How to Get a Messy Couture Look with Short Hair

Ginnifer Goodwin showed off her short, messy locks in Nashville.

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If you want to dramatically change up your look, cutting your hair is the way to go; just remember that you still have to style it. You want to look like Halle Berry or Ginnifer Goodwin on the red carpet, not Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane," so get your hair cut with a tousled, messy couture look in mind. That way, you can ensure you'll be sporting a short cut that's flirty, unpredictable and a little wild -- not something that looks like you got in a losing fight with a lawn mower.

The Right Cut

Your hair isn't the biggest factor in what type of haircut you need; it's actually your face. To get the right messy couture look, you need to get your hair chopped off, but only in a way that flatters your face shape. For example, Halle Berry typically wears her hair styled up and away from her face, while other stars -- like Rihanna -- sweep their bangs down and across a high forehead. If you aren't sure what type of cut flatters the shape of your face, ask your stylist for inspiration.

The Texture Factor

The texture and thickness of your hair is a deciding factor in how you style it, even when you're going for a messy look. For example, if your hair develops natural curls, embrace that by getting an above-shoulder-length cut with loose, unkempt waves. If your hair is thick and textured, on the other hand, it may be easier to go short and style it up into flattened layers and spikes. Getting a cut that doesn't suit your hair's texture could mean that you'll be fighting a losing battle every time you try to style it in the morning.

Use Your Product

Not all hair products work the same way; they all have different effects on your hair's hold, frizziness, shape, texture and style. For example, to get messy, loose tufts like Halle Berry, you may need only a small dollop of texturizer to tousle through your hair. A squirt of hair gel helps you create more defined spikes, while ladies who wear their hair down may need only a few spritzes of spray gel to tease out their short locks.

Shampoo Less Often

Your hair isn't like your face: you don't have to wash it every day. In fact, to get the messy couture look in your hair, you shouldn't wash it every day. When you shampoo your hair, it strips out the hair's natural texture, making it softer and floppier. All this makes it harder to style, so that messy 'do you planned could just fall limp. Try washing your hair only once a week -- or maybe a few times per week, if it gets especially oily near the scalp. This makes your short tresses healthier and easier to style.

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