June 24, 2015 - Hair, Hair and Beauty, I Feel Pretty

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?


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2. Link up your pretty post.

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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!

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  • I LOVE your hair cut! SO so cute.

  • Love your new hair, it’s so fresh and super pretty on you!!

    • I am loving the new change, Marta! 🙂

  • I love your new haircut!! And thanks for the styling tips!! I hope you are having a great summer Alison! Susan

    • Thank you Susan. Have a great summer as well.

  • Love the new hair, and I’m green with envy… As I have a naturally curly hair, I have only two hairstyles: messy (everyday) and frizzy mop (for hot and humid or rainy weather)…

    • Your hair is beautiful Tiina!

  • OMG!!! You look stunning Alison! It really suits you & has taken years off you! You look like your daughter!! You looked amazing before but this cut really suits you! I recently chopped mine all off too & I’m really loving it shorter! Andrea xx


    • Your comments just made my day. You are so sweet Andrea! Thank you, thank you!

  • Love the new ‘do!! Super cute!!

  • Super cute on you friend! So fresh!

    • A little fresh is just what I needed.

  • Love a good length bob! I however chopped mine off for the comfort of really short hair..and now I cannot even remember how it felt having longer hair!! Your styling tips are on-point!! have a great week ahead !

    • Your hair is gorgeous!!!

  • Alison! You hair is DARLING!!!!!! You look great!!!!

  • Love your new haircut! I think it looks great on you.

    • Thank you Cynthia. I am enjoying it. 🙂

  • Wow – your hair looks gorgeous! Love the new cut!

  • Linda Curlee

    Hair is truly a women’s crown! We have such a hard time changing it up. Just like our colthes, updating from time to time really makes a difference! Really cute cut!

    • It was definitely hard. But i’m so glad I did it! It’ll grow. 😉

  • Emily

    I love your new haircut! It looks great on you and made you look even younger!

    • You’re too sweet Emily.

  • I love your haircut! I got the same one last month. I actually miss my long hair, but I’m getting used to it now and figuring out how to style it. Hope you have a great week!

    • I find it so easy to style at a shorter length. It’s so fun!

  • Kim

    Love your hair! You are so pretty!

    • You are too kind Kim. Thank you!

  • I love your new lob!!! I got a similar haircut back in Dec and I am so glad I did it too.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion linkup.

    • Your hair is gorgeous Alice!

  • ali

    Love your new do! So fresh and actually makes u look younger. Fabulous!

  • Michelle N.

    Love the new hair cut! It’s very modern!

    • It was a big moment for me and now i’m loving it!

  • Lisa Marz

    I have to laugh! I saw the same tutorial and really liked it. So I have been working on growing my hair LONG so I can do the textured lob. Love your new look.

  • I absolutely love your new hairstyle!

  • LOVE your new haircut! I’m growing mine back out so I can donate it again! You are making me want to chop it now!

    • It grows back. Promise. 😉

  • Gretchen

    Love, love, love your new hairstyle! You are gorgeous and it makes you look even younger (which you didn’t need, but it’s always a bonus, right?).

    • That’s a great bonus Gretchen. Thank you!

  • Alison, your new haircut is gorgeous! I’m trying to get up the courage to cut mine to about that length – thanks for the inspiration!

    • I’m so glad I did it. Great summer fresh look.

  • Love the new hair! It is a scary thing cutting it all off though!

    • I think I had my eyes closed. 😉

  • Rebecca

    Hi Allison. I have been contemplating cutting my long hair but have been a bit anxious about it. I’m not familiar with any salons in the area that I could trust but after seeing your hair I think I could do it. Can you share where you went?

  • Love your new haircut…was meaning to say that when you did it. You + everyone in the beauty world always makes doing your hair so easy, but when I do it, it takes triple the amount of time and it never looks good, so I always end up wearing my hair down, LOL.

    • Your hair is beautiful Sarah!

  • I love the new cut! It looks great on you.

  • The new cut looks fantastic on you! This post couldn’t have come at a better time– I have a hair appointment this evening and will be chopping my hair into a lob as well– so excited! Thanks for the styling tips 🙂

    • Would love to see it afterwards! Share a picture. 🙂

  • Love, love, love your haircut! I’m ready to get a new summer cut, but just haven’t had time yet. My previous cut has already grown out and my hair is starting to drag!

    • What kind of cut will you be getting Kristin?

  • Love the new hairstyle! I’ve always thought the “lob” was particularly versatile, and I’m looking forward to seeing how you style it different ways. 🙂

    • I can’t wait to share with everyone.

  • I loved your long hair but I think this cut looks even prettier!!!

  • Gina Farrell

    I LOVE your new hairstyle!! You look 10 years younger!!!

    • Such a sweet comment Gina. Thank you!

  • This makes me want to chop my hair! Lol


  • Your hair cut is very flattering! I love it!

  • You have fabulous hair! I loved it long but I love it shorter too!

    • Thanks Morgan! My hair stylist did a wonderful job.

  • Prudence Yeo

    Your new hairstyle suits you really well and look very beautiful! I think shorter hair is so perfect for summer!


    • You are too nice Prudence. Thank you so much!

  • bwedwards

    It looks like you chopped off five inches AND five years!

    • You are too sweet. Thank you!

  • Loving your hair cut and the colour is really flattering!

    • You are so sweet Michelle. Thank you!

  • Michelle C

    Your new cut makes you look so similar to a friend of mine I did a double take! You look as great as ever. I like your cut and am glad you do too. Thanks for all you do to encourage all of your readers to rejoice in how God made us and to look modest and cute no matter our age. 🙂

    • Thank you Michelle. Do you have a pic of your friend? Would love to see!