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Life’s too short to not attempt short hair at least once. While opting for a major chop might be a bit nerve-wracking to think about it, there are so many stylish short haircuts to choose from that you can work with your stylist to pick one that’s sure to be feature-flattering. (Plus, if you don’t totally love it, it’ll always grow out!)
Going short is a perfect way to help keep cool during the hot summer months, while also being super-stylish. Long story short: There’s never been a better time to try a cropped cut. Have your pick from these 10 great styles for summer 2017.
If you’re ready to make a serious chop, keep hair cropped short on the back and sides, with strands left slightly longer on top. This style was popularized by ‘60s supermodels, so know that it’s tres chic! Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean that you can’t style it—in fact, you actually have plenty of options.
Piece-y fringe pixie: Differentiate your pixie by adding bangs—the more piece-y, the better.
Follow these simple steps to style your cut:
Step 1: Use a styling cream. With your fingers, evenly distribute the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream through wet hair and allow your strands to air dry.
Step 2: Add matte texture. On dry stands, use a texturizer with a matte finish to accentuate the piece-y cut of your fringe.
Spiked pixie: Put a punk rock spin on your short hair by messily spiking strands.
Step 1: Comb. Gently pull a comb through damp tresses, removing any tangles.
Step 2: Work a pomade through hair. With a small amount of pomade on your fingers, apply the product from root to tip using a combing motion. Run fingers towards the back of your head, pulling upwards to form spikes.
Step 3: Finish with gel. For maximum shine, apply a dime-size amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel, focusing on just the ends of strands. For more uniform spikes, use a fine tooth comb to guide the gel through your hair.
Sleek pixie: If you have naturally straight hair, ask your stylist to keep short hairs cropped on the longer side for even easier styling.
Step 1: Use a smoothing system. Wash your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Shampoo, followed by the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Conditioner.
Step 2: Spray on heat protectant. Spritz towel-dried hair with the L’Oréal Paris SLEEK IT Iron Sraight HeatSpray.
Step 3: Flat iron. After air drying the rest of the way or giving strands a quick blast from the blow-dryer, run a hair straightener through your mane. Work in sections to get each piece seriously straight.
Step 4: Lock in place with hairspray. Once hair looks super-smooth, finish off your style with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.
For a classic way to make the (short) cut while maintaining a little length, go with a bob. Traditionally, tresses are left at about jaw level, landing somewhere between the bottoms of your ears and your chin.
Layered bob: Make a trip to the salon and have layers of varying lengths added to your bob, going from mid-ear to your chin. Layers will help your hair dry with effortless natural texture. Who doesn’t want that?
Step 1: Spray on a wave creator. Use a wave spray to help give hair carefree, undone waves for a sultry, (un)dressed look. Concentrate spraying at the roots for added lift.
Step 2: Enjoy! Part of the fun of letting loose and saying no to uptight styles is that you styling your hair is as easy as a few spritzes from a single product. No further work necessary!
Asymmetrical bob: Lopsided isn’t typically the first word you think of when describing what great hair looks like, but an asymmetrical crop is an unexpected update on a classic cut. Leave hair longer on one side, with side bangs sweeping over.
Step 1: Brush out. That’s a no brainer, right? Just wait until tresses are dry to brush through; wet hair is more fragile, so it’s more prone to breakage.
Step 2: Use a hair serum. Coat hair with a shine-enhancing serum.
Step 3: Braid bangs. While short styles don’t often allow for braiding, when combined with side bangs, an asymmetrical cut will have just enough length to add interest with a braid. Use a French braid to work your bangs into the rest of your hair, holding the end in place with a bobby pin.
Blunt bob: A harsh hairstyle may not be right for everyone, but a blunt cut can be totally flattering, especially for fine hair. Pair with blunt bangs for extra severity.
Step 1: Smooth on an anti-frizz cream. On damp hair, apply the L’Oréal Paris SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream.
Step 2: Blow-dry. With a dryer and a round brush, pull strands straight to accentuate your blunt cut.
Step 3: Add shine. Don’t let your hair fall flat! Spray on the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist.
If you’re not quite ready to jump into the deep end with short strands, a lob might be the answer. The silly style name literally means long bob, giving you a few extra inches to play with. While you’ll still have to part with your prized ponytail, you’ll be able to pull hair back into trendy half-up styles. Leave your locks just long enough to skim the tops of your collarbones for the perfect short—but not too short—style.
Choppy lob: Add interest to your hair by getting hair cropped into a choppy style. Short hair can sometimes considered matronly, but there’s nothing aging about this cut.
Step 1: Apply mousse. Dispense an egg-size amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Whipped Densifying Foam into your palm. Work the product evenly through damp hair.
Step 2: Pull the top layer of hair into a high bun. Take about a third of your hair and create a top knot. Use a clear elastic to hold the small bun in place.
Angled lob: Work your angles with a lob that starts shorter in the back and gradually becomes longer towards the front. Opt for a slanted style if you have a round face shape, as the angles will distract from a fuller face.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Apply a light, even layer of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatSpray.
Step 2: Blow-dry. Dry hair completely with a blow-dryer.
Step 3: Flat iron. Straighten strand by strand to get hair perfectly straight. At the ends, pull the straightener forward to help angle the pieces.
Why not shave your head? If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum as our lob-length lovers and just can’t get short enough, this could be the cut for you. You’ll achieve a totally bold (and bald) style, all the while putting an end to a complicated hair maintenance routine.
Bare: It may take a bit of bravery to go completely bare, but you’d be hard pressed to find a style that’s more of a statement maker.
Follow these simple steps to care for your cut:
Step 1: Cleanse and condition. Even the shortest of strands (you’ll still have teeny tiny hairs) need basic care. Cleanse and condition with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Conditioner.
Step 2: Moisturize. While you won’t have any use for styling products, your skin care routine may end up being extra handy. When your scalp starts to feel a little dry, use a light facial moisturizer to hydrate.
Undercut: If you’re not ready to make the jump to totally bald, shave just a portion of your head. Leave the rest of your strands longer to balance things out.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Prep hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray.
Step 2: Blow-dry. Use a round brush to help create volume at the roots. With the brush, pull strands towards the shaved portion of your head for a more secretive style, or away to create extra drama.
Step 3: Apply SPF and throw on a hat. Help protect your scalp from the sun by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher—and pack a broad-brimmed hat with you as well if you know you’re going to be spending an extended amount of time in the sun.