In life we’re faced with many tough decisions, and mulling over a short haircut is definitely one of them. Going super-cropped is a longterm commitment that warrants research, dedicated Pinterest boards, thousands of inspiration screenshots on your iPhone, and at least a couple of conversations with an experienced hairstylist.
Celebrity hair guru Juan Carlos Maciques at Rita Hazan Salon has over 20 years of experience working with celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen and Emmy Rossum, and designer brands at Fashion Week including Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, Versace, and Valentino. Really, there’s no one better equipped to help educate and inspire your short haircut, so today we spoke with Maciques to find out exactly what we should be requesting at the hairdresser to recreate some of fall’s chicest short looks. Here’s what he told us.
Shoulder-length bob with a bevel of layers.
Top copy this look, Maciques recommends asking for a bob that just grazes the shoulders. He says this look is mostly blunt but with what he calls “a bevel of layers just around the bottom edge (or perimeter),” which stops the shape from falling in a pyramid shape. To get a similar look after you trim, add “some volumizing spray throughout the roots and hair length and blow dry with a medium size natural bristle brush,” he explained. Use a large barrel curling iron to add a slight wave to the hair, particularly around the front from ear height down around the rest of your hair to unify the look.
A blunt, platinum bob.
For hair like Coco Rocha ask your stylist for a “blunt, chin length bob with some face framing pieces around the front and in the direction you wear your hair. So other side is longer and not layered.” Maciques explained that the platinum blonde blonde color automatically gives the hair the texture you see in the photo, but you can add a little more with texturizing spray or light hair spray to also keep the parted hair in place. To recreate the styling, he suggests “blow drying straight with a Mason Pearson brush.”
A shoulder-length bob with long layers.
For locks à la Australian blogger Margaret Zhang, ask for a shoulder-length bob with some long layers around the bottom for some movement. As for the bangs, Maciques says you want the “not too wide across the forehead,” so that they are “straight across but a bit chopped into at the very bottom.” To style, use a straightening balm and blow dry with a very large round brush. “Let the bangs dry flat against the forehead,” the hairstylist added.
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A cropped haircut.
Recreate this style by asking for a cropped haircut. Ask the stylist to use a “clipper with about a 1/2 to a 3/4 inch guard all around the head,” Maciques suggested. As for styling, that’s pretty simple: “Comb or brush in direction of hair growth. If the hair is still a little coarse, use a small flatiron with the comb attachment built-in. Add a soft and light, cream based pomade.”
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A side-swept bob.
Ask for a bob that grazes the shoulder and is relatively blunt. “The extreme part or swoop, creates the shorter pieces to the one side,” Maciques explained, so keep this in mind when you’re working with a hairstylist. When it comes to creating Miranda Kerr’s exact look after your cut, use a a volumizing mousse throughout hair and finger dry to create more texture. “Use a large barrel iron and simply bump the hair with the iron in random areas. You don’t want to create and actual curl formation, but just a turn in the hair,” he told us.