What About Bob?

Giving cropped hair a spin — sans commitment.

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Illustration By Kirsten Ulve

There’s an egg on top of my head. Well, not exactly, but the tight bun that’s been sectioned off from the rest of my hair and secured for later use is certainly ovate. Salon Capri stylists Nick Penna Jr. and Mandy Goldman are teasing the remaining locks with sticky mousse, round brushes, and hair dryers, yanking them this way and that to create the foundation of my new hairstyle: the faux bob. The look was all over Fashion Week runways, and I’ve decided to give it a test run.

“Now if someone was standing here painting your nails and trying to put makeup on your face,” Nick says, “then it’d be just like you were at Fashion Week.” He and Mandy are buzzing around my head, crimping loose hair with a triple-barrel curling iron. They then lift the egg away from my scalp to let the strands from the bun fall flat around my face. Mandy smooths out the top layer and tucks the ends up and under the web of tousled hair, pinning them in place at the nape of my neck. After 40 minutes in the chair, I see the style coming together. “It’s like you’re a little French girl who doesn’t do anything to her hair, but she has this perfect bob!” Mandy says. She’s right, I look 12.

Back at the office, opinions vary. To appear sophisticated rather than juvenile, I’ve complemented my ’do with glossy red lipstick and a black, Paris-ready smock dress. Most coworkers greet me with a confused, “Wait, did you cut your …. ” Upon closer inspection, though, they notice the tucked-under tresses.

I’d wondered whether this little experiment would inspire me to chop my lengthy mane. It didn’t. Why cut it all off when an adorable, temporary ­alternative — which stays put in wind and rain — is just a phone call away?

$75, Salon Capri, 31 Lincoln st., Newton Highlands, 617-969-1970; 406 Legacy Place, Dedham, 781-320-0900; saloncapri.com.

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