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If you want to make a statement with your short hair, choppy layers and bangs are the way to go. They pump up the volume, so even though your hair isn't that long, it looks like you have plenty of it. A short cut with bangs may seem innocent and conventional at first, but choppy layers -- and other tweaks here and there -- turn it into an edgy look that pops with personality and gets you attention from anyone who can see your thick, choppy locks.
Reviving the Bob
One of the simplest, most traditional short cuts with bangs is the bob -- this shoulder-length 'do with straight-across bangs isn't just for Halloween flapper costumes, though. By throwing razored layers into the mix, you give this classic look an edgy update. Complement the straight bangs with thick, choppy layers that volumize your hair and explode in wispy strands -- a far cry from the straight-laced look of old.
Choosing Your Bangs
No matter what cut you go with, if you want bangs, you need bangs that fit your face. Bangs that look good on one woman might be less flattering on another, so check out your face shape and figure out what suits you best. For example, if you have a square face, go with longer bangs that sweep across your face and taper into layers at the jawline. For a rounder face, try feathery bangs that give your face soft contours.
Edgy Colored Layers
Nothing says "edgy" like a bold dash of color, and choppy layers are some of the best for adding unconventional color. Whether you go with hot pink or something more subdued, the important thing is that the color of your highlights contrasts with your natural hair color. For example, a few shocks of blond hair add an edge to short black hair, while something more drastic -- like electric blue -- gives a youthul and energetic jolt to blonde hair.
When you're working with layers, your hair can be as short as you want without worrying about looking too tomboyish. This is because your hair gets volume from the layers, so what might have looked like a crew cut is actually a thick and flouncy head of hair. Keep that in mind when you go for your cut -- even hair that's shorter than your jawline looks feminine and edgy when it is pumped up and blown out in layers.