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The Fashionistas Guide for Short Hair Ideas

How These 10 Short Hair Ideas Can Keep You on His Radar Screen

If you’ve contemplated shortening up your hair, or just need to freshen up your look, we have 10 short hairstyle ideas for you and the DIY how to tips on how to pull them off! Sexy, cute, flirty, edgy, you name it, there’s a haircut in our style vault for you. Give your short hair a whole lotta personality with these styles, now the only challenge is picking the one you like best! Enjoy!


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Asymmetrical bob short hairstyle with bangs

Asymmetrical Short Hairstyles

Who Does it Work For:  This short hair look works great on round, oval, heart, and square face shapes. It’s best for medium to thick hair. Take caution if you have fine textures, as this cut could make your hair look stringy.

How to Style:  Apply a volumizing mousse on towel dried hair. Flip hair upside down and rough dry it with your fingers for extra volume. Use a flat iron to enhance a smooth finish to the haircut. Finish with a spray wax for a playful texture.

Recommended Products:  Kenra Root Lifting Spray Volumizer and Goldwell StyleSign Unlimitor Spray Wax


Jennifer Love Hewitt blunt bob with bangs

Dianna Agron layered bob with bangs

Short Bob with Bangs

Who Does it Work For: This short style looks great on oval, heart, square, and oblong face shapes (round face shapes generally want to steer clear of this one). It is an ideal cut for those of you with fine to medium textures of hair.

How to Style: Apply a blow dry gel to towel dried hair. Quick dry hair until you have removed about half of the moisture and then use a round brush section by section. Touch up the bangs with a flat iron.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Quick Slip


short sleek crop short hairstyle

Emma Watson sleek pixie short hairstyle

Sleek & Short Hair

Who Does it Work For: This style is good for oval, round, and most heart face shapes. It works best on fine and medium hair with a straight texture. If you have natural waves or curl, it will take extra styling.

How to Style: Apply a medium hold gel to towel dried hair. Create a clean part and comb your hair back, in the way you want it to appear when styled. Allow the hair to dry naturally and then apply gloss drops for added shine and smoothness. Finish with an extra hold hairspray.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel, and Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray


Jennifer Aniston medium bob with blonde highlights

Wavy bob short hairstyle

Smooth or Wavy Bob

Who Does it Work For: Jennifer Anniston obviously! But besides Jennifer, this hairstyle looks awesome on round, heart, oval, and square face shapes (this style can further elongate oblong face shapes). It also works great on fine, medium, and thick hair that’s straight or wavy.

How to Style: Blow dry your hair with a flat brush section by section. For more fullness, rough dry hair upside down till your hair is mostly dry and finish with a round brush.  Touch it up with a flat iron for extra smoothness. Or, create big waves using a curling iron vertically in the hair with 1 to 2 inch sections. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray to lock in the style.

Recommended Products: Tigi Rockaholic Fun Times Aero


Razored pixie haircut

Razored pixie haircut

Razored Pixie

Who Does it Work For: This short hairstyle works on oval, heart, and oblong face shapes. It also works well with fine, medium, and thick hair. If you have wavy hair, ask your hairstylist if a razor cut is the best option for your texture (it varies from person to person).

How to Style: Quick dry your hair with your fingers, blow drying against the natural growth on the top and smoothing down the sides and back. If needed, touch it up with a flat iron. Finish with a texture creme on dry hair to give the style definition, especially around the hairline.

Recommended Products: Bb Texture Hair (Un)Dressing Creme
If you’re in a hairstyle rut, one of these great short hairstyle ideas will take your look from blah to bold (and sexy). So get your butt to the salon and treat yourself to one of the hottest short hairstyles. Debating whether to take the plunge?  Share this for friends’ opinions!

For more great short hairstyle ideas, check out our Pinterest Short Hairstyles board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and Facebook.


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Get that Hair Off Your Face!

Round Face Shape or Beautiful Skin? Don’t Hide it

Get that hair off your face! Does that sound familiar? Do you remember hearing those words from a very young age?

I heard it from my mom often when my sisters and I were growing up. About the same time the nuns were measuring our bangs to be sure they were not touching the eyebrows, they were also measuring our skirts to ensure the hem would touch the floor when kneeling. It seemed to me to be too many rules on such minor details.

Who cared if your bangs touched your eyebrows? Was it the end of the world if they were a bit longer and anyway, it was a much cooler look than to wear the high-waters look, and God forbid, show a bit of a forehead. . . Yikes!

Rolled High Pony. Har off your face.

Well, these words come back to haunt me often these days. Only after years of being a hairdresser and helping women to find the right hairstyle have I had to admit that both my mom and the nuns knew something I didn’t. That is, we all look better with a hair style that is off our face shape. (If not the bangs pulled back, then at least some ears showing.) Especially if you have a round face shape.

Woman Wearing a headband helps get hair off your face.

Just today, I did a makeover on a woman who sent me three pictures of herself. Well, all three pics she sent had hair on her round face shape. They were the same except one she took her glasses off. Go figure! What gives? And she was in a hurry to get her makeover back. After reading the profile she sent me it was evident she was at a bad time in her life; recent divorce, job uncertainty and she mentioned low self-esteem.

colored bobby pins with wavy hair and red lips help get hair off your face

It’s hard for a lot of women to pull their hair back and show their forehead. (We can feel so exposed – like everyone can see into our soul or a bit closer than we would like.) In every class I teach, the women need to put a headband on, pull back their bangs and get the hair off their face shape, for me to do take a photo for the makeover. The majority of them cringe when doing it and can’t wait to take off the headband. The irony of this is, a good majority of them look better with a hair style that is off the face shape.

Some strategies to help get that hair off your face include:

By pulling hair off our face shape, we see more distinction of the person. So I guess it is an unveiling of who we are. You appear more confident and that you have nothing to hide. I think more inner beauty shows through.


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Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

Optical Illusions . . . Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

We all know that a new hairstyle can give a person an entirely different look. Even a simple change can reflect a shift in your overall style . . . and makes you feel great to boot! But did you know that choosing the right hairstyle for your face shape can also give you a thinner appearance? Here, we’ll give you a few examples to help you choose hairstyles that make you appear thinner and that’s perfect for you.

Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

The Layered Hairstyle

Layers have long been touted for their ability to give thin or flat hair a tremendous boost in volume. However, for women with round face shapes, the layered hairstyle tends to soften your curves, making your face appear much thinner. Further, layers that fall near the cheekbone tend to highlight your bone structure. Longer hair with soft, flowing curls are best for elongating your face.

Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

The Asymmetrical Bob

The asymmetrical bob, which starts a bit higher in the back and longer on the sides, is a look that is both timeless and chic. It tends to elongate the neck, lengthening the appearance of fuller faces. It is best, though, when the hair framing your face is at least 2-3 inches below the chin. While it looks fabulous straight, you can sweep your bangs to the side for a different appearance.

Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

The Textured Bob

Fuller faces only appear fuller with really straight hair. However, the textured bob that’s at least shoulder length will give you softness and fullness and will give your face a lengthier appearance.

Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner

The Heightened Updo

For special events, many women enjoy sweeping their hair straight back into a flirty pony-tail. However, this look rarely achieves the understated glamour desired for women with rounder faces. Instead, the heightened updo is the perfect mix of elegance and glamour, but with enough height to elongate the face and to add that pop of interest. Va-va-voom!

Hairstyles That Make You Appear Thinner


While it’s not exactly a hair style, per se, highlights are highly effective at giving the illusion of a slimmer face. Be careful, though–you will not want to have heavy lines next to your face, but rather the kind of natural highlights which offer depth and shape. Plus, the soft vertical lines double as an optical illusion, much like wearing vertical stripes makes the wearer look thinner.


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