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In the early 2000s when I first became a stylist short haircuts were all about tendrils and points. Barbered edges, clean ends, and blunt texture were considered boyish or matronly, but over the years I’ve come to believe the exact opposite: putting boyish lines on feminine features actually emphasizes softness and flatters strength, creating looks that are feminine yet powerful. My favorite short cuts now are structured and powerful, but they still have details that feminize. What separates these looks from the boy’s? Click the notes to find out. –– Laura Martin 

Angles and Curves: Men’s shapes are based on flat horizontal and vertical lines while feminine variations use curved shapes and diagonals to soften and blend. The edges often taper into points and “v”s. C shapes and rounded edges provide softness.

Bangs: While men’s cuts often feature a shock of hair at the front, a controlled bang area is a distinctly feminine feature, and an easy way to customize your look.

Shine: Men usually prefer matte textures, so giving hair a glossy shine is an easy way to add touchable prettiness to your look. Simply mist hands with shine spray and smooth over surface for instant glister.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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