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How to Wear Short Hairstyles

Say so long to the flowing waves of the last few years. Today's looks are a cut above -- the shoulders, that is. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson, whose client roster includes A-listers such as Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, and Gabrielle Union, shows us three updated takes on classic crops.

By the editors of Family Circle

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The Bob

What's New: The bob doesn't have to look so perky. "These days, the cookie-cutter bob is not the only option," says Gibson. "It's all about movement, body, and embracing what you're comfortable with." For conservative types, wear this style one length all around. For an edgier look, try the graduated bob (shown here), which is shorter in the back and gets progressively longer in the front. What always defines this cut, though, is keeping it well above the shoulders.

How To:

1. Apply a volumizing product, such as Tresemme Big Boost Root Lift Spray, $4, to wet hair, concentrating on the area closest to the scalp.

2. Coat the rest of strands with a styling spray that protects hair from heat. We like Ellin Lavar ThermMist, $8. Then separate into small sections and blow-dry, using a round brush to add body and fullness.

3. Finish with a spritz of light-hold hair spray, like Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper, $16.50 -- it smoothes strands without stiffening.

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