How to Style a Textured Lob and Four Simple Summer Hairstyles

In case you missed the announcement on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I chopped my hair off last week after nine years of having it long.

It’s taken a little while for the shock to wear off because I never imagined doing it.  It was truly an impulsive decision, yet one of the best I’ve made in a long time.  I love my new hair cut, it’s modern, updated, easy and fun.  All of the things I feared about having shorter hair didn’t come to fruition. I can still easily put it into a ponytail and it’s actually a lot more versatile than my long hair was.

Here’s the new look.

Honestly the seeds had been planted a few weeks back when I saw this tutorial for a textured lob and fell head over heels in love.  I just didn’t think I’d have the nerve to pull the trigger.

Last summer, I answered this reader submitted question by creating a video of some of my easiest summer hairstyles.  I can still do all of these with my hair shorter.  They work great for mid to longer length hair and some of them could even be adapted for short hair too.

Hi Alison!  I could use some cute, easy ways to style my hair up for summer. Nothing too crazy that requires an extra set of hands or a ton of products. All of the ones on Pinterest say they’re easy but then they end up being 17 steps. Help! – Ashley

Well, Ashley you’re in luck because all of my summer hairstyles take seconds to master. Yes, you read that right, SECONDS. Most of them are only three steps. How’s that for super simple?

You just need to start out with clean, dry hair. Actually one of them only requires your hair to be clean, not dry and with the others it can be dirty. So scratch that.

I told you this would be easy, right?

Sound too good to be true? Then watch this quick video I put together with my four super simple summer hairstyles. These are my go-to hairstyles when it’s just too hot to make much of an effort.

It’s Your Turn: What are some of your favorite easy hairstyles when the heat is on?


It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretties. That’s it, now go have some fun!

Link Party News:  I’ll be taking a break from the link up for the next two months.  I hope you all have a safe and fun summer!