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5 Short Formal Hairdos That Will Never Go Out of Style

Move Over Long Hair, Short Formal Hairdos are Taking Over!

I’ve begun to see a trend that is very subtle and not very widely reported and that is toward more formal classic hairstyles. Retro looks of the 40’s and classic styles from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are showing up on the celebs. So I think it is time to look at what influence this classic short formal hairdo movement might be having.

Short formal hairdos are so much fun, and keep an eye on the accessories! I adore this asymmetrical short boy-cut on Marley Shelton. Big, flirty earrings and bare shoulders make the look come alive for any soiree! A great cut and color is essential to making this look over-the-top! Dimensional hair color gives a coquettish quality to the hairdo . . . lighter in front, darker in back and a few strategically placed high lights and you’re there!!

Keira Knightly Short Formal Hairdo

Short formal hairdos like Keira Knightly’s . . . pure panache! If you think short hair is boring, think again. This short, magnificently mussed-do is tooooo cute! Note once again, to make this a more formal do, remember the earrings . . . the earrings. To add all this fullness to this shape, Keira’s medium thick hair have been layered and texturized throughout to break it up. Style with volumizing products, shampoo or mousse and spray roots with a product like, Matrix root lifter and blow dry haphazardly to create fullness. Use your favorite styling gel or pomade to ends for a piecy look.

Katie Holmes Short Formal Hairdo

Katie Holmes Short Formal Hairdo

Both of Katie Holme’s short formal hairdos fall into classic hair stye territory! This short crop haircut with long layered bangs looks especially ‘cute’ on oval or petite face shapes. Other face shapes that can wear this well include heart, diamond and sometimes rectangle. Round face shapes normally should avoid this hairstyle, but there are some exceptions, your hairdresser should be able to help you.

The slightly inverted chin-length bob with bangs is also a classic shape that makes it fit our list of short formal hairdos. This hairstyle is cut just slightly shorter in back. Part of what gives this short hairdo a formal look is the chic, sleek styling. Use a flat-iron and a shine serum like Morrocanoil to create this look. This hairdo fits most face shapes and will work best with straight hair.

Naomi Watts Short Formal Hairdo

Short formal hairdos like Naomi Watt’s retro look are full of glamour and style! This year’s trendy wavy, lightly layered bob is especially popular because it’s low maintenance and versatile! This short hairdo takes on a more formal look with a deep side part and by tucking one side behind the ear. Try a sparkly pin and voila! Another big plus is this hairdo works for all face shapes.

Prep clean hair with a hair styling spritz or mousse like, Sebastian Whipped Creme. Use a mid sized curling iron, 1′ to 1 1/4′ barrel and wrap horizontal. Let hair cool before pulling through with fingers to style. Mist with a light hairspray like, Sebastians Shaper.

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles Boards.

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Pixie Haircut: Short and Chic

nicole-ari-parker-wears short textured pixie haircut with caramel highlights in crown

The pixie haircut is making major waves.

The pixie haircut has been around for a long time, but it is making major waves this year with celebrities who have taken it all off. Beyoncé, and other celebrities like Tia Mowry-Hardict, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Ari Parker and Halle Berry have given many ladies the style inspiration needed to go with a pixie haircut as well. They show some different ways you can style the pixie to make it your own

What’s especially great about this look is that it is quick and easy and low maintenance. With this haircut you can literally get up and go!  Go to the salon bi-weekly to maintain the shape of the cut and be sure to schedule regular visits for color to keep the look fresh. And if you want a bit more flair and volume, add some subtle highlights, or a bold new dimensional color. So ladies if you are looking for a great fresh and simple style to change up your look and take a break from the weaves . . . the pixie haircut is the way to go!

Tia-Mowry-Hardict in a Pixie Haircut with flips in the crown for spiked look, dark brown hair color

Tia Mowry-Hardict shows diversity in styling the short pixie haircut by styling it with this edgy and elegant look that can easily transition from day to night.

Tia Mowry-Hardict wears elegant pixie haircut, wrapped to the shape of her crown with wispy bang, dark brown hair color

Tia Mowry-Hardict sports the chic pixie haircut with a smokey eye. Here she opts for sleek styling with a little body.

rihanna-pixie-haircut with slight volume in the crown for fullness with black hair color

 Rihanna shows less is more when she wears the pixie haircut with simple black color and minimal styling.

Beyonce-debuts pixie haircut blonde with dark roots pulled back from face with little volume via instagram

Beyonce opts for a drastic change in her look by going short with a blond pixie haircut.

HALLE BERRY at Variety’s 4th Annual Power of Women Event in Beverly Hills with pixie haircut black hair color with texture for volume and edginess

Halle Berry wears this pixie haircut and tons of texture.

Anne Hathaway in a Pixie Haircut

Anne Hathaway with pixie haircut, dark brown hair color, with fullness and bangs side swept away from face. Anne Hathaway wears a pixie haircut simply styled with a pompadour style.

Who Can Wear a Pixie Haircut

The go getter, mover and shaker, or the bold type who’s strong and confident, is usually a perfect personality match for this look. The best hair textures for a pixie haircut are medium to thick hair. Hair product and styling techniques combine to give you the option to play with turning up your volume and texture if you choose to do so.

The pixie haircut can be worn by many women, but you need to consult with your hair stylist to decide if this is the right look for your face shape and personality. This cut is highly versatile and can be tailored to show off your naturally beautiful features like bone structure, cheekbones, smile or eyes.

Who Should Avoid a Pixie Haircut

If your hair is fine and thin, this is not the most desirable cut for you. Thin hair tends to lay flat and the shortness of the pixie cut can excentuate that. But if you do choose to give it a shot, this is the time to consider adding color to create texture and dimension to your hair. Work with a hair stylist who is knowledgeable with thin hair and can customize the look for you.

If your hair is long, a pixie haircut is also not your next best idea. The drastic change is traumatic for most after the “wow I love it” phase has passed, and many ladies long for their ponytails back. Transitioning to a pixie cut is a safer way to go. You have the option to wear some adorable mid-length cuts before diving to a style as short as a pixie haircut. But if you do decide to take the leap, be sure to think it through; This is not a decision to be made hastily!

If you are looking to change up your style with a little sass, the pixie cut is a great way to do it! Once you get your new do, complete your makeover with some new makeup, new nails and a tailored new outfit! Go get’em girls!

Santresa Watkins
Contributing author Santresa Watkins has been licensed since 2002 and owner of Metamorphosis Salon in Charlotte, NC since 2011. She works to continue her education to enhance her styling techniques and knowledge of the hair and beauty industry and sharing that knowledge. She stands on the mantra “be your own kind of beautiful” because we all have our own unique style and beauty that we should let shine from the inside out.

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15 Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

messy updo for short hair, twists

Express Your Personal Style with a Hot Short Style for Prom

Don’t be fooled into believing that prom hairstyles are only for long hair. There’s a ton of fun, flirty, and even glamorous hairstyles for short hair that are perfect for prom! So make an appointment with your trusted hairstylist, or your talented girlfriend, or with yourself, and plan on rocking one of these hot prom hairstyles for shorter hair lengths.

messy updo for bob with side bang and braid and sleek updo for short hair

cute updo for short hair with curls

Dress it Up: with an Updo!

Personal Style: If you love tradition and have been dreaming up your prom hairstyle since you were a little girl, then embrace all that prom has to offer with a sweet updo. You can also show off your flirty side with braids or twists.

Ideal Face Shapes: Oval, Oblong, & Heart

Hair Type: Fine and Medium Hair Textures, Straight or Wavy Hair

Ginny Goodwin, messy pixie haircut

blonde messy bob with side bang

short brown messy pixie

Mess with Tradition: with Messy Tresses

Personal Style: If you have an offbeat style and like to be a trend setter,  a messy hairstyle is a great way to express your personality with a fun style that stands out from the crowd.

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval, Oblong, Round, & Heart

Hair Type: Medium to Thick Hair Texture, Straight or Wavy Hair

red hair with side bang smokey eye and flower headband

Emma watson short pixie haircut with gold clip accessory

Ashlee Simpson: sleek blonde bob with side bang

 Access Your Girly Side: with Accessories

Personal Style: If you’re a girly girl at heart, nothing is more feminine than a pair of sparkly earrings, a floral headband, or a sweet barrette. Dress up your style and feel pretty with one of the adorable accessories in style this spring season.

Ideal Face Shapes: All Face Shapes

Hair Texture: All Hair Types

finger wave short hair

Katherine Heigl Hollywood wavy hair and red lipstick

fingerwave on bob length hair

Wave it Like Hollywood: with Glamorous Waves

Personal Style: If you love red carpet style and Hollywood glamour, nothing says glamorous more than a sleek vintage wave. Pair it with a dramatic lash and bold lipstick, and you’ll have award winning style.

Ideal Face Shape: Oval, Square, Oblong, Round, Heart

Ideal Hair Texture: Fine to Medium Hair Texture, Straight or Wavy Hair (doesn’t work for curl resistant hair)

Anne Hathaway: Smooth short pixie cut

smooth bob hairstyle with bang

Be Chic: with Chic Smooth Hair

Personal Style: If you have a simple sophisticated style, consider going with an understated, smooth hairstyle. Bring out your natural beauty with smooth shiny hair and understated makeup for a gorgeous, natural style.

Ideal Face Shape: Oval, Heart, Round, Square

Ideal Hair Texture: Medium to Thick Hair Textures, Straight or Wavy Hair

Don’t feel limited, just because you have short hair! Whether you’re style is traditional, playful, girly, glamorous, or natural, there are a ton of short hairstyles that work great for prom! So now that you’ve got the hair covered, it’s time to go shopping for a fabulous dress . . .

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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