Best Haircuts for 2012

Want one of the best hairstyles of the year? Get inspired by these celebrities' short bangs, pixie cuts, angled bobs, bouncy curls and more

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Ali Larter

The only thing better than a bob is an angled bob. It complements oval- and heart-shaped faces—and is a fresh, edgy take on a classic.

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Penelope Cruz

Short bangs do take maintenance, but there's no prettier way to channel Audrey Hepburn.

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Carey Mulligan

Short hair can be versatile: with strands smartly slicked back, a cropped cut moonlights as a faux-updo.

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Reese Witherspoon

Classic side-swept bangs are perfect for the all-grown-up girl-next-door.

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A pretty twist and bouncy curls give the pop queen a glamorous, Old-Hollywood vibe.

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Brooklyn Decker

A classic bob flatters the actress's face shape and helps her stand out in the gorgeous and blonde crowd (although she didn't exactly need help with that).

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Nicole Kidman

Kidman's long, layered cut is polished and simple, proving that sometimes less is more.

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Cobie Smulders

The How I Met Your Mother star garnered attention (and plenty of compliments, we're guessing) with a pretty flapper-inspired chop.

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Michelle Williams

A pixie cut takes Williams from "pretty girl" to "serious style-setter."

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Alyssa Milano

If you have the stick-straight strands to pull it off, a sharply-layered style is super chic.

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Rachel McAdams

Growing out long bangs? McAdams doesn't sweat it—she just disguises them with a cute center-part.

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Drew Barrymore

Barrymore embraces her curls (and ditches the ombré hair color) with a gorgeous layered 'do.

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Sandra Bullock

Blunt-cut bangs are a fresh update for Bullock.

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Michelle Pfeiffer

Choppy layers in Pfeiffer's waves create an overall vibrant, youthful look. The result? Farah Fawcett's iconic hair meets the 21st century.

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Emma Stone

Graduated layers give some life and movement to Stone's deep side part. Bonus: This looks good on just about everyone.

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Katy Perry

A sharp, single-layer bob is a risk, but one that comes with the payoff of looking instantly polished and put-together—even with a pink tint.

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Halle Berry

So Berry's pixie isn't exactly new, but we couldn't resist this flattering and playful faux hawk.

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Jennifer Aniston

The long, grown-out bob is one of the best cuts...ever. Leave it to the girl who started "the Rachel" to set off the trend.

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Jennifer Hudson

From her newly-svelte figure to a set of lash-grazing, face-flattering bangs, Jennifer Hudson is clearly on a style roll.

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Dianna Agron

The Glee actress chopped off her blonde locks to match her character's rebellious turn, but we consider it sweet and sophisticated off-screen.


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First Published December 23, 2011

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I don't mind seeing celebs once in awhile or reading about something great that they're doing to help the world (sarcasm intended). But I DO wish you'd showcase more haircuts that are doable, wearable, practical for us 40+ somethings. Every single one of those celebs has a team to get her ready...and takes hours to do so! I don't have that kind of time, or money. Nor desire, now that I think about it. So, how about a few more "REAL" women; I'm sure that you had lots of entries in your modeling contest, don't some of them have great cuts for all of us (and please, not all of us have long hair!).


Best hairstyles for 2012? So because a celebrity has hair on her head makes it into the "best hair style" category. Why are you so obsessed with everything celebrity? The importance of these people is sooo blown out of proportion. I was hoping More magazine was "more" than the Instlye and all the other magazines out there who idolize celebrities. Why don't you actually show great, current hair styles for the various types of face shapes and ages on non-celebrity models instead of going through an archive to find celebrity heads? I guess that would mean effort.
I cancelled my subscription earlier because I felt your magazine was too obsessed with celebrities. I enjoy reading the comments of your editor who sounds very grounded, intelligent, and normal. And many of your articles follow suit, but then the rest of the magazine focus' on the celebrities. You can't find unknown models for your cover pages? Well, I renewed my subscription in the hopes that there had possibly been some changes, but unfortunately I find that only celebrities rate as important.

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