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Hot Hair Style: The Sassy Swoop

Chances are you’ve noticed short hairstyles are taking off in popularity again, from super-low Naturals to chin-grazing bobs. And one of the most popular short hairstyles today is a multi-layered, face-framing cut, tapered in the back and smooth all the way around, like that worn by Shaunie O’Neal (pictured).

The key to reproducing this hip snip is to get your stylist to trim your lengths – whether your natural hair or human hair extensions – to the appropriate length, leaving hair longer on top that at the back. This creates the sexy, side-parted swoop that sets this style apart. Almost undetectable layers also give your locks movement and body, so use a razor to create them and keep the profile soft and ladylike. Women with long, narrow faces or wide jaws should leave a bit more fullness and length here, to help balance out their features.

For even greater depth to this hairstyle, have a trained colorist apply highlights or lowlights that complement your skin tone. These shots of color keep short hair from looking dull or mop-like and help transform the cut with the simplest style switches.


For example, you can roller set, curl, or tease the hair to create a high pompadour, faux-Mohawk, or even short, flirty flips. Push your locks back for a simple look that shows off your features, or brush them forward for sexy allure. Most of all, play with the location of your part – or if you have one at all – to prevent a permanent one from taking hold. Bold highlights will shift with each change, going from soft and subtle to more pronounced as you play with your lengths.

And for this style, maintenance is easy: simply wrap at night in the opposite direction of the way you’d like the hair to lay. This will ensure maximum volume every morning, as all you need to do is brush the wrap out, shake, and go!

Take care of yourselves,


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