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Short Hair 2014: The 6 Hottest Trends

The pixie, the shag, the long bob and the edgy cut


Short Hair 2014: The 6 Hottest Trends

Michelle Williams

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Short Hair 2014: The 6 Hottest Trends

Keira Knightley bob

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I've rounded up the 6 hottest short hair trends of the year and they include (drumroll please):
  1. The pixie (but a modern version)
  2. The mussy shag
  3. The Pompadour
  4. The unstructured bob (still going strong!)
  5. Super-short, edgy cuts
  6. The demi-bob (also known as "the long bob" or the "lob")

Short hair is so popular this year that several short haircuts also appear in my list of the 20 Hottest Hairstyles of the Moment. But which of these popular cuts best suit your face shape and hair texture?

Would Short Hair Suit You?

Almost everyone can get away with a short hairstyle. Some styles work better with certain face shapes and hair textures. For example, your haircut should give you the illusion of having an oval face shape. So if you have a round face you'll want to elongate it and if you have a square face, you want to soften your jawline.

In my article, How to Tell if You'd Look Good With Short Hair, I share 9 tips to find the right short hairstyle.

The Pixie

Audrey Hepburn was the original celebrity with pixie hair and Mia Farrow popularized the look in the 60s. In the past years, pixie hair has "cropped up" on a host of stylish singers and actresses including Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Halle Berry and most recently Anne Hathaway.

While many pixies are traditionally short all over, the modern pixie tends to be choppy and texturized with longer bangs that give you a ton of styling options.

The pixie works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair. I find the pixie doesn't work as well on fine, straight hair because the hair falls to close to the scalp, looking a bit like a helmet. If you have fine hair, you may need lots of product to add body. The pixie works best on women with heart-shaped, square and oval faces. It's a good cut for women with round faces, too, just make sure to keep the bangs long and style them forward or up to create the illusion of length.

See a photo gallery of pixie hairstyles.

The Shag, Modernized

If you search for "shag hairstyles" on the Internet, what comes up is a lot of dated, rocker girl hairstyles with lots of layers. They remind me of 80s hair bands -- a sort of mullet hairstyle gone bad.

But the modern shag hairstyle doesn't resemble a mullet and shouldn't remind one of the 80s. What they have in common with those hairstyles of the past are mussiness, choppy ends and layering. The modern shag, however, isn't quite as layered.

The beauty in the shag hairstyle is that it flatters all face shapes. To get that mussy, choppy look, you'll want to use a sea salt spray (try my homemade recipe) or texturizing spray and scrunch hair as it dries.

This photo gallery of shag hairstyles will inspire you.

The Pompadour

A hot hairstyle trend that is leftover from 2013 is the pompadour, also known as the quiff or the "fauxhawk." This hairstyle -- which usually features shaved sides and a puffy teased top that reminds me of a rooster's comb -- has become the cool hairstyle of choice for singers Miley Cyrus and Pink as well as a host of other celebrities.

Who can wear this look? Anyone with guts, really. This cut is more about attitude than your face shape, according to stylist Matt Fugate to the Glo website. This cut works best on coarse, thick hair. Fine hair will just fall flat without the help of a ton of styling product. A good stylist is adept at funky hairstyles and knows to follow the shape of your head rather than just your face shape when cutting a short, edgy style.

See a photo gallery of pompadour haircuts.

The Bob, Unstructured

The bob is a classic hairstyle that never goes out of style but this season's bob is mussy and unstructured and has a bit of edge to it. These tousled bobs all seem to end at the chin or just below it. Add in blunt bangs or fringe for a really edgy look.

So who can wear the bob? Anyone with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob. If you have a round face, a longer bob is a better option for you (see below). As for hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair. I usually recommend women with super coarse or curly hair stay away from short cuts because curly hair tends to pouf out on you, but this gallery of short curly hairstyles proves the right short cut can work well on curly hair.

See a photo gallery of bob hairstyles.

Super-short, edgy cuts

It takes guts (or what we call "chutzpah" here in New York) to get a super-short, edgy haircut (hello Miley Cyrus!), but as you will see from this photo gallery, the results can be very, very cool -- and even sophisticated.

Whether you're seeking a cut that's sexy or funky or sweet, there are many, many cuts available to you. To find out what short cuts look best on you, I suggest checking out this slideshow: Photos: Best Cuts By Face Shape and this article, Short Hairstyles: Which Work Best With Your Face Shape?.

I feature 4 galleries of super-short, edgy cuts. Start with Gallery 1.

The Demi-Bob

The long bob has been around for a few seasons and it's still just as hot this year but it has a new name -- the demi-bob. According to Vogue Magazine, which named the demi-bob a hot trend (see the article), it's a bob that falls anywhere between the mid-neck and the shoulders. It's also been seen on many actresses and models this season as everyone seems to have gotten sick of their long, tousled waves at the same time.

Everyone looks good in a long bob so have at it, but be sure to abide by the rules of this haircut:

  • Longer bobs can be bland if too blunt. Stacked layers in the back with a bit of backcombing while styling add dimension. Add fringe or thick bangs for a real retro-70s look.
  • A bob can't be too layered, or it's not a bob. Gwyneth's demi-bob here was more edgy because the stylist thinned out the ends with scissors or a razor. But this year's bob isn't too blunt, either. Leave it wavy and mussed, blown dried under or flipped out 60's style.
  • The long bob works best on straight and wavy hair but it looks good on all hair textures (even curly). It's a versatile cut because you can wear it air-dried or flat-ironed.
See a photo gallery of demi-bob hairstyles.

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