Thinking Of Going Shorter? Here Are 60+ Short Hairstyles to Inspire You
So you’ve decided to go for a short hairstyle. Yep, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge. But which crop are you going to choose? A great place to look for short-hair inspiration is your favourite short-haired A-listers (including, as you might have guessed, Cara Delevingne—you’ll see her new side-swept bob when you scroll down). Once you’ve deciphered which short haircut you love and which is likely to suit your face shape and hair texture, you can take a picture to your hairdresser so you don’t end up in a Friends Dudley/Demi Moore situation.
In the hair world, the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is spot on.
There is a dreamy short hairstyle for everyone, and some of our favourite celebrities prove it. Maybe it’s a pixie crop as worn by Scarlett Johansson (who, if you remember, once had long hair, too) or something closer, such as Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘do. Perhaps it’s a bob as seen on Jourdan Dunn, Rihanna and Michelle Williams, who have all rocked the look without ever looking like a “soccer mom.” Or maybe (just maybe) you’re keen to pull a K.Stew and go for a buzz cut. There are so many short hairstyles and haircut ideas to draw on.
And of course, short hair can be incredibly versatile; you can play with texture, partings, accessories and even add in braids to mix up your style from day to day.
If the question “Should I cut my hair short?” regularly pops into your head, then why not go for it? You can find the aforementioned short hairstyles (and more) as well as the face shapes they suit in the gallery below. Or if you have thick hair and you’re not sure if it will suit you, you can check our gallery of the best short haircuts for thick hair as well. Click through the gallery below for the ultimate A-list short-hair inspiration.
Technically this is Cara growing out her super short hairstyle– but we’re obsessed with her new side-swept bob. If you’re currently growing out a pixie crop– let Cara be your inspo.
Earlier this year, Emilia Clarke went for an almighty chop, and we love it. She revealed her inspiration was Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous ’90s cut, as she wrote on her Instagram, “Me: I’m thinking when Gwyneth and Brad had the same haircut. @jennychohair: I got ‘chu”
Rihanna showed off a new look on her Insta Stories. Rather than her super long, swishy hair that’s she been working for a while now, Rihanna instead wore a cropped bob—the perfect cut for this hot, sticky weather.
Oh hello, shiny new bob. We’re used to seeing Alicia Keys with long braided hair, but we’re very much enjoying this new cropped bob.
Irina Shayk stepped out with a seriously daring new choppy bob and fringe combo at the Dsquared2 Milan S/S19 fashion show. We love this daring new look on her. What do you think? Do you think it’s real or just a very good wig? Come tell us in The British Beauty Line.
Kelly Osbourne ditched her lilac roots in favour for blonde, and it looks better than ever. Give your shorter hair volume with Orbie’s Swept Up Volume Spray (£39) after you’ve washed and blow dried it.
Not only did she give a stand-out performance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, but Dua Lipa also rocked a slicked-back bob—and we’re so here for it. It’s the perfect look for when you want to upgrade your bob but struggle with clipping or tying it back.
Kate Hudson makes growing out a buzz cut look effortless with this textured crop adorned with a simple black headband at the 2018 Golden Globes.
Ruth Negga’s haircut makes for ideal inspiration for anyone with naturally curly hair.
Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool.
Sam Rollinson shows how a micro bob can look seriously cool, plus the piece-y fringe frames her face.
Upgrade that lob with a slicked back wet look like Selena Gomez. Ask your hairdresser for longer layers so you can transform your look from day to night with products.
Zoë Kravitz proved how striking a pixie crop can look, especially when it’s super blonde. Note the mussed-up texture, which makes it look both effortless and cool.
During Chanel’s most recent show, Cara Delevingne showed off this incredible blunt platinum-blonde bob. This is making us want to reach for the scissors and bleach.
One word: wow. When Kristen Stewart unveiled this look, we realised that this was the haircut she’s been looking for her whole life. Tempted by a buzz cut? We reveal all you need to know.
The side shave and the quiff are very reminiscent of Miley Cyrus, but that’s not a bad thing. We love this hue and cut on Katy Perry.
Michelle Williams is arguably the queen of the short haircut. This platinum crop, which she debuted at the Academy Awards, is the latest iteration of her shorter ‘dos, and it might well be our favourite.
The bowl cut isn’t a hairstyle that suits everyone, but Zendaya’s gorgeous dark eyes really set this off.
Kate Hudson shows us how to own a buzzcut with her latest hair transformation. Think of the time you’d save getting ready in the mornings with this look!
This unconventional cut, as seen on Ruby Rose, is easy to pull off when you’ve got an amazing face and incredible eyebrows. Make sure your brows are looking just as sharp.
Rooney Mara’s fringe is a quirky take on the short hairstyle.
Coco Rocha has tried out many a different hairstyle in her time, but we do love this short, sharp bob on her. The ’90s-style fringe is definitely something we can get on board with.
When VB went short, she really went for it. And we loved it. While her long hair is her signature look, we’re still a fan of this pixie crop.
Actress Amber Valletta proves there’s no haircut she can’t pull off.
Not content with simply having super-short hair, Nicole Richie has also gone for that super-platinum blonde we love too.
Here, Kristen Stewart gives us a lesson on how to do an up ‘do when you have a shorter haircut. As you can see, she keeps the longer bits of the hair chin-length to frame her face.
When Kate Moss stepped out with this haircut in 2001, everyone went dashing to the salon. The beauty about this look is that it hasn’t lost its power and it’s as chic and modern 15 years later.
Kate Mara’s short hairstyle is perfect for oval-, heart-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.
When Jessica Alba chopped off her long hair into a bob, we were shocked. But immediately after, we went and did the same, thanks to the fact it looked so good on her.
Remember when Natalie Portman shaved her head for her role in V for Vendetta? While the star was growing her hair back, she also ended up with this gorgeous pixie crop.
Taylor Swift’s bob hairstyle is great for square-, diamond-, oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Rather than a heavy fringe, Williams has opted for a piece-y, shorter look. She’s also worked some texture through the ends for a less prim look than Swift’s. Inject some texture into your bob with Unite Tricky Lite (£8), a hybrid hair spray and wax.
Lupita Nyong’o’s short haircut suits oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Even a super-short haircut like Emma Watson’s can take an accessory. A small decorative comb is an easy way to elevate your look. Check out Dolce & Gabbana’s gold-tone Swarovski crystal and faux pearl hair slide (£1700) if you’re feeling flush.
Rihanna’s bob hairstyle suits round-, oval-, square-, heart- and diamond-shaped faces.
Emma Willis’s short hairstyle works for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Got a diamond-, oval-, heart- or square-shaped face? Try a blunt bob like Jourdan Dunn’s.
Jessie J’s short, textured haircut is perfect for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Charlize Theron’s short, side-swept cut suits heart-, diamond- and oval-shaped faces.
Solange Knowles’s short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval- and square-shaped faces.
Miley Cyrus’s chic short hairstyle is ideal for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Just like Cyrus’s hair, Anne Hathaway’s short haircut is longer on top. This gives her the flexibility to play with her parting and the texture to mix up her hairstyle on the daily.
Here, Edie Campbell has pulled the longer top lengths of her short haircut forward to create the illusion of a deep, textured fringe. We’re obsessed with this short haircut. Use a little of Ouai Haircare’s Matte Pomade (£16) to create that piece-y texture.
A wavy side-parted short haircut will suit oval-, diamond- or heart-shaped faces.
Mia Wasikowska’s sleek bob will suit oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.
Think you can’t embrace braids with short hair? Think again. Here Mulligan has used a small fishtail braid to pull the hair off her face. Clever.
Scarlett Johansson’s short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Williams knows that a jewelled headband is the easiest way to dress up a short haircut. From minimalistic to ornate, Net-a-Porter’s headband selection is worth a look.
Ginnifer Goodwin got the headband memo.
Super short paired with lots of mascara is the trick to this elfin look.
The gentle highlights in Keira’s hair give the short cut more depth.
The fringe on this is a cute way to do the super-short crop.
Want to go short and add a different colour? Look to Helen Mirren for some hair inspo.
On paper, a curled fringe shouldn’t work, but in practice it’s fabulous.
Lily Collins knows how versatile a bob is. Wear it sleek like Swift, textured like Williams or style it with retro Marcel-esque waves for a party.
While this shot of Winona Ryder was taken in 2006, this is still giving us all the ’90s feels thanks to the length of the bob and the choker. To re-create this look, you simply need to ensure your hair is chin length and let it dry naturally for the true ’90s-kid style.
If there’s one style that never goes out of style, it’s an asymmetric bob. Nina Dobrev took hers even shorter, and gave us all a lesson lesson in how to work a side-fringe. Recreate this at home by parting that centre fringe slightly to the left.
Trust Tilda Swinton to go for something a little more left field. This quiffed short crop is made all the more dramatic by the shade of bold blonde.
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