The 6 Most-Wanted Short Cuts
Emma Watson's pixie is "short enough to be gamine, but just long enough to have softness," says hairstylist Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons in New York City and Miami. This cut is great for straight hair (fine or thick) and can be customized for any face. Make sure your stylist cuts your bangs with scissors (not a razor) so they look separated and cuts your layers to the shape of your head to avoid a bulky look.
ALLURE TIP: Anyone can pull off a cropped cut—as long as it balances out your bone structure. Add bangs if your face is square or oval; cut layers if it's round or heart shaped.
"Halle Berry's cut is a modernized version of a pixie," says Cutler. "It's squarer on the sides and longer on top." It's also cut at random so the layers all vary in length. "Because it's not super-cropped all around, it softens her cheekbones and brings out her eyes," he adds. It's perfect for wavy, curly, or coarse hair—any thinner can look too spiky. ALLURE TIP: Close-cropped styles need to be cut softly to stay looking feminine. That means choppy, wispy ends, but no straight lines or sharp angles.
Evan Rachel Wood's version is short above her ears, with choppy layers that go from her bangs to her nape. Cut squarely at the sides and back, the layers on top are razored, which softens this look when tousled with wax. "This works if hair is fine to medium and wavy or straight, but looks rounded if it's curly," says Cutler.
"This is a layered pixie cut to the shape of the head, leaving length at the forehead, nape of the neck, and sides," Cutler says. "Ashlee Simpson has a heart-shaped face, so keeping the hair two to three inches longer and adding side-swept bangs balances her jawline." Avoid this if you have a square or a long face, or waves or curls. ALLURE TIP: Be ready to see your stylist often—about every four weeks. Between cuts, bang trims will help keep it in check.
"This is ideal for a round face since there's enough hair around the cheekbones to slim it," Cutler says. With rounded layers on top that fall to her cheeks, Vanessa Hudgens's style is good for normal to thick hair that isn't extremely curly; it requires frequent trims. "The minute it grows out, even a tiny amount, it won't move as nicely," he says.
ALLURE TIP: Almost all textures can go short, but consider the amount of styling you're willing to do. The curlier, thicker, or coarser your hair is, the more work it will be.
Add a few inches to Hudgens's cut, even out the ends, and you have Cate Blanchett's style. "Her cut is a classic shape, but what makes it feel new are the rounded layers that impart a soft, swingy quality," Cutler says. This cut softens the jawline but accentuates a round face, and it works whether hair is straight or curly—just not too thick.