Fashion the Street-Making the cut

Hollywood’s go-to hairstylists reveal the best short ’dos for every face type

It doesn’t take a shear genius to see why short hair is trendy for summer; besides being lighter and cooler, it’s also great for fuss-free styling.

True Blood’s Evan Rachael Wood is the latest celebrity to chop her locks—but is her hairstyle right for you? Now we’d like to take the guesswork out of going short and reveal surefire ways to make the cut.


Face Type:  Square Jaw

To offset Brooklyn Decker’s strong jaw line, we gave her a soft, textured bob. Also created graduated layers and made the cut a little longer in the front. You want hair in the front to be below the jaw so that it doesn’t draw the eye to that area of the face.

Recording Artist arrives at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Face Type: Square Jaw
If you prefer wearing your hair straight like Jennifer Aniston, we recommends side-parting it. A part that’s slightly off-center gives a square face more asymmetry.


Face Type: High Forehead

Rihanna had a great pixie cut, to minimize her forehead; her stylist gave her fantastic chunky bangs.
Bangs work well with this face type, but they don’t have to be cut straight across. Rihanna’s side-swept, angled fringe as an alternative is better.


Face Type: Heart-Shaped
If you have a sharper chin, you could not take the hair too short, especially shorter than the chin. You might also follow Reese Witherspoon’s lead and add soft bangs—she looks great with them.


Face Type:  Round

Those with round faces should integrate longer layers into their short hairstyle of choice. Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixie works because it’s disconnected in shape. Instead of being short all the way around, it’s longer on top and shorter on the sides.

It’s a very versatile cut, she can style it up or down, with bangs or without. To elongate the appearance of her visage, Goodwin sometimes coaxes her pixie into a sky-high pompadour.

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Face Type: Round
According to Gibson, sleek, angular short cuts are best for a round face (think an asymmetrical bob or a pixie with side-swept bangs). A rounder face tends to have less shape to it—while straight hair will lengthen, angles in the haircut will add shape and symmetry.

Don’t confuse straightness with flatness, though; hair should still have volume. Michelle Williams’ pixie is flattering because the fullness is kept at her crown and above her ears.

arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

Face Type: Thin

If you have a long, thin face like Liv Tyler, go below or above the chin (“a little shorter or longer is better”). Make the face appear more horizontal with a deep side part or—if you’re feeling bold—wide bangs. Bangs that extend to the outer corners of the eyes can widen the look of the face. Just make sure they’re not too blunt; thin faces tend to have more angles than most and you don’t want to exaggerate those.


Face Type: Long Neck

Want to flaunt your long, gorgeous neck? Go with a pixie. For balance, however, try a lengthier bob like Anne Hathaway’s (“bobs that are cut above the chin can look weird with a long neck”). Annie has big, beautiful eyes and a softer complexion—Give her haircut angles to bring strength to her face.


Face Type:  Long Neck

Emily Blunt also used to rock the grown-out-bob look, only instead of going sleek she opted to embrace her natural waves—a very strategic move. A fuller style that’s longer than the shoulders can camouflage a long neck.

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Face Type: High Cheekbones
If you have chiseled features like Victoria Beckham’s, consider yourself lucky. A lot of different lengths work for someone with high cheekbones. They can get away with anything.

It really showed off Victoria’s amazing bone structure while she had the asymmetrical bob.


Face Type: Oval

While high cheekbones might be the most enviable facial feature, a smallish oval is considered the ideal shape. Just look at pixie loyalist Halle Berry for proof!

CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 19:  Actress Halle Berry attends the "Beauty Culture" exhibition opening reception at Annenberg Space For Photography on May 19, 2011 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Face Type: Oval

You might be blessed with an oval face, but that doesn’t mean you have to go super short just because you can. Shorter pixies require a cut every four to six weeks. If you don’t have the time or money, I’d go longer like Sienna Miller did—a style like hers doesn’t require as many salon visits to maintain and you can get away with one to two bang trims in between full-on cuts.


Face Type:  Any
Personality Type: Bold

The blunt bob-and-bangs style is a favorite among daring pop stars like Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry—and wigging out in this look is easy enough to do if you feel the urge to follow in their footsteps. It works for them and it can work for you too if you have strength of character and confidence.

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Face Type:  Any
Personality Type:  Bold

Those who want to attain this Cleopatra-inspired look using their own hair—regardless of whether they have the optimal oval face shape—should be aware of the styling it requires. It’s a fun, edgy hairdo but it requires plenty of bang trims and flat ironing. To minimize damage and maximize sleekness, be sure to use a thermal protectant.

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