Go Short for the Day with Our Faux-bob Tutorial

If our latest stylebook has you inspired to play with your style, why not try something new with your hair, too? Today, we ‘re bringing you a behind the scenes look at how the show-stopping faux-bob worn by model Nicole was created. While this style takes a little practice and patience, you’ll be rewarded with a look that will have everyone asking: “Oh my gosh, did you cut your hair?”

Wavy Faux-bob

Vintage Faux-bob

What you’ll need:
Metal styling clips (short and long)
A 1/2-inch curling iron
Bobby pins
Hair elastics

1. Begin by dividing hair into four sections: one at the front, one on either side of your face, and one section at the nape of your neck. Clip out of the way.

2. Using your heated curling iron, carefully curl each section — except for the portion of hair at the nape of your neck — securing each curl with a short styling clip.

3. Once all your curls are pinned up, release the clipped-back portion of hair at your nape. Using a mirror — or a dexterous friend — braid this section of hair tightly against your head. Pin securely with bobby pins. You’ll be using this area to secure the length of your hair, so you want this to feel very tight and secure.

4. Release your clipped back curls, gently brushing to create waves.

5. Decide where you’d like the waves to fall and, using your long styling clips and tissue (to prevent creases), clip into place.

6. Divide your hair into two sections — as if you’re making pigtails — and wrap a piece of tissue around each section.

7. Starting on one side, remove the tissue from around your hair, and begin to roll the length of your hair under.

8. Continue rolling until you reach the nape of your neck. Using your bobby pins, secure the roll to the braided portion at the nape. Don’t be surprised if this takes a sizable amount of bobby pins.

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the opposite side.

10. Remove the long clips and tissue from the front of your hair, adjust as needed, and mist generously with hairspray. Prepare for compliments aplenty.

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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  1. thaliabrandon 09/11/2013 at 9:24 am #

    Reblogged this on ThaliaBrandon.com and commented:
    So pretty! I might have to try this on my uber long hair soon!

  2. Enna Sanz 09/11/2013 at 9:45 am #

    Really love those curls! Could you make a tutorial just for those? 🙂

  3. Ms. Style 09/12/2013 at 4:43 pm #

    This looks like fun! I seem to get invited to a lot of costume parties, so this could very well come in handy! 🙂

  4. Emily Jane 09/18/2013 at 9:03 pm #

    This is so pretty! Am definitely going to try it soon! xx emilyjane.typepad.com

  5. DressYourTresses 09/26/2013 at 6:18 pm #

    This is SUCH a cute hairstyle!

    Bows and flowers always look nice in your hair, no matter what hairstyle you have!

    Check this out: look for “DressYourTresses” (no spaces) on Etsy . com for tons of cute hair accessories.

  6. Sofia 03/02/2015 at 1:28 pm #

    This looks so beautiful, but I’m contemplating whether or not attempting to try this myself will work out without permanently damaging my hair #girlproblems #ifonlymyhairwasthicker


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