Short hairstyles that will inspire you
Although Ginnifer Goodwin's pixie gives us serious short hair envy, the actress confessed that she sometimes has doubts about the style. "Every once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet about growing it out," she told us, quickly adding. "But as it grows out, I remember I hated having hair, and I cut it off again." She wears it well!
The key to an effortless style like Halle Berry's? Maintenance. "I have to get my hair cut a lot because when you have short hair like this, it grows out of the cut in about 10 days," she once told us. "For my everyday style, I don’t put much energy into it, so spiking it up and putting product in it isn’t something that’s hard."
To give Anne Hathaway's crop extra volume and texture for the 2013 Academy Awards, her hairstylist Adir Abergel spritzed the Frederic Fekkai Coiff Bouffant ($25; fekkai.com) from root to end before combing through with a bristle brush. "I wanted to keep it simple and classic," he told us. As a finishing touch Fekkai's hair wax ($25; fekkai.com) was worked over small sections for extra definition.
Miley Cyrus has come a long way since her Hannah Montana days! Once known for her lengthy copper strands, Cyrus recently went for an edgier style with her icy blond pixie.
No stranger to edgy styles, Rihanna surprised everyone at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards by debuting a pixie cut on the red carpet. "We had been talking about going short for a while now, and we actually planned to cut it the following week, but I was just like—why wait?" the star's hairstylist told InStyle.com. "Rihanna was ready for her short hair again!"
Michelle Williams' cut allows for more versatility thanks to the longer layers in the front. Just by moving your part or switching up your texture, you can give the otherwise polished look an extra edge.
"I wanted Charlize's hair to look like she just got out of jeans and a t-shirt and put on a gown because the style is so simple and chic," said Theron's hairstylist Enzo Angileri. "She cut her hair three months ago for a movie, and now it has grown out to the length that can be styled into a sophisticated look."
We love Viola Davis' short crop, and how her natural curls impart a laid-back feeling. "This is a confident, no-fuss cut. It’s like a pixie for curly hair," celebrity hairstylist Morgan Willhite told us. "Your entire face is exposed, so you need to be comfortable with all aspects of it."
Ciara's asymmetrical cut is all about contrast. We love how the shorter sides balance the long layers on top, while the tawny, peek-a-boo highlights add an extra edge.
To give your strands extra height like Carey Mulligan, direct your hair away from your face as you blow-dry. "This will give the hair extra volume on top," said her hairstylist Jenny Cho. "Use your fingers to work the area to your desired height—no need to make it perfect. Keep it a little undone to contrast the tight updo."