Cutting-Edge Style And Maintenance: Navigating the Art of Short Haircuts

March 18, 2024

When it comes to short haircuts, finding the perfect style is not just about following the latest trends; it’s about complimenting your client’s unique features and expressing their individuality. So read on as we give you some of our best professional advice!


Face Shape Considerations

The shape of your client’s face is a key factor in determining which short haircut will enhance their features. Here’s a breakdown of various face shapes and the short hairstyles that tend to complement each.

Oval Face

Lucky them! Oval faces are versatile and suit a wide range of short haircuts.

Get creative and help your client experiment with pixie cuts, bobs, or asymmetrical styles for a chic and dynamic look.

Round Face

Opt for hairstyles that add height and length to your client’s face. Consider a layered pixie cut or a side-swept bob to elongate their features.

Square Face

Soften strong angles with textured and layered short cuts. A wavy bob or a tousled pixie can beautifully balance a square face shape.

Heart-Shaped Face

Highlight your client’s cheekbones with styles that add volume at the jawline. Try a short, layered bob or a textured pixie to enhance your client’s unique features.

Long Face

Create the illusion of width with short styles that add volume at the sides. Consider a curly bob or a shaggy pixie to balance the length of your client’s face.

Balayage for different face shapes

Hair Texture and Short Haircuts

Selecting the perfect short haircut is not only about face shape but also about embracing and working with your client’s natural hair texture. For instance, if your client has curls, they will shrink when cut short. So, consider their curl pattern and adjust your cutting style and technique accordingly. We recommend cutting coily hair while dry to get the best idea of length. Always have a thorough consultation with your client and discuss personalized recommendations based on their specific hair type and preferences.


Hair texture is unique, and the right short haircut should complement and celebrate it. Short hair really can suit everyone! The key is to keep the hair regularly maintained and to utilize lots of different cutting techniques. These may include clippers for a clean blended fade, point cutting, and texturizing to remove unwanted bulk and create volume. And of course, there’s styling! Here’s a breakdown of considerations for different hair textures.

  • Straight Hair: Add some root lift with Style Masters™ Volume Amplifier Mousse™ and begin by blow-drying your client’s hair upside down, directing the airflow toward the roots. When the hair is 80% dry, bring the head up and use a smaller round brush to smooth out the mid-lengths and ends. This effective technique elevates the hair from the base, imparting instant fullness.
  • Messy Pixie: Embrace the carefree vibe of a messy pixie cut that perfectly suits the laid-back nature of wavy hair. We recommend using Style Masters™ Creator Fiber Wax™. This sculptured hair wax creates beautifully textured looks, with 24 hours of strong hold and a natural-looking finish. Go bold with a fun hair color to make this cute cut to an edgy one!
  • Blunt Bob: Opt for a blunt bob for a modern and chic look that complements your client’s straight hair. To achieve a flawlessly sleek finish we recommend Style Masters™ Smooth Iron Guard™. This innovative product not only imparts temporary smoothing and straightening effects but also acts as a shield, protecting your client’s hair from the heat of thermal tools


  • Curly Pixie: If your client has gorgeous waves, curls, or coils, add a touch of RE/START™ Curls Defining Cream. Follow up by diffusing and refrain from touching the hair until it is 80% dry. Encourage your client to shake their hair for a playful bounce and to accentuate their curls with Curls multipurpose hair gel-to-oil, allowing the hair to air-dry completely for optimal results.

Adapting your client’s short haircut to their hair texture involves understanding and embracing the natural characteristics of the hair. Experiment with styles that celebrate your client’s unique texture and use appropriate products to enhance or minimize as desired.

Predictions for Upcoming Short Haircut Styles

Short hair has never been out of fashion but, now that it has reached a wider audience, it is certainly becoming more on trend! Here are a few looks we expect to see in 2024 but with an added twist! 

  • The Textured Pixie: Anticipate a resurgence of textured pixie cuts with even more playful and diverse variations of color that celebrate individuality.
  • Modern Mullet Comeback: The modern mullet is expected to stay for 2024 with more texture and added pops of color to accentuate the contemporary take on this look. Style the mullet with Style Masters™ FIBER WAX™ on the ends to accentuate the texture.
  • The new cutting edge Electric Copper Blonde paired with a blunt bob is this year’s most wanted look! We know that bobs are already iconic but you can take this look to a new level with this bold combo!

The Importance of Regular Trims

  • Preserving Shape: Regular trims are the way to maintain the shape of short haircuts. They prevent your client’s style from losing its intended form and structure.
  • Preventing Split Ends: Trimming regularly helps prevent split ends, keeping the hair healthy and vibrant.
  • Creating a Maintenance Schedule: Establish a maintenance schedule based on your client’s specific short haircut and then encourage them to rebook before they leave the salon. For most styles, a trim every 4-6 weeks is recommended, but this may vary based on the cut and the hair growth rate.

How to Help Your Client Identify When a Trim Is Needed

  • Loss of Shape: When the  haircut starts losing its intended shape, scheduling a trim can restore its structure.
  • Consider Hair Type: For instance, fine hair may need more frequent trims to maintain volume and prevent thinning. On the other hand, thick hair might require trims to manage weight and prevent excessive bulk.
  • Pixie Cuts: Pay attention to the nape and sides for pixie cuts. A trim in these areas can maintain the sharpness of the style.
  • Bobs: Regular trims help bobs stay sleek and avoid looking shaggy.
  • Bangs: If your client has bangs, we recommend you add a service for fringe trims to your list to encourage them to come to the salon. If they really have to do a DIY job, then recommend sharp scissors and to go slowly.

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