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Making the Cut

Making the Cut

It's the season for change, and there's no quicker (or more effective) way to get a new look than a quick snip of scissors. Find out which of fall's new cuts will work best for your hair texture, face shape, and level of commitment - and what to ask your stylist to make sure you get the look.


A chic set of thick bangs can give your face instant definition, and can also make you look far more sophisticated than the wispy ones of your youth. "This works best for straight hair, with a normal to thick texture," says Tommy Buckett of Sally Hershberger Downtown salon. "The bangs are the highest maintenance part—you'll need to get them trimmed every three to four weeks." As for the perfect face shape, Buckett says this look is for ladies with oval and heart shaped faces.

"Apply a serum for shine and to give it a glassy look," Buckett says. "Then flatiron the ends to really smooth it out."

Shu Uemura Deepsea Smoothing Foundation, $30, at select exclusive salons, call 866-914-8750 for more information.

T3 Bespoke Labs wet or dry iron, $200, at


Face-framing layers are softer and more complex than they were a few seasons ago. "This is a great cut for someone who has weighty hair and wants to put some texture in it without making it too heavy," says Fabrice Gili of Frédéric Fekkai Soho. "You should use a razor on the top of the hair, but you definitely don't want to overtexturize it and make it a shag." Gili also recommends keeping the color simple—tone on tone—so as not to create too much contrast with both the texture and the color.

To get a piecey, messy look that's just short of sloppy, work in a texturizer from root to end.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tousled Tresses fine mist wax, $5.99, at


"This cut actually works on any coarse hair type, and is very easy to maintain," Buckett says. "It's great on a heart shaped face and it just needs to be shaped up every six weeks." It's also an easy option for a girl who doesn't have much time on her hands—just wake up, wash, and go.

Buckett recommends a serum to help boost shine.

Kérastase Oléo Relax Serum, $34, at


"This is my favorite cut!" says Edward Tricomi of the Warren Tricomi salon. "It works best on hair types that are medium to light weight because the hair has that tendency to naturally fall into place. Ask your stylist for a layered bob with smooth, soft pieces—nothing sharp or jagged. It's very 20s, very Chanel!" Tricomi also says that since its an androgynous sort of haircut, it works best on a tall, lanky girl with very feminine accessories.

Tricomi suggests blowing the hair out straight and using a blow-dry lotion or a hair polish to help smooth out any flyaways and frizzy ends.

Bumble & Bumble grooming cream, $28.99, at

CHI Rocket professional hair dryer, $139.95, at

Mason Pearson handy bristle hair brush, $154, at


"I love the idea of short hair right now," says Fabrice Gili of Fekkai. "But you have to be careful with this haircut to not go too crazy with the razor, to respect the flow of the cut. The length should come close to your lips, and not be too choppy or over-layered."

Gili recommends Fekkai's Coiff Magnifique to help sculpt this very textured look. "It will give the hair texture without making it look greasy," he says.

Fekkai Coiff Magnifique, $23, at


"This is a cut for everyone's inner Earth Mama," Tricomi says. "To achieve this style, you should have long layers placed in your hair with abstract pieces to enhance the natural flow and tame the curly hair so it falls into place." It's obviously only for girls with tight, natural curls, though it will look right on any face shape.

"It's important to choose the correct product with this style because you don't want anything that's going to weigh it down," Tricomi says. "You want to create the desired amount of volume and keep frizz at bay."

Kérastase Nutritive Oléo curl definition cream, $39, at


"This is best for fine to medium textured hair, straight of course," says Evelyn Caldron, senior stylist at Butterfly Studio. "And you need to have constant bang trims to maintain it." Ask your stylist to give you a perfectly straight hairline, no layers or curling under necessary.

To get the look, work a flat iron through your hair and spritz it with a spray gloss.

Philip B Shin Shine spray, $26, at Barneys New York

T3 mini flat iron, $119, at


Nobody wears the pixie better than Agyness Deyn, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. "You have to have a great shaped face for this," Tommy Buckett says. "You can do it with any hair texture except for curly, and you'll need a maintenance cut about every six weeks." You also can't be afraid to show off your face and neck—they'll both be on constant display, so keep that in mind.

Use a shaping paste to help give the short pieces in the front some texture.

Shu Uemura shape paste, $30, at select exclusive salons, call 866-914-8750 for more information.


"This cut is good for a fine to medium hair texture," Evelyn Caldron says. "It requires a bit more styling than some of the other cuts, because it has more layers." She also recommends it for round or oval faces—ask your stylist for gently gradated layers right around the ears and chin area.

Add a styling cream around the layers to give them definition.

Malin + Goetz sage styling cream, $20, at Barneys New York


According to Buckett, this cut should only be attempted on very straight hair, of fine to normal texture. "But anyone can pull that off," he says. The blunt ends will need fairly frequent trimming to keep their very angular shape.

"Put a bit of Kérastase Lait Nutrisculpt in to give the hair shine and help control flyaways," he says.

Kérastase Lait Nutrisculpt, $29, at

For more tips from beauty professionals, check out insider secrets from Hollywood's makeup artists


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