Style Idea: Pinned Bob or Faux Bob

This cute faux bob, done by stylist Amit Abraham at the Elene Cassis New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 show, is an easy and fun way to change up your long hair for parties and other special events. Follow these simplified steps for a beautiful, do-it-yourself, high-fashion look.

1) Apply Expansion Mousse (for fine hair) or Mousse Volupté (for medium or thick hair) to barely damp or dry hair. This will add texture and body, but still maintain a moveable, soft touch.

2) Thoroughly dry the mousse into the hair with a large barrel brush. When dry, spray the entire head with Infinium 2 or 3 workable hairspray to provide shape memory for heat styling.

3) Crimp a 2" wide section of hair with a curling iron, flat iron, or 3-barrel waver, creating ridges down the strand. Complete this process on the entire head. Let cool completely, for at least 10 minutes.

4) Very lightly brush hair with a paddle brush from roots to ends.

5) Lift up the top layer of crimped hair and pin it out of the way. With the hair underneath, create a small bun, or a braided, coiled bun at the back of the head. This bun section will support the overall shape of the style and ensure the style is lifted and full of volume.

6) Drop the top layer of crimped hair down over the bun section and pin all loose ends into the bun from the underneath.

7) Leave a few small pieces loose in the front to frame the face.

8) Use Fresh Dust dry shampoo to absorb any excess shine or oils, especially at the crown. Fresh Dust will maintain the softness of the hair’s texture.

9) Pump Mythic Oil onto fingertips and run fingers through ends of the front framing pieces to illuminate the strand.

10) Finish with Infinium 3 or 4 hairspray. Infinium hairspray gives long-lasting hold while still maintaining a soft, touchable feel.