How to Tell If You Would Look Good With Short Hair

Updated 04/28/19

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Though chopping your hair off can be totally liberating and the perfect way to revive your tired hairstyle, the thought of switching to a shorter style can be daunting if you’re used to having long hair. You might be questioning what you would look like with short hair, if you could pull off daring pixies or shags, or if you’d even know how to style a bob. If that’s the case for you, stop stressing. Anyone can look good in short hair with enough confidence paired with the right cut for your face, hair texture, and personality. Ahead, examples of stunning short hairstyles and advice to help you figure out the best short hairstyle for you.

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Consider Your Face Shape

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While you shouldn’t be afraid to mention to your stylist what you'd like to downplay, focus on pointing out the features you love most to your stylist. If you love your eyes, your stylist might suggest bangs or face-framing pieces to draw attention to that area. Or if you love your jawline and cheekbones, let your stylist know you’d like a style that best highlights those. But your face shape shouldn’t be the final say in your cut. Opposite to what you might have been told in the past, short hair looks good on any face shape.

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Consider Your Hair Texture and Type

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Another important factor to consider when choosing the perfect short haircut is hair texture. With each hair texture (fine, medium, coarse) and hair type (straight, wavy, and curly) comes a slew of antiquated rules. You’ve probably heard opinions like, "curly hair shouldn’t be too short" and "fine hair shouldn’t be long." But thankfully, people today are breaking those rules. Curly hair can absolutely be short; you just need the right cut. Seek out a stylist who knows how to cut curls.

A shorter cut can lighten the weight of fine, straight strands and add body to the hair, but the trick is all in the styling. If you don’t like height and volume, a short style for this hair type is versatile enough to be worn full or flat, whichever way you prefer.

Typically, very thick, wavy hair can seem challenging when worn short because it can easily pouf or frizz, but this hair actually looks super cool with a layered shag. Let your stylist see how your hair dries naturally so they can determine the best layering and length for your specific hair type and texture.

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Consider Your Lifestyle

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Warning: short hair can be very high-maintenance. If you currently have long hair, you’ve probably grown accustomed to throwing it in a ponytail on days when you don’t have time to wash and style it. But with some short styles, it’s not quite as easy. Not only will you have to up your styling routine, but you’ll also need to frequent your stylists for trims. Typically, short hair should be trimmed every four to six weeks to maintain the integrity of your style. Styles with bangs require even more touch-ups—roughly every couple weeks. If you don’t want to spend the time and money on all the upkeep required for shorter styles, a lob with no bangs or side-swept bangs will grow out beautifully and won't require a trip to the salon as often.

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Consider Your Personality

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Your haircut is a reflection of your personality. A short cut will look good on anyone—it's just a matter of finding the right style for you.  Do you love the idea of yourself with short hair? Does it feel "like you" at this point in your life? Go with your gut on this one, not other people's advice.

The trick to pulling off an edgy short crop or a pixie has little to do with your face shape or hair texture and everything to do with having the right attitude and confidence. If a look that bold isn’t your thing, try something softer but just as cool, like shag or a lob (a long bob).

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Decide on the Style

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Now that you’ve considered your face shape, hair type, lifestyle, and personality, you can move onto the fun part: choosing your haircut. When it comes to short styles, the options are endless and can be overwhelming, but deciding how short you want to go will help narrow it down.

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A Buzz or Pixie Cut

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The shortest crops, buzzcuts, and pixies, are the perfect mix of edgy and classy and always eye-catching. Both frame the face beautifully and bring the focus front and center. You'll be glad to know that, aside from having to get your hair trimmed every four to six weeks, buzzcuts pixies are low-maintenance. Simply wash this hairstyle, add some pomade for texture if you need, and go.

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A Shag

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 An equally edgy style but not quite as daring as a buzz or pixie is the shag. This choppy, layered cut naturally has a rock ’n’ roll vibe to it and as simple to style as the two previous styles. Since a shag is meant to feel mussed up and effortless, the less styling, the better. After you wash it, let it air-dry for natural texture and frizz.

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A Chin-Length Bob

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If you prefer a sleek finish and have the time to commit to styling, a bob that falls around chin level looks good on everyone, no matter your face shape or hair texture. A bob can be cut and styled to fit your personality and lifestyle, so you can really make it your own. 

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A Lob

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If you like something short but need a little more length so you can pull it back if you need, try a lob. The long bob falls anywhere between the mid-neck and shoulders and also works great if you prefer long hair but have trouble achieving height and volume due to the weight of your strands.

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A Haircut With Bangs

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 Still unsure if you’re ready for the big chop? Bangs are an easy way to change up a haircut without having to commit to a totally different style. Just like short haircuts, there are many different bang variations, each with a different vibe and overall feel. A fringe cut can frame your face and give a longer cut more dimension. Blunt bangs can look ultra modern and cool, and side-swept bangs feel beachy and add great volume. Let your hairstylist know what look you’re trying to achieve, and like before, factor in your lifestyle, personality, hair type, and face shape to help you decide on the right cut for you.

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