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Hair How To: Cate Blanchett's Short Chic Choppy Blonde Haircut

Actress Cate Blanchett is famous for being unpredictable and a true hair rebel.  She's worked with some of the best celebrity hairstylists in the work including Danilo and Mark Townsend who enjoy working with the trend setter.

Danilo has said about Cate "She looks incredible with long hair, short hair, a dark wig."

Townsend has said "She always wants to do the opposite" with her hair compared to the current trends.  He noted "If someone's wearing a couture gown with her hair up, she (Cate) wants to wear hers down."

She will constantly surprise on the red carpet going with an elaborate updo or simply tousled bedhead hair.  With Cate you just never know what her hair mood will be.  Indeed Blanchett has been a redhead, brunette and blonde at various times in her esteemed acting career.

Hair How To:  Copy Cate's Platinum Blonde Short  Choppy Hairstyle

If you want to copy Cate's latest platinum blonde short choppy hairstyle ask your stylist for an asymmetrical and wispy short hair cut.  This haircut can be modified to work with most face shapes, hair types and even natural textures.

An image speaks a thousand words.  To make sure your stylist understands the haircut you desire, print out and take a few large sized images of Cate showing the front, sides and back of  her hairstyle.  Ask your hairstylist  if the haircut would work with your hair type, texture, length and current condition.

Cate's cut has a slightly razored or scissored edge with uneven ends.  This hairstyle works best with a deep side part so that the longer half  of the haircut is long and flirty while the smaller half is shorter and can even be worn tucked behind the ear just like Cate did at the recent 2011 Academy Awards.

How To Style

To re-create Cate's sleek short hair cut follow the steps below:

1. Cleanse hair in lukewarm water with appropriate methodology and with best product for your hair type, texture and condition.

2. Apply leave-in conditioning products for your hair type and texture.

3. Rinse well and finish with a cool water rinse to seal and encourage shine.

4. Towel blot strands, apply desired detangling product and remove tangles from the ends up to the roots using your fingers or a hair friendly wide tooth comb.  Create desired deep side part directing longer pieces of hair up and over the top of the head.

5. Apply equal parts of pomade and strong hold gel to create a quarter-size dollop of product.  Mix together in the palms of your hands to distribute and activate.

6.  Use fingers to apply to the tips of the hair all over the head as well as along the front of the hairline to encourage lift and volume.

7. Blow dry hair straight using a 100% boar bristle small round brush.  Use brush and fingers to pull strands out and down.  Direct blow dryer nozzle down to keep hair sleek and avoid fly-a-way strands from forming.

8. Once hair is 100% dry touch up hair with a desired iron to add volume or straighten.

9. Add intense shine by apply a drop of shine serum to the palms of your hands and massaging together.  Swipe over the top of the finished style.  Remember a little bit goes a long way.  Avoid overusing serum for short hairstyles like this one.

Change up Cate's look by add two sparkly crystal encrusted bobbies, small clips or barrettes stacked together above the ear to hold back one side or the longer piece.  Or pull tresses completely back with a thin metal or elastic headband or two.

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