If you’re currently rocking a bob, you’re in good company—namely that of Anne Hathaway, Dakota Johnson and Rachel McAdams. Their version of the style—tousled and slightly wavy with just enough volume—comes with a certain cool-girl je ne sais quoi. It’s “done” without being “done,” polished, but definitely not buttoned up. To nab their styling secrets, we pinged celebrity hairstylist Cervando Maldonado (who works with McAdams). Take notes!
Drop the Dryer
The effortless look of those aforementioned It-girls? It really is effortless—sort of. “If you have a bob, it’s ideal to work with your natural texture,” says Maldonado. “Depending on your hair type, you might want to blow dry at the top a little bit to smooth it out, but really, air-drying makes it looks most modern."
Put Down the Bottle
“Less is more when it comes to bobs,” says Maldonado. “If you use too much product, your style will look overdone.” Maldonado keeps it minimal by misting dry hair with “a little bit of sea spray,” and crunching it ever so slightly for a tousled look. His top pick? Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($30; barneys.com).
Use Heat Tools Wisely
If you’re working with second day hair that needs an extra boost, Maldonado suggests using a flat iron. “First, use it as a straightener to smooth the hair,” says Maldonado. “Then, treat it like a curler and wrap the ends of your hair around it.” According to Maldonado, this stops your hair from flipping upward on itself and looking doll-like. (If you’ve got a bob, you know what we mean.)