How to style long hair short

Finished hairSometimes you want to have a short hair day, but without the commitment of actually getting your hair cut! Here's a fun and cute way to style your long locks into a short bob do. Enjoy!

How to style long hair short1. Divide your hair into two sections, from one ear to another. 2. Pin up the top section, just to keep it out of the way. 3. Pull the bottom section into a ponytail. 4. Twist the pony tail into a small bun and pin flat against your head. 5. Now unpin the top section, begin dividing it into small strands. 6. Fold the strands in half and pin them up underneath, try your best to hide the bobby pins! 7. Once you've pinned all the strands, carefully use a curling iron to flip the strands out just a little. This will make them look more natural. 8. Add any accessories or pin any loose pieces and you're done!

Faux bob hair doHair tutorialThanks so much Katie! Happy short hair days! xo. Elsie and Emma

  • Thanks! My parents won’t let me cut my hair but now it can be short without being cut! 😀

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  • Every time I go on Pinterest and I like something its always your work.Love it!

  • This is so cute.My hair is too long to style it in this way, but if I ever decide to cut it I’ll definitely try it.Your hair color is gorgeous by the way 🙂

  • This is perfect..I’m always wanting to change up my hair, but I’m never brave enough to actually cho a bunch off..thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • This is cute, but if your hair is down to your elbows, it does not work very well! You’ll need another person to help and some hair products….

  • Suuuper cute! Love this tutorial. I also can’t believe how much I’m obsessing over her hair color right now – so gorgeous. <3

  • I’ve been experimenting with hair lately and this is a great new idea! Thanks!

  • I was wondering what hair dye she is using as I absolutely love the color!

  • I actually like the hair in the 2nd to last step better than the last step. But still cute 🙂

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  • I don’t know why but I always liked this style

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  • I tried this today….and sortof failed XD
    it looks sorta like a messy bun but not really….
    well, I like your version better 😉

  • love love love this hair-do its so cute and such a fun way to change it up every onve in a while:)

  • I did this yesterday and it came out great! Loved it. Now I don’t have to cut my hair!! If I want it short, I can use this tutorial! 🙂

  • This is so adorable! I have super long hair and would love to try being a “short-haired gal” for a day! Thank you!

  • It would be helpful to make videos of things like this I think. I find blog posts a little hard to follow sometimes. Just an idea if you are looking to expand onto you tube or something…

  • I really love your hair styling pages. I do have a question about my own hair. I am in my late 40’s, still like messing with my hair, and have straight (no curl at all), fine hair-one length-to my waist. I don’t want to cut any part of my hair and was wondering if you would have any further suggestions on how to make-up my hair?

  • what is her hair color?! my friend is looking to dye her hair and would love to know the color she uses haha thanks!

  • I’ve tried this before but was no way near as successful! Will definitely have a go again at some point. I didn’t pin the bottom section when I tried it, so maybe that’s the secret.

    Thanks for another great hair tutorial!

    – Lois x

  • LOVE!! I have been wanting to dye my hair red, and LOVE your color – there are so many different versions of red, but I really want something natural looking, like yours. What “red” is that?

  • Neat! I wish I can do something like that but my hair is just too flat and little.

  • That looks gorgeous! I should try your tutorial some time!

    xx, Susann

  • suucch a lovely idea! definitely doing this anytime very soon

    xo katrina

  • This is so cute! I’ve been so bored with my long hair, I’m def. going to try this out!

  • Thats sooo cool! I have realllllllllllllllllly long hair and im only 12 I thik it is a great way to give your self a new look! Sometimes with long hair you are tempted to cut it cause it gets really boring at times but on this websites I have found many different ways to style my hair and my friends love it!!! THX!

  • This is so cute!
    The colour of you hair is just amazing!
    Just fallen in love with it!

  • I will have to give this a try! I always go back and forth between long hair/short hair. It’ll be nice if I can get the short hair without cutting all my hair!

  • Another brilliant hair-do thanks to Katie! Whoa. This is awesome! Pinning it now!


  • I love this! Every winter, I get the urge to cut my curly hair into a little bob, because between wind, scarves, and hats, my usual fairy-princess hair seems like a major pain in the neck. I think this will keep me from making that trip to the salon!

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  • Wow, that look is too cute! Your friend has such pretty hair! I should try this out soon, thanks for the tutorial!

  • Oh this is so wonderful! I’m so excited about trying it tomorrow! Thanks so much for this super cute tutorial 🙂

  • Love this! Now, if only you could come up with a way to make long thin hair look longer and thicker! (without extensions of course) 🙂

  • Oh man, another great hair style to try out! Hopefully my hair will be obedient and look almost as good as Katie’s!

  • Oh my goodness! I must try this. I have long hair that I am trying to grow out. But I run out of ideas on what to do with it. I am diffidently going to try this.


  • very cute! definitely going to give this a try.

    thank you for sharing!

    xo, cheyenne

  • Great idea and it fits you perfectly.

    By the way, your blog is wonderful!

  • I’m such a sucker for Katie’s hair tutorials!!! She can make ANYTHING with her hair, no hairdressers needed (and I’m telling you some hairdressers don’t even know how to style hair the way Katie does, I’ve asked around!!!)

  • 🙂 very nice!


  • Love it! I have super long hair.. May try this this weekend!!

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  • Genius! When I was in college I used to do my long hair in these little twists on the side of my head that made it look like I’d had a major cut. It’s always fun to fool your pals! 🙂

  • Kelsey- it’s actually even easier if you have long hair with layers because you pin the bottom into a bun and let the top layers hang down. There is very little pinning involved. 🙂

  • What a fantastic idea! I love how the twists give that vintage, curls at the bottom look. Thanks for sharing, def on my to-try list! : )

  • such a cute idea! too bad my hair is already much shorter than this, but i will definitely know how to help my long-haired friends style their hair in a very fun way! and, thank you for visiting my blog! it was a pleasant surprise for my day!
    xoxo, abbey

  • Super cute – I unfortunately doubt that it would work with hair as long as mine, though 🙁

  • Very cute! I know just who I want to share this with. My hair is just about that short normally. 😀

  • Genius! This definitely solve my “should I cut it short again dilemma” I’ve been having!

  • This is SUCH a cute idea I decided to try fir myself, and this seems very simple before you actually try. And does not work for my layers or at all, I tryed about five times and then tried mixing up a few steps and could not do it! I’d really like to look like I have short hair for just a day but this does not work for me! I’ll have to see if a friend can do it, but I doubt that. So for everyone with layers I’m saving you the frustration right now.

  • nice.. i like it.. will try it.. 🙂

  • This looks so pretty, Katie! I love how volumized it looks at the top – so gorgeous! And thank you for your comment, Elsie! It seriously made my day! x

  • You would never know she had long hair!

  • Thanks for sharing this tutorial. This is a beautiful style and I might try it this weekend.

  • Great minds think alike! I just put up a blog post with my favourite hairstyle tutorials. I really love this, as I grow my hair out sometimes I miss my short styles!

  • Hey i LOVE this hairstyling! I tryed on myself, it didn’t turn out as good as yours but practice makes perfect! Hey i am a beginner photographer and i would like to know if i am on my way! Check out my blog and let me know!

  • Very cool! Looks totally natural. I’ll have to try this…although in Chicago in winter I like having my long hair to keep my neck warm haha..

  • Gosh, this is much fancier than how I would normally be able to manage it. Lovely.

  • This is absolutely adorable. I always want my hair to be short, but I know I’d be sad if I cut it off. Great idea!

  • That is absolutely the cutest hair idea ever!
    Love and Turtledoves,

  • That is so so soooo awesome!
    I wanna try it.
    I did a short flapper style one year for halloween, and it took me hours to get my long hair to look short, but this actually looks relatively simple!
    Very neat! :o)

  • Shall try///pinning!

    Thanks. 🙂

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  • Wow that is just so cute! Fantastic idea, really.

    xo Emma

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  • Genius!!!!!! I’m so doing this!

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  • Like trying out a haircut without the commitment! Love it!

  • Great style. Wish my hair behaved like yours.

  • wow. that’s amazing. I would have never thought to do try that…too bad my hair is already short!!

  • I always try to do this! I love the way short hair looks but I dont want it all the time! Thanks for posting

  • Katie looks beautiful! I am such a scardy-cat when it comes to cutting my hair… definitely going to give this a try!

  • She is so cute!

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  • This is totally beautiful and I require my hair to be this color at least once in my life.

  • AH that looks so good! I love your blog, Elsie, keep up the good work!

  • Kind of love this.. it’ll keep me from chopping off my locks when I want to try a short style! 🙂

  • Went right away to try it, and it is definetively awesome! You’ve just made my day! Greetings from Madrid!

  • amazing hair!

    with love,
    your opinion is VERY important for me!

  • whoa! that is so neat! my hair falls down my back, i might have to give this a shot! thanks!

    Kate 🙂

  • That is gorgeous! I have spent months growing my hair out. I have been craving short hair lately, but haven’t want to sacrifice all the work! Awesome solution!

  • Such a lovely tutorial and a beautiful model. Katie’s hair colour is exactly what I want, my hair never seems to want to dye that colour though. I am pinning this to try one day!

  • This is a really good look im going to give it a go.

  • So cool idea! She looks like she have a short hair! Cool for quick look change :))

  • SUCH a great idea! Looks uber cute!

    Stephanie May*


  • so cute! Katie makes everything look so effortless but I’m sooo terrible with my hair! luckily I have her articles to practise with, haha. so cute.

    xo angie

  • That’s such a cute idea! I’ve never seen a tutorial like this one before, but if I ever want to try something similar, I know where to look!

  • First off…I just stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and it quickly became one of my new favorite reads. Second, what a creative way to make long hair short.

  • This is brilliant. One more reason to grow my hair out–I can have it short anytime I want with this “do”. I would’ve never thought about curling the ends to make it look more natural.

  • Very cute! I’m loving her baby pink bow + apron (collar?). Another great hair tutorial from Katie 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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