New year, new you: Short hairstyles for 2015

If you've recently looked in the mirror and felt unimpressed, a fresh haircut might be exactly what the doctor ordered. The relaxation that rushes over you when the stylist washes your hair and the feeling of running your fingers through cropped locks may lift your spirits and confidence as 2015 approaches. It's about to be a new year - why not get a new 'do for a new you?

The most important part of choosing a new hairstyle is finding one that works for you. You might enjoy tending to lengthy tresses, having perms or styling your hair in braids and buns. However, many women like to keep their hair short for easy manageability. A close cut takes less time to wash, dry and style - meaning more time to spend with loved ones or indulging in your hobbies.

As you prepare for the new year ahead, consider asking your hairdresser for a new, no-fuss look.

"The most important part of choosing a new hairstyle is finding the look that works for you."

Short
Find the middle ground between cropped and flowing with the short shag hairstyle. This style has been seen on celebrities like Jane Fonda and Jane Lynch, two blondes who wear it well. Instead of cutting your hair short all the way around, the short shag leaves longer pieces on the nape of your neck. The key to styling a short shag without it looking like a mullet is plenty of layers. Often, the face is framed with short pieces, then layers of increasing length lead to the back. These choppy pieces in the back keep the style trendy and allows for plenty of movement.

Shorter
The bob is a timeless look that can be tailored to your preferences in several ways. Traditional bobs land near the chin and have a blunt look, like the famous hairdo of Vogue magazine's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. However, you don't have to stick to that exact cut if you're looking for something different from your bob.

This might not be the best hairstyle for women with frizzy or thick hair, because your 'do could end up with too much volume. It's perfect if your locks are starting to thin, though, because it adds body and lift. Ask your hairdresser to cut the ends with a razor instead of scissors, as this can help the style grow out nicely.

To stray from the classic bob, consider adding layers - think Diane Keaton. The A-list actress has a layered bob that's shorter near her face. You can use a round brush to flip the ends in or out, but it will automatically have more dimension and movement than a blunter cut.

News anchor Katie Couric has been known to wear her hair in a short bob that lands closer to her ears. Instead of styling it into a neat formation, Couric has a loose and messy look to her bob.

Treat yourself to an afternoon at the salon.

Shortest
Going for a pixie-cut is the ultimate move toward stress-free hair maintenance. Depending on how close you want the cut, you can style a pixie cut in several ways. If you leave your hair a bit longer on top, a spiky look like Jamie Lee Curtis' is easy to achieve with hair gel or wax. Bridget Nielsen wears her hair a similar length, but with a sophisticated, slicked back style. You may want to go even shorter and let your hair do its thing naturally, which can also look amazing with a range of face shapes and hair colors.