While it may seem ridiculous to say hair has a major impact on how we feel and view ourselves, for an overwhelming majority of us it truly does. Our face is framed by it, our features enhanced and our personality displayed in how we choose to wear it. If you’ve been contemplating going for the big chop, here are 15 epic tips and celebrity looks to dare and inspire you. Just don’t have an ANTM meltdown in front of the hairdresser, okay!
#1 Get Shorn
If you have a pixie face this will be particularly flattering. Natalie Portman’s striking yet delicate face was most evident when she buzzed her hair off for the role in V for Vendetta. If you’ve sharp cheekbones or even if you love having your hair scraped back into a high bun, this one could be really flattering for your facial features.
#2 Bleached and Buzzed
If you’re going for a buzz cut, you may as well experiment with colour you would otherwise be afraid of. Now is the time to embrace it, when you have the least amount of hair to damage. Kristen Stewart went peroxide and has never looked so cool and sultry.
#3 Lob for Length
If you’re afraid a really short style would be too much for you, especially in one visit to the hairdressers, try out the lob first. A longer version of the bob, it has enough length to be versatile, meaning you can try out loose waves, curls or plaits for example. Check out Hollywood sweetheart Jessica Chastain for inspo.
#4 Play Up Natural Texture
Audrey Tatou became the face of gamine, having that attractive boyish charm, when she cut her hair and left in its natural curly style. Her voluminous cropped cut proves that even curly haired gals can go very short without looking like a mushroom head. Model Winnie Harlow also went for a cropped cut in her natural texture, making her hair look so much more alive.
#5 Get the Shine
If you want to opt for a sleek lob or bob, you’ll be hacking years off your face! Use hydrating oils while your hair is still wet, like Argan or Moroccan oil. Ensure to use a strong heat protectant when the heated styling tools are on the cards too. Finish with a light spray of a gentle, flexible hairspray to ensure no frizzies pop up. Anyone and everyone looks classically beautiful with this finish.
#6 Birkin Bangs
January Jones totally transformed her look from Mad Men glamour to 1960s Jane Birkin babe. The choppy, heavy fringe gives her a boho edge and draws attention to her eyes.
#7 Go for Girly Accessories
Janelle Monáe knows all too well what a difference accessories can make! The singer added feminine hair bands to embellish her pixie cut. For an occasion or night out, these little details make your look softer and allow for more style versatility. Any face shape can work this!
#8 Salt-N-Peppa Side Parting
Singer Kehlani definitely drew inspiration from Salt-N-Peppa back in the day. Her perfectly combed side parting still looks very modern however, not to mention v. glam! This suits oval, square and long face shapes best.
#9 Shaved Sides
Katy Perry followed suit this year, but Miley Cyrus was the pop princess who brought about the revival of the shaved sides and quiff! Her long fringe and voluminous crown of hair is streamlined by the shorn sides. This is surprisingly flattering if you aren’t too sure about going super short, as the fringe gives you something to work with.
#10 Pastel Perfection
Cara Delevingne blew everyone’s minds when she put up an Instagram photo of her new haircut and colour. Not only had she gone significantly shorter, she had dyed it a pastel pink/purple shade. If you’re afraid there isn’t enough versatility with a short cut to stop you from becoming bored with it, this is proof there is! You can try all the colours of the rainbow.
#11 The Classic Bob
She may be famous for her role as Queen Daenerys Targaryen, whose ice blonde long tresses are her signature look, but Emilia Clarke is turning heads with her new chin length bob. As it cuts off just at her jawline, the structure of her face is beautifully enhanced.
#12 Shaggy and Layered
Even if it does resemble Garth’s shaggy style from Wayne’s World, we still love Amber Heard’s shaggy new lob. The texture is enhanced by the layers she has cut in, with face-framing pieces keeping it easy to wear without much styling.
#13 Dip Dye Bob
If you’ve been living as a monk for the last decade, you may be unaware the cult style status Alexa Chung has all over the globe. Her strong jawline and high cheekbones are made even more eye-catching with this bob. The dip dye is just another way of experimenting and keeping your style varied.
#14 A Living 1920s Doll
The 1920s style bob that Katie Holmes was sporting is surprisingly suitable for all face shapes. If you have a broad forehead or long face, the fringe will give your face a more oval appearance.
#15 The Supermodel Bowl Cut
Going back to the original supermodels, Linda Evangelista was famous for changing her hair constantly and reviving her look overall as a result – and she never failed to pull it off. This asymmetric bowl cut is relaxed in style, given its tousled texture. As it sweeps to one side, it’s feminine and soft enough to be worn by those with strong jawlines or facial features without looking too harsh.