It's so freaking hot outside that we've been seriously considering chopping off our locks. (We just want to keep our strands off our sweaty backs!) And with all the short-haired girls we've recently met, who tell us how freeing it is to submit to the scissors, the boy crop is looking mighty fine these days.
Defined by its exposed hairline and shorter sides, the boy crop hairstyle has evolved in many different ways over the years, according to Sebastian Professional stylist Anthony Cole. "We’ve seen the boy crop go from softer to stronger looks and played up with wet and dry textures," said Cole.
Big-screen actresses such as Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow sported the boyish haircut with charm, while British style icons like Twiggy and Lulu sparked international hair trends. Cole adds, "To fast forward, we see contemporary boy crops on Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Rihanna. Miley Cyrus is redefining the boy crop right now for the young Hollywood set."
These famous faces have played a huge role in the boy crop's transformation, but tools and products have also shaped the hairstyle. "For example, texture shears with different blades have enabled the look to really evolve," said Cole. "Products help us to create different textures and styles with the boy crop -- the possibilities are infinite!"
But Cole reminds us that the boy crop can be a tricky haircut to pull off. His number one piece of advice? Ask your stylist to consider your hair texture and the shape of your face, as that will help determine the outcome of the look.
Who wore the boy crop best? Check out the most iconic versions of this hairstyle below.
Audrey Hepburn, 1953: The originator. The legend. The boy crop icon. Hepburn started it all with a strong, short haircut that accentuated her delicate features.
Mia Farrow, 1960s: Farrow kept it spunky with this super-short boy crop.
Liza Minelli, 1970s: Never one to spare the drama, Minelli's cropped cut played up her natural hair texture.
Halle Berry, 1994: Even though the actress still sports short hair today, we wanted to take it back to the '90s when Berry rocked a more feminine boy crop.
Linda Evangelista, 1995: The supermodel looks great with long or short hair, but we're partial to this sophisticated short 'do.
Hilary Swank, 1999: Only cheekbones as prominent as Swank's could hold up this wispy short cut.
Emma Watson, 2010: It was the haircut heard around the world: The ever demure Hermoine chopped off her curly-cues. This definitive boy crop turned Watson from a girl into a woman.
Rihanna, 2012: We've never seen style quite like RiRi's and, of course, she rocks a boy crop like no one else can. It's sexy and cute at the same time.
Michelle Williams, 2012: This look has become synonymous with the talented actress. Her soft and sleek hair fits her personality perfectly.
Miley Cyrus, 2012: Cyrus can't stop and won't stop pushing boundaries with both her style and hair. She debuted this cropped cut last year, and ever since, it's been getting shorter and wackier.
Anne Hathaway, 2013: First she dyed her hair blonde and then chopped it all off. Now, she is back to brunette, but Hathaway still works it with this short, wispy cut.
Click through the slideshow below for inspiration and tips on how to style your short 'do:
Boyish: Anne Hathaway
The feminine crop takes a boyish turn with this edgy 'do. <strong>How To Get The Look:</strong> Blow dry hair and use fingers to shape locks to one side. Spritz hair with a texturizing beach spray like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/WELLA-Ocean-Spritz-Texture-5-07oz/dp/B004XJIBAU">Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz</a> to add "gut," then use a flat iron to enhance individual pieces before setting with hairspray.
Boyish: Michelle Williams
Boyish: Agyness Deyn
Sleek And Side-Parted: Emma Watson
Worn close to the scalp, the pixie is perfectly chic. <strong>How To Get The Look:</strong> Apply a firm gel like <a href="http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/John-Frieda-Frizz-Ease-Clearly-Defined-Style-Holding-Gel?skuId=442955">John Frieda Frizz-Ease Clearly Defined Style Holding Gel</a> to the root of damp hair to achieve a sleek, flat shape. Create a side part, then blow out hair. Smooth hair with a brush, then finish with a mist of shine hairspray.
Sleek And Side-Parted: Princess Charlene of Monaco
Sleek And Side-Parted: Ashlee Simpson
Razor Sharp: Halle Berry
This "disheveled" look works best on two- or three-day old hair. <strong>How To Get The Look:</strong> Use a thickening product like <a href="http://www.sephora.com/thickening-hairspray-P280537">Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray</a> to bump up flat roots before gliding a straightener along sections of hair to achieve that piece-y, punk aesthetic. Pomade is the secret to getting strands to spike up.
Razor Sharp: Angela Bassett
Razor Sharp: Miley Cyrus
Embrace your naturally curly or wavy texture with a sassy pixie. <strong>How To Get The Look:</strong> Lock in moisture to curls with a product like <a href="http://www.mixedchicks.net/leave-in-conditioner-for-curly-and-frizzy-hair.html">Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner and Styling Cream</a>, finger coil hair into desired shape and air-dry. To speed up the drying process, you can use a diffuser on a medium heat setting.
Textured: Susie Castillo
Textured: Dame Judi Dench
Pompadour: Carey Mulligan
Take your pixie to new heights (literally!) by sweeping hair off of the face. How To Get The Look: Apply a mousse like <a href="http://www.target.com/p/suave-professionals-captivating-curls-whipped-cream-mousse-7-oz/-/A-13353648">Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Cream</a> on wet hair and layer with a root-boosting spray. Blow dry sides away from the face, then blow dry the top of hair with a medium round brush. Use fingers to work the pompadour to your desired height and finish with holding hairspray.
Pompadour: Tilda Swinton
Pompadour: Janet Jackson
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