss that smell!

If you have very thick or natural hair [2], check out this video for some tips on using the tension method to blow dry with a comb:

Add More Products And Styling 

Once your hair is fairly dry, it’s time to start the styling process! Once again, this step starts with one very important product: a serum.

Make sure that you do not apply it to the roots of the hair and use a minimum amount since you do not want dandruff nor oily hair.

Once you are sure that you have fairly covered a majority of the hair, use a blow dry at a low speed.

Styling your hair is your choice. If you want volume in your hair, make sure that you keep lifting the strands of hair as you style.

This will give you the illusion of more volume for quite some time.

If you want to style it a bit flatter than usual, all you have to do is to keep pulling your hair downwards so that the hot air does not leave gaps between the individual hair follicles.

Use a hair brush towards the hair ends to make that curve towards the neck to give it a finished look. 

This video shows how to apply hair products before blow drying:

Styling Specific Types Of Bobs

Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty: how to style specific types of bobs. I’ll break this down by type and hair concern.

How Do You Blow Dry A Bob Without Frizz? 

To answer this question, you might want to know what you should not do while blow-drying your hair.

First of all, you cannot start blow-drying your hair right after you come out of the shower. It is a process that takes at least 20-30 minutes. 

With the help of a towel and air drying, dry out almost 50-60% of the water from the hair. Once that is done, you can start blow-drying.

Since the blow dryer is not drying completely wet hair, the hair won’t be exposed to any sudden excessive heat.

Therefore, the hair won’t be frizzy and the blow-drying will take no longer than 15 minutes to dry as well as style the hair. 

lady showing how to blow dry a bob for medium length

Another reason why the hair gets frizzy is that you should start blow-drying from the tip to the hair ends and not the other way round [3].

Frizzing is also a result when you try blow-drying all of your hair without organizing it into sections. Sectioning the hair and then blow-drying it will help you manage your hair well without creating knots. 

Check out this great video for an actual demo:

How Do You Blow Dry A Medium-Length Bob? 

A medium-length bob means that the hair ends extend till the shoulders. In order to blow dry a medium-length bob, start by washing your hair and soaking away the maximum water and moisture from the hair.

After keeping a decent distance between the hair follicles and nozzle, start off with the cool or warm settings to gently blow dry your hair. 

side view of a lady with medium bob

The process will be pretty much similar to the steps mentioned above. With a medium-length bob, there are a few extra things to be mindful of. Sectioning is a must when it comes to medium-length bob.

The hair is too long to get tangled up. Another thing that is a must with a medium-length bob is the use of the nozzle. This way you can direct the airflow while ensuring to make a smooth curve from the tips to the hair ends. 

How Do You Blow Dry A Short Bob  With A Fringe? 

With a short bob, people usually prefer a voluminous, smooth, yet straight styling. Now, how do you do that?

While the process is pretty much the same as before, one thing that specifically applies to short bob haircuts is that while blow-drying in sections on either side of the midline, bring the hair follicles forward towards the face, instead of keeping them localized on the sides.

gorgeous lady with short bob and fringe

This is a great natural trick to increase volume. For your fringe, apply a simple blastoff because, since the fringe is the last section as you work your hair from down under to the top, the fringe hair is already quite dry.

A simple blastoff is enough to get them in shape. 

If you also want the hair to be straight and smooth, it is important that you carry a small round brush for your fringe and a medium round brush for the rest of your hair.

Put the nozzle in and start creating tension in your hair by brushing the hair while pulling it outwards. Work the dryer fairly close to the hair.

But make sure that you keep moving the hair dryer at a fast pace so that you do not end up burning your hair. 

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For an actual demonstration, watch this video:

How To Blow Dry A Bob With Fine Hair?

A bob with fine hair needs your hair to roughen up since you need volume as well as texture. The majority of the hair drying needs to be accomplished with the nozzle off and simply blast drying [4].

There is no specific direction based on which blow-drying needs to be done.

After the rest of the process is done, which is similar to the steps mentioned above, lift your hair with a round hairbrush in places where you require maximum volume and blow dry it with the nozzle on.

Finish the process to get a beautiful overall shape of hair with volume. 

How To Blow Dry A Bob With A Round Brush? 

The idea is to lift strands of hair at a time in places where you need volume and then use a hair dryer with the nozzle on. Round brushes are a great device to add volume and texture to your hair.

Repeat the same process a few times until your expectations are met. 

For some great techniques, watch this video tutorial:

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How does a nozzle help in blow-drying?

lady blow drying her natural curly hair

One key feature of a blow dryer is a nozzle. Nozzles come in pretty handy when you want to regulate and concentrate the airflow. Also, after drying, styling the hair will always require a nozzle.

What should I apply to my hair before blow-drying?

Argan oil and a heat protection product must be used prior to blow-drying. In addition to this, once the hair is moderately dry, apply a hair serum that will further provide a protective coat on your hair follicles that will help protect the same from UV radiation and dust particles. 

Can you blow dry every day?

lady in robe holding a blow dryer

Blow-drying every day is not a healthy choice for your hair. Applying that much heat every day to your hair will cause excessive frizz in your hair. The follicles of your hair will slowly break off due to a lack of natural moisture. Experts from RichFeel say “Blow dryers CAN damage your hair; as does air drying when not done right.” 

Final Words

Follow this manual perfectly and get ready to emulate the art of blow-drying a bob at home. Once you have perfected the technique, there will be no rushing to the parlor to get such a simple styling done. Happy blow-drying skin, peeps! 


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woman with perfect bob haircut

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