From Long to Short in Minutes: The Faux Bob

If you’re anything like me, you may have a hard time committing to a hairstyle other than the one you’ve been rocking for a while now. There’s just something about the ease of your go-to style that makes branching out a nerve-racking endeavor. Even so, hair metamorphosis is invigorating and can make you feel like a brand new woman ready to take on the world — or at least the neighborhood.

While short haired women may easily employ the use of extensions, those with longer locks believe the only way to go short is to introduce their hair to a pair of cutting sheers.

Not true.

Thanks to the “faux bob,” long and medium haired ladies who’ve contemplated a cropped do can now give the style a test run.

40s Flapper Chic

40s Flapper Chic hairstyle Instagram @hairmonsters

Q&A with style creator, Janan Delly
Owner @ J Dell Hair Studio in Shelby Charter Township, MI

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This 40s flapper look is very classic, glam and chic. What I love about this look is that it makes her look sexy, sophisticated and chic, all in one look!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used a a styling product to blow dry her hair and then just some hairspray after I curled.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for many types of people because it can look so classy on any age. It makes the more mature clients look sexy and the younger ones more sophisticated. This is a great look for special occasions and weddings.

The best type of hair for this look is medium texture and medium thickness. It works great with thick hair also, but would just need more control. It does not work so well with thinner hair because it would make it look too flat and would not be able to acheive enough definition.

Overall, it’s a great look for everyone that wants to get some attention. The waves are very sexy and very flattering!

Bethan’s Faux Bob

Bethany from Treasures and Travels by Kalos says she often goes back and forth on the idea of chopping her hair off, as well. Her solution, naturally, is to do a quick hair tuck and rock a faux bob instead of taking the short-hair plunge.

faux bob tutorial

Her tutorial is basic and works best on those with layered hair. First, put the ends of your hair into a loose pony tail, then tuck it under toward your neck and secure with bobby pins. Voila: a shoulder-length bob in under five minutes.

faux bob hair

Faux Bob With Body & Waves

If you want to create a faux bob with body and waves, take your cue from  Chanel Drror’s tutorial at Camille Styles. She transforms long, curled locks into an above-the-shoulder curly bob by pinning small sections at a time. The result? A believable bob that’ll make people think you just paid a visit to your stylist.

faux bob camile

Long Faux Bob

For those worried their hair is just too long for this style, fear not. CristopheSalon demonstrates the look on a woman with hair all the way down to the middle of her back. As you can see from the tutorial, women with longer hair will just have a more voluminous faux bob compared to those with a shorter coiffure. This particular look has a super glossy and polished finish — perfect for the office.

Romantic Faux Bob

Lastly, for a glammified version of the faux bob, check out YouTube user Lily Melrose’s “Romantic Faux Bob” look. She takes the time to curl hair before combing it out and then teases it at the ends to help create a more flattering shape. She also adds a bit of sparkle with a hair pin for a party-perfect touch.