8 Short-Haired Celeb Looks We Love

Photo: Gregory Pace/BEImages.
The holiday season brings parties, formal events, family get-togethers, and a million other reasons to get your hair done. After all, there are so many options for party hairstyles — from intricate updos to Jessica Rabbit waves. But, there aren’t as many for women with short hair, right?
Wrong. Although pixie cuts are great because they don't need a lot of day-to-day maintenance, you can also transform your casual pixie into something a little more glamorous. It can look angelic with soft waves; it can be anything from twee to edgy with the help of the right hairpiece; a swept-back pixie can be elegant; and a slicked-back pixie can be sexy.
And, you don’t need a ton of skill, or even a huge arsenal of different products, to create a lot of different short hairstyles. To prove it, we’ve rounded up a few styles(rocked by some of our fave short-haired celebs) that only require one product or tool. Even better, the majority of them can be pulled together in as little as five minutes. Click through for tips and inspiration (and if you have long hair, be sure to hide the scissors first).
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Photo: Kevin Mazur.
An Edgy Headband

Michelle Williams is the queen of wearing adorable headbands with her pixie cut. Sometimes, this style runs the risk of looking too twee, but Williams made it look almost edgy for the 2013 Costume Institute Gala Benefit (which was appropriate, since that year’s theme was punk). The key was a headband that was equal parts glamour and fierceness, paired with piecey, tousled hair.

To get this hairstyle, all you need is a sturdy headband and some texture cream. Simply place the headband on the crown of your head (behind the ears), and then spend an hour arranging your hair to make it look artfully disheveled in just the right way.

We kid, we kid. In all seriousness, you can use some kind of pomade or texture cream to recreate Williams’s piecey perfection in about five minutes. Using your fingers and some pomade, create deeply side-swept fringe in the front, then pull a few pieces out from behind the headband to create messy volume in the back. You’ll need more pomade for the messy pieces in the back — the front should look a little softer.
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Photo: Via Living Proof.
Living Proof's Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer will give hair instant texture without weighing it down or making it look sticky, while simultaneously smoothing flyaways. This is just what you need for recreating William's half-spiky, half-smooth style.

Living Proof Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer, $24, available at Nordstrom.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Sleek And Side-Swept
This side-swept style is perfect for girls with pixies who have a longer fringe that's mostly all the same length. Anne Hathaway looked elegant and striking when she wore this slick style with a deep berry lip to the New York Les Miserables premiere in December 2012.

This style is fast and easy to do with just a few products. First, create a deep side part (the part should be above the outer arch of one eyebrow). Apply a heat-protectant spray first, and then use a mini flat iron to sweep most of your hair from the side part over to the other side of your head. It depends on how long your hair is, but generally your bangs should be swept across your forehead without touching your brows. Finish with either a hair serum or oil for shine, or a high-shine hairspray if you want extra hold.
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Photo: Via Sephora Collection.
This Sephora Collection Mini Flat Iron is the perfect size for pixie cut styling. It also comes with a case, making it the perfect compact flat iron to bring on holiday travels. It can go up to 450 degrees and heats quickly, allowing you to create sleek styles, or even curly ones, in minutes. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant spray first, of course. Hot tip: Add a little bit of pure avocado oil (found at most health stores) after straightening hair to get Hathaway's ultra-shiny look.

Sephora Collection Tame: Mini Flat Iron, $21, available at Sephora.
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
Retro Finger Waves
Evan Rachel Wood brought 1920s glamour to the red carpet in 2011 with this retro hairstyle. Finger waves are rarely done anymore because they can be time consuming and a little tricky, but with a little effort you can blow everyone at your next party away with this gorgeous look.

There's basically two main ways to create finger waves: the original method of using fingers, or the modern method of using a curling iron. Regardless of which way you choose, it will take some time. Patience is required — a lot of patience, and a lot of hair gel. If you're doing the original method, you'll also need a comb and duck bill clips. The very basic gist of it is three steps:

1. Apply a strong-hold hair gel to wet hair and create a deep side part.
2. Create C-shaped waves all the way down your scalp by directing your hair with the comb, alternating between backward and forward, while temporarily keeping the wave in place with fingers.
3. Secure each wave with a duck bill clip before moving on to the next wave; don't take the clips out until hair is completely dry.

Check out more detailed instructions and pictures for the original finger technique here. Girls with pixie cuts can skip the steps involving hair past the jawline.
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Photo: Via Hot Tools.
Grab a couple packs of Hot Tools 3½" Duck Bill Clips to hold your hair down while creating this style — bobby pins alone will not cut it.

Hot Tools 3-1/2" Duck Bill Clips, $3.49, available at Ulta.
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
A (Fore)Headband
If your pixie is ultra-short but you still want to glam it up with a headband, there’s more creative ways to do it than simply plonking the headband on top of your hair. Take some inspiration from Lupita Nyong'o's look at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala. She paired her beaded emerald dress with a matching headpiece, which she wore across her forehead instead of over her hair.

It's easy, fast, and requires no hair-wrangling whatsoever — but you'll still look like you put in some effort. Of course, if you want to tease your hair upward for a little bit of volume, that will only add to the overall effect.
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Photo: Via Zara.
To wear a headband across your forehead, make sure to look for one with some stretch — no hard plastic headbands in a half circle with those painful teeth on the edges! Try something like this colorful, embroidered headband from Zara to make a bold statement while being comfortable.

Zara Embroidered Headband, $25.90, available at Zara.
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The Swept-Back Faux Updo
Growing out a pixie cut is hard to do, and there are a lot of awkward stages involved. The best way to transition a pixie is to grow the front out first, but it's hard to look fancy when your bangs are covering your entire face. Jennifer Lawrence undoubtedly knows this struggle, since she mostly wore her hair in a swept-back style during its growing-out stage. This style will give you a huge amount of volume and will resemble an elegant updo. It looks particularly great on those with highlights or with roots to hide.

This style works best if you start with wet or damp hair, and some volumizing mousse if your hair is on the thinner side. You'll need to use product with lots of hold, so grab the most powerful pomade you have and smooth it through your hair, using your fingers to push your hair back, away from your face. This style also has a good amount of piecey texture, so use your fingers to separate chunky pieces with pomade. There, now everyone can see your beautiful face!
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Photo: Via Lush.
The best hair pomade to give your hair tons of hold without any stickiness is Lush's Dirty Styling Cream. Made fresh with natural ingredients such as cocoa butter and rosemary, it's great for your hair and scalp. It has a fresh, sexy scent of spearmint and tarragon that smells great on both men and women. You only need to use a small amount for most styles, but for this particular swept-back style, we recommend adding a quarter-sized amount to wet hair and then continuing to use the cream in small amounts to add lift and piecey volume as hair dries. No hairspray needed: your hair will stay like this all night, while still looking completely touchable.
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Photo: Gregory Pace/BEImages.
Sexy, Wet Hair
Is there anything sexier than that wet-hair look, especially when paired with a smoky eye? Coco Rocha has worn her pixie like this multiple times, emphasizing her already-enviable bone structure. Luckily, this hairstyle looks great on mere mortals too, and it couldn’t be easier to achieve.

Start with wet hair (obviously), and use a fine-toothed comb to create a side-part. You could do a very deep side-part or even a center part; it's up to you to decide what flatters your face best. Then, apply a gel, oil, or even a conditioning mask to keep that wet look going all night long. Go over the whole thing one more time with the comb to flatten any flyaways.
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Photo: Via Josie Maran.
You could use gel to keep the wet-hair look going, but who likes that sticky, hard feeling in their hair all night? Instead, try smoothing some Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil through wet hair. It will help achieve that slick hair look without being dripping wet or crunchy, and as an added bonus, your hair will benefit from a nice, long argan oil leave-in treatment.
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Bangs With Shape
We bet you haven't tried this way of styling your bangs! This particular style will require an appointment with your hair stylist (or your personal bathroom salon if you're handy with scissors), but it's worth planning ahead. Consider how cool Jennifer Hudson looks with her triangular fringe. It's slightly messy and imperfect, which keeps it from being too Liza Minnelli-as-Sally Bowles. It also shows off her perfect brows.

We would recommend taking this picture of Hudson to a professional if you really want to commit to this tricky bang shape. If you just want to have fun with it for one night, however, perhaps try temporary bangs. You can trim them to your liking, and then it's simply a matter of clipping them into your hair.
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Photo: Via HairUWear.
HairUWear's Clip-In Bangs come in a variety of colors and can be worn over and over again. After trimming them to the shape and length that you want, simply clip them in and arrange a few pieces of your natural hair over the top of the bangs for camouflage. You can also use hairspray or a flat iron to tame any errant flyaways.

HairUWear Clip-In Bang, $23.20, available at Ulta.
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Photo: Jim Smeal/BEImages.
Angelic Waves
Charlize Theron looked an angel when she wore her golden pixie in this softly tousled style back in October 2013. It frames the face in an extremely flattering way, and it is easy to create with almost any kind of hair, whether yours is fine and stick-straight or naturally wavy. This style is best for medium to long pixie cuts.

You'll want to prep damp hair with some mousse for volume. Protect dry hair with a heat-protectant spray, and then use a mini curling iron to create soft curls, curling toward your scalp. Use a brush or your fingers to go through and relax the curls into gentle waves. Once your hair is tousled to your satisfaction, you can rub an anti-frizz serum through for shine, or add some hairspray for hold, depending on your hair's needs.
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Photo: Via Conair.
Try using the adorable and ultra-portable Conair Mini Ceramic Curling Iron to create curls and soft waves in your short hair. Using some of that Josie Maran Argan Oil afterward will help you achieve Theron's shiny, silky waves as well.

Conair Mini Ceramic Curling Iron, $19.17, available at Drugstore.com.
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