Short & Sassy
For a low-maintenance look that is just as sexy as it is easy to manage, go for a short style. Celebrities like Halle Berry, Meg Ryan, Alyssa Milano, and Victoria Beckham wear their hair shorter and just as beautifully as others with long, flowing tresses.
Short styles work wonders in accentuating smaller facial features. They look especially great on someone with an oval-shaped face, but not usually as well on those with wider cheekbones or prominent chins. And while certain haircuts, styles, and lengths often look better with certain face shapes, it isn't beyond reason to color outside of the lines if you want to try out a new look. Even the celebrities go beyond text book when it comes to trying a new style they absolutely love!
If you're considering a buzzed or cropped cut but you aren't 100 percent confident in the decision, consult your hairstylist for a professional opinion.
"Mrs. Victoria Beckham brought this back in style," she said.
The A-line bob features a daring cut that is longer in the front and tapered off to a shorter look in the back. The style can be gradual or dramatic, straight and tamed or rebellious.
Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, and Keira Knightley have successfully sported this style.
Another popular short cut is the pixie cut. This style is ultra short and often worn with hairs neatly in place. Natalie Portman rocked the pixie cut following her role in V Is for Vendetta. Portman actually had her shoulder-length hair shaved on the set for the movie.
"Keep it soft, keep it wispy, no heavy lines -- highlights / lowlights for texture and added dimension," said Hairapist Michael Blomsterberg, author of the book, Hairapy: Deeper than the Roots. "Tailor to their individual uniqueness: occupation, time spent doing hair, children, schedule, etc."
Curly cropped locks can be especially cute, particularly in the style of Meg Ryan. The tousled look works great in formal situations like weddings and special events, as well as on a casual basis, like a beach volleyball tourney.
"Short hair works best when a woman is able to create a few different looks," he said. "She can cut asymmetrical bangs, keep her hair a bit longer on the neck, or let her hair go wavy. Short hair should be versatile enough to change on a whim."
In addition, keep a few attractive and functional barrettes on hand. Some great adornments for short hair include fancy bobby pins, clips, mini barrettes, mini scrunchies, colored rubber bands, and even hair jewels. Headbands are still all the rage, so don't be shy about showing off one that suits your fancy.
TIP: When you decide to make a dramatic change to your hairstyle, carefully consider the timing. In most cases, it is wise to avoid a dramatic makeover before a big event or photo session, for example, your wedding, prom, graduation, yearbook photos, etc. Experiment with the style when you have time to disguise it or grow it out if you find that you don't like it as much as you had hoped.
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A new hairstyle -- cut or color -- can really give you a new sense of your own beauty and confidence. It is a sign of a new beginning, whether personally, professionally, or merely regarding your appearance. Whatever your motivation, follow that inspiration and prepare to have fun as the whole new you!
We hope you love your new style.