March 7, 2012 Makeup.com Hair

How to Pull Off A Faux Bob

The faux bob has become a red carpet staple, and they're done so well that you've probably found yourself wondering whether or not fans of the 'do, like Taylor Swift or Kate Beckinsale, actually chopped their hair off. Turns out, it's one of the simplest celebrity styles to recreate! "The faux bob is a great way to change up your hairstyle and length without having to get a haircut," says Tresemme Celebrity Stylist John D. Read on for the building blocks needed to go short...without REALLY going short.

Prep

Run a dollop of mousse through clean, damp hair from roots to ends with your fingertips for extra fullness. "Anyone can create a faux bob no matter what type of texture their hair is," John D. says. "The amount of styling products and bobby pins will vary." If your hair is fine or thin, blow dry with a round brush to create maximum volume. Otherwise, dry your hair as you normally would.

Curl

Starting with the hair around your face from ear to ear, take one and a half inch sections and curl them under with a medium barrel curling iron. "After curling each piece, I recommend clipping each curl in place to ensure the shape and body of the style," says John D. Continue to curl the back section until all of the hair is pinned up. While allowing the curls to set, spritz a finishing spray, like Redken Fashion Work 12 Working Spray, over them.

Secure

"The secret to making the look last is to make sure you secure it well," says John D. Remove the setting pins in the back first and allow the curls to fall loose. Next, gently brush all of the hair back and tuck it up and under to your desired bob length. Secure this area with bobby pins that match your hair color, then continue to work your way to the front and do the same. "It's easiest to tuck and pin into a bob when you're working in sections," notes John D. Once all of your hair is pinned into the bob, finish with medium-hold hairspray, like Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray, to set the style.
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