Read This Before You Go For The Chop

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By Justine Marjan

This year, we’ve seen just about every celeb delve into the world of short hair: Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Lauren Conrad, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco. If this has inspired you to make your own chop, we’ve got just the advice for you, whether you're after a pixie or a lob.

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"Cutting your hair short can be such an exciting, refreshing way to update your look," says celebrity stylist Adir Abergel. "It can be dramatic and new. Hair grows, so take a risk and don’t be so scared to try something new. Your eyes will look bigger, and it will accentuate your jaw line and bring out your features."

But, that doesn't mean you should make a drastic decision on a whim: Pause for a beat, and think about why you want to go short. Then, try it out risk-free. A great way to experiment is by going to a wig store and trying on shorter wigs. And, working together with your stylist is key. Make sure to go to someone you trust and who has cut your hair before to avoid any “uh-oh” moments.

Celebrity stylist Ric Pipino explains: “It’s all about communication with your stylist! Be sure to take the time to discuss what he or she thinks would be the best style that would work for your hair texture and length, facial shape, and also your personality and body shape and size. Make sure your stylist knows that you feel like you want something new and fresh that works for you, not just the latest passing trend.”

Ahead, check out a few shorter styles and how to make 'em look smokin' hot. 
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The Lob
This collarbone-grazing option is a great "gateway cut" for those who may be a little chop-shy. Abergel suggests “starting out longer than you originally envisioned and taking off more as you get more comfortable. You can always go shorter.”

To keep it modern and remove weight without making it look too much like a shag (unless that’s what you’re going for), we suggest longer, razor-cut layers. Avoid anything that's too blunt near the ends or graduated: It's a little too 2006.

To style: Let this look be low-maintenance. Style with a sea-salt spray (like Sachajuan Ocean Mist) and Oribe Surfcomber Mousse, and let air-dry for piece-y texture. For a dramatic part and more volume, channel the '90s by running your hands through your hair and flipping it to the side.
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The Bob
Taylor Swift and Lauren Conrad have made this cut ever-so-famous this past year. Take a cue from Conrad and ease into a shorter length by starting on the longer side. You can always go in for another appointment to take the length up if you want, but (obviously) putting the length back on is a different story. Keep this look modern with blunt edges, choppy layers, and keeping the length (mostly) even all the way around.

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To style: We love it slicked back with a pomade, or styled with flat-iron waves and broken up with R+Co Aircraft Pomade Mousse and Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray.
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The Crop
We mean that shorter-than-short bob that's just past the ears. Keeping the length in the front and avoiding tons of layers allows this cut to still feel soft. We love it paired with bangs for a vintage feel.

To style: Avoid making it look too primped. Try styling with a Vess brush to allow your natural texture to show through. Embrace your natural waves or curls, if you have them, and just use a small amount of styling cream (like Macadamia Whipped Detailing Cream) to combat frizz and flyaways.
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The Pixie
The classic pixie can look both glamorous and rebellious. We love it for its versatility. If you’re ready and committed, make sure to find a stylist who won’t talk you out of it. Doing your research is key, as not every stylist is completely comfortable cutting hair that short. Our favorite trick to finding the right pro? When you see someone with a cute pixie, ask them who cut it! They’ll be flattered, and you’ll know you’re going to someone whose work you admire.

To style: Just because it’s short doesn’t mean you’re completely off the hook. We still like blowdrying with a Denman brush to avoid too much volume or flyaways, and styling with a clay wax (like Osmo Clay Wax) for texture and definition.

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