Women who seek a glamorous look often opt to have their hair cut in an eye-catching style. A contemporary hairstyle need not be dramatic, though some women do enjoy expressing their individuality in this manner. The most popular styles of haircuts for women are the bob, the shag, the pixie, long hair with bangs, and long hair with layers. Each style is unique in its own way and flatters some women more than others, depending on a person's hair texture and face shape.
Shag haircuts, which are characterized by choppy layers of varying lengths, are versatile enough to suit women with short, medium-length, and long hair. The shag is ideal for women with thick hair, and the style can be done either with or without bangs. Celebrity women who are known for their shag hairstyles include actress Lisa Rinna, who often wears a short shag style, and actress Meg Ryan, who sometimes sports a medium-length shag.
The beehive hairstyle, a more dramatic cut, gets its name from its shape, which resembles an actual beehive. This style originated in 1960 from Margaret Vinci Heldt, who owned her own beauty salon. Though many people associate the beehive with the 1960s and the cartoon character Marge Simpson, the hairstyle is still worn today. Famous people who are known for beehive hairstyles include the late singer Amy Winehouse and British pop singer Harriet Wheeler.
A bob cut is a short, even hairstyle. The bob style is straight-cut around the level of the chin, or slightly longer, and includes bangs in the front. This style was worn by actresses and young, wealthy women before World War I and hit mainstream culture soon afterward. The bob cut was largely abandoned in the 1930s as women began letting their hair grow, but was rejuvenated during the 1960s. In the last several decades, famous women such as singer/actress Dolly Parton, singer Cyndi Lauper, and singer/fashion designer Victoria Beckham have worn bob cuts at times.
A pixie cut is very short in the back and on the sides, but has a slightly longer top. Pixie cuts are easy to maintain and can vary in length from from a half an inch up to three inches in certain spots. Pixie hair cuts became popular in the 1960s when actress Mia Farrow and British model Twiggy sported the look. More recently, the pixie cut has been worn by actresses such as Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, Winona Ryder, and Emma Watson.