Long Hairstyles That Look Like Bobs

"Glee" actress Naya Rivera sports a faux bob at the 54th annual Grammy awards.

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No need to cut your locks to try out a short 'do. If you don't want to commit to a short crop, try taking one out for a spin temporarily. It's called a faux bob, and it's a fab way to try out a shorter style without using any scissors.

Curly Bobs

Make your hair a little curly before whipping it into your faux-bob. Start by incorporating a dollop of anti-frizz cream through your damp tresses before blow drying. Then use a 1-inch curling iron to curl hair vertically away from the face. Run fingers through cool curls to loosen them a bit. Then, just loosely tuck hair under, securing with bobby pins at the nape of the neck.

Keep It Straight

If you don't want to go curly, try rocking a straight bob instead. Just give your locks a good blowout and then flat iron it super straight. Once hair is good and straight, tuck it under just like you did with your curly bob, securing it at the nape of the neck with bobby pins.

Try It With a Ponytail

If you want your faux bob to be a little bit cleaner, try creating it with a ponytail instead. Just pull hair into a low ponytail, making sure to secure it with elastic a few inches from the nape of the neck. Then, roll the ponytail up and into the hair until it and the elastic band can't be seen. Finish off by using your bobby pins to secure the pony underneath your hair.

Or, Make It a Little Messy

If you like the slightly undone but actually done look, make your faux bob a little messy. Try adding a bit of beach spray to wavy hair and then teasing it gently at the roots before tucking it under. And, when you tuck, let a few pieces hang loose in the front of the hair to frame you face. Even let a few shorter pieces in the back stay free.

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