How I'm Faking It: The Lob

One editor reveals two D.I.Y. tricks for achieving the look.

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Like many, I've spent the better part of this year flirting with the idea of chopping off my hair in pursuit of 2014's most notorious style: The Lob. It's everywhere, and not because it's sensational like The Rachel, but because it's the epitome of mussed-up chic, works with all hair textures and face types, and best of all, it's low-maintenance. Not to mention, it's everywhere. Seen on everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Kendall Jenner, it's been tempting me at every turn.

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As for getting scissor happy myself, parting with the long, thick mane that's allowed me to be the guinea pig for all sorts of elaborate hairstyles wasn't a solution I could live with. Not to mention, I love a shortcut…. and word play (sorry!). But how could I outfox my considerably lengthy hair and style it into a cropped, shoulder-grazing style? With ease it seems, thanks to a handful of bobby pins and a chic chunky knit. Here are the two ways I'm faking it without going for the chop.

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BEFORE:

The Essentials:

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1. Hot Tools 0.75 Inch Curling Iron, $41; hairenvy.com.

2. Conair Styling Essentials Firm Hold Bobby Pins, $3.49; walgreens.com.

3. Balmain Texturizing Salt Spray, $23.73; balmainhair.com.

4. Conair Styling Essentials Teasing Hair Brush, $5.49; walgreens.com.

Method #1: The Curl, Braid, and Tuck

Step 1: Curl large sections of hair around the curling iron to create texture and subtract length.

Step 2: Tie your hair into a loose braid, leaving the curled, front layers free.

Step 3: Tuck your braid under and secure with bobby pins, then pull out top layer pieces, tease, scrunch, and seal with sea salt spray.

AFTER:

Method 2: The Turtleneck Tuck

Step 1: Once you've found a turtleneck, tuck your long hair in at the nape, and gently pull it out so that it's chin-length.

Step 2: Tease, scrunch, and spray with sea salt spray.

AFTER:

Credits:

Photography by Kathryn Wirsing

Turtleneck by H&M

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