These step-by-step hair tips  from pro celeb hair stylist Frank Barbosa will tell you how to get that short, faux bob look without chopping your locks.

We’ve seen celebrities like Beyonce, Nicole Richie and Taylor Swift sport the popular bob look. But did you know that most of these celebs have not chopped their locks? Getting a faux bob will not only let you have that short cropped look without cutting your hair, but will also give you the classic, old hollywood glam style.

Celebrity Hairstylist Frank Barbosa who has worked on movies with stars like Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, and Sarah Jessica Parker shares his tips for creating the latest hair trend “Tucking”, the faux bob.

”Tucking” gives the illusion of shorter hair without cutting your locks off. Simply take the ends of the hair rolling them under or even over. Why are stars stepping out in this style? Worn curly or straight, it’s an easy way to re-invent your image and try out any length temporarily.


There are many variations to “tucking” including a vintage version that includes a flashback to the 50’s or even looks from the 20’s as worn by Nicole Richie. A modern “tucking” includes various textures and angles like the looks Taylor Swift has worn. To veer away from a conventional one, opt for an asymmetrical or A-Line tuck with longer tendrils cascading or even add a braid.

To achieve, hair must have some length (think at least hitting your shoulders). It isn’t necessary to have ultra-long hair, just enough length to roll under or over. To start, use a great working hair spray like IT&LY Pure Definition. It allows you to create a smooth finish or enhance texture while imparting shine and a natural hold. To begin, have your foundation ready to go. This means having elements like your part, texture choice or fringe already in place. Then, loosely gather the bottom portion of your ends and tuck under into a roll securing with bobby pins. This is where you can also decide how short or long you would like to go. Remember, for straight hair; opt for a paddle brush to mold a smoother, sleeker “tuck”. Trying this out with a wave? Use your fingers to arrange curls in place (brushing will only disturb the texture).

Once tucked, work the style with your fingers to fan out the sides. Apply a headband or for added volume and tendrils, use the tail end of your comb to lift or pull out shorter pieces. Finish with more IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray for shine and staying power.

Want more styling options? Add an accessory or even slide the hair behind one ear.

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