Haircuts So Effortless They Almost Style Themselves

We've all been there: You go to your stylist for a new haircut, they whip out the scissors and give you an awesomely styled 'do, then you get home and learn that it takes way too much time to style your new cut on your own. No one wants to spend hours on their hair in the a.m. (we'd rather catch up on our ZZZ's), so having a cut that requires minimal styling time is key. We spoke with Matt Fugate, a stylist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in NYC, for his picks on the haircuts that require the least amount of maintenance.
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Fugate says a choppy bob like Keira Knightley's is super-easy to style because it actually looks better when it's disheveled — you don't have to worry about making it perfect. "To keep it from looking dated or mom-sy, you need to start with a great technical cut," he says, so make sure your stylist has mad scissor skills. For styling, Fugate says you shouldn't have to do much more than spritz it with some mineral spray to add texture — the rest of the cut will just fall naturally into place.

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There is such a thing as a long hairstyle that's low-maintenance — layered locks like Gwyneth Paltrow's. When a stylist creates layers, it forces the hair to hang in a certain way, one that adds dimension to the face and requires a minimal amount of manipulation. That means your hair looks polished, even when you don't do much to it. Fugate says the trick to this cut is to make sure the layers are graduated, but minimal — if there's too much of a length difference between the layers, you get that weird boxy look (otherwise known as "The Rachel." Thanks a lot for that one, Jennifer Aniston). As always with long hair, you need to be sure it's in good health, so take good care of your mane. For a quick shine boost, Fugate says to wash your conditioner out with cold water.

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We know it's kind of a "no duh" tip, but it bears repeating: The shorter the hair, the easier it is to style. That's why a pixie cut like Emma Watson's works so well — it's versatile enough that you can play with it to create different looks, but short enough that you don't have to spend tons of time trying to make it behave. "This take on a pixie is texturized, so the styling is minimal," says Fugate. "It’s literally adorable right out of bed. Wash your hair at night, and the next morning it will have dried into a sexy, effortless crop."

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