The long bob is making a serious comeback and is now officially the cut of summer 2014. (In case you need proof, just take a look at some of these leading ladies). Unlike bobs or pixies, the lob’s in-between length and barely-there asymmetrical line make it super easy to style.
So when we got wind that actress, singer, and now executive producer (her new show Young & Hungry premieres tonight at 8/7 central on ABC Family), Ashley Tisdale was the latest celeb to go for the chop, we knew we had to have her in our studio to play (hair) dress-up. With the help of hairstylist and co-owner of Nine Zero One salon Nikki Lee and celeb makeup artist Tracey Levy, we styled Tisdale’s gorgeous new cut into four fresh, summer-ready looks. Warning: clicking through may result in sudden urge to reach for the shears.
Click through the slideshow above to see the finished ‘dos, as well as step-by-step instructions so you can recreate them yourself!
Lee parted Tisdale’s hair right above the arch of her brow and blow dried her hair in the direction of the part.
Next, Lee spritzed Oribe’s Superfine Strong Hair Spray ($36) directly into the roots of Tisdale’s deep side part to keep it in place.
“I love this beach spray by Unite,” Lee says. “It leaves you with a more wet and beachy look, instead of the dry texture you get from texture sprays.” She used a curling iron to curl random sections of Tisdale’s hair, sprayed Unite’s Beach Day Texture Spray ($30) throughout her strands, and scrunched for thick, tousled waves.
“Take the top section of your hair, an inch or two above your ears, and gather it into a pony,” Lee says
Next, just loop an elastic around this section of hair, as if you were making a ponytail. On the last twist, don’t pull the pony all the way through and allow it to sit in a looped shape at the top of your head. Then, take a small section of the ends sticking out and wrap it around the elastic, securing it in place with a bobby pin.
To add bounce and body to this look, Lee finished by using a straightener to curl a couple of face-framing strands.
“I divided [Ashley’s] hair into a deep side part and sprayed dry texture spray throughout the whole thing,” Lee says. “Then, I just pulled it back—very messy—and almost did another kind of top knot, but low at the nape of her neck.”
Next, Lee twisted Tisdale’s hair into a chignon—a very (purposely) messy chignon. “The look is very undone, with lots of texture,” Lee says.
Finally, Lee pinned stray hairs into the messy chignon using bobby pins. “I cleaned up some pieces that were out of place, but for the most part, just kind of let everything piece out,” she says.
We’re more than on board with this messy-yet-refined modern ‘do. Oh, and that glamorous red lipstick? A product cocktail Levy came up with consisting of Armani’s Lip Maestro ($33) in 400 The Red, blotted on with a finger, and YSL’s Volupté Sheer Candy Gloss Balm ($34) in 02 Dewy Papaya.
Camp Collection Sadie Hawkins Top ($40) in White
“We call this look the Big Bend,” Lee says. “We literally just blow [Tisdale’s] hair out straight, and bend the middle part, leaving the ends straight.” But first, she sprays Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) through Tisdale’s strands to build up the volume.
Using a one-inch curling iron, Lee took the middle section of Tisdale’s strands and wrapped it around the barrel away from her face. “Just wrap—not a full on turn, more like a quarter turn—and let it out quickly,” she says.
“The key is to leave the ends straight and keep the overall look very piecey,” Lee says. To do this, she tousled Tisdale’s hair and added Oribe’s Rough Luxury Molding Wax ($35) to the ends.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Creative Director: Katherine Power
Hairstylist: Nikki Lee
Makeup Artist: Tracey Levy
Fashion Director: Laurie Trott