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Long locks look lovely, but a cropped hair style, or a style that's cut close to the head, can be just as fierce. From Ginnifer Goodwin to Emma Watson, many of Hollywood's biggest starlets are opting to chop it all off. Before you loose the length, get the dish on what cropped style works best with your hair texture and the shape of your face.
Pros and Cons
For the woman on the go, a cropped hairstyle can be much easier to maintain than medium or long hair. Many cropped styles are wash and go and don't even need much styling. That said, cropped styles grow out quickly and need to be trimmed and shaped more often. Be prepared to visit your stylist every few weeks. They also don't leave any hair to hide behind and therefore look best on slender or oval shaped faces. Consult your stylist to see if a cropped cut suits you.
The least drastic of the cropped styles is the cropped bob, where the hair hits just at the top of the ear while the back below the ear is cut very short. Cropped bobs work on both straight and curly hair. But with curly hair, you may want to try an inverted bob, where the back is shorter than the front. Adding stacked layers to the back of an inverted bob will help curly hair lay well and add volume to thin, straight hair.
For the daring, try a pixie cut, where hair is closely cropped on the sides and back and a little longer on top. Made popular by the model Twiggy in the 1960s, this boyish cut works on both straight and curly hair. Wear it with a little length on top or cut it close to the scalp. For straight hair, go a little rock 'n' roll and add bangs or choppy pieces.
Although cropped styles can be easier to maintain, you'll still need to use a few hair products. For straight hair, try hairspray for a sleek shine or pomade to get that tousled just-out-of-bed look. For curly hair, try finishing creme, mousse or a texture creme. For natural African American hair, deep condition a few times a week and use a serum to control frizzies.