when I go to cut my hair I ask for a short cut only using scissors. Then I use hairstyle wax and ruffle it from my neck and to my forhead, on the sides I either make it go forward or downward. You can look at my picture in my profile to see how it looks like.
Just get some gel put a pea size drop in your hand rub them togehter and rub in your hair. then just kinda let it fall where it wants to. the messy style is in and totally hot if you ask me.
Grow it slightly longer.. unless its already kind of mopish? personally I like blond guys with the mop thing going on.. but if its shorter like spike it or something? you could always dye it.. but that wrecks your hair :)
An inch is pretty short to do much with but try searching the net for ways to style short hair. If worse comes to worst, grab some gel, go to a mirror and play around until you find something you like.