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For a short hair­style, look to Bradley Cooper, whose cut com­bines the right shape with not-to­fussy styling.

The award to best short hair­style in 2014 so far goes to Bradley Cooper. Whereas many cropped cuts can look cookie cut­ter, the style Cooper sported for the Os­cars com­bines a great shape with not-too-fussy styling. “His hair re­minds me of John F. Kennedy Jr.,” says Losi, who fre­quently styles Cooper’s hair for mag­a­zine editorials and here ex­plains the best way to go about get­ting the same look.

The cropped style is a good fit for any­one who has thick, dense, and curly hair—a type which can be a dif­fi­cult to keep long be­cause it be­comes so un­ruly and also looks bland when too short. It’ll also works well on guys with straight and thick hair.

To ask for a cut like Cooper’s, tell your bar­ber you want short hair that is not one length all over. “It’s ta­pered and tex­tured on the side and blended into the top, which cuts the den­sity of the hair and cre­ates move­ment,” says Losi. The top is left a lit­tle longer and is even more tex­turised. “This way you can get height and style, if you go too short, you have no op­tions,” she says.

The best part of a cut like this is that, while it looks so­phis­ti­cated, it re­quires very lit­tle main­te­nance. Sim­ply wet hair and use a light gel. Af­ter towel dry­ing, rub about a dime sized drop of gel through to break it up and leave it in un­til it dries. Ditch the comb, and run your hands front to back through it, fol­low­ing your hair’s nat­u­ral di­rec­tion. If you pre­fer, you can use paste in­stead of gel. “Emul­sify just a lit­tle in your hands and start spread­ing it through the hair, but from the back so you don’t get a streak of prod­uct in the front. Then style as you would with the gel.”

The one down­side: You’ll need to get more hair­cuts. Keep­ing a short style look­ing neat re­quires a cut ev­ery four to six weeks.

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