She faked a bob by stuffing half her hair into her collar.
Elizabeth Olsen is one of those intriguing celebrities who resists the siren song of social media, leaving those of us who are curious about her latest looks to wait patiently until she appears on a red carpet or a talk show. And thankfully, in the last couple of days, we’ve had the privilege of seeing her on numerous shows and in celebrity-sighting shots around New York City as she promotes her new miniseries, Love & Death. And while she started doing press with loose waves that reached a few inches past her shoulders, she suddenly showed up to an appearance with what seemed to be significantly shorter hair.
When I saw the photos, I was taken aback — not long after being seen around the city with medium-length hair, Olsen had what appeared to be a super chic chin-length bob.
Upon closer inspection, it became clear that we were in faux-bob territory. But unlike the typical techniques of curling the ends under and pinning them in place, stylist DJ Quintero took a different route that didn’t become apparent until Olsen made her entrance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Her hair is literally tucked into her collar.
“She wanted to tuck her hair into her collar, and I was afraid that on TV she would get a bubble and it would look weird,” Quintero tells Allure. He ended up using a lot of texture spray and hairspray — namely Living Proof Flex Hairspray — and then loosely braided the very bottom of her hair, which he secured with an elastic. “We tucked it in, and I prayed it wouldn’t move! She’s a real pro because it didn’t.”
I personally cannot think of a more uncomfortable way to wear my hair. The thought of it stuck sweatily against my back and pulling with every neck twist gives me the squicks. But if Olsen is able to tolerate that in the name of hair versatility, then she’s even more of a superhero than we previously gave her credit for.