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We get haircuts at pivotal life moments: After breakups, before new jobs, after we see a particularly inspirational Jennifer Aniston photo…And the beauty of it is, we never grow tired of a fresh chop. Whether you have a sudden urge to switch up your look or you’re just in dire need of a trim (guilty), here are the best haircuts in the history of all time.

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1. Short with Long Bangs

Go shorter on the sides and leave the length on top. Then work a pomade through for a piecey look.

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2. Blunt Bob

Ask your hairstylist to dry-cut your locks for a super-sharp blunt cut.

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3. Tapered Afro

A hydrating cream is this style's BFF. Apply one to moisturize hair, and then pick it out for all the volume.

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4. Long Pixie

In between a bob and a pixie, this style is more versatile than you think. Side-part it and tuck ends behind ears for a sleek look.

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5. Tapered Layers

Add some life to limp hair by cutting gradual layers that create movement and body (even if they can't hold a curl).

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6. Smooth Lob

A deep side-part and flatironed strands take a lob from ordinary to seriously straight.

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7. Long Layers

If you love your long locks but hate the weight, ask for your hair to be shaped with thinning shears.

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8. Sleek and Straight

Blow-dry hair straight, and then go over it with a flat-iron. Finish with a smoothing serum for ultra-silky frizz-free strands.

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9. Loose Curly Afro

You can do an afro even if you don't have super-coily hair. Pick it out and apply a little gel so it holds its shape.

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10. Spiky Pixie

Your everyday mantra: Wake up, pomade and go. It's seriously that easy.

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11. Choppy Lob

A few layers is all it takes. Have your stylist use her beloved thinning shears for the most natural gradient.

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12. Curtain Bangs

Growing out your straight-across fringe or want to ease into the whole thing entirely? This style is great for both. Center-part your hair and ask for long, sweeping curtain bangs.

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13. The Undercut

Edgy when your hair’s up, invisible when your hair’s down. This cut is great for short-haired ladies, because it allows you to pull your hair back without a million pieces falling out in the back.

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14. Gelled Edges

Natural-haired ladies: Don't neglect those edges. When laid properly, they look just like art. Dab on a bit of edge control cream and use a soft-bristle toothbrush to mold them into waves.

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15. Angular Afro

A regular afro is beautiful, but a side-part makes all the difference. Use a rattail comb for a precise line.

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16. A-Line Lob

When a lob is cut a little higher in the back, it allows the front pieces to fall more effortlessly in place. Read: No poofy triangle hair.

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17. Super-Short Pixie

This short 'do is so low maintenance, you can literally roll out of bed and go. Oh, and it works on all hair types, from coily to straight.

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18. Mohawk

Shave the sides of your head and keep a little length in the middle. A few messy curls made it more modern.

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19. Wavy Lob

The length that’s flattering on literally everyone. Ask for it to hit just above your shoulders, so it's not too short when it's waved.

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20. Angled Bob

Shorter in the back and slightly longer in the front, this style looks best when worn sleek (so you can actually see the gradient).

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21. Voluminous Layers

Wavy-haired gals, this one's for you. Layers throughout your whole head will lighten things up for weightless volume.

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22. Asymmetrical Bob

Slightly longer on one side than the other; a deep side-part really accentuates the differentiation in lengths.

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23. Layered Shag

Chop thin strands into a piecey shag for an edgy update.

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24. Rounded

Perfectly symmetrical is how we like it. Keep the majority of the volume on the sides with a center part.

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25. Layered with Curtain Bangs

The key is to make your bangs blend with your layers.

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26. The Tight Crop

In between a pixie and an afro, this style is perfectly shaped but still effortlessly cool.

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27. Blunt Bangs

For the grown-up gal who still loves thrift shops and flea markets. Have your stylist dry-cut them so you don't wind up going too short.

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28. Long and Curly

Curly girls can go long, too. Just ask for long layers so things don't get too weighed down.

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29. Shaggy Lob

A few layers and loose waves make this look so beachy-chic.

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30. Side-Swept Bangs

The haircut that makes you look ten pounds thinner. No, really. The angle here tricks the eye into thinking your face is extra narrow.

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31. Layered Curls

Ask for face-framing ringlets for a more uniform look.

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32. Sculpted Pixie

Shorter on the sides than on the top, it's the long pixie for natural hair. Aka the perfect way to show off your bone structure. 

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33. Curly Bangs

Who said bangs need to be straight? Chop these dry, too, so you get an accurate read on length.

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34. Tousled Lob

Short, swingy and voluminous. A little flip-over part adds to that effortless vibe.

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35. Curly Shag

Short curly locks, short layers and un-fussy bangs make for a winning combination.

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36. Short Face-Framing Layers

Put all the focus on your gorgeous face with layers that draw the eye upward. Bonus: A few highlights literally brighten your complexion.

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37. The Sweeping Pixie

Go shorter in back and slightly longer on top. Then brush hair forward to achieve that sweeping look.

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38. Bouncy Curls

They don't just sound fun—they are. Short layers that start around the temple add lots of volume all the way down.

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39. Shoulder-Grazing Layers

This mid-length cut basically styles itself. Let it air-dry for natural texture and volume.

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40. Bouncy Bob

Love the length of a bob, but want more body? Cut a few long layers around your face for extra oomph.

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41. Shaved

Buzzed right off, this hairstyle is the very definition of no-fuss. Hint: If you go for a number three or four, your hair will be long enough to dye (if you want to).

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42. Voluminous Pixie

All the volume with none of the weight. It's almost like a grown-out mohawk—just brush hair up and back for a more polished vibe.

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43. Bob with Bangs

This one should just be called the Anna Wintour. Book trims every fourish weeks to keep things as polished as possible. 

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44. Layered Midi

Proof that mid-length is never boring. Cut layers into a just-below-the-shoulder style to add bounce to loose waves.

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45. Modern Shag

Short and feathered for the win. This hairstyle adds body to even the thinnest hair.

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46. One Length Midi

Super-blunt edges that land below the collarbone are even more posh when worn sleek.

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47. Sharp Layers

You can’t miss these layers. Ask for sharp-graduated layers or angles at the front to lighten up thick hair.

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48. Shoulder Length Waves

There's a reason the Duchess wears this hairstyle so well—it's classic, polished and works great with a crown (or hat, if you're a mere mortal like us).

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49. Baby Bangs

These bangs are intentionally too short and we love it. Chop them a few inches above your eyebrows for that high-fashion look.

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50. The Side Shave

Take the side part to new extremes by shaving the thinner side back to behind your ear.

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