7 Celebrity-Inspired Short Hairstyles
The Asymmetrical Pixie
Michelle Williams’ once tightly cropped ’do has evolved into this sexy side-swept style—and we’re loving it.
Ask your stylist for: “A variation of the pixie that’s shorter in the back with a long, side fringe,” says Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals celebrity hairstylist.
Pro styling secrets: Start by applying a cream-based styling product to damp hair. “This will allow hair to move naturally and enhance shine,” Cho says. Try Phyto Glossing Cream ($24; beauty.com). Then grab your blow dryer. Dry the fringe first, switching it back and forth from one side to the other to create the low sweep. Once hair is fully dry, you can tease the roots a bit and pop in a headband, like Williams did here.
The Chic Bob
“It’s the French bob with bangs,” says Cho of model Karlie Kloss’ classic jawline-length cut. “She has a little wave to make it look like it’s layered, but this cut is really one length,” she adds.
Ask your stylist for: A classic bob with no layers. The length could hit anywhere between the jawbone and chin.
Pro styling secrets: Your best tool is a 1-inch flatiron, Cho says. Use it to give your bob a smooth, polished look. Or, to create tousled waves like Kloss.’ “Instead of pulling the iron straight down toward the ends, turn your wrist to create a slight curl,” she explains. Try Ferrum Professional Styler ($189; spacenk.com), which has a cylindrical shape, good for wave making.
The Edgy Razor Cut
Miley Cyrus made jaws drop when she chopped—and buzzed—her long locks. And while we think she can rock the style, it’s not for everyone, cautions Cho. “It’s a strong look, best for someone who is daring and a bit on the edgier side,” she says.
Ask your stylist for: “A disconnected haircut that’s long on top and almost shaved on the sides,” Cho says. “It’s extreme from short to long—nothing is connected,” she explains.
Pro styling secrets: This style is about as easy as it gets. Run a bit of gel through wet hair. Try Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Gel ($4; garnierusa.com), which offers hold without sticky buildup. Then using a medium-sized round brush, blow dry the top back and slightly to one side, creating a little lift—ike a pompadour. Tame any flyways with a dab of pomade such as Bumble and bumble Semisumo ($27; sephora.com).
The Texturized Bob
Julianne Hough's sassy short cut follows the classic bob outline but has been thinned out on the ends, Cho says. “This gives the illusion of an even shorter haircut."
Ask your stylist for: A chin-length bob that’s texturized or “cut into” on the ends.
Pro styling secrets: Spritz dry hair with dry shampoo to build body and give hair a velvet-y matte finish, like Hough’s. Try Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray ($3; walgreens.com). Then, using a medium-sized curling iron, create a little bit of bend in the front, face-framing pieces, leaving the ends straight, Cho says.
The Tousled Lob
Jennifer Lawrence’s latest ‘do is what pros call the lob, or long bob, with a length that skims her collarbone. The addition of layers throughout keep the look light, airy, and above all, youthful, Cho says.
Ask your stylist for: A layered lob with texturized ends.
Pro styling secrets: Coax out your hair’s natural texture by applying a wave-defining mousse to damp hair. Try Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse ($36; oribe.com). Scrunch strands as they air dry. Or, if you’re in a rush, blow dry hair using a diffuser attachment. Yes, it’s that easy!
The Polished Lob
Like J.Law, Reese Witherspoon has a collarbone-length cut, only with far less layers and a sleek finish. Long side-fringe softens the look and flatters her heart-shaped face, Cho says.
Ask your stylist for: A lob that’s A-line, meaning it’s slightly longer in the front than it is in the back with very subtle, long layers.
Pro styling secrets: To get her sleek look, apply a smoothing lotion to damp hair and blow dry straight using a paddle brush. Try Ojon Restorative Blowout Perfector ($25; ojon.com). “Use the brush to create a slight bend on the ends,” Cho says. “That’s what makes this look modern—the ends are not overly straight nor curled under.”
The Layered Middie
For the long-haired gal who is not quite ready for a serious chop, there’s this: A mid-length cut with a mix of short and long layers à la Alexa Chung.
Ask your stylist for: A length that hits between the collarbone and chest with long layers throughout and slightly shorter, shaggier layers around the face. The final touch? “Seventies style, rounded bangs that are slightly longer at the temples,” Cho says.
Pro styling secrets: Focus on the bangs first. Straight out of the shower, blow dry bangs down using a paddle brush, splitting them in the center. “You get the illusion of a full bang but the center part opens up the face more,” Cho says. Then work styling cream through the rest of your hair to define layers and coax out any wave. Try L’Oréal EverStyle Texture Series Tousle Crème ($7; lorealparisusa.com). Let it air dry.