Instagram is always one of the first places we go for hair inspo (it's right up there with Pinterest). Cuts, colour, style, accessories—it's all there. Our favourite uploads are almost always those of influencers—girls with an elevated style but never too "done". Their makeup and beauty looks are understated (if you want to know what they're actually using, we've got just the write-up), and hair is always low-key.
Maybe it's because the weather's heating up, but lately we can't stop double-tapping on shorter styles. It might be the promise of minimal maintenance, or just that we need a seasonal refresh, but chopping off our hair is looking like a pretty promising idea. If you're in a similar frame of mind (or easily convinced) we've pulled seven influencer styles that are getting all of the likes.
From Margaret Zhang's textured ends to Sara Donaldson's 30-second bun, keep scrolling to see the short styles that are blowing up our Instagram feeds.
Chloe Hill is the reason we let our hair air-dry. Her natural curls are defined albeit frizzy, but it's a balance that definitely works for her shoulder-skimming style. Bonus points for the French-girl fringe, too. If you're not as genetically blessed in the curls department (we feel this), scrunch in a good activating product like Moroccanoil's Curl Defining Cream ($48) and let it dry sans blowdrier.
Sleek and polished
Sara Donaldson is a champion for embracing natural colour and texture—she's one of the few influencers that hasn't opted for sunkissed highlights through her ends. This look is proof that really short hair can be worn pulled back, and look great while doing so. All you really need is a hair elastic, and a good gloss or oil you can use to smooth down any fly-aways or baby hairs. We love David Mallett's Hair Serum ($72) in a big way, plus, it won't leave your short strands feeling greasy.
We love Sarah Ellen for her blonde-turned-brunette bob, and this look is giving us life. Fitting for her European vacay, this low bun with piecey layers let loose around her face is giving us some serious Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday vibes. We'll be carrying this look straight into summer with a little R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo ($44) through the front to mop up heat-wave induced oil.
Yes, this requires hot tools, but we promise it's minimal effort. Talisa's hair sits just below the top of her shoulders, meaning she fits the short-hair bill, while still having some room to play, style-wise. Loosely tong big sections, and once cool, brush them out with a boar bristle brush like Mason and Pearson.
Zanita Whittington is proof that often the simplest of styles are the most effective. Her icy blonde bob is taken to a new level when flipped all to one side. Go against your part for extra-big volume, and work in a texturising powder like Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray ($63) for hold. Hair flipping optional.
Half-Up Top Knot
Carmen Hamilton is what short hair dreams are made of. Her chocolate bob/fringe duo is amazing, but we're loving the versatility of this top-knot. This is a great option for anyone growing a fringe out (it can be a tough process), and can't bare the thought of bobby-pinning it back any longer. If your hair is dirty and you've exhausted your supply of dry shampoo, consider this your go-to short hair style.
Straight, razored texture
Influencer hair can quite easily be a steady stream of "undone" this and "loose waves" that, but Margaret Zhang is making a serious case for a straight, choppy do. The short length is important as longer hair can weigh this style down. Run over your hair with a GHD styler, and rub some Redken Rough Paste ($35) through the ends to get some grit.