Boy meets girl this fall as the fashionable set takes it all off - their hair, that is. From sleek and shiny to piecey and edgy, the boy crop is the 'do of the season.
A trend at New York Fashion Week, models and celebrities alike (Mary J. Blige, Kelly Osbourne, Pixie Geldof and Ginnifer Goodwin are just a few) have been spotted sporting shorter coifs.
We caught up with celebrity hairstylists Anh Co Tran of the Neil George Salon in Los Angeles and Patrick Melville of the Patrick Melville Salon and Spa in New York City for the scoop on the resurgence of this boldly feminine look and expert advice on how to recreate the style yourself.
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Actresses Mia Farrow and Audrey Hepburn and model Twiggy popularized the pixie cut back in the 1950s and 1960s -- helping to transform society's perception of beauty.
"No matter the decade, short hair on woman suggests an air of rebellion, liberation and freedom," said Tran. "The pixie can be traced as far back as Joan of Arc. While showing strength and courage, it highlights a woman's feminine features."
And Melville points out that the hair style is like anything else that's in fashion. "Everything comes back in time," he said. "We've done it all before but we do it again with a twist."
Ginnifer Goodwin gave us quite the shock (but in a good way) when she switched out her wholesome, medium-length bob for this much shorter 'do.
The "Big Love" star's polished cut is a refreshing departure from the extreme lengths we often see on the red carpet. To get Ginnifer's sophisticated look, use a lift spray like Neil George Volumizing Spray. Create a side part and brush strands back with a paddle brush.
Kelly Osbourne has gone Hollywood with this glamorous take on the pixie. While the rocker child never bores us with constant hair transformations, this is a style we'd like to see her stick with for more than a mere millisecond.
With its longer bangs and shorter sides, this look works best on rounder faces. And whether you're platinum blonde like Kelly or a proud brunette, use a polish like Kérastase Lait Nutri-Sculpt to add shine.
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Mary J. Blige's two-toned cut accentuates her almond-shaped eyes and gorgeous complexion. And if you have an oval face like the R&B diva, your styling options are endless!
Play up your features with short or long bangs. Sweeping hair to the side also opens up the face. But remember to maintain a feminine touch with tousled ends and interior texture for the appearance of movement.
And for women of color with tighter curls, try using a relaxer to neutralize strands.
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London socialite and model Pixie Geldof's bad girl coif is oh so sweet. The soft pink hue adds an unexpected prettiness to the go with the flow 'do.
To recreate the choppy, spiky effect, mold strands with a hair dressing like Murray's Pomade. Generally used for African-American hair, this waxy product is great for all hair types.
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As Vogue's October cover girl, Michelle Williams channels Mia Farrow circa "Rosemary's Baby." But the actress puts a modern spin on the classic cut with soft, round layers.
To get Michelle's simple, yet chic 'do, hydrate locks with a light spray like Neil George Detangle Nourishment Spray before drying. And finish with a styling cream like KMS Hair Play Hyper Paste.
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The fashion world went crazy when Canadian model Irina Lazareanu said goodbye to her long locks and hello to a short, bowl cut -- sparking a trend from the catwalk to the red carpet.
And like a true trendsetter, Irina shows off how accessories such a black velvet hat can add a girly touch to a boyish hairstyle.
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Christina Ricci hopped back on our radar when she was spotted out in and about in Santa Monica, CA, sporting this cut. The raven-haired actress' crop crosses bowl and pixie for a look that screams beautiful androgyny.
The secret to Christina's look is long, side swept bangs and a short, layered back.
British starlet Carey Mulligan is one of the latest actresses to garner Hollywood's attention in "An Education." And she definitely caught ours with her cute, Audrey Hepburn-esque auburn 'do.
For Carey's red carpet-worthy look, create a barely there part and comb bangs across forehead for a feathered effect.
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