The best way to avoid looking matronly with a short cut? "Keep it from being overly done," says Serge Normant, who styled the hair for this story. In other words, retire your brush and blow-dryer and reach instead for the right styling products.
Get the Look: Dry shampoo isn't just handy when you want to absorb a little grease. It's also a great way to add texture to short, medium-fine hair—even when it's freshly washed. Spray it on the roots (once hair has air-dried) and tousle all over. For final polish, warm a bit of pomade on your fingertips and smooth it over the ends.
Your Go-To Products: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, $6.50; Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste, $8.50
Swimsuit, Marysia Swim. Shirt, Jenni Kayne.