For quite some time now we’ve been wanting to experiment with short hairstyles for long hair- it seems that the red carpet has been full of celebrities sporting fake short hairstyles this year, and we were curious to see if they were doable by the average person. Everyone claims that these short hairstyles, or “bobs,” are easy to fake, but figuring out how to make long hair look short? We weren’t sure if we could do it!


Fake bobs from the red carpet this year

Given that New Years Eve is coming up soon, it seemed like a good time to try this glamorous, high impact look. We can just see ourselves waltzing into a New Year’s party with this awesome hairstyle that blends New Hollywood fashion with Old Hollywood glamour. Plus, you know that awesome feeling you get just after a haircut? This post will give you all of the euphoria without the scary part of actually chopping off your hair! Pictured below is Kristen before and after we made her hair into a fake bob- she looks like a completely different person!

blonde-red-curly-hair       how-to-hair-bob

Before                                                                  After

To achieve this hairstyle, you’ll want to start with curly hair. If you already have it, great! If not, you’ll want to either use hot rollers (like we used on Kristen- they’re the greatest invention) or a curling iron.



Here are the curlers that I used:



Now that you have your hair curly, we can start pinning. Many of the tutorials had you put your hair in a loose ponytail at the nape of the neck and pin it under, but to us this technique made the hairstyle look like you were faking it. We are faking it, but we wanted it to look real! Through trial and error we came up with the technique below.

First, part your hair as desired. Then grab a section of hair that goes from the top of the head vertically down to the bottom.


Twist the hair section to create a loop in the middle of the length of hair.


This loop of hair is what you’re going to be pinning up to make the hair shorter. Pinning the middle of the hair up looks more realistic than pinning the ends under because this way you still have free ends, so it looks like your hair is really that length.

Tuck the loop up under the section of hair (in the picture below I am pointing to the loop).


Using several bobby pins, secure the loop in place. (If you really want it to stay don’t be afraid to use lots of bobby pins)



Using the same technique, pin up each section of hair, working your way around the head until all your hair is pinned. Mist your hair with hairspray to set the style.


This vintage curly hair style turned out great! It may be best to employ a friend to help you with this the first couple of times- this hairstyle isn’t hard to do, but it does take a little bit of practice to get the hang of. 


Congratulations! You now have a fun retro hairstyle that is sure to make a splash at your holiday parties, and is guaranteed to make you feel like a new person for the new year!


Please send us your before and after pictures if you decide to give this vintage hairstyle a try! 


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13 Responses

  1. meagan

    OMG what kind of hot rollers are you using? I have long thick hair and I can never get rollers to give me that much curl.

    • Shenanigans

      I use Conair Rollers, I just added a link to the ones that I use above. My hair is naturally wavy so I normally don’t use hairspray, but it will slowly fall. If I want it to stay, I make sure to use hairspray. Hope that helps, thanks for asking!