Should You Go Short Like Cate?

When we saw Cate Blanchett show up to the Tony awards with dramatically shorter hair, we couldn't help but take notice. Her new boyish cut was done just right: Cropped in the back, but with lots of long layers on top to make it look feminine. Thinking of going short yourself? Check out what the pros told us:

Look at your face.
Close crops are flattering to most face shapes. But they will exaggerate wide, square ones unless you add side-swept bangs.

Check out your hair.
Kinky, curly hair and very course textures don't work short-unless your goal is to have a small Afro.

Take a picture with you to the salon.
People toss around terms like "pixie cut", "tomboy", etc, but remember-your stylist may not be thinking the same length as you. A photo assures that you're both on the same page, and that you don't walk out with much shorter hair than you were ready for.

Go for long layers on top.
With hair closely crop on the sides and in back (ie. about two inches long), you're going to need some length up top to avoid looking too boyish (think six- or seven inch layers). This also gives you pieces to play with, so you're not locked into the same style every day.

Define Your Cheekbones.
It's a common misconception that short hair only works on a certain face shape. Regardless of your bone structure, the most flattering short cuts have layers that angle towards the cheekbones.

Warning: These cuts are high maintenance.
They require a standing appointment every four weeks to maintain their shape.

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