Every time I get a trim, I shudder at the thought of losing more than two inches. Whether I like it or not, long hair is my security blanket. Despite that, I still feel total envy for anyone with a pixie. There’s no denying the power of a short haircut—it brings attention to your facial features better than any variation of the lob or bob. It’s a statement in and of itself. Kate Hudson, a new adopter of the look, has said that chopping off all her hair was freeing. The added bonus is that the pixie is one of the most versatile, flattering, and classic haircuts of all time. "A shaggy pixie cut is one of the most popular styles for spring, if you are willing to give it a go," explains celebrity hairstylist Arsen Gurgov, founder of the Arsen Gurgov Salon in New York City. "What I like best about this haircut is how it frames the face and enhances the cheekbones." While it works for most (if not all) face shapes, Gurgov says it's a particularly great fit for anyone with thin or fine hair. And aside from regular salon visits every few weeks to keep the shape of the haircut, it's pretty low-maintenance. "A shaggy pixie is a wash-and-go style," notes Gurgov. "For everyday styling, you can add some texture with a styling cream or pomade, but avoid using too much. It will weigh the hair down and make it look greasy. Less really is more in this case." Keep scrolling to see eight celebrities who have worn it best. VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez’s New Haircut Proves This ’90s Style Is Back
"Should I get bangs?" If you have short hair and you've asked yourself this question at least once, you're probably ready for the commitment. Much like short hair, bangs require extra styling and routine trims to maintain the perfect length. Combine the two and expect to spend double the time on your hair. That being said, if you love your short hair but want to switch up your look for spring, bangs will dramatically transform your current style. But are they worth the work? The short answer is yes. When you add bangs to a bob or a pixie, it's important to keep your face shape and hair texture in mind. "Short hair brings focus to the face and requires balance," says Jason Linkow, a stylist at Antonio Prieto Salon in N.Y.C. "Avoid bangs that are unsuitable for your hair texture." If you've saved a screenshot of Zendaya's bob with blunt bangs or Kate Hudson's pixie cut with angled, side-swept bangs—but don't know if either look will work for you—read on for the seven best celebrity versions for every face shape. VIDEO: Cost of Getting Your Hair Dyed
If losing length is on your spring agenda, right there next to color-coding your closet and getting all those season essentials on a budget, you’ve come to the right place. Believe it: The bob is becoming even more popular than the lob, proving that shorter cuts will be one of this year’s biggest beauty trends. Whether you prefer a chin-grazing cut, something a tad shorter, or a full-on pixie, we’ve rounded up some of the best short haircuts to try this year. From Katie Holmes slicked back pixie to Emma Stone’s permed lob, keep scrolling to check out a few up-close looks at 2018’s hottest hairstyles, and be sure to screenshot the one you love before heading into the salon. VIDEO: Meghan Markle Asked Her Makeup Artist to Not Cover Up Her Freckles, and This Is Why She Rules
It's one of the decade's biggest beauty trends.
Plug in your flat iron if you haven't yet because super straight hair isn't going anywhere this spring. Last year's Cher-inspired trend has evolved and is now inclusive of every length from chin-grazing bobs to seriously long and every cut in-between. While straight hair has never disappeared completely, there's been an emphasis on beachy, undone waves for the past few years. Now, perhaps boomeranging off of all of the '90s hair accessories that are making a comeback, flat irons are getting another 15 minutes of fame as spring 2018's must-have styling tool. "Hairstyles are changing every two to three years, and we recycle looks from years up to decades ago," says Mincho Pacheco, master hairstylist and colorist at James Joseph Salon. "During the past three years we've been seeing the same look and trends for hair like bayalage and tossed, beachy waves." "The 90’s are on trend and influencing fashion on the runways which means straight hair is back along with it," adds Jon Reyman, co-founder of Spoke & Weal Salons. "The textured undone waves have been on trend for several seasons and this 90’s sleek look gives woman versatility and a simple way to switch up their look." Now over 20 years after bone-straight hair peaked, Pacheco points out that we're seeing so many flyaway-free looks now because women are feeling the need for a change, and they're simple, elegant, and polished. If you want to wear the trend, Reyman recommends getting your hair cut dry and straight so that you have an accurate length with strong, crisp lines. "It is key to make sure you have a sharp haircut to go along with wearing your hair straight and smooth," he says. It's also key to apply a heat protectant before reaching for any hot tools. Need visuals of the trend? The 2018 Oscars red carpet was full of them. Taraji P. Henson's asymmetrical bob to Nicole Kidman's center part and long layers are just a few examples of how you can wear the trend this season. Keep scrolling to see which of Hollywood's biggest have invested in a more powerful flat iron for spring 2018. VIDEO: Cost of Getting Your Hair Dyed
Victoria Beckham can be credited to making angled bob haircuts sone of the most requested looks of 2007, but she was hardly the first person to wear the style. It's been in play since before your grandmother was born, and unlike "the Rachel" it's showing no signs of extinction. The exact aesthetics of angled bobs ebbs and flows, but its defining factor is its variation in length. "The cut is timeless when done right and gives a cute round taper in the back to show off the neckline with more length in front to accentuate the cheekbones and chin," says Aaron Grenia, the Co-Founder of IGK Hair Care. Commonly, the haircut features longer strands in the front, or around the face, and shorter in the back, but that can also be seen swapped. In the mid-aughts, the cut was all about a dramatic change in length, featuring chin-grazing strands in front and hair as short as the nape of the neck in the back. Today, the difference in length can be so subtle, it's almost undetectable. Take a walk (or, we guess a scroll) through bob history with this gallery of the most iconic look sof all time. VIDEO: Lauren Conrad Just Cut Her Hair Even Shorter
If you've dubbed 2018 the year you'll actually get one of the 200 short haircuts you pinned to your Pinterest boards, the first step in your journey is this URL. It's where you'll hopefully scoop up your inspiration image to take to your salon, where you'll discuss the details of how the celebrity-approved cut it will interact with your hair type, the time you actually have in the a.m. to style, and all the other ins and outs of making a ginormous hair change. Good news is that you have plenty of looks to choose from, because going short is a trend that continues to reign, no matter the calender year. From choppy pixies to chin-length bobs, these are a few of the cutest looks worth considering.
Maybe spending less time blow-drying your hair or seeing your favorite celebs' cuts while scrolling through Instagram is what made you find chopping your hair off into a bob so appealing. Whatever your reason for getting one of this year's trendiest haircuts, when you first go short it probably seems like you said goodbye to your styling options along with your length. In reality, it's still possible to wear your hair up, down, straight, wavy, or whatever you're feeling in-between. Choosing a hairstyle is entirely up to you, but if you're not sure on what to do with your newfound shorter length, there's a lot of ideas from red carpet to help you get started. Lucy Hale's sleek finish and Diane Kruger's low ponytail with messy left out layers are just a few of the creative ways that you can style a bob. Keep scrolling for celebrity-inspired looks for anyone whose hair reaches above their shoulders.
Whether or not you think following the "New Year, New You" mantra is cheesy, there's no better opportunity than the start of another year to break out of your hair rut by starting off fresh with a new cut. If 2017 has taught us anything, it's that the lob isn't going anywhere—for good reason. The shoulder-grazing length is universally flattering for every face shape and a number of hair textures, too. But, if your relationship with your lob is starting to feel stale, there's a handful of cuts to consider that are about to become 2018's biggest hair trends. A dramatic or subtle hair change is up to you, but the cuts we've been tracking on red carpet have all the bases covered. Katie Holmes's layered pixie, and Kerry Washington's blunt bob and bangs are just a few of the styles that you're going to see everywhere in the new year. Keep scrolling for the five haircuts that will replace the lob in 2018. VIDEO: 6 Beauty Products Under $12 You Should Buy from the Drugstore
If Lauren Conrad has ever had a bad hair day, it’s never been documented. We’ve envied her thick, shiny, highlighted strands since the day we got the lowdown on a little California town named Laguna Beach, and obviously way before the Speidi drama. But her perfectly messy blonde waves and voluminous ballerina buns shouldn’t come of a surprise—the celebrity is something of a beauty guru herself, in addition to curating the prettiest Instagram feed in existence. Back in 2012, she published Lauren Conrad Beauty, a guide to mastering not only her signature cat-eyes and braids, but developing your very own routine. The best part about Lauren Conrad’s hairstyles, though? While they’re incredibly chic, they’re also relatively simple to recreate without a celebrity glam squad at your disposal—because let’s face it, not many of us do. Here, we rounded up a few that you can totally master at home, with the help of a blow-dryer, a curling iron, some bobby pins, and maybe a three-strand braid.
Half-up half-down hairstyles: It’s the far-too-often ignored genre that has the potential to completely transform your look. By giving you the best of both worlds, you can keep your hair down, which is a bonus for anyone who considers it their security blanket, while keeping stray strands out of your face. What's better, it works for bobs, lobs, and longer lengths. Pixies can even get in on the action if bobby pins and ponytails are put into play. From Zendaya-approved beauty moments to one of Kate Mara's best red carpet 'dos, we rounded up a few classic half-up half-down looks that'll never go out of style.
Whether you like it or not, the decade of shoulder pads and Madonna #1 hits is back. The ‘80s is making quite the impression on beauty trends of today, and after the perm’s modern makeover and even the resurgence of pastel, shimmery eyeshadow, it doesn’t seem like the influence is going to quit. Yet another iconic 1980s hairstyle is back, and everyone in Hollywood is giving it a go. Brushed back hair—sleek and wet or dry and voluminous—is taking over every red carpet. Vanessa Williams wore it in 1989, Molly Ringwald worked it into a pixie cut, and even Princess Diana road-tested a version of the hairstyle. Not to mention, it’s Michael Douglas’s signature of the decade. Celebrities of today, though, are showing it’s versatility and proving it's one of the chicest looks you can wear. The best part? It can be done for every hair texture and almost every length, unless of course you have a buzz cut. Demoed by Rihanna and Ashley Graham, it’s most famously worn with a "wet" look, or hair that’s been touched with product so it appears shiny and slicked back, but you can rock it with a dry, tousled texture, too. It all comes down to what products you use. "For the sleek look, you can use a paste like the Julien Farel Flexible Gel ($25; julienfarel.com) to keep the style secure for the wet look," says Julien Farel of the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in New York City. You can also mix gel, polish cream, and a little oil and apply it to the top of your head, suggests Oscar Blandi of the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City. This will give it, as he says, a "slicked back, dewy, slightly damp look." Then, gently brush or comb your hair back. Say you want the drier look? You'll need a strong molding paste, says Farel. "The best way to do is to wet hair at the roots, apply styling product, comb it through, and get the volume you want to achieve by letting it dry naturally. Finish with hairspray to keep it in place." You can also reach for a styling creme or a gel, both of which will control the hair while leaving behind different finishes to the hair. Here, we rounded up a few celebrities who have made the vintage look a 2017 staple.
You finally made the decision to go short and you love your new lightweight, low-maintenance cut. The only problem? On days when you just want your hair up and out of your face, your chin-grazing bob or collar bone-grazing lob doesn't seem so versatile. But, you're mistaken. You still have updo options with a shorter haircut. Case in point: celebs like Millie Bobby Brown and Lucy Hale who pull up their lobs into chic twisted buns and braids. If you're headed to a special occasion and want a fancier hairstyle, or just want to wear your hair up when you feel like it, we rounded up some celebrity-inspired ways to do it. Keep scrolling to see six easy updos that work well with short haircuts.