The best place for a new hairstyle debut is at a major event, of course. A certain model showed up to the American Music Awards with a chin-length cut that framed her face... but she hinted that it may be temporary. So is Gigi Hadid's bob real? That was the real question of the evening.
Well, Hadid initially played coy about her bob, which pretty much broke the Internet thanks to the hysteria surrounding her head-hugging, blown back, and wet look 'do. She told E!, "The hair you can check back tomorrow to see if I still have short hair. There's tricks of the trade."
Oh Geeg! You tease.
Turns out the bob was indeed faux — a temporary look consisting of a partial wig mixed with Hadid's real locks. The much-discussed look was expertly crafted by hairstylist Bryce Scarlett, who has to be labeled an artisan, since it sure looked like the real deal.
Hadid made a solid point when discussing her bob. Who needs to commit to a cut when there are wigs, extensions, and glam squads that can create a fake short cut that last for a single night out?
The Hollywood Reporter revealed Scarlett's style secrets and that he used Matrix Style Link products on both a wet wig and Hadid's natural locks, which were also wet.
Here's Hadid's voluminous bob (and sexy bodice) from the front.
Here's the bob from the side and the back.
How did it all come together? Well, Scarlett confessed that he inspired "the neckline of the dress," which was designed by Bao Tranchi. The white ensemble had a choker-like collar and a criss-crossed, cleavage-showing front.
The stylist noted that the dress "called for short, sexy, easy-looking hair." Because of that, Hadid got to see what it was like to rock a beautiful bob for a few hours.
It was actually a creative way to test-drive the look and see if she wants to take the plunge for realz!
Scarlett revealed that he applied Matrix Style Link Volume Builder Mousse ($18, ulta.com) on the roots, added Matrix Style Link Gloss Boster ($20, ulta.com) to the ends, blew dry her hair off her face with a round brush, and used Matrix Style Link Height Reiser ($18, ulta.com) on the roots. He finished the faux bob with another dab of Gloss Booster and added piecey-ness with a flat iron.
Hadid's faux bob was chic and stylish, with loads of volume. Granted, she is so preternaturally gorgeous that she could wear a faux hawk and still blow us away. But her wet look, blown back bob was hot enough to make the Internet melt accordingly.
Hadid normally rocks long, golden locks. Seeing this photo of her real hair also demonstrated Scarlett's insane skills. Where did the rest of Hadid's hair go?! Tucking her natural strands under a wig had to take a lot of time, effort, and care!
Let's see if Hadid liked the temporary bob enough to try the real thing!