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Bored with your 'do? Ready to break out of the long and layered rut? Hip new short-in-back, long-in-front looks pack a one-two punch with their surprising texture and unexpected lengths. If you're ready to go under the scissors, print out a few pictures for inspiration and guidance before heading to your hairdresser's. With a new, post-modern edgy cut, people will be staring at your hair from all angles.
Perhaps the most classic of the short-in-back, long-in-front cuts is the graduated, or inverted bob--you know, the one that Victoria Beckham made famous. This razor-sharp look can be worn with or without bangs. The back of the hair is cropped closer to the neck, while the sides of the hair get longer and longer, tapering to a point in the front. You can wear this look at most lengths, from shoulder-grazing on up -- but please, make sure that the front of the cut hits right around your chin. Any shorter is so '90s.
Want the length of a bob with the punk attitude of a pixie? Ask your hairstylist for a razored bob--the edgy, texturized cousin of the smoother graduated bob. Razoring is a hair-cutting technique that utilizes a super-sharp blade to slice hair at an angle. A razored bob creates textured, longer pieces of hair towards the front of the face, often with some choppy bangs. (Check out the Resources for some chic photo inspiration.)
This isn't your mama's pixie cut. The asymmetrical pixie is characterized by swooping side bangs that are much longer than the rest of the hair. While the back and sides are cropped close, like a traditional pixie, the bangs are left long and textured. For inspiration, check out Rhianna's former pixie cut, or watch the punk-inspired models rocking this 'do at the Fall 2010 Emporio Armani fashion show.
Pixie With Heavy Bangs
Heard of supermodel Agyness Deyn? Though she's worn almost every hair color under the sun, her signature look is a sleek pixie cut with heavy bangs, worn straight across the forehead or pushed flirtatiously to the side--just a little. The hair is kept short and boyish in the back and around the sides, but eases into longer bangs towards the front of the head. This look is subtly inspired by the mod bowl cuts of the British invasion. It's more space-age and high-fashion than the asymmetrical pixie, and looks stunning when paired with a strong hair color (Agyness rocked it in brilliant platinum).