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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 shag haircut
Karen Pearson
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The Shag

What's New: Unlike the severe style that characterized the '70s, the latest shag is more blended, less choppy. "It's the most wearable real-life cut because there are so many variations," says Gibson. The surefire way to avoid a dated look: Keep layers on top and don't let hair get too long in the back (the extra length would make this cut feel too retro). Instead, it's more organic, with layers flowing into one another.

How To:

1. Since volume and texture are important for this cut, keep hair healthy with a deep-conditioning, reparative mask once or twice a week. Try Biolage Fortetherapie Intensive Strengthening Masque, $16.

2. Short hair requires some lift at the roots. Build it with Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Gel, $3, to create movement as you blow-dry.

3. Lock in your look with Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hair Spray, $25 -- just a shot on the ends will do. The light formula lets you apply and brush through easily.

Originally published in the January 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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