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Long locks can be nice, but there are a lot of good reasons for going short. A shorter haircut that lays on the neck is really easy to style and maintain -- and there are a few cuts particularly worth considering if you're leaning in this direction. But don't sprint to your stylist without taking the time to determine what style will make you look and feel your best.
Short and Shaggy Layers
A short and shaggy layered cut can give you lots of body. The layers take weight off your hair, so even the limpest locks get a lift. Ask your stylist to let the longest pieces fall to the base of your neck. Have her create layers throughout the rest of your hair. The shortest pieces should hit no higher than ear-level, leaving you with enough hair to put up when you want to get it out of your face.
A pixie cut is one of the most commonly seen short cuts and it's not surprising why -- maintenance is minimal. It's longest and layered on top, with short-layered sides and a tapered back. Halle Berry is a big fan of this cut. You can slick your hair down with a bit of hair gel, or get a dry, tousled look with a bit of pomade. It's a cut that takes literally seconds to style, whether you're going for a more formal look or a casual 'do for day.
A blunt bob is a really edgy, sophisticated cut that works on most face shapes. It's cut blunt across the bottom with no layers, and the back hair resting against your neck falling almost to your shoulders. A blunt bob looks oh-so-fab when you flat iron it straight to get it sleek and smooth. Add some heavy, blunt bangs to really set off your stylish look.
An angled bob -- or asymmetrical bob -- is shorter and tapered at the nape of your neck, angling down on both sides with the longest pieces at the front. You can get the cut shorter or a bit longer so that it falls just above your shoulders. Part your hair down the side or slightly off center; style it smooth or wavy for a chic, trendy look. This angular cut puts all the focus on your face and is really chic.