Short & sexy hairstyles

Who says sexy hair has to be long and flowing? There are some seriously fabulous short haircuts that are long on style and overflowing with that "wow" factor. The key to getting a great short style is to choose one that suits your face shape and hair type. A good stylist will know how to pair your hair with the right short cut.

Short and sleek

It doesn't get much easier to style than actress Emma Watson's slicked-back style. A little gel in this short, pixie cut and you're good to go. Of course, you can wear it loose and wispy as well, but this is a quick-to-create dramatic look for evening. Don't forget to pair this short cut with some dangling earrings.

Piece-y pixie

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin sports a longer version of the traditional pixie cut. Similar to the traditional, short version, Ginnifer's version shows off more texture and movement thanks to its extra length. The key to styling this cute cut is to use a lightweight texturising lotion to get that disheveled, piece-y look. Use your hands to direct the hair into place while blow-drying, and finish up with a little pomade to separate the ends of the layers.

Texturised tresses

Actress Dianna Agron traded in her long locks for a more sophisticated style. This texturised bob gets its edgy vibe from the shattered layers and "I just slipped out of bed" messy look. Use a volumising mousse on damp hair to get volume where it counts, and finger comb the style into place. Once it dries, sprinkle a little dry shampoo on your hair and comb it through. This will give your hair a matte, super-texturised look.

Bold and beautiful

Singer Rihanna takes a layered bob to the max by pairing it with an eye-popping red hue. To get your head this vibrant of a red you'll need to bleach your hair to the orange-yellow stage first (unless your hair is already blond). With the darker pigment gone, you can colour your hair with a bright-red shade and get these vivid results.

Corkscrew curls

Actress Britne Oldford makes the most of her hair's curly texture by letting it stay natural and gorgeous. The sides and back of the hair are cropped short, while the top is left longer. To emulate this look on your short locks, use a styling wax to keep those curls looking tight and frizz-free, even when you have volume on top.

Peek-a-boo pretty

Actress Jenna Elfman creates a sultry style by hiding one eye behind a long, side-swept bang. This style works best on medium-textured, straight hair, but if you have thicker hair you can make it work if you have your stylist thin it out with a razor cut. A dab of styling wax will separate the layers and keep this style in place without feeling stiff.

Short and fine

If your hair is baby fine, you can still have a smoking-hot short hairstyle by copying Ashlee Simpson's delicate 'do. The key to making a short hairstyle on fine hair look fabulous is to keep the volume on the down low and don't expect tons of height from your hair. Fine hair that's too pumped up often looks ratty and frazzled, so keep it sleek and focus on creating a soft, smooth style.

All hail Halle

Actress Halle Berry is the poster girl for the fabulous short hairstyle. Here Halle's hair is kept close on the sides and back, while the top is spiked up with the help of a firm-hold styling wax. The burst of volume on top gives the style a playful edge that's still so simple to style you can achieve it in minutes with your own pot of wax.

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About the Author

Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.