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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 Crop

What's New: "Women are finally starting to embrace this stronger, cutting-edge look," says Gibson. There are two keys to pulling off today's cropped cut: proportion and imperfection. You don't want it to be the same length all around -- let one side fall a bit to give it that haphazard feel. And make sure the hair has lots of texture. To style, tousle with fingers in various directions. The edges should look undone and not super straight, so it won't be mistaken for a crew cut.


How To:

1. Grown-out hair color is even more noticeable on short styles. Keep your shade strong with a color-enhancing shampoo, such as Wella Professionals Color Preserve Smoothing Shampoo, $13.

2. Add volume to wet strands by scrunching in a dollop of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam, $14, starting at your roots.

3. Finish by sculpting with a styling wax or pomade. Redken Electric Wax 11, $17, works well to maintain shine.

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