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4 Steps to Create a Botticelli Bob & a Quick Alternative to the Hairstyle

Bettina Dizon
Nov 15, 2022
02:45 P.M.
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The Botticelli Bob is a hot hairstyle that can be easily achieved without using heating tools or going to the salon. The trendy style is within reach as long as one knows how to do braids.

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Looking beautiful and staying up-to-date with the latest trends do not have to be expensive and time-consuming. In fact, they are within reach from the comfort of your home.

Instead of spending hours at the salon, many have turned to the Botticelli Bob, a hot hairstyle trend amongst the young and young at heart.

The Botticelli Bob caters to women with short hair, highlighting waves that give a fluffy illusion. Tom Smith, Evo's international creative director, said of the hairstyle:

"Botticelli waves are characterized by a middle parting and minimal volume at the roots with a thatched, slightly triangular silhouette to the hair. There is something very free and youthful about the texture."

Celebrities such as Sophie Turner and Kaia Gerber have been spotted sporting the volumized and effortlessly beautiful hairstyle. Short-haired ladies can also get the same look without professional help with a simple overnight hack.

Create Botticelli Bob without Heating the Hair

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Efforts to get the Botticelli Bob will begin in the evening with a simple hair preparation using products to help damaged hair regain its natural moisture. Some products will also help retain the curls for the following day, locking in moisture until the next hair wash.

Sarah Paulson outside her hotel on May 24, 2018, in New York, New York. | Source: Getty Images

Sarah Paulson outside her hotel on May 24, 2018, in New York, New York. | Source: Getty Images

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The crucial next step is braiding the hair, depending on the volume that is trying to be achieved. Two to three braids are enough to do the trick, but more braids must be used for more waves. Sebastian Professional international stylist, Anthony Cole, suggested:

"For a two-strand braid, hold two sections of hair in your hands and twist the strands, and wrap them around each other."

After leaving the braids overnight, simply unwind the braids and smoothly brush hair strands with your fingers. Within minutes, you will have the Botticelli Bob

A Quick Way to Create a Botticelli Bob

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There is an alternative for those who can't leave the braids overnight. Following the first steps until braiding the hair, use a hair dryer or hair iron to keep the curls in place. Before untying the braids, allow the hair to cool and stay in place.

Laura Harrier during the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 15, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Laura Harrier during the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 15, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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The trendy hairstyle was named after Sandro Botticelli for his many paintings with wavy-haired characters. Specifically, the style is associated with the artist's "The Birth of Venus" painting.

Those concerned about hair damage can use a thermal hair protectant before using a hair dryer or iron. Meanwhile, women with already curly hair can use a curl-enhancing cream before the hair dryer.

Cole recommends the Dyson Supersonic as a dryer, using the diffuser attachment and setting it on medium heat. Combing with a wide-toothed comb is also suggested for those interested in this tool.

"Most women with curly or coily hair have been avoiding the bob due to the volume it could create, but this embraves the volume," he added.

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"The Birth of Venus" painting from the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

"The Birth of Venus" painting from the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

What Does This Hairstyle Have to Do with Sandro Botticelli?

The trendy hairstyle was named after Sandro Botticelli for his many paintings with wavy-haired characters. Specifically, the style is associated with the artist's "The Birth of Venus" painting, which shows Venus by the water, with her hair blowing in the wind.

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Venus' hairstyle is the same effect many are trying to achieve nowadays – wet and a bit messy. The famous hairstyle is also known as "water waves" and "ruffle waves" due to its similar water-flowing pattern.

Having short hair for this style can be a commitment to some women. However, many celebrities have pulled off the bob hairstyle in the past, including gymnast Simone Biles, who debuted her short locks in 2021. Fans have loved her different looks since.

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