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How-To: The Hocus Pocus Bob

If you want to trick everyone into thinking that you have short hair this Halloween, or if you just like to play around with different styles without succumbing to scary scissors, this fabulous look is for you!

Last week's issue of Us Weekly featured a faux new 'do seen on Eva Longoria, Molly Sims and the newly blonde Nelly Furtado. Angelina Jolie is wearing this hairstyle on the set of her latest movie, Changeling, too.

This look is easy to achieve, even for amateurs—especially if you follow my four simple steps. To read the details on how to get the hocus pocus bob,

  • STEP 1: Pull hair back into a low ponytail with a hair tie that blends in with the color of your hair. (Goody makes some inexpensive ones.)
  • STEP 2: Tuck the ponytail under and secure it with bobby pins to hold your hair firmly in place.
  • STEP 3: Next, pull a generous amount of hair from the tops and the sides to create the illusion that your hair is down.
  • STEP 4: Lastly, curl the loose hairs with a curling iron so they shorten and look more voluminous. Mist your entire head with hairspray and then loosely pin back any extra long hairs to create an overall shorter appearance!


kristints kristints 8 years
Can you make my short hair longer that easily? =)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
does this work with thick hair? bobby pins have a tendency to pop off or slip out of mine.
tati33 tati33 9 years
sounds manageable..
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 10 years
I can't ever get hairstyles to work for me. :/
JessNess JessNess 10 years
So many celebs do this on the red carpet when they want a shorter look with cutting the hair
Random2 Random2 10 years
I'm going to try this for my date night tonight.
plasticapple plasticapple 10 years
What would the back look like though? I'm having a hard time picturing it in my head. I mean, it might look great in a photo, but it the back is jacked up it wouldn't really work for 'real life'. Ya know?
apinkpony apinkpony 10 years
Cute idea. We'll see if my two-left handed self can manage to accomplish this...
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
i definitely want to try this! :) ps: i think angelina's hair is a wig.
brigitteplease brigitteplease 10 years
I like! So many ideas for what to wear it with*:D
madbain madbain 10 years
That is so cool! I just tried in and it works SO well. It looks like my hair is 10 inches shorter. Tip: Use a cap to help keep the pins in place, the back of the head is a tricky place for them to find hold. A newsboy cap looks cute. Also, I only have short pins, but I think longer ones would work better.
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 10 years
I am definitely going to give this a whirl this weekend, thanks for the inspiration, my hair is pure Woodstock at the moment, long swirling curtains, I need a quick change!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Hahaha hocus pocus! Cute ;)
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