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Gabriela Rickli-Gerster with a Pixie Short Hairstyle

Fall into Fabulous with these Sexy Short Haircuts…

Now that Starbucks started selling pumpkin spice lattes again and Labor Day sales have come to a close, we can all be certain that fall is upon us once again. But more than sweet pumpkin flavored deliciousness and a sweet deal on a cute pair of shoes, the beginning of fall also means time for a hot new hairstyle. For those of you that love your hair on the shorter side, or if you’re tempted to give it a try, then these on trend and fabulous short hairstyles will have you calling a salon and getting your hair appointment booked stat.

Cute short hairstyles for women

Preppy

The trend started with Mad Men’s style mogul, Donald Draper, who wore his hair sleekly parted and gelled for his role as the savvy 60’s ad-man. But since fashion loves androgyny, this fall is all about embracing traditionally men’s looks and making them sexy and female friendly. With some added volume and texture this clean cut pixie is a stylish short hairstyle  that’s modern and feminine.

Face Shapes:  Oval, Heart, Round

Products:  Bb Texture Creme ($28)

 

trendy short hairstyles for fall

Punk

Miley Cyrus shed her long locks for a punked out faux hawk, and now other celebs appear to be following suit. While the faux hawk has a punk edge, it’s undone texture and whimsy style makes it ultra flirty and totally girly girl. It also offers versatility when it’s smoothed out for a sleeker look.

Face Shapes: Oval, Square, Round

Product: Garnier Fructis Fiber Putty ($8)

trendy short hairstyles for fall

Tomboy

Who says only boys get to “wash & go”? With this super textured spiky style a girl can embrace her inner tomboy without compromising on style. Halle Berry pioneered this look, and mega stars are catching on to her great idea. Natalie Portman keeps the look sexy and feminine with smoky makeup and glamorous accessories.

Face Shape: Oval, Oblong, Heart

Products: Enjoy Dry Wax ($24)

asymmetrical short hairstyles

Trendsetter

Inspired by the side bang, this asymmetrical short haircut is fun and fashion forward. If you want to go short, but still want to feel like you have tresses, this is a playful haircut that embraces the best of both the pixie and bob styles.

Face Shapes: Oval, Oblong, Square, Round

Products: Paul Mitchell Quick Slip Styling Cream ($12)

 

 

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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Sexy Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

Short blonde prom hairstyle with rhinestone barrette
Try one of these irresistible, sweet, short prom hairstyles!

With such an important event as prom, don’t you know all eyes will be on you?  Make sure it’s for the right reasons with a hairstyle that meshes with your dress. A short hairstyle is more flexible than you may think and  lots of short hairstyles can be pinned up or dressed-up with just the right accessory that will make you look amazing. Get inspired by celebs that know how to work their cropped hairdos, and enlist a trusted hairdresser to help you with ideas fitting for your dress, or better yet, to do your hair for this big night.

Emma Watson in a short slicked back pixie hairstyle perfect for PromAnything-but-Plain Pixie

Celebs from Emma Watson to Carey Mulligan love the way a pixie cut makes them look sophisticated and smart. If you rock a cropped cut like this, try a totally edgy look for prom. Smooth shine serum through your pixie haircut to bring out its gloss, then use a bit of pomade or gel to smooth your hair in place. For a special touch, work glittery hair clips or fun feathered fascinators into your hair.

Brooklyn Decker in graduated bob hairstyle

 

Sweet Curls

Show off your sweet side with this flattering hairdo, which uses large barrel curls to create a soft, flirty short hair style. Roll the bottom ends of your hair using barrel rollers or a large curling iron. With this hairstyle, you can also work some cute hair accessories into the mix if you want to take it up a notch or just smooth those curls with an anti-frizz shine serum. Either way, you’ll be stunning with this simple hairdo. You’ll need a graduated bob to copy Brooklyn Decker’s sweet, angelic curls.

Katy Perry wearing a short asymmetrical pink bob hairstyle perfect for prom Bob Hairstyles

Short bobs never go out of style, as celebs like Nicki Minaj,  Lady Gaga and Katy Perry know.  Blunt bob cuts include straight-on bobs, stacked bobs, and asymmetrical styles like Katy Perry’s slightly pink do’. To work this hairstyle, flat-iron your hair until it’s sleek and straight, and get make a deep side part and get your shine on with smoothing serum. Accessorize the hairstyle or not, it’s all up to you. You can’t miss with this great look on prom night.

This great looking French braid is a perfect prom short hairstyle

French Braids for Short Hair

If you’ve got a  bob and want to wear it up, or short hair that’s just long enough to be pulled back with some sexy tendrils falling to frame your face, you can make a updo with French braids. For this style, pull your hair back and do a French braid or two over the top of your head. If you like, leave some face-framing ends out; they’ll draw attention to your features and emphasize your prom makeup. Tuck the ends of the braid under and pin. Pin-in a flower to match your dress and celebrate spring.You’ll end up with a sexy-looking updo that will turn heads at the prom.

Gwen Stephani pompadour or quiff hairstyleRetro Pouf

A fun quiff retro updo, for short-haired divas who can just pull back their hair. The shorter front tendrils get pulled into a pouf, while the back of your hair gets slicked back, or pulled into a low pony or bun. Use a pomade stick to make your hair shine, and push the pouf up as high as you dare to go, securing the hair with bobby pins. Try this look with a retro or vintage prom dress for a sweet style that’s sure to get you noticed.

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.

  



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A Short Hairstyle for Every Face Shape

A perfect symetrical round face

Find Your Ultimate Haircut!

After my wedding I got the itch that many new wives get. I wanted to chop off the hair that I had just spent an entire year carefully growing. I picked out a dramatic, sexy bob from a magazine. After an exciting 45 minutes in the chair, I was sorely disappointed when I looked at the finished product: an adorable, sassy hairstyle, that looked totally wrong on me.

It’s an easy mistake; picking the haircut that you like without considering if it will look right on you. The easy solution is to take into account your face shape when selecting  your next adorable short hairstyle.

Sleek Bob: Heart Shaped Face

Rihanna short layered bob and side bang

Rihanna’s heart shaped face is complimented with this sleek bob and dramatic side bang. Because heart faces have a wider forehead and a narrow chin, the side bang helps to slim the forehead while the pieciness around the face adds fullness around the chin area. Heart faces want to opt for smoother styles and angular or side bangs rather than a blunt bang.

Playful Pixie:  Round Face Shape

Ginnifer Goodwin:  popular pixie haircut with baby bang

Ginnifer Goodwin looks perfectly sweet and feminine with this wispy pixie haircut. With her round face, the volume in her crown and asymmetrical bangs elongate and add definition to her face. With a round face shape, you want to ditch the smooth hair, and opt for volume and texture. Also, be sure to let your hairdresser know you want softness around the ears and neck. Clean lines tend to look more masculine. Round face shapes look best with haircuts that are soft and wispy instead of blunt, clean lines.

For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

Layered Wavy Bob:  Square Face Shape

Keira Knightley square face wavy bob hairstyle

Keira Knightly’s square face shpae is offset by romantic waves. Square face shapes are complimented best by wavy or curved hair rather than stick straight styles. Waves help to soften a defined or angular jawline. A layered bob is also ideal, while straight, blunt bobs can tend to be too boxy for a square face shape. This bob length creates a subtle softness around Keira’s striking chin.

Shaggy Short: Oblong Face Shape

Kimberly Wyatt oblong face wispy pixie haircut

If you have a longer face shape, then take a style note from Kimberly Wyatt with her ultra sexy shaggy haircut. Her piecey bangs disguise a larger forehead while wispy layers add playful texture without too much fullness. Oblong face shapes should avoid extra volume and super long styles that can make the face look even longer. Bangs and shorter hairstyles are a great solution to longer face shapes.

Style Chameleon:  Oval Face Shapes

Scarlett Johanssen, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry short hairstyles

 If you’re among the lucky few with a perfectly oval face, then you can be a hairstyle chameleon! Generally, any hairstyle is flattering for oval face shape. This year is a perfect time to be bold and go for one of the hottest haircuts of the season, from an ultra short pixie cut or a soft layered bob.

If you’re unsure about your face shape, your hairdresser should be able to set you straight. Don’t be afraid to ask their opinion about the shape of your face or if they think a haircut would be right for you. Short haircuts are adorable, and especially popular for 2013, but make sure your choosing one that’s going to compliment and flatter you. Not to mention, that the right hairstyle can de-emphasize aspects of your look that you don’t love, while enhancing your best features–and that sounds to me like a win/win!

For more ideas about face shapes and hairstyles check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Face Shape 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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