The 25 cutest short hairstyles—and how to pull them off
The Internet's just about exploded with oohing and aahing at Ms. Carter's new 'do—and we're joining in with our own cheers. Queen B can do no wrong, a fact this soft pixie further solidifies.
Jaws dropped when Charlize debuted her gorgeous super-close crop on the Oscars red carpet. "I have been obsessing over Charlize Theron's pixie," says Marc Mapile, a Sexy Hair hair artist. "A cut like this is for that confident woman who demands attention. It shows off her beautiful features perfectly."
An early adopter of the short and sassy look, Halle knows the power of the pixie. Snag her spikes by smoothing a mix of gel and texturizing cream through towel-dried hair. "Apply from roots to ends and blow dry, using fingertips to direct the hair upwards for body and texture," suggests Mapile. Use a texturing paste to detail and finish with a mist of hairspray.
The R&B star is back to sporting longer tresses, but when she cropped it all off last year, Rihanna proved that short is sexy — and fierce. Keep in mind, though, that while short hair requires less day-to-day maintenance, you'll need frequent trims to maintain the shape.
Although she initially cut off her hair to play Fantine in Les Misérables, the gamine cut suits the newly minted Oscar winner's fine features. To get the sleek look, "apply a cocktail of two parts Straight Sexy Hair Darn Straight with one part Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal on towel-dried hair, and then either use your fingers or a paddle brush to gently pull the hair flat as you blow dry, following the curves of the head," says Mapile. Finish with a spritz of shine spray.
The young star's spiky crop with frosted tips was shocking at first, but it turns out she's a trendsetter. "The two-face hairstyle is becoming more of a statement look mostly worn by hipsters," says Perez. "Back in the day, Salt-n-Pepa made this style trendy." Today, fashion-forward women are pushing the look even farther.
Sexy eye-makeup and hair that's a rich shade make short locks super-glam. Pump up the volume by blow-drying and adding a little texturizing spray, like Sally Hershberger Shagg Spray.
Michelle's deep side-part and long bangs create a cool, asymmetrical look. "I've been seeing plenty of short cuts that are taking on more 'tomboy' shapes, with details that have a masculine edge," says Mapile.
Celebrity hairstylist Marcia Hamilton is often called on to create Pink's signature puffed-up pompadour. To do this at home, she recommends starting with dirty hair or adding a bit of mattifying powder. Use a large-barrel curling iron to curl the pieces at the crown, pinning each section back when you're done. Then slick pomade on the sides and back, securing with bobby pins if necessary. Release the sections from the crown, tease, and spray with a product like White Sands Stuck Up Mega Hold Hairspray.
A little height at the hairline and piece-y texture throughout keeps fine hair from looking drab.