24 Short Haircuts You Won't Need to Style

Asia Kate Dillon with short, low maintenance haircut

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There are a lot of reasons you might want a haircut that takes little-to-no maintenance. All these styles need is a quick run-through with the fingers or five minutes with a curl sponge if you have coily-textured hair. Cropped cuts can work for many different face shapes.

But the best route to easy, low-maintenance hair? A simple cut with soft edges. "Long or short, haircuts with softer edges and more basic shapes are going to last you longer and take less maintenance," says stylist Benjamin Mohapi, of Benjamin Salon.

Meet the Expert

• Benjamin Mohapi is a hairstylist and the founder of Benjamin Salon, with locations in California and New York.

Alisha Leela is a Canadian hairstylist who works at Toronto's Bob + Paige Salon.

Here are 24 examples of cropped cuts for any gender, along with tips for styling them, from Mohapi and fellow stylist Alisha Leela, of Bob + Paige Salon in Toronto.

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Tapered Cut With a '90s Flair

Lupita Nyong'o at the Hollywood Reporter's Annual Nominees Night party.

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Lupita Nyong'o can rock any style without hesitation. Her cropped look can work on a variety of hair textures and will require a bi-weekly shape-up to keep the look crisp. If you have natural hair, you're in luck. You may not be able to say goodbye to washday entirely, since keeping coily hair washed and conditioned to maintain moisture is a must. But, our guess is, you'll be able to cut your dedicated styling day in half. 

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Short Textured Style

Zayn Malik with messy hair

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This particular style is a great option for someone looking for style with almost no work. The hair is cropped short all over the head but a bit of extra length is left on top. Just apply a dab of pomade and simply run it side to side over the top of the head, to add texture and separation—15 seconds and you're done.

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Casual Tousled Style

Cole Sprouse at the premiere of five feet apart

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Cole Sprouse has leagues of adoring fans for a reason. He's always stylish, but in that effortless way we all strive to pull off. For a guy with hair like Cole's, a dab of finishing cream and a quick run of your hands through your hair is all you need. And if you want real volume without all the hassle of using product, tell your stylist to use a razor. "Softening the edges on your cut either by point-cutting or using a razor to break up the cut line can also promote volume and texture," says Mohapi.

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Easy Style

Zac Efron at the Australian Premiere of Baywatch

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Zac Efron has had the same hairstyle for a long time, and there's a reason for it. To achieve the look, apply a bit of finishing cream to damp hair and give it a quick toss-up and back. That's it. Too easy.

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Classic Buzz

Michael B. Jordan

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"For short, low-maintenance hairstyles for women and men, buzz cuts are definitely in," says Leela. "The only thing that makes them higher maintenance is that the back hairline tends to grow out quickly." That means more time in the salon chair, with Leela recommending those with buzz cuts visit their salon "every four weeks to get a cleanup on the neck." To style a buzz like actor Michael B. Jordan, simply blow-dry hair and add some paste to tame any frizz. 

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Classic Crewcut

Asia Kate Dillon on the red carpet

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Cut with a number three blade all over the head, this classic crewcut is super easy. A bit of pomade adds shine but isn't necessary for the look. This is a great style for people like Asia Kate Dillon who want almost no maintenance or for those who don't leave home without a hat in tow. 

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Caesar

George Clooney at the Suburbicon premiere

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When you're looking for a low-maintenance style, short is almost always the best way to go. For this simple Caesar style, the hair is cut using a two-fingers length on top. Just a bit of pomade adds shine and separation. For those who need to wear a hat or knit cap, this style works well as the short sides minimize the "hat head" while the top stays flat.

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Short Sides and a Longer Top

Orlando Bloom on the red carpet

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For this cut, the hair is about three-fourths of an inch on the sides and back with about three inches of length on top. To achieve any kind of slept-in look, apply a bit of texture cream or finishing cream to dry hair and toss it around a bit with the fingers.

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Classic Crop

Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson's classic crop shows off her features, leaving her hair off her face and styled with a bit of product. To achieve the look, hair is cut or clippered short on the sides and back and lifted at the roots to create volume.

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Slicked

Keke Palmer

 

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With this style, even hair that is in need of a trim can look put-together. This is also a great way to show off an undercut—set the style with pomade and a comb to slick back or to the side (as seen here on Keke Palmer).

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Long Buzzcut

Stephen Amell at Comic Con

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This is your typical number five or so buzzcut. No product or maintenance is required to pull it off, but running pomade through your hair can give it a great sheen.

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Great Texture and a Little Wave

Winona Ryder at the premiere of Alien: Resurrection

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For someone with a little natural texture to their hair, this is a perfect style. "These cuts always look good a bit tousled, so there’s no need to make too much effort," says Mohapi. "A bit of texture spray and a smidge of moisturizing cream will always look sexy." Simply throw a little styling cream into damp hair and run your fingers through it until you achieve the desired effect. No comb required.

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Classic Taper

Justin Timberlake on the red carpet

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Justin Timberlake wears a classic tapered haircut well. The hair is clipped short on the sides and back and tapered to zero on the neckline. The hair is left about 2.5 inches long on top and can be worn casually swept back with the fingers (as he's wearing it in the photo above) or neatly parted and combed for a formal look.

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Undercut

Scarlett Johansson

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Leela says the old-school undercut is the ultimate in low-maintenance hair because it grows out so well. "The reason the undercut is so great is that, by the time your hairline on the neck needs to be cut, the hair on the top of your head has already grown," she says. In other words, the short 'do seen here on Scarlett Johansson can grow into a trendy bob—no haircut required.

"This is great for men, too—the mushroom undercut (think Nick Carter in the 1990s with the middle part) has definitely come back and again, it’s so easy to maintain and looks great growing out," says Leela.

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Short Bob

Carey Mulligan

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Carey Mulligan's bob is cut just below her ears—so there's enough hair to style via a side part and texturizing spray. We like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($23) for a piece-y look.

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Crewcut With Fade

Idris Elba

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One way to add a little extra oomph to a classic crewcut? Ask your barber or hairstylist to fade the sides á la Idris Elba. Though the crewcut itself can likely go without product, a little pomade will work wonders to smooth the sides.

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Classic Pixie

Zendaya

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Zendaya's pixie cut is short in length and long on style, with slightly textured layers that frame her face. If you're looking to experiment with a new hair color, this is an especially appealing style, as there's so much less hair to dye.

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Short and Spiked

Zac Efron

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There's a reason this is a style so often spotted by active types—it's a low-maintenance way to keep hair out of your face during the day. Here, hair is cut relatively short all over the head, with a bit of hair near the front of the head kept long. Style the pomp with hair gel like Pete & Pedro Hair Putty ($19).

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French Bob

Kaia Gerber

 

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Another variation on the short bob, this cheekbone-grazing style works great on hair that is naturally straight, like model Kaia Gerber's. Throw in some texturizing cream to battle frizz, and your hair is styled for the day.

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Razor-Cut Pixie

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry's two-tone pixie is super-stylish, thanks to a razor-cut length that adds texture on the ends.

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Short Fro

Jodie Turner-Smith

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Actress Jodie Turner-Smith's short fro is stylish and simply to maintain. The trick here is to ensure hair remains moisturized at all times.

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Curly Pixie

Alia Shawkat

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Alia Shawkat's natural curls take center stage in this longer variation on a pixie. Here, accessories (like a headband or barrettes) can make a big impact. Try a product like Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Leave-In Defining Cream ($20) to add further definition to curls.

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Clean Shave

Taye Diggs

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Taye Diggs proves that a clean-shaven, bald head can still be sophisticated. The key here is to ensure hair stays as close to the head as possible and show your scalp some love via sunscreen applied every day.

If attempting an at-home shave, start slowly, using a one-inch guard on your razor and taking hair off a little at a time.

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Ivy League

Jake Gyllenhaal at the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time movie premier.
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This classic cut—seen here on actor Jake Gyllenhaal—all comes down to product. Ask your stylist to use a number seven or number eight blade to allow for a bit more length on top than a standard buzz cut. To style, comb it back with product or just use a bit of paste and your fingers to roughen the hair up a bit.

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