The best celeb hairstyles for every length
Short: Alicia Keys
Keys' chic, short, graduated bob won't work on round faces. But for longer face shapes, this cut can give you a major lift. Just make sure your hair hits at the cheek area, which will balance you out, as opposed to at the jaw line, which will elongate your face.
Short: Lena Dunham
Short: Michelle Williams
Williams has a slender, heart-shaped face, which makes her sideswept pixie look especially distinguished and fresh. To keep super-short hair like this from sticking up, apply a little mousse, then rub a dab of pomade all over hands, touching just your ends to secure them in place.
Short: Miley Cyrus
Short: Olivia Thirlby
If you've got a longer or oval-shaped face like Thirlby, you might be afraid to cut your hair short — don't be. A sideswept bang that's long enough to skim your eyebrows will balance you out.
Short: Portia de Rossi
If you've got a heart-shaped face like Portia, this sleek-and-short style works well - as long as your hair is healthy. "When you have a drier, more rebellious texture, there's no weight on the hair, and this cut can get tough to manage," says Kristina Barricelli, co-owner of Gemini 14 Salon in New York City, and Creative Consultant for TouchBack Plus. So to keep some softness, use a hydrating cream on wet hair, then top it off with a serum (like argan oil) to tame all those flyaways.
With its harsh lines, this super-short style screams, "You better take me seriously." But while lots of women think a power-cut will give them confidence, most don't realize it takes a lot to rock this look — or even feel comfortable in it. In other words, don't head to the salon when you're emotional or have had a couple of glasses of wine. "Before you cut it all off, sleep on the idea for a week," advises Barricelli. "It's going to be a long journey to grow this out into something more feminine."
Short: Robin Wright Penn
Short: Sharon Osbourne
With a little less spray than Sharon used here and some more movement, this sideswept style is a great look for older women who wish to keep their hair shorter — but still want it to have some personality, says Barricelli. One word of warning, though: A vibrant red color like this is hard to maintain, so consider testing the waters with a dark auburn first.
Short: Tamara Taylor
If you have a tough time getting any volume in your hair, this simple pageboy that hits at the base of the cheekbone can help you embrace your flatness. (Any more of a lift would give you a bad case of helmet-head.) "Notice how the shorter bang works really well here too," says Barricelli. "It makes her eyes appear bigger."