Hair tutorial: How to create a faux bob

by Hair Romance on March 6, 2012 · 43 comments

in Hair Style Advice,Hair Trends,My Hair,Tutorials

Hope you’re enjoying this week of hair tutorials!

For my next tutorial I’ve found a way to have short hair but without the big chop – a faux bob.

Inspired by NYFW and the the recent hair trend for faux bobs, as seen a Rodarte and Oscar de la Renta (pictured below).

What you need:

  • Hair elastic
  • Comb / Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray

How to create a faux bob

Step by step

1 – Section your hair. Take a section from ear to ear and clip the top section away.

2-3 – Braid the bottom section. Plait or braid the bottom section, whichever is easier for you to do.

4 – Pin the plait up. Fold the plait around and pin in place flat against your head.

5 – Tease for volume. Backcomb the top section to create some volume and shape so your hair hides the braid. If you have fine hair you can use some hairspray underneath.

6 – Smooth the top. Comb or brush the top of your hair to smooth it.

7-8 – Make a low ponytail. Use an elastic to secure all your hair into a low ponytail. Make sure the hair on the sides is long enough to cover your ears. Keep this loose as this forms the side of your bob.

9 – Tuck the ponytail underneath. Pin the ponytail in place underneath. Put a bobby pin through the elastic and pin to the braid. This will make it really secure.

10 – You’re done! Maybe add a spritz of hairspray to catch any flyaways and smooth your hair.

This faux bob hairstyle also looks great with curls. If you have layers, work with them to create a more natural looking bob.

This is new style for me as my hair is only just long enough to make this work, but I think it will become a regular favourite.

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Miki March 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

What a cool tutorial! ;) I sometimes miss my short hair, but then again, there are so many awesome hairdos you can do with longer hair :P.

Hope you’ve started the week off with a huge smile! ;D

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Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thanks Miki! It’s been a fantastic week so far. Hope you’re having a great week too x


Noelle March 6, 2012 at 7:19 am

I couldn’t do that if my life depended on it. :-)


Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

Haha maybe get a friend to practice in your hair? ;)


Nikki March 6, 2012 at 8:03 am

Now that style could prevent me from going the chop (as I’m inclined to do every few years!). Gorgeous Christina.
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Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

Me too Nikki! Every time I write about short hair I keep thinking about cutting it all off again…


farverig verden March 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

I will do this!! :) And then all my friends get a shock =)
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Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

haha definitely! They will totally fall for it :)


Toni March 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

I’ve tried the faux bob and it’s so fun to change up your hair style! I’ve never seen it done by braiding the bottom section though. I’ll have to try it though!
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Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Thanks Toni! The braid underneath is great if you have long hair or thick hair, as it makes it the bob lighter and keeps most of your hair out of the way.


Jill March 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

This is such an easy style and really helps keep my hair versatile! It seems like everyone says to keep your hair long when it’s short and cut it short when it’s long so this a great way to take advantage of both looks. :) I’ll definitely be trying this tomorrow.


Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Thanks Jill! It’s the best of both worlds!


Tara March 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’ve done this for my daughter for book character day. She really wanted short hair & there it was, super cute!


Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Tara, what a great idea!


Norlin March 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

LOVE this! have seen this look on the runways and now that you’ve done a step-by-step post I think I might give it a try. :)
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Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Norlin! It would be great in your hair.


gio March 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Love this, and will definitely give it a try! Thanks for the helpful step-by-step instructions.
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Hair Romance March 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Thanks Gio! xx


Mary Kentucky March 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

Great idea! Perfect style for going outdoor activities. Love the idea! :-)


kearsten March 10, 2012 at 1:15 am

I may have to try this….I’ve always hoped to find a way of making my very long hair short for the day! My hair is all the way down my back, but hopefully I can make it work. We’ll see how it goes!


Hair Romance March 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Wow, that is long! Let me know how you go Kearsten!


ash March 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

that looks hard, besides i don’t get the instruction, is that a french braid you did on the back?? or just a braid??


Hair Romance March 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Hi Ash, I did a French braid, but you can just do a braid and pin it up in the same way. It depends how long and/or thick your hair is as to what sits better. Its actually quite an easy style and I wore this again on the weekend with curly hair.


ash March 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

thanks! I just tried and I kind of did it haha, I need to work on my tecnique but it was a good 1st try ;) I have almost waist length hair so it’s more of a challenge but since I’ve been flirting with the idea of chopping it off this will satisfy me for awhile at least :D


Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

Wow, your hair is so long! Thanks for trying this style. I wonder if you also braided the ponytail you tuck under, that might help hold more hair up?


Teejay April 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

I LOVE your hairstyle tutorials! but with my curls i can’t brush them when my hairs dry or i end up with a pouffy ball of fuzz, does yours do the same? and will these hairstyles work without brushing?
also can you put a pic up of the bob with curls?
thanks xxx


Hair Romance April 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thanks Teejay! My curls do the same thing. I normally blow dry my hair straight for these tutorials. I use a round brush to smooth out my hair from wet. If I brush out my dry curls they go crazy. I’ll definitely post this with curls, great idea.


Arax September 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

What would you do differently to get a faux bob with curls like the one Miley Cyrus had here:

Or the one Julianne Hough had at the Emmys?

Would love a tutorial on those!!


Hair Romance September 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi Arax, that’s a great idea for a tutorial! I would curl all your hair first. and maybe create three ponytails to tuck under so you get a more natural shape. It will help if you have shorter layers in your hair that you can leave loose at the front to make your faux bob look more real. Will try this soon for you x


Nyk1014 March 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

Wow This tutorial is so epic. I have thick hair all the way down to my bottom, I wonder if it’ll work for me… People will be shocked to see me with short hair. I want to give it a try so bad. Thank you,person! (I’m new. First time here!)


Hair Romance March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks! Depending on how thick your hair is it will definitely work. To may it easier to tuck your hai runder you can also may three ponytails – one at each side and one at the back and tuck each side up separately. You may want to roll your ponytail up so it’s easier to pin in place underneath x


KTay April 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

This really works a lot better than other tutorials. This was a lifesaver for me since I had to have a bob for my play and my hair was to my waist. (and ridiculously thick). Thank you so much!


Hair Romance April 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thanks KTay! Thanks for trying it and so glad it worked for you x


NCTAYLOR August 16, 2013 at 4:34 am

This idea is so amazingly smart! I love to get comments on my hair and I love styles that just surprise every one! And where I will be starting school in about a week, I may start it off with short hair then it will become magically become long! I’m so excited! Thanks!


Hair Romance August 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

That’s a great idea! Good luck and I’d love to know the reactions on day 2 x


Jana April 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Omg this is so fun and easy to do! Just did it and played a late April’s fool joke on them!
Thank you so much for making it really easy! I couldn’t find a site/blog that had easy to follow instructions! And also for that tip on how to make it secure, going to school tomorrow with to scare the hella out of my friends even more! :D <3


Hair Romance April 9, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Thanks Jana! Hope it worked ;)


sandy July 10, 2014 at 7:33 am

Hi, We have a lot of stylist in our family 2 being my mom & 1 of our daughters, but I can’t do anything with my hair.I loved the romance style. I hope you have more styles to learn from.


Hair Romance July 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

Thanks Sandy! You can find more hair tutorials here – :)


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