There comes a time in every long haired lass' life when she decides it's time to make the cut. That's when she lops it off into a crop, bob, lob or maybe gets bangs. What follows is an awkward growing out phase when the hair is neither here or there in length, and you're dying to either cut it again, or waiting endlessly for your hair to grow out. Cue lots of bobby pinning and unstylish ponytails. We like to call it the cycle of hair. There's no such problem for actress Kristen Stewart, who skilfully handles the growing out phase with aplomb — although she told talk show host Jimmy Fallon that her new cut was the length she wanted, and it was not for a role. Here's how to get creative with a potentially blah hair length.

Braid it
At this length, a braid down the back will look too short and unsophisticated. Instead try a plait down the centre section of the hair, letting the hair on either side loose and wavy. Think of this as a kind of braided mohawk — with none of the try factor.

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A deep side part
If hair is lacking volume and oomph, try changing your parting. A deep side part and the other side slicked back with gel or tucked behing the ear has just the right amount of casual insouciance. Add volume and texture with a tiny amount of hair powder and if need be, dry shampoo to absorb grease.

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The row of mini ponytails
Only Stewart could make this 'do less playground ponytails, more underground punk. Her stylist, Kylee Heath described it as "a quadruple vertical #miniponytail situation" on Instagram. Whatever you're calling it, we love the idea and we're copying it for the next time we don't know what to do with our hair.

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Kristen Stewart on Jimmy Fallon short hair three ponytails