Nice Short Haircuts – A slick short hairstyle can say a million different things — it can display confidence and sexiness, chicness and smarts, and it can be laidback and playful, depending on the cut and wearer.
No matter what it is you’re going for, a short hairstyle can be seriously stunning if it’s done right.
We turned to some expert stylists for tips on how you can pick the best shear style for your desired look, along with a little celeb inspiration to match.
Here are some short haircuts that stun.
Shag This style was a hit in the early aughts and has been a long-time go-to for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna.
According to Zak Mascolo, creative director for TONI&GUY, “this cut works for a wide range of face shapes” and “is one of the most versatile cuts with lots of layers to frame and flatter most face shapes.
” According to Nexxus celebrity stylist LonaVigi, the look tends to fit with a range of different natural hairstyles, from thick to thin, curly or straight, because it adds volume but can be thinned where needed.
However, Devin Toth, celebrity hair stylist with Salon SCK, points out that this style completely opens up the face and brings attention to the jawbone.
So if you’re trying to hide or minimize your jaw, this isn’t the cut for you.
But if you’re okay with this attention, a shag is such a playful, fun style.
To get the right texture and shine, simply use a little sea salt spray and rough-up the ends with your fingers.
Choppy lob If you’re looking to achieve a flawless choppy lob, it’s all about communication with the stylist before diving into the cut.
As Lona Vigi told us, “It can be worn by mostly any face shape because you can vary the length of the layers or the bottom length that right for each client and still achieve the choppy look.
” She suggests bringing in a picture and discussing with your stylist based on the texture and face shape you’re working with before fully committing to the cut.
Devin Toth added that choppy lobs are great for women with heart-shaped faces because it can add balance with a pointier chin.
It’s important to note that this cut can be pretty high maintenance, requiring more salon visits “in order to prevent their cool choppy ends from becoming a shapeless split end.
” But if that doesn’t bother you, this cut can be a perfect entryway to short hairstyles.
Shoulder length and sleek This super-elegant cut are perfect for women with round faces because the straight sleekness will help elongate the face and provide a professional posture.
Those who already have long narrow face-shapes should probably steer clear of this one, though, and if you want to keep it sleek, you have to maintain its polished finish.
And if you don’t have naturally straight hair, the maintenance on this cut will take a substantial amount of time.
A textured bob This casual, carefree look works best for women with round, oval, square and heart-shaped faces.
Texture-wise, thicker hair is also better to work with for this look because the more hair, the more dimension that can be created with the layers, and volumizing whip can help give it that extra oomph.
Blunt bob A sleek, blunt bob like this tends to work well with a heart-shaped face, but keeping the length right at your chin requires frequent cuts.
Just like the lob, this bob’s also going to take some daily styling to stay in place, so prepare to commit to keeping your locks in check.
The point of this style is to make a statement, so be 100 percent ready to make that commitment.
The results can be stunning.
Asymmetrical bob This fun, a unique cut is a great option for women with long or oval-shaped faces, but it’s definitely not ideal for round faces because it can be a bit widening.
Otherwise, the style is perfect for a woman who is looking for a statement cut but wants to keep it more playful and dramatic than a sleek, blunt bob.
To achieve the look, blow-dry the ends curled under just slightly to frame the face and emphasize the different lengths on each side.
Pixie Do you have the style and personality to rock severe pixie? If so, this could be the look you’ve been missing.
For that air of edge and confidence, this side-swept style shapes the face beautifully and extends the cheekbones.
It’s perfect for those who have an oval face and makes for a daring and beautiful combo that’s a cinch to style with just a touch of product.
The catch is that those who wear this look will probably need to spend a little more time perfecting the makeup rituals because the face will be on full display with this ‘do.
Bangs As a lot of celebs have discovered lately, bangs can be a great addition to a cut because they literally shorten your face.
If you’ve never had bangs before, though, it may take some time to for your hair to adjust and get used to the style, so don’t too frustrated if your hair doesn’t immediately look flawless.
It’s also important not to put much product in your bangs because your face will give them all the oil they need.
Also, if you’re opting for a lob, it’s probably best to keep your bangs side-swept for maximum effect.
Pompadour To really nail this edgy, undercut, razed style, hair color is actually more important than the face shape.
Going with something wild and funky can be divine, but even neutral tones that match your skin can have a beautiful, elongating effect.
On the downside, such a close cut will show any roots that grow out immediately.
So you’ll want to stay on top of your color.
This cool look also is the hardest to grow out.
So if you’re looking to make this dramatic change, just make note of the work that goes into making it sing.
Bowl cut, Believe it or not, this type of pixie has started to make a comeback since your awkward ’90s school pictures, but there’s a twist.
Instead of the actual mom-puts-a-bowl-on-your-head-and-goes-to-scissor-town, the new take has an undercut on the sides with overlapping strands that fall into blunt bangs.
This can work for a variety of different face shapes, from an oval outline to the more heart-shaped facial structure.
This style may still not be for everyone, but when it works, it works.
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