HOW-TO: Create a Faux Bob using Tucking

By Lauren Quick | 03/27/2014 2:49:00 PM


Celebrity Hairstylist Frank Barbosa knows good hair. He's worked with a number of celebs, including Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker and more. The faux bob is a great springtime look, and Barbosa shares how to achieve it by "tucking."

Tucking is a relatively simple way to give the illusion of shorter hair without hacking off your clients' long locks. Hair can be rolled under or over, and it's a good way to change up a look or to have a test-run of a shorter style.

click image to zoomIan Gavan/Getty ImagesActress Kerry Washington attends the UK Premiere of "Django Unchained" at the Empire Leicester Square on January 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) GET THE LOOK:

STEP 1: Start with hair that hits the shoulders at least. Decide how you'd like to part the hair and what texture you want to achieve.

STEP 2: Use a working hair spray (like IT&LY Pure Definition) to either encourage smoothness or texture, depending on what look you're going for, and give hair some shine.

STEP 3: Loosely gather the bottom portion of the ends and tuck under into a roll as short or long as you want the bob. Secure with bobby pins.
Pro tip: For straight hair, use a paddle brush to mold a sleeker tuck; for wavy or curly hair, use fingers to arrange curls in place.

STEP 4: Once tucked, use your fingers to fan out the sides. For added volume and tendrils, use the tail end of a comb to lift and pull out shorter pieces.

STEP 5: Finish with hairspray that provides staying power plus shine. For more styling options, add an accessory or slide hair behind one ear.



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Lauren Quick, Assistant Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair

Lauren has been Assistant Editor since January 2014. Lauren attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is an avid Tigers fan. Her emphasis area was magazine journalism, specifically editing, and she obtained minors in sociology and Spanish. Lauren was a department and web editor for Vox magazine and a reporter for the Columbia Missourian newspaper before she worked at Modern Salon.

She grew up in Springfield, Mo., and now lives in the Chicago area with her wheaten terrier, Lucy. You can e-mail Lauren at or connect on Google+.


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