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Faux bobs: How celebs are secretly keeping their long locks

The New Year is a great excuse to get your hair cut and try out a new look, but if you'd like to keep your long hair, do as many celebrities do - fake it! Your secret's safe with us.

Different options exist for creating a faux bob, but depending on your hair type, length, and the look you hope to achieve, you will get varying results. Your best bet is to ask your hairstylist to determine which one is best for you and to help you style it in order to obtain the most convincing bob (or lob) yet.

The traditional faux bob

Hairstylists for actresses like Lea Michele, Elizabeth Olsen and pop star Taylor Swift have made use of the conventional method of creating a faux bob, which is to add texture to the hair with product or by curling it and then tying it into a low ponytail, twisting it, and tucking it under. They used lots of bobby pins to hold the style into place and kept a few strands loose around the face to make the bob look more natural.

When Gigi Hadid's bob surprised the world

Model Gigi Hadid showed up at the American Music Awards in November 2015 with a short blonde bob that stunned everyone. People had trouble believing that she had chopped off her long gorgeous locks, but her new style looked so real it was hard to come to any other conclusion. The magic behind her mysterious faux bob was a half wig that was used to hide her hair that was then cut to match the length of the short layers she already had towards the front of her face. Her hairstylist flat-ironed her hair and then used products to slick it down. The final result was a sleek, textured wet look that made her bob extra chic. The real key to fooling people, however, was leaving her natural hairline exposed.

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