If you want to make an impact this party season, fool everyone into thinking you've had a haircut! A faux bob has instant impact, but it's also really practical for a night of dancing as it keeps you cool and keeps your hair secure. There are versions of this look that will work for all occasions, and if you've been considering a dramatic restyle, it's a really good way to see if you could pull of a shorter cut permanently. We've pulled together some very different faux bobs to get you thinking about your next party style. Try a soft, wavy, slightly beachy look for a more casual effect, or be inspired by vintage styles for a more formal finish. Click on through for 20 takes on this must-try hairstyle.
The flapper is always a popular costume for Halloween, and this year you can channel your inner Daisy Buchanan with this Great Gatsby-inspired hairstyle. The best part about this vintage look is that you can create it without turning to the scissors or an itchy wig. Stars like Zoe Saldana, Jessica Biel, and Claire Danes have all worn the faux bob on the red carpet, and now it's your turn. Set your hair in retro-inspired waves for a 1920s vibe, and then top it off with a sparkling headband like the Cara Flapper Girl Head Wrap ($42) for a look to rival Carey Mulligan's on-screen look. So, bust out your bobby pins and hair spray, and get the step-by-step for this retro-meets-modern faux bob when you read more.
Ladies with medium or long hair who are contemplating the big chop should heed a styling cue from Nicole Richie. The actress stepped out with a retro-looking faux bob yesterday, which demanded a double take. Did she cut off all of her length? Nope. Nicole was just a little creative with styling her hair. "We decided that a glamorous 1920s-inspired hairdo would be the perfect complement to her gorgeous Lorena Sarbu gown," said celebrity hairstylist Luke Chamberlain. The look was created by twisting the longer layers of her hair into a tucked-under bun, which was pinned in place to create the illusion of a cropped style.
- Start by blowing out your hair with a thickening product, like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($27), which Chamberlain used.
- Next, section off the front portion of hair and clip it to the side. Pull the back of the hair into a faux-bob by securing it into a ponytail, wrapping it under, and pinning.
- Curl the front section of hair using a 3/4-inch curling iron, misting each section with a healthy dose of hair spray.
- Finish by brushing out the waves and pinning them into the bob. Chamberlain spritzed on some Fekkai Shine Mist ($25) for added gloss.