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4 Haircuts You Should Try at Least Once in Your 20s

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These Adorable 4 Haircuts Will Make You Want to Grab the Scissors!

When you are in your 20s, there is a lot of experimentation and exploration involved in all aspects of your life. When it comes to your hair, this should also be a time to get your hands on a variety of haircuts. You are more daring to try haircuts you haven’t tried before to see which one looks best on you.

But if you want to avoid the embarrassing and laughable memories regarding your hair, here are some haircuts you want to try that is flattering for all ages, not just for those women in their 20s. You might even find the haircut you’d stick to until you reach your 40s.

The Razored Lob

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The Wob or Wavy Bob was one of the hottest hairstyles of 2014. However, the razored lob also garnered a lot of attention for its chic but edgy appeal. But despite the popularity of the lob or long bob, a lot of women were still skeptical to jump on the bandwagon. Here is a welcome reality, though – a long bob is a universally flattering haircut. There are also several styling opportunities for this particular haircut. Hence, you should give it a try at least once when you are in your 20s (or even women in older age groups).

One way to style a razored lob is through a messy ponytail or updo. But if you want to achieve maximum movement for your hair, go for a shoulder-grazing haircut with the ends gently razored. It looks a bit sleeker but the razored ends render the shape your hair needs. Use a texturizing cream to create separation in the ends for a soft, not spiky, look.

Mid-Length with Layers and Bangs

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Like the long bob, this is one haircut that will suit a lot of women. Do not be intimidated by the idea that you need to have perfectly beautiful face in order to showcase this haircut. It is all about the internal layers and perimeters that will ensure this haircut will look good on anyone. The trick is to leave the top layers of your hair longer than the layers of hair underneath it. This is also a great haircut for women who have trouble with their hair falling flat so easily. It is a good trick to add volume and movement to your hair.

Long, Sleek Hair

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straight and sleek

For such a long time, long and sleek hair has been relegated to runway looks for models. But this used to be a pretty common haircut that has been made alien by most women’s desire to have perfectly wavy hair. If you have naturally straight hair, let your hair grow long and wear it down. It is a nice way to showcase your shiny and healthy hair. This is also a versatile cut that would suit any face shape, not just the women in their 20s. At the same time, this is a great haircut to try if you want to camouflage your round face shape.

Softened Pixie

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softened pixie

A pixie cut is something that not all women dare to try. However, if you do, it can be a powerful expression of your individuality and style. This is a great haircut to try while you’re in your 20s, if you would dare to try it at all. It is a versatile look and infuses a youthful vibe to your aura. To soften a pixie cut, make sure that the top part of your hair is longer. Soften the edges around your ears and back so it looks feminine. It is also easy to style on your day-to-day: simply apply a lightweight styling cream and work it into your hair for a bit of texture. You can also style it in a number of ways – go for a deep side part or add sweeping bangs (great for concealing your forehead).

Which of these haircuts have you not tried before yet?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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The New Pixie Haircut Hits Hollywood

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The pixie haircut is back, just in time for summer!

The pixie haircut made its mark back in the 50’s in Hollywood on Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby) and Audrey Hepburn (Wait until Dark.) They made such a hit of the pixie haircut that virtually all Mother’s of that era ran their little girls to the beauty salon (sometimes to the barber shop) to get their little darlin’s the easiest maintenance cut of the summer!

I’ve spoken with literally hundreds of women who, back in the 50’s, were forced into wearing the pixie haircut, my two sisters and I included. Most of us went kicking and screaming into the hair salons, knowing it was going to be yet another summer we were going to feel like boys! On top of that, most families had an at home ‘barber kit’ which was used to keep up the pixie haircut for months to come. Yikes! Need I say more? But, at least there were lots of funny looking kids running the neighborhoods with short, crooked bangs (not the asymmetrical type we may covet today) so you never felt alone in your misery!

Fast forward to today’s pixie haircut . . . cute as a bug now, and still the simplest haircut to deal with in the hot summer months! Pixie haircuts look best on women with oval and heart face shapes. The short pixie haircut flatters women with petite facial features accentuate pretty eyes!

By the way, it’s good to note that the terms ‘pixie haircut’ and ‘crop haircut’ are sometimes used synonymously but describe two different cuts.  In general, a pixie cut has shorter layers than a crop cut. I suggest you bring in a picture to be sure you and your hairdresser are on the same page before snipping away. Some hairdressers call Rihanna’s do a pixie haircut, some call it a ‘crop haircut,’ but they aren’t the same.

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Hayden Panettiere’s new pixie haircut slick back 2010
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Jessica Stroup’s new pixie haircut

Looks like Jessica slightly darkened her hair, making it one shade deeper brunette. Love the pixie haircut with long and short textured layers. It not only updates her look, but is much more flattering and brings out her great bone structure.

Pixie Haircut Michelle William’s pixie haircut 2010

Michelle William’s long layered pixie haircut is a more sophisticated and modern look for her. The shorter haircut also makes her hair appear fuller with more body.

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Katie Holmes’s pixie haircut

I know this isn’t Katie’s do now, but I actually like this pixie haircut she wore in 08’ better than her current haircut . . . adorable!

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Janet Jackson’s pixie haircut 2010

Janet took the plunge into a pixie haircut recently . . . that was lots of hair cut off!

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Pink goes shorter with this pixie haircut and ‘kicks’ it up one more notch by tinting it brown!

Thanks to Peoples Style Watch for the photos!

  



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Pixie Haircut: Short and Chic

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The pixie haircut is making major waves.

The pixie haircut has been around for a long time, but it is making major waves this year with celebrities who have taken it all off. Beyoncé, and other celebrities like Tia Mowry-Hardict, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Ari Parker and Halle Berry have given many ladies the style inspiration needed to go with a pixie haircut as well. They show some different ways you can style the pixie to make it your own

What’s especially great about this look is that it is quick and easy and low maintenance. With this haircut you can literally get up and go!  Go to the salon bi-weekly to maintain the shape of the cut and be sure to schedule regular visits for color to keep the look fresh. And if you want a bit more flair and volume, add some subtle highlights, or a bold new dimensional color. So ladies if you are looking for a great fresh and simple style to change up your look and take a break from the weaves . . . the pixie haircut is the way to go!

Tia-Mowry-Hardict in a Pixie Haircut with flips in the crown for spiked look, dark brown hair color

Tia Mowry-Hardict shows diversity in styling the short pixie haircut by styling it with this edgy and elegant look that can easily transition from day to night.

Tia Mowry-Hardict wears elegant pixie haircut, wrapped to the shape of her crown with wispy bang, dark brown hair color

Tia Mowry-Hardict sports the chic pixie haircut with a smokey eye. Here she opts for sleek styling with a little body.

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 Rihanna shows less is more when she wears the pixie haircut with simple black color and minimal styling.

Beyonce-debuts pixie haircut blonde with dark roots pulled back from face with little volume via instagram

Beyonce opts for a drastic change in her look by going short with a blond pixie haircut.

HALLE BERRY at Variety?s 4th Annual Power of Women Event in Beverly Hills with pixie haircut black hair color with texture for volume and edginess

Halle Berry wears this pixie haircut and tons of texture.

Anne Hathaway in a Pixie Haircut

Anne Hathaway with pixie haircut, dark brown hair color, with fullness and bangs side swept away from face. Anne Hathaway wears a pixie haircut simply styled with a pompadour style.

Who Can Wear a Pixie Haircut

The go getter, mover and shaker, or the bold type who’s strong and confident, is usually a perfect personality match for this look. The best hair textures for a pixie haircut are medium to thick hair. Hair product and styling techniques combine to give you the option to play with turning up your volume and texture if you choose to do so.

The pixie haircut can be worn by many women, but you need to consult with your hair stylist to decide if this is the right look for your face shape and personality. This cut is highly versatile and can be tailored to show off your naturally beautiful features like bone structure, cheekbones, smile or eyes.

Who Should Avoid a Pixie Haircut

If your hair is fine and thin, this is not the most desirable cut for you. Thin hair tends to lay flat and the shortness of the pixie cut can excentuate that. But if you do choose to give it a shot, this is the time to consider adding color to create texture and dimension to your hair. Work with a hair stylist who is knowledgeable with thin hair and can customize the look for you.

If your hair is long, a pixie haircut is also not your next best idea. The drastic change is traumatic for most after the “wow I love it” phase has passed, and many ladies long for their ponytails back. Transitioning to a pixie cut is a safer way to go. You have the option to wear some adorable mid-length cuts before diving to a style as short as a pixie haircut. But if you do decide to take the leap, be sure to think it through; This is not a decision to be made hastily!

If you are looking to change up your style with a little sass, the pixie cut is a great way to do it! Once you get your new do, complete your makeover with some new makeup, new nails and a tailored new outfit! Go get’em girls!

Santresa Watkins
Contributing author Santresa Watkins has been licensed since 2002 and owner of Metamorphosis Salon in Charlotte, NC since 2011. She works to continue her education to enhance her styling techniques and knowledge of the hair and beauty industry and sharing that knowledge. She stands on the mantra “be your own kind of beautiful” because we all have our own unique style and beauty that we should let shine from the inside out.


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