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Emma Watson's cute new crop — can ordinary women pull it off?

December 4, 2010 | 10:00 am

Lc32b4nc British actress Emma Watson, who plays plucky Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies, recently took her 'do from long-and-lustrous to pixie-short — a look that highlights her flawless bone stucture and lends her a bit of edge.

The cut clearly flatters the drop-dead-gorgeous 20-year-old. But is it at all wearable for the rest of us?

We asked Matt Adams, a hairstylist at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles, to shoot us straight.

All the Rage: Do you have to be young and hot to get away with a haircut this short?

Matt Adams: Not everyone can pull it off. It’s all about the texture of hair. Also about the head shape.

What head shape does it call for?

Soft and round.  

What about face shape?

Diamond-shaped faces, long faces, these are good for that cut.

Who should absolutely not be wearing this cut?

If you’re overweight it’s really hard to pull off. It’s not really a height issue, you can be short.  If someone’s really heavy in the face, you don’t want to take the hair too tight –- it emphasizes the face's heaviness. You would want to modify it to have more height on top and have weight underneath the nape of the neck. 

And someone with a square jaw should be careful with a cut like this. It could make you look masculine.

Is there an age limit on pixie cuts?

Absolutely not. When women let themselves go really white and then they cut it super-short, it's beautiful.

How could you make Watson's style more user-friendly?

You could play around with different lengths and the angles of it. Like, if someone has a long neck you might want to have a slightly longer version. And flat heads can be corrected by building up the length in the back.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: British actress Emma Watson. Credit. Joel Ryan / Associated Press