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Short and Extra Short Hairstyles

Short Hairstyles
Actress Julianne Hough recently made a major change by saying Goodbye to her long hair.
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Short hair is perfect on hot summer days as it leaves your neck exposed, keeping you cool in the sunshine. With short styles in vogue, cutting your long hair maybe easier than you think. Read on for advice on what short do would suit you and look through our gallery for some style inspiration. 

  • Cutting off your long hair may not be an easy decision given the time it takes to grow. However, an easy short hairstyle may actually provide you with the style you always wanted. Additionally, if your long hair has split ends, a short crop can make it look healthier as the ends simply get cut off.

    Short hairstyles also draw attention to the face, complementing its features. Some may worry that a short haircut would make them look more masculine, however makeup and jewellery will enhance the femininity. Countless actresses and models demonstrate how attractive short hair can be so why not experiment with your look.

  • Step by Step to a Short Hairstyle

    Before you cut your hair, you may like to find out whether this style is the right style for you. There are longer pixie and Garcon haircuts as well as short bobs, which you may like to use as stepping stones towards razor short hair. This still gives you a chance to step back from a hairstyle that may not be right for you. Or you may just want to take the plunge and go straight for a very short style!

  • What kind of Short Hairstyle is Right for You?

    Before deciding on a short hairstyle, analyse your face shape to help you choose the best cut for you:

    Round faces: Asymmetric pixie cuts with volume on top are ideal for round faces as this will make them appear narrower.

    Angular facial features: Undone bobs flatter angular faces. Layering tends to soften sharp chin lines while fringes cover square-edged foreheads.

    Oval faces: Almost all short haircuts look terrific if your face is oval. Sweeping fringes across the forehead make all short haircuts appear softer and more playful.

    Heart-shaped faces: Bobs with fringes and outward styled waves flatter heart-shaped faces.

  • Look through our gallery for a variety of short and even shorter hairstyles. You may even find your new look.

  • Gallery: Short and Shorter Hairstyle Versions

    Short Hairstyles: Pageboy Hairstyle

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    Short Hairstyles: Pageboy Hairstyle

    Michelle Williams looks young and feminine wearing her pageboy haircut. Her fringe falls across her forehead from a side parting and is simply tucked behind her ear. With a small amount of hairspray the pageboy will stay in place

    Short Hairstyles: The Short Bob

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    Short Hairstyles: The Short Bob

    Chloë Sevigny shows off her short bob, which is only one small step away from a pixie cut. The hair falls over the neckline and covers part of her ears. To get this look, after blow-drying your hair, put a small amount of hair wax on your fingertips and use them to shape the hair.

    Short Hairstyles: The Garcon Haircut

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    Short Hairstyles: The Garcon Haircut

    Carey Mulligan wears a classy Garcon hairstyle with style and grace. The haircut brings out the beautiful shape of her young face and is ideal for women with finer hair. The hair on top of her head is combed forward from the crown of her head and across her forehead where it merges with the very short hair at the side. Use hair wax to add definition to the hair ends and apply extra-gloss hairspray to finish.

    Short Hairstyles: The Eton Crop

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    Short Hairstyles: The Eton Crop

    The Eton crop is almost but not quite as short as a pixie cut. Audrey Tautou’s showcases this sassy style with her tousled hair naturally framing her face.  Curly or wavy hair is perfect for Eton crops but this haircut needs regular trimming to avoid a wild appearance

    Short Hairstyles: The Pixie Cut

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    Short Hairstyles: The Pixie Cut

    The pixie cut draws special attention to your face. Not to worry, there is nothing to hide. This haircut gives women confidence and self-assurance. Whatever you want to wear, from jeans to an evening gown, the pixie hairstyle will enhance your appearance without stealing the show. Nothing distracts from Shailene Woodley’s beautiful face. Instead, the short hair serves as a perfect frame.

     

    Styling the pixie requires no more than matte hair wax or texturizing cream. Cover your fingertips with the wax or cream and use your fingers to accentuate individual hair strands

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    Short Haircuts: The Bob

    Bobs are classic short hairstyles. If you are contemplating cutting your long hair short you may like to consider the bob as it is a transitional hairstyle. A bob serves well as a test case, which will help you with your final hairstyle decision. At this stage, the hair is still long enough should you decide not to go very short. When push comes to shove, you may even find a way to style a ponytail. Kate Mara’s bob is styled with some casual waves. To get the look, simply apply some salt spray to your damp hair and allow it to air-dry.