Short, boyish, cropped hair is having a major mainstream moment right now as seen at the 2013 Oscars, the Met Ball, and of course in “The Great Gatsby.” I’ve never had super short hair myself, other than that time I chopped 10+ inches to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, but even then my hair was still “long” by most standards. I guess when it comes down to it I fear I don’t have the right bone structure for short hair. That and my neck is on the short side and I have a scar that runs along my double chin that I’d prefer to distract from. Just the facts people, just the facts. Naturally my ears perked up when I learned from celebrity hairstylist Louis Angelo of Garren Salon New York (@VogueMagazine recently referred to Garren as “Fashion Editors secret amazing hairdressers!!!”) that “just because most of us are not ideal does not mean you cannot go short.”
So how do we “not ideal” work this summer’s hottest hair trend? Angelo explains his recommended 5-step evaluation process for short, chic hair:
STEP 1: CHOOSE A STYLE THAT ACCENTUATES YOUR BEST FACIAL FEATURES
Look in the mirror and focus on your best feature. If it’s your eyes, short, cropped hair with a slight fringe grazing your eyebrows focuses attention on your eyes. Do you have nice cheekbones? Short hair swept up and away from your face is your go-to look. To show-case your lips, consider a Chanel-inspired, 20s flapper bob a la “The Great Gatsby.” The bottom line of the bob draws attention to your lips, whereas a chin-length bob defines the chin.
STEP 2: DETERMINE THE BEST PLACE TO ACQUIRE & MAINTAIN YOUR HAIRCUT
You can always go to a men’s barber shop where you will most likely emerge with a masculine crop top, more severe and hard-lined. If you want to be modern, with an edge but with a more feminine allure, visit a salon where the stylist can incorporate feminine touches without giving up the strength of the final look. Soft fringe, a wispy tapered neckline or small feathered-off bits around the ears and nape allow you versatility in styling, the options to go hard or soft, masculine or feminine, geometric or smooth—you decide!
STEP 3: ADD DRAMA WITH COLOR
Cutting hair short is already a dramatic move, but to rev up the drama, consider enriching the color for even more of a statement. If you are blonde, go platinum. If you’re a redhead, try cinnamon-ginger. Brunette? Think dark cappuccino. And if you have black hair, make it raven-midnight-ebony. It’s best for your hairstylist and colorist to work together with you in making this decision.
STEP 4: USE THE RIGHT STYLING PRODUCTS
Whether or not you opt for a change of color, the right styling products are key to keeping a short cut looking fabulous. For looks that are more controlled and contained, Angelo recommends, STYLING WAX to add definition and a touch of glossy shine. A dab of MODELING PASTE is perfect when you need a little fullness and structure for your cut with more staying power—push it up and it stays up. Think Charlize Theron.
A flapper bob like Carey Mulligan’s should be tight and small, like a little cap that fits close to the head. Angelo recommends spraying damp hair with FIORAVANTI shine enhancing detangling spray before a blowout to help keep hair smooth and modern.
For the punk rock vibe of Anne Hathaway’s sculpted, lifted look, try working in a dab of SCULPTING GEL before blow-drying. Angelo finds that the trick with all styling products for short hair is to work in a little at a time—you can always add more if needed.
STEP 5: MAINTAIN WITH REGULAR TRIMS
Book regular trims with your hairstylist. Even when you decide to grow out your short crop, a trim and reshaping every three to four weeks will keep your look on trend.
What do you think? Is short cropped hair the look for you?
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