Short Hairstyles for Women in Their Early 30s

Veteran model Carmen Kass sports a tousled shag at Balmain’s Fall 2011/2012 runway presentation.

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Your 30s are a great time to abandon the fashion-forward, and sometimes grungy, hairstyles of your teens and 20s and to embrace a more-sophisticated hair era. Celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Katherine Heigl are just a couple of exemplary models of how to transform your look to be sexy, modern and age appropriate. Youthful haircuts, like the pixie and bob, can be revamped and styled for the fabulous 30s woman on the go.

Long Wavy Pixie

While some mature celebs can work a short pixie in their 30s, many opt for a less nymphet-like hairstyle. Katherine Heigl has been spotted sporting a wavy, slightly grown-out pixie -- a haircut that has about 2 inches along the sides and longer layers throughout the crown. To get a similar look as the blond bombshell, run a dollop of texturing pomade through dry tresses. Next, curl the hair at the top of the head, using a 3/4-inch iron. Brush the curls backward with a paddle brush to produce soft waves.

A-Line Bob

The sleek A-line bob is cut shorter in the back and gradually gets longer in the front. A side part can give this angular style a sexy allure -- especially when the haircut grazes the jaw line. Glam up the hairdo by adding a quarter-sized amount of de-frizz serum to the hair, working the product from root to tip. Curl the bottoms of hair under with a 3/4-inch iron. Brush the hair with a paddle brush, smoothing one side behind your ear and allowing the other to frame the face -- falling gracefully under the chin.

Lob (Long Bob)

A long bob -- affectionately called a “Lob” -- is a grown-out version of the more abbreviated cut, falling right above shoulder level. The haircut can be softened with a technique called “invisible layering,” which is a subtler way to frame the face and add movement to the hair. Style the look by parting the hair slightly off-center and smooth a quarter-sized dab of pomade through the dry locks. Curl 2-inch sections of the hair -- from about the halfway down the shaft to the ends -- with a 3/4-inch curling iron. Run your fingers through the curls to loosen them, giving them a bohemian-chic look.

Tousled Shag

Not every 30s style has to be well coiffed. In fact, model Carmen Kass sported a similar style on Balmain’s Fall 2011/2012 runway. The shag is a fringe-heavy, shoulder-grazing, layered haircut -- which combines classiness with a bit of rock 'n' roll. To style this hipster cut, run a pea-sized amount of texturing product through dry hair, giving the tresses a beach-like look. Flip the hair up with a 1-inch flatiron, before combing the styled locks with your fingers. Rough it up slightly for a look worthy of a catwalk.

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