6 Apr

How-to: The faux bob

First off, I’d like to announce the new winner of last week’s Sephora bubble bath giveaway— Shannon Baas.  If this is you, email me at kim@blendingbeautiful.com within 24 hours to claim your prize!

The faux bob has been making its way through Hollywood lately, and it’s here to stay.  Not only is this a totally cute look, but it’s a fun way for us long-haired gals to play with length without the scary haircut commitment!  Check out Rosario Dawson’s faux bob, courtesy of Instyle.com:

There are a few ways to achieve this look (it looks like Rosario opted to tuck her long hair underneath itself), but it’s pretty easy to do.  For reference, here is a picture of my hair before:

My hair has very long layers, so my bob turned out longer than Rosario’s because I used a different method than her hairstylist did.

You will need:

-bobby pins
-hair spray
-a hair tie
-a blow dryer (with a diffuser)
-a curling iron

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1) Run mousse through wet hair.

Step 2) Blow dry your roots first. (The key to this look is adding volume, so turn upside down while blow drying your roots.)

Step 3) Attach the diffuser to your blow dryer and dry the rest of your hair.

Step 4) Once your hair is dry (and hopefully wavy and voluminous), separate the shortest layer of your hair and clip it to the top of your head.  Pull the rest of your hair back into a low pony.

Step 5) Fold the ponytail underneath itself, and then pull it up to your scalp and pin it to your head using bobby pins.  The idea here is that you want the ends of your pony to be about the same length as your shortest layer, so that it will blend once you let the rest of your hair down.

Step 6) Unclip the hair from the top of your head and use your curling iron to create big, messy curls.  This is not a sleek hairstyle— it’s supposed to be a little funky and messy!

Step 7) Spray with hairspray and you’re done!

One tip I have for those of you with thinner hair: invest in a good set of clip in hair extensions (I’ve heard great things about Jessica Simpson’s HairDo Extensions… use her clip-in bangs backwards to create volume—not length— at the crown of your head).  You would clip them in after step 5, which would help hide the ponytail and bobby pins.

I’m definitely interested in trying the tuck-under method next to see if I can achieve a super-short bob, like Rosario’s.  But I’m super happy with this collarbone length as well… it’s fun to have shorter hair for a day!

Have you ever tried a faux bob?  Think you can achieve this look now that you’ve got a how-to?  Ever used hair extensions?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

{ posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 }


Comments: {3}

  • amy writes:

    we use hair extensions at work all the time. and they do wonders. we also use them in a style similar to what you are saying to create volume when building wigs.
    your hair looks pretty darn badass!

  • Noel writes:

    I love this idea. I can’t wait to try it. I think it should be relatively easy to do since I have such curly hair.

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