The Best Wash & Go Haircuts

Halle Berry's mixed ethnicity hair type is perfect for the pixie cut she rocks at the Fifi Awards at New York's Lincoln Center.

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In today's fast paced world you need a way to look fabulous in as little time as possible. That's why it's too bad that a great wash-and-go cut is elusive for so many busy women. The key to getting it right is working with your hair's natural texture. You might be surprised, for some women long locks are more wash-and-go than short.

Fine, Straight Hair

If you have fine, straight hair, keeping it as long as your shoulders or (gasp!) longer is a bad idea for getting out of the door quick-like in the morning. You should really stick to short styles with stacked layers to add volume. You're lucky because you don't have to mess with a lot of anti-frizz tricks. Fine hair is usually naturally shiny. If you live in a dry climate or have a problem with static in the winter time, comb in smoothing serum on damp or wet hair and let it air dry or give it a quick run over with your blow dryer. Angled bobs are modern, hip and work well with your type of hair.

Mixed Hair

If you have hair that's African American or a mixture of Caucasian and African American, a short, cropped cut is your wash-and-go answer. Let your hair grow completely naturally and keep it in a short Afro style or have it cut into a boy pixie, a la, Halle Berry. Her style only needs a dab of styling wax or pomade to give it a cool, piece-y look.

Curly or Wavy Hair

If you have hair with a curly or wavy texture, then shorter hair is actually going to be more of a styling hassle than medium or long tresses. Your hair has traits that most women spend a lot of time and money trying to infuse into their own hair -- volume and body. You should have graduated, blended layers to avoid a poofy, triangle shape after your hair dries. Styling cream and frequent moisturizing masks will do your hair good to avoid any frizz problems, too.

Thick, Straight Hair

Thick, straight hair tends to be really heavy and shapeless, so wearing it long can be a trial. Not to mention it takes a really long time to blow dry or air dry. Get a modern shag cut with a lot of medium-length layers to take out bulk and cut down on drying time. Get a finishing cream to apply to the ends of your hair; it'll make them look more defined and cover up any split ends that crop up in between trims.

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