Trend alert: Short hair is hot. Cute short do's, angular bobs and adorable pixie cuts are popping up all over Hollywood as stars try retro styles. Elisha Cuthbert lopped off her locks for a pixie and L.A's newest resident Victoria Beckham favors a razored blunt. "Short styles are popular because they're a great way to keep your beauty routine low maintenance as the weather heats up", says New York City stylist Francky L'Official. "Short hair that frames the face is sexy, young and chic, plus it's easy to style."
And he notes spring is after all the perfect time to start something new. But not everyone can pull off a funky short 'do. "Pulling off this style depends on the shape of your face," says Francky. Here's the guide to make sure your short style works for your face.
Oval or Long Faces
If your face is long or oval, Francky recommends trying an angular bob that's closely cropped to the nape of the neck and traces the jaw line in the front. "Victoria Beckham is a perfect example. Her face and chin are very long and narrow, so she needs a little bit more length in the front to balance her high forehead," Francky says. "Women with oval faces should avoid pixies that add layers to the top of the hair, as the excess volume will only elongate the face further", he adds. To style, apply a light hold gel to towel dried hair and blow dry using a round brush so hair falls nicely under the chin.
If your face is square, Francky recommends going short and spiky, like the style Michelle Williams is sporting. "A pixie cut is great for women with square faces because it brings out the eyes and cheekbones, making the face look softer and more feminine." Women with square faces should avoid a chin length bob though, as it will only accentuate the jaw line, making it look more prominent. To style, blow dry hair and use a water-based pomade or wax to manipulate each section.
Round or Heart Shaped
If your face is round or heart shaped, try a neck-skimming cut with long layers and side swept bangs, like Elisha Cuthbert. According to Francky, "Long layers around the face are very slimming and highlight the area around the eyes rather than the cheeks where round faces tend to be a bit fuller." Flipping ends out rather than blowing them under is also a great, edgy look to consider if you have a round or heart shaped face. To style, apply a maximum hold mousse to damp hair and use fingers and a blow dryer to achieve a more fun, rock and roll style.