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Do you want to try a short hairstyle without having to chop inches off your locks? You’re in luck! You can easily create a faux lob and just pretend you have shorter hair for the day. Yep— that’s the beauty of long hair. You can easily fake a shorter look with a little practice and patience…well, and a few bobby pins, too! Below, we share how to create a number of faux short looks. Grab your brush and follow along!
If you’re all about volume and texture, this slightly curled hairstyle is the faux style for you!
To get the look, simply use a wide-barrel curling iron to create bouncy curls that are full of texture. Starting at the nape of your neck, weave a loose braid to the ends of your hair. Flip your finished braid underneath itself, pin it in place with a few bobby pins and voila!
Ready to transform your lengthy mane into an asymmetrical look that would fit in on the red carpet? All you have to do is create a deep side part for your base. Next, backcomb sections of hair so that they’re still falling naturally, only with more texture. Then, use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out Heat Spray, to help shield hair from heat damage before creating bouncy curls. Hold your curls in place with lobster clips to give them more time to set before releasing them and backcombing a bit more. Finish it off by pinning up your curls in an asymmetrical fashion. Don’t forget to give it a spritz of glossing mist. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist.
You’ll want to curl your hair for this style the same way you did for the braided lop to help add additional texture and movement to your strands. But instead of braiding your hair, reach for your favorite elastic headband. Once you put your headband on—position it an inch or so behind your ears—begin wrapping your hair up into the base of the headband. Once you get through your entire head of hair, use the tail end of a rat tail comb to gently loosen the look for a less wrapped, more free-flowing bob appearance. To seal your look, spray it with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray, and go on with your day.
This one’s for the natural curly haired girls! Didn’t think you could go that short, huh? We figured if we were going to show you how to rock a bob and a lob, we might as well go all the way back to basics with a faux super-short length, too! All you have to do is create a horizontal part, clip the top section up with a lobster clip, and tie the lengths of your hair into a ponytail. Next, apply a styling pomade to the top portion of your hair and evenly massage it into strands with a wide tooth comb. Then, create multiple rope twists with both sections of hair, making sure to add extra pomade. Let your twists set for a few minutes before untwisting them to reveal sleek, defined curls. Lastly, use bobby pins to pin your ponytail up, then use a picking comb to fluff your locks. Be sure to use some of that top portion of hair to conceal the pinned-up pony. And just like that, you have your faux pixie! Pretty and simple, right?
No time to curl and style your hair? Take a tip from the runways and simply tuck your tresses into the collar of your shirt or jacket. As silly as it may sound, this look has gotten serious nods from the fashion world for being a laidback, hands-free hair statement—and we can get on board with that.