I went for it. I took my own advice and got myself a lob, otherwise known as a long bob. I was really craving something different and I love the cut. In all honestly, I've been wanting to loose some length for a while. My only hesitation was that my hair tutorials would be a bit more limited.
While it is true that longer hair offers more versatility when it comes to updos, a lob is long enough to offer plenty of variety. The key to putting up shorter hair is to divide and conquer. Isolating sections hair makes each area easier to pin up without a bunch of layers and shorter lengths popping out and ruining your day.
To show you what I mean, I created this simple and easy twisted back updo with only three sections. For this look, I opted for a braid and twists but with this basic sectioning, you can create a variety of updos on mid-length hair. Style the 3 sections any way you prefer and make it your own.
The step-by-step instructions for the twisted back updo is after the jump.
Twisted Back Updo for Medium-Length Hair
For this updo, you will need:
Clips for sectioning
Styling cream, wax, or pomade (I used Redken Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream-Paste)
Small hair bands
1. Section a 2" strip of hair along the center on the top of your head and clip it out of the way. Part vertically down from the top to behind your ear on both sides to create 2 side sections.
2. Remove the clip holding the top center section and combine it with the back section. Tie these sections together into a low ponytail at your nape.
3. Braid the ponytail and secure with a small hair band. This will be a short braid; no worries.
4. Fold the braid up and under, hiding the band, and use bobby pins to secure the braid in place.
5. Release the side sections. Twist one side back, wrap it around the braid and use bobby pins to secure it in place. Slide a few pins along the length of the twist as well as around the braided base to keep it from loosening.
6. Repeat on the other side. Check your updo using a hand mirror and pin in any loose hairs.