The lengths we’ll go to in order to avoid cutting our hair are truly extreme. When you’re desperately trying to hang on to length, the word “trim” sounds like a death knell and scissors seem like they’re out to get you.
Still, a girl does like to have options. If you’re tired to death of the same old ponytail on dirty blonde hair or dark brown hair, use our stylist-approved tricks to learn how to make long hair look short—without getting a haircut.
Fake A Bob
Instead of heading to the salon to have your chosen stylist cut off those inches, rely on an optical illusion. Using pins to twist your length up into a faux bob is a favorite look of celebrities and models, so why not you?
To make the faux bob look your own, start with a shine-boosting shampoo and conditioner from a line like Biolage Sugar Shine. Out of the shower, use a heat-protecting blowout formula (we love Redken Satinwear 04 Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion) to blow your mane sleek. That reflective finish will pay off in just a minute.
Pull your hair into a very loose, low bun, that contains just the ends of your hair. Pull it under toward the base of your neck. Pin it there, and adjust your remaining folded mane until you’ve created a passable bob shape. Finish with a light oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Huile Originale to ensure frizz doesn’t ruin your party, and voila!
Braid It Out
Braids can transform previously untamable volume into a compact, comfortable style for outdoor activities and exercise. Finally, your long hair will stop getting in the way of your plank challenge at the gym.
Whether you opt for double Dutch braids that end in a bun or box braids, choosing braids is an easy way to make messy, tangled lengths into a manageable style between haircuts.
Embrace Your Texture
The curlier your hair, the shorter it will look—just ask girls with coily hair types. Any easy way to make your mane appear shorter without a cut is to enhance those ringlets. Start with a curl-supporting system like Mizani Moisture Fusion Gentle Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Once your hair is squeaky clean, apply a styler like Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion and diffuse your hair until it’s totally dry.
Remember: The tighter and more defined the ringlets, the more believable your newfound short lob.
Make A Chignon
If you really want to test drive short hair, wearing a loose, bohemian updo is one of the simplest ways to do so. Contrary to popular belief, chignons aren’t just appropriate for weddings and family events—they’re surprisingly wearable to grocery shop or take a meeting. These soft twists will get your long hair off your neck and away from your face in just minutes
New to the world of updos? Try this on for size: Start with a French or Dutch braid (we can show you how to French braid) and continue it until you run out of hair, switching to a standard braid at your nape. Pancake the braid so that you have some looseness, then roll the up and tuck it under at your nape or pin it into a bun shape with the elastic hidden. From here, loosen your braid until it begins to look a little more ethereal. It’s the easiest updo style you’ll ever wear.
Try A Top Knot
If you’re itching to pretend you have little-to-no hair for a day, the top knot is the most effective way to do so. It even works nicely on second-day hair! To begin, flip your hair upside down and use a brush or comb to smooth it out before pulling it into a at your crown.
Flip your hair and twist the ponytail until it begins to wrap around itself. Pin your tail into a bun shape and secure the style with a matte metal bun cuff. As a final touch, secure your style with a medium hold hairspray like L'Oréal Professionnel’s Tecni.Art Infinium 3 Working Spray.
Just like that, you’re ready to take short hair for a spin.
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