Summer’s Hottest New Haircut & How To Pull It Off

Year after year, we daydream about lopping off our locks once the temperature begins to rise—if only for purely practical reasons. Although long, wavy tresses feel the most classically beachy, you can’t deny the cool factor (literally) of a haircut that leaves your shoulders and neck free to be touched by a refreshing summer breeze. If this alone isn’t enough to consider a new ‘do, perhaps the crop of celebs and street-style stars who’ve bought a first-class ticket on the super-short hairstyle train will inspire a change of heart. From perfectly coiffed to tousled and textured, this is how to rock an of-the-moment bob.

Tomboy Chic

The latest to hop on the pixie-cut bandwagon, Kate Mara debuted her shorter 'do this week in LA. From the slightly zigzagged part to the smooth-yet-uncontrived styling, her closely cropped cut is boyish and babelicious all at once.

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Contrary to what one might think, a short cut can often result in a major volume boost (despite having less hair). Case in point: Louise Bourgoin, whose top-heavy and tousled style exemplifies laid-back, French-girl elegance.

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Rebel Rocker

Edie Campbell's cool crop is shaggy in a totally rock 'n' roll way. Brushed forward from the crown, she keeps it from looking too weighed down (aka bowl-cut territory) with choppy, razored layers.

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Supermodel Swoop

For an ultra-edgy play on the style, go for a severe asymmetrical bob. Sweep the hair to one side à la Coco Rocha for a supermodel-approved effect.

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Edgy Undercut

Maybe you've had short hair for quite a while, so an extreme chop isn't intimidating. Take your bob to the next level like blogger Anne-Catherine Frey did by rocking an undercut section on the side of the head—the look also earns you instant cool points.

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Piece-y & Platinum

Wanna go platinum? The easiest way to rock the hard-to-maintain hair color is to keep your length short. Rita Ora's pretty, piece-y locks are the perfect inspiration (plus they make a dramatic smoky eye pop that much more).

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