You may know why you want to cut your hair shorter, but sometimes you need some more inspiration before making the final decision. Here are a few of the most popular short hairstyles for women right now and some fun ideas on how to style them.
Undercuts aren’t only for the boys; they can be a great way to add some edge to your pixie cut, just as Halle Berry did. To take things to the next level, try adding some volume too.
Pixie cuts are often paired with side-swept, romantic bangs. For an unexpected twist, opt for a feathery fringe across your forehead. Ask your stylist for choppy, short layers all over.
Miley Cyrus is known for being bold, and her hairstyle is no exception. This ‘do is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re feeling up to it, shave the sides of your head and get as much volume on top as possible.
A bob is a simple short style you can easily achieve without going as short as a pixie cut. While curly bobs are popular, try a sleek and smooth version like Zendaya for a retro feel.
Pixie cuts are incredibly versatile; they can be as feminine or edgy as you like. Ginnifer Goodwin opted for a less romantic cut with her angular pixie, which highlights her elfin features.
While Caesar cuts have been a common style for men, Rihanna proves that they can be just as great a look for women. The straight, short bangs make it a ‘do distinct from a pixie cut.
Part what make bobs such an appealing style is that you can style them however you like. For instance, this curly bob sported by Katherine Heigl exudes old Hollywood, but the same style straightened would offer a more modern look.
Though you may be tempted to cover up your dark roots as soon as they start to show, follow Ciara’s lead and let them grow out a little. To help with the transition, try parting your hair straight down the middle.
Scissors and clippers have a different effect on your hair when it is cut. While clippers are better for super short styles, scissors can help create more dimension and volume.
Michelle Williams’ pixie is short, sweet, and sleek. Her deep side part helps add some body to her otherwise smooth and polished ‘do.
This pixie cut is a little different from the traditional ‘do. You have to mix lengths in order to achieve that much volume; cut the sides of your hair short, but leave plenty of length on top to play with.
Pixie cuts often feature short bangs but don’t hesitate to grow yours out into a full-on fringe. To draw extra attention to your face, add some bright highlights to your bangs.
If you like the idea of a bob but don’t want to commit to the cut, take a page out of Rita Ora’s book. By curling the ends of your hair up after a blowout, you can create a bob style without reaching for the scissors.
Kaley Cuoco was known for her shiny blonde locks, but her feathery, textured crop shows off her lovely features. For some extra fun and volume, try styling your hair against your natural part.
You can do just about anything to a bob, including play with its color. By adding dark ends to your hair, you won’t even have to worry about touching up your roots as your hair grows out.
If you want to try a pixie cut, consider going for a classic one like Natalie Portman’s scissors crop. You can always try something new after, as this is a great, basic ‘do that you can build off.
For a special occasion, go for Lily Collins’ retro glam bob. Her sleek roots with large curls at the tips are evocative of a 1920s style, perfect for any event.
If you thought a pixie cut is short, think again: a buzz cut is as short as you can get without shaving your head entirely. To really stand out, go platinum blonde like the brave Kristen Stewart did!
You can still go for a Caesar crop if your hair has some natural curl to it, like Carey Mulligan. Your hair’s natural wave can help add texture and volume, which makes styling a breeze.
To really show off your facial features, opt for a super short crop like Zoe Kravitz. This length works especially well for bedhead; the messier, the better.
This super elegant bob frames the face perfectly with its long side swept bangs. Pushing one side of the hair back behind the ear opens the face up even more. A little wave keeps the look from being too serious.
Ivanna Skahno totally proves that short hair is where it’s at with her slicked back style and silvery blonde highlights. Those with short hair should take advantage of how easy it is to style and dye as Ivanna does here.
Milla Jovovich has a long history with short hair. She constantly comes up with winning looks and this short shag is no different. This ruffled style adds laidback vibes even at red carpet events. Layers are added throughout to give a wispy texture to her short do. Her easygoing vibe is emphasized with longer bangs that graze the top of her eyelids.
Layers can create much-wanted texture through the hair but can also take away volume. By adding a side part, volume is given to the crown and balances any wispy layers.
Reminiscent of old Hollywood glam, Roxane Mesquida pulls most of her hair back but keeps her side-swept bangs in a loose s-wave. There are several different ways to get a similar look. One of the more traditional methods is to curl hair in one-inch sections with a small curling wand (the smaller, the better). Hold the curling wand perpendicular to the part. Start from the root and curl the hair over and around the wand. Don’t let the curl loose. Pull the curling wand out from the curl, pin the curl in place, and let the curl cool (about ten minutes). Do the same to all hair from the part down the side of the face in one-inch sections. Once all the curls have cooled, take the pins out and brush hair with a boar bristle brush. The curls should form into an “s” shape.
Caramel is such a beautiful blonde color that works well in every season. It is an austere tone that warms up the face. Here, the combo of her caramel highlights and the half-up bob makes Evan Rachel Wood looks earnest and dignified. The hairstyle contrasts well with a fun pop of blue eyeshadow.
The classic pixie haircut is given a cool-girl edge with the spiky texture and light blonde color. A darker eyebrow contrasts well with this look and adds definition and a solid base to facial features.
The pompadour is a classy and classic way to give style and dimension to any look. It can be created with any length hair but is especially easy to create with shorter hair as shorter hair is lighter and can hold the volume needed on top. To get the look, use a volumizing spray to help create the poof and a gel or wax to slick back the sides.
Balayage is a free-hand technique of highlighting hair to create a more natural gradation of lightness. It looks a bit more loose and free than traditional highlights and is especially great for looking naturally sun-kissed. It’s often associated with long, wavy beach hair, but looks incredible with a sophisticated bob and choppy bangs. The contrast of the two different looks, tawny and refined, definitely is a unique style.
Gray hair is celebrated with this short undercut. This neutral color looks great with any skin tone and is so on trend. To maintain the color, a purple shampoo is recommended between salon visits. Don’t worry about dark roots. They can add dimension and depth.
If you haven’t screenshot Ruby Rose at least once as short hair inspo, you might be the only person on earth who hasn’t. She flaunts her amazing features, beautiful jawline, and dazzling blue eyes with short hair.
Her highlights give off the impression that she’s just come home from a beach vacation. This style is sexy and cool; just like Ruby Rose.
This color is so perfect for any season! It’ll make you stand out wherever you go and especially at this length, its delicate tone can be appreciated perfectly.
Pixie cuts are super versatile and dainty and Lilly Collins definitely knows how to wear them! With a side-swept fringe, it gives the whole asymmetrical look the finish it needs.
For someone with thick wavy hair like Scarlett Johanson is wearing it here, this short scissor crop is a pretty cool way of flaunting the luscious locks by leaving it longer at the top.
The star from That’s So Raven is known for being quite adventurous with her hair, this bleached tip undercut style looks super fresh on Raven!
All business with a side of sexy is what this look exudes! The classic bob is super versatile and easy to style.
Demi Lovato has been known to express herself quite a lot using different hairstyles. This style, however, is a bit more reserved and classical. The inverted bob does a great job at accentuating her facial features, and of course, the side-part is also a key part of the game.
I’m getting incredible 1940’s glam vibes here from Chloe Moretz’s side-parted wavy bob. The wavy ends make an already short crop feel even shorter and edgier, love it!
Charlize Theron’s layered crop is one that brings movement and playfulness in good measure. Who says short haircuts fall short when it comes to styling? Not us! It looks super cute the way they also curled her side-swept bangs along with the rest of the layers.
A straight or layered bob will look chic however you dress it. and in this example, Brittani Snow knows to go with some soft waves to accentuate her long layers. The side part is a nice touch but it can look just as stunning with a middle part.
Kery Russel’s Luscious locks are to die for! Especially when she flaunts her incredible waves in a layered bob. Layered bobs look amazing on thick hair.
We’ve been seeing this cute youthful style more and more these days. To think that once upon a time people wouldn’t want to be caught dead with overgrown roots! Fashion flows and so should you!
This haircut is all about shapes. Quite boldly they’ve accentuated the curls by giving the crop a sharp ending edge and I’m so here for it! Contrasts people! They can create such unique looks.
Michelle Williams’ very blond and very short pixie looks fantastic with a long side-wept fringe. Notice how they’ve opted to go with rather long layers instead of short ones that characterize the textbook pixie haircut.
You want short, and then take it a step further? That’s what Kirsten Stewart went for right here. Take a page from an altogether different book, the undercut, Stewart stepped it up by leaving the top long enough to do some highlighting and I absolutely love the whole look.
Oh dear me! I just love to see a healthy and shiny curly mane, remember, your hair would thank you immensely if you tried your best to incorporate a hair care routine that suits you best depending on your hair type.
This is such a badass haircut for such a badass woman! Ursula Corbero is no stranger to short hair, known to wear an edgy bob haircut with short bangs as she played the role of Tokio in Netflix’s show Money Heist. But here she’s decided to go with a short mullet.
The wet-hair look just seems like such an iconic choice of hairstyle each time and I love Ursula Corbero’s take on it with the side part like that.
The Italian actress Alice Pagani, best known for her role on Netflix show Baby wears exceptionally well short bangs such as these, and the bob haircut is an excellent frame for her features.
If you feel like you know entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso like your gal pal from watching Girl Boss on Netflix say “I”! But seriously, through the whole show, I just thought she had such a unique style and if you follow her on Instagram you know that’s absolutely right.
Here she’s wearing her romantic wavy bob with a deep natural side-part. I really like what they’ve done with the waves, making them defined but quite supple in texture.
The different levels of this hairstyle are what makes it so great. I can’t stop going back to the waves, they look so cool and soft, providing some beautiful texture!
This look gives us a cheeky middle ground between the wet-hair look and dry hair. And the scissored layers are a key aspect of this haircut. I absolutely love it on Mary Elizabeth Winstead!
Tati Gabrielle’s one of the weird sisters in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and just like herself here, Prudence wears her hair in the same manner. Super befitting for Tati Gabrielle’s stunning features.
Kiernan Shipka who plays Sabrina on the Netflix show of the same name has her characteristic blonde blunt bob and some messy beachy waves going on in the styling department. She looks stunning, I love this look on her.
Paz Vega’s bone structure basically makes her a chameleon in terms of what haircuts suit her. This messy layered crop keeps the volume heavier on top and tapers down very lightly.
Zendaya’s blonde super classic Caesar cut is everything I’d expect to see from her. The blonde tone they’ve chosen makes her skin glow in a radiant light. Just perfect!
I love the way Li Yuchun’s feathery bangs frame her face, especially with such a short crop like this one. These bangs are slightly angled to the right side of her face. Just lovely!
Claire Foy’s short crop is a longer version of the business crop, o a medium scissor crop.
This length allows for some movement to stay present in the hairstyle. You may mess around with it to find what works best for you.
This variation of the wavy bob haircut in brown looks so chill and effortlessly pretty! It does help that their outfit also has a relaxed but chic vibe with those little red sunglasses!
Pink’s been rocking the short hair for a while now, and thanks to her we got plenty of opportunities to see the different stylings she’s gone for. This one particularly gives me Elvis Presly vibes for sure!
This straight-line bob although blunt it is slightly angled at the bottom, is a very symmetrical cut; especially if worn with a middle part. So to soften the look a little, Paz Vega has gone with a deep middle part.
Aura Garrido’s super short bob edges with the territory of the mushroom crop. A super cute feature is the way they’ve added depth with a side fringe.
I just love how this haircut manages to make this particular length have so much more extra movement and texture going on. If you’re not sure what I mean when I call it a shaggy caesar, check out this article on our other section to get a good idea.
Didn’t I say Paz Vega could wear almost any haircut and look bomb? It’s like she doesn’t really go through an awkward length phase after a haircut at all.
This look is giving me some strong “Roaring 20’s” vibes and I am loving every single bit. The way Ruth Negga’s hair is so short but it still has these luscious glam waves blows my mind. What a fantastic look!
Let me start with the fact that I’ve always thought that when blondes wear black it just looks like they’re on a whole another level of fashion. CONTRASTS people!
The short crop follows a very subtle ‘A’ line getting slightly longer as the hair nears the sides of the face and shorter at the back.
Remember that a healthy afro-textured hair requires the proper care in order to keep healthy. The range of variations in texture goes from slight waves to very kinky locks.
A lot more celebrities are starting to embrace their natural hair and while some decide to give their hair a break by wearing protective styles like braids or cornrows, some people go for the big chop.
The ‘Wet Look’ has been around for a while, but since Kim Kardashian embodied it during the Met Gala 2019 it has been popping everywhere. Here, the Ukrainian supermodel Nataliya Gotsiy sports it with a playfully-teased short crop and looks stunning.
Right. So this is technically a medium hairstyle but still falls under the short category for women who are used to having long hair.
Volume is key for this look and Lucie Lucas’s abundant hair is the perfect subject as it makes the long layers shine in their luscious waves.
The super trendy Lob or Long-Bob, is making rounds and I love seeing everyone’s take on it as they mesh it with their personal style.
This hairstyle takes a super wispy, and layered bob haircut and gives it a little spin by dropping a natural side-part and a tucked side to the mixture. Looks pretty badass if you ask me, not to mention that it’s simple enough to style.
Lovely beach waves! But wait, did you notice the very low-key highlights in ashy tones? Yeah! I had to do a double-take on them because they’re so dainty they mesh perfectly with Marion Cotillard’s dark brown hair.
Wispy and wonderful. Keep in mind that to get the best out of those feathery layers you’ll have to do some styling if you have straight hair, and if you’ve got naturally wavy hair (depending on your type of texture) you’ll achieve different variations of this look.
Mina El Hammani is a Spanish actress with Moroccan ancestry best known for her debut on Netflix’s Elite. While Mina’s curls are naturally much tightly packed than they’re shown here, the styling gives us an exquisite rounded shape that’s super flattering to her facial features.
This is a bob look cut pretty bluntly staying true to trend just below the chin. A side part would give the leveled ends a little bit of variation in length but when styled like in this example it is the perfect haircut to accentuate symmetric features.