Hair Style Tips

Short Hair Is Back in Just About Every Iteration—These Are the Best Low Maintenance Cuts To Try

For many people, 2022 has been a year of fresh starts, which has meant a lot of short haircuts. "Short hair is an empowering experience and can make a woman feel beautiful on the inside and out," says Jamie Wiley, an award-winning hairstylist and the global artistic director at Pureology. "This year, short hair has made a comeback with its empowering feminine style."

While cutting off your length can feel intimidating, it can also be an exciting opportunity to get rid of any dead ends and really give your hair a chance to refresh. Plus, as summer rolls around and the temperature rises, short hair is a whole lot easier to deal with on those sweaty July days. So if you've been thinking of going in for a chop, there's no better time than the present (just ask Rachel Zegler, Kourtney Kardashian, and Selena Gomez, all of whom have debuted shorter strands this year).

And of course, short hair doesn't have to mean high maintenance. Below, five low-maintenance haircuts five that will help you maximize your new crop with minimal styling required.

1. Long bob (aka LOB)

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If it's your first time trying out a short haircut, the LOB is for you. It's typically shoulder length or longer, so you'll be able to see what your hair looks like short without going all the way. "Rock that look for a week or two before deciding if you want to go shorter," advises celebrity hairstylist Clayton Hawkins. This will give you just enough time to decide if you're ready to take the plunge into losing more length.

2. A-line bob

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The A-Line Bob is also a great option for short-hair newbies. "It's a classic, but we are seeing it trend this year with its strong diagonal line," Wiley explains. To get the look, she recommends asking your stylist for a cut that's "longer in the front and shorter in the back."

3. Blunt triangular bob

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If you have naturally curly hair, it's crucial to find a cut that shows off what your texture can do. Hawkins recommends the blunt triangular bob for curls and coils thanks to its chic structure and lack of styling it requires. If this look is speaking to you, ask your stylist for a chin-length cut that frames your face. It will allow you to show off your facial features and your curls with very little work on your part.

4. Shag

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"If your hair is slightly wavy, shags are it for 2022," says Hawkins. You can achieve this 70s-inspired look by asking your stylist to frame your face, focus on how your waves form, and cut the length to right above the shoulder. It's meant to be messy, so it doesn't require the sort of heavy hot tool use that a more refined look demands.

5. Long pixie

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For something a bit bolder that works on all hair types, an extended pixie cut "will highlight beautiful facial features and empower your inner vibe," says Wiley. This cut is cropped on the sides and long on the top, which means it requires minimal styling time—you'll wake up every morning with an effortlessly playful look. Thinking about cutting your hair at home? Check out this video before you reach for the scissors.

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