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“Winter blues can really get you down. Pick yourself up with a fresh short hair cut,” says Stacia Lance Gambrell, hair stylist at Lotus Salon in New York City and an independent stylist for editorial and fashion shoots, runway and the red carpet. “It's the best present you can get for yourself.” She shares a few of her favorite short hair cuts to try now.
1. Chin-length bob
Balmain fall/winter 2012
Whether you go bold and boxy or tousled and textured bobs are back in a big way this winter, Gambrell says. A bob is one of those classic short hair cuts and we have seen many variations over the years but the chin-length style makes it easy to make a change that isn’t too drastic. “To keep your bob fresh and fun the length should be at your chin and the structure blunt,” Gambrell says. She also suggests adding eye skimming blunt bangs for a more dramatic twist. If you want to keep the style sleek use a sculpting product before drying. For a more relaxed look, work a light hold styling cream into damp hair and finger dry.
2. Cropped pixie
Balmain fall/winter 2012
We saw cute, ultra-cropped cuts grace the runways at Rag & Bone, Lanvin and Giambattista Valli to name a few, giving us the impression that the shorter the better this winter. “If you are feeling really adventurous this season you should try a cropped pixie and go short all over,” Gambrell says. “Go for something reminiscent of Twiggy's famous pixie cut from the 1960s or Mia Farrow's look from the movie Rosemary's Baby .” For more modern inspiration look no further than Harry Potter alumni and burgeoning fashionista Emma Watson. Other celebrities who have tried out variations of the updated pixie include Ginnifer Goodwin, Michelle Williams and model Agyness Deyn, who brought the look back into the style spotlight when she burst onto the fashion scene several years ago.
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3. Asymmetrical cut
Elie Saab fall/winter 2012
Change things up with your strands this winter by going asymmetrical. “One of my favorite short hair cuts is when the sides are cut very short and the top section is left long. Rihanna is the queen of this look,” Gambrell says. The length on the top can vary from shoulder length to just inches long but the key is to ensure the sides are much shorter than the top. “This is my favorite shorter cut because the length on top gives you lots of versatility with styling,” she explains. To maximize the style potential of this look use a product that will help create texture and boost volume.
Gambrell suggests using Eufora Powder Lift for texture and volume and finishing with the line’s Illuminate Shine Mist for silky light weight shine.
4. Short disconnected cut
Isabel Marant fall/winter 2012
The distinguishing characteristic of this short hair cut is that a disconnected short hair cut has various lengths that occur within the style, making it almost like having two (or more) cuts in one since the different lengths are not blended together (think of Victoria Beckham when she was growing out her “Pob” a few years ago). Because of this, disconnected cuts typically have lots of and flow and movement. “A disconnected cut has extreme lengths within the same cut that are obvious. They are great for someone who likes to wash and go because a messy tousled texture works well with the cut,” Gambrell says.
5. Short bangs
John Galliano spring/summer 2012
If you’re not sure about taking off too much length, another great new short hair trend to try this season is short bangs, Gambrell says. “Short bangs make big statements. Think Mia Farrow. They will transform any cut and are fun and daring.” You want short bangs to be sit fairly close on the forehead. The look is striking and sophisticated while maintaining a youthful energy.
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