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.

Reversible Style Reinvention

Reversible Style Reinvention hairstyle Instagram @thomasdavidhope

Q&A with style creator, Jacob James
Creative Director @ Artisté in Manchester, UK

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this Artisté look as “reversible style reinvention”. The idea behind creating “Faux Naturel” for Artisté is to make women feel empowered, giving them a complete transformation whilst keeping their everyday style and identity safe.

My favorite thing about the look is the new found confidence that such a dramatic image change can bring.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for anyone wanting to try this look is to go for it. What have you got to lose? The beauty of it is its versatility. You’re able to choose the length you want and tailor it to suit any face shape.

Creating the look yourself is definitely for those who don’t mind taking the time to style their hair (and spending some time to take it out after), and are a bit hair savvy when it comes to things such as curling, backcombing, and pinning to create shape. This is one of the reasons I wanted to include it in the Artisté menu of looks, so women have the option of an expert stylist creating the ideal version of the look for them.

When creating this look, we curled the hair first to add texture and backcombed volume into the root to avoid it looking flat to give a more convincing bob shape. I also find it is more flattering when the hair is parted to the side, unless you have a full fringe/middle parted bangs and would feel more comfortable with a middle part. This is definitely a show-stopping, glamorous look when worn with attitude to back it up.

Chic Textured Faux Bob

Q&A with style creator, Jaclynn Kate
Hair & Make-up Artist / Owner @ Jaclynn Kate Hair Makeup Salon in East Greenwich, RI

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a chic and textured faux bob.

My favorite thing about this look is how you can really dress it up for special occasions like a wedding or an outing with friends, or you can wear this as a day to say style to work. Its sleek waves allow light to transfer and peek with dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Clients considering this look should take into consideration the amount of time that goes into styling it.

To achieve this look you will need a 1-inch wand, hair clips, and hairspray. Taking small 1 1/2-inch subsections and starting at the nape of the neck and working up to the top of the head, you want to spay the hair and then wrap it around your wand. Don’t touch the curl until it has cooled. Gently run your fingers through the curls for a loose look.

If you’re a wash and go kind of gal, this look isn’t for you as it takes some time. However, what is great about this look is that it goes with all face shapes!

Effortless & Universal

Effortless & Universal hairstyleInstagram @texturedbymeg

Q&A with style creator, Meg Maenius
Hair & Make Up Artist @ Salon 508 in Richardson, TX

How would you describe this look?

I would definitely describe this faux bob as effortless and universal. This is totally for the girl who wants to change up her look without making a huge commitment. It’s in the name, right? Faux! Yes, please!

Have a weird crease in your hair from a ponytail holder after leaving the gym? Just tuck and pin that part up. Problem solved! It’s so versatile and I believe it can suit many different personalities. Just have fun and try not to worry about it being perfect!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this style because you can really make it your own. By starting off with textured waves, you create the edgy look pictured here. This would be a really good option for someone with lots of layers and texture in their haircut. If you want a more sleek style, opt for the round brush or flat iron instead and try a deeper set part!

This look is also perfect for those girls with longer layers or those with hair that struggles to hold curl. If you have longer hair, try braiding the longest layer of your hair and pinning it as close to your head as possible to minimize the tucked portion in the back! This also gives you a nice cushion for all of the bobby pins.

My go-to products for this style are Kenra Professional Dry Volume Spray, Puff Me Volumizing Powder, and Oribe Split End Seal. Oh and lots of bobby pins!

Timeless & Elegant

Timeless & Elegant hairstyleInstagram @hareandhunter

Q&A with style creator, Brooke Mann
Creative Director / Senior Stylist / Colourist @ Hare & Hunter in Remuera, Auckland

How would you describe this look?

I would describe the faux bob as timeless and elegant. I love period hairstyles and being able to create this look without committing to an actual bob is amazing!

My favorite thing about the faux bob is making my clients look and feel like they’ve stepped out of The Great Gatsby.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The products I used to create this faux bob were Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair, Davines Texture Dust, and Sebastian Zero Gravity hairspray. I also used my GHD iron to curl the hair first.

Even with amazing products and a very tight curl as your foundation, on the day of your event, I would always take the elements into consideration. If it’s raining, will your hair hold the curl? Will it fuzz in the humidity? Is it super windy? If your hair is prone to dropping, you could attempt the look in a straight version. Whichever approach you choose, just make sure you have a secure base at the bottom of the neck to allow for the pinning of your long hair.

I like to create my base by sectioning the hair from ear to ear across the crown area. I section all of the top hair away and plait the bottom section left out. I roll the plait under and pin it into a roll shape across the bottom of the nape. This creates a secure base to pin all of the length from the top section.

1950s Meets Modern Day

1950s Meets Modern Day hairstyleInstagram @stylesbypetals

Q&A with style creator, Noelle A. Kabus
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Bellezza Salon in Warren, NJ

How would you describe this look?

I would probably describe this look as the 1950s meets modern day. It is like a modern-day pin-up girl/beach bum. You can’t go wrong with the classics!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My model had a VERY full head of thick, frizzy, and wavy hair, so to cut down some of that I had to braid her hair into an S pattern from the nape of her neck to about mid-ear. That still left me with a ton of hair. With that in mind, if a client has a lot of thick and frizzy hair, this may not be the style for them. I recommend that this type of updo be done on second-day hair because clean hair may make it a little difficult to manipulate.

You can achieve these curls by using a Marcel iron to curl the hair and pin it in sections. For curling, use a low-hold flexible hairspray. You want to be able to manipulate the curls and a firmer hold spray will make this harder in the long run. The curls can also be done using hot rollers. Let the curls cool before letting them down.

Forming the bob is very flexible and you can be really creative with this part. I took my curls down and twisted them, pulling on the sides to loosen the twist before pinning them in. I changed the direction of the twists to mirror how our natural hair sometimes takes on its own patterns because I wanted this to look as natural as possible.

You can make this look appeal to all face shapes and appearances. You can add “bangs” for longer foreheads, or volume on top for rounder faces. You can make it drastically long in the front for the more adventurous client, or make it closer to one length for someone more conservative that is looking for a truly natural look. You can add volume by keeping the curls bigger, or you can make it more sleek by smoothing out the curls.

I opted to give my client a side-swept bang and a beachy look to bring sexy beach waves to an old classic. For a more natural look, I would lay off the product a bit and finish with a firm hold hairspray and a pomade if needed. Happy styling!

40s Flapper Chic

40s Flapper Chic hairstyleInstagram @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.