46 Short Haircuts to Inspire You for the New Year

Updated 04/17/19

So you've decided to go for a short hairstyle. Yep, you're finally going to take the plunge. But which crop are you going to choose? A great place to look for short-hair inspiration is your favorite 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 favorite 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. 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.

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Emilia Clarke

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."

short hairstyles: Yara Shahidi with bob
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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi's face-framing curls look incredible with this chin-grazing bob. 

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Halle Berry

Oh hello, shiny bob. Halle Berry looks stunning with this short, curly cut. 

short hairstyles: Irina Shayk at the Dsquared2 Show Milan Fashion Week SS19
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Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk stepped out with a seriously daring new choppy bob-and-fringe combo at the Dsquared2 Milan spring 2019 fashion show. We love this daring look on her. What do you think? Do you think it's real or just a very good wig?

short hairstyles: Jenna Dewan at Billboard Music Awards 2018
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Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan has had short hair for a while, but at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, she revealed an even shorter, sleeker bob complete with a center part. Oh, and we love her yellow eye shadow too.

short hairstyles: Dua Lip Debuts Bob At Billboard Music Awards 2018
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Dua Lipa

Not only did she give a standout 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.

short hairstyles: Kate Hudson with short blonde hair
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Kate Hudson

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

short hairstyles: Ruth Negga with a short curly haircut
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Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga's haircut makes for ideal inspiration for anyone with naturally curly hair. 

short hairstyles: Claire Foy with short brown hair and a quiff
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Claire Foy

Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool.

Short hairstyles: Selena Gomez shows off wet look bob haircut on Instagram
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Selena Gomez

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. 

short hairstyles: Zoe Kravitz with short blonde hair at the 2017 MET Gala
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Zoë Kravitz

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.

Short Hairstyles: Dilone short hair
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Dilone

One word: wow. When model Dilone unveiled this look, we saved to our favorites immediately. Tempted by a buzz cut? We reveal all you need to know

Short hairstyles: Katy Perry's new short blonde look
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Katy Perry

The side shave and the quiff are very reminiscent of Miley Cyrus. We love this hue and cut on Katy Perry.

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams with a gorgeous platinum blonde at this year's Oscars
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Michelle Williams

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 favorite. 

Short hairstyles: Jourdan Dunn's short haircut suits a diamond-, oval-, heart- and square-shaped face? T
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Jourdan Dunn

Got a diamond-, oval-, heart-, or square-shaped face? Try a blunt bob like Jourdan Dunn's.

Short hairstyles: Zendaya's bowl cut at the Met Gala 2016
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Zendaya

The bowl cut isn't a hairstyle that suits everyone, but Zendaya's gorgeous dark eyes really set this off. 

Short hairstyles: Kristen Stewart's short dark crop
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Kristen Stewart

If there's one thing we know about Kristen Stewart, it's that she knows a thing or two about rocking a short crop. To get something similar, make sure you ask for long layers in front.

Short hairstyles: Ruby Rose's slicked-back short haircut
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Ruby Rose

This unconventional cut, as seen on Ruby Rose, is especially easy to pull off when you've got incredible eyebrows. Make sure your brows are looking just as sharp.

Short hairstyles: Rooney Mara's take on the quirky fringe
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Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara's fringe is a quirky take on the short hairstyle.

Short hairstyles: Coco Rocha with a blunt, '90s style fringe and a chin-length bob
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Coco Rocha

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.

Short hairstyles: Lupita Nyong'o suits oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o's short haircut suits oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Amber Valletta's short hairstyle is with a long fringe and crop, great for square faces
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Amber Valletta

Actress Amber Valletta proves there's no haircut she can't pull off.

Short hairstyles: Nicole Richie with a chin-length bob, great for round and oval faces
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Nicole Richie

Not content with simply having super-short hair, Nicole Richie has also gone for that super-platinum blonde we love too. 

Short hairstyles: Kate Mara's is perfect for oval-, heart-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.
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Kate Mara

Kate Mara's short hairstyle is perfect for oval-, heart-, square-, and diamond-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Amandla Stenberg cropped cut
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Amandla Stenberg

We love Amandla Stenberg's honey-hued cropped cut and mini curls. 

Short hairstyles: Jessica Alba's is one of our favourites and also not too dramatic
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Jessica Alba

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. 

Short hairstyles: Taylor Swift's bob is great for square-, diamond-, oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's bob hairstyle is great for square-, diamond-, oval-, and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Rihanna's bob hairstyle suits round-, oval-, square-, heart- and diamond-shaped faces.
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Rihanna

Rihanna's bob hairstyle suits round-, oval-, square-, heart-, and diamond-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Taraji P. Henson short curly cut
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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson does volume right with her chic curly cut. 

Short hairstyles: Charlize Theron's short, side-swept cut suits heart-, diamond- and oval-shaped faces.
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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron's short, side-swept cut suits heart-, diamond-, and oval-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Kylie Jenner's sleek bob will suit round-, oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.
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Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner's sleek bob will suit round-, oval-, square-, and diamond-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval- and square-shaped faces.
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Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval-, and square-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Miley Cyrus's chic short hairstyle is ideal for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus's chic, short hairstyle is ideal for oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Janelle Monae short hair
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Janelle Monae

Even a super-short haircut like Janelle Monae's can take an accessory. A gilded headband like Monae's or decorative comb is an easy way to elevate your look. Check out Dolce & Gabbana's gold-tone Swarovski crystal and faux pearl hair slide if you're feeling flush. 

Short hairstyles: Viola Davis
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Viola Davis

Viola Davis's rounded afro pairs perfectly with her wash-and-go hairstyle (and looks so elegant with her off-the-shoulder dress). 

Short hairstyles: Jennifer Lawrence's wavy side parted short haircut will suit oval-, diamond- or heart-shaped faces
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Jennifer Lawrence

A wavy, side-parted, short haircut will suit oval-, diamond-, or heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Scarlett Johansson's short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson's short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Maria Borges short hair
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Maria Borges

Supermodel Maria Borges rocks her natural curls in a cropped cut with tapered sides. 

Short hairstyles: Liv Tyler was the queen of this look in the '90s
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Alanna Arrington

Alanna Arrington inspires us with her model-off-duty, perfectly tousled curls every day. 

Short hairstyles: Alex Belle St. Beauty
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Alex Belle and Isis Valentino

We shot Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of the band St. Beauty for our Stranded hair series this year and have been admiring their stunning strands ever since.  

Short hairstyles: Nina Dobrev debuts shorter hairstyle at Oscars After Party
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Nina Dobrev

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 in how to work a side fringe. Re-create this at home by parting that center fringe slightly to the left. 

Edie Campbell short hair
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Edie Campbell

Here, Edie Campbell shows off a modern Joan Jett shag, a nod to the music icon's piece-y chop that helped define '70s punk rock beauty. 

Helen Mirren short hair
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Helen Mirren

Want to go short and add a different color? Look to Helen Mirren for some hair inspo.

Lily Collins short hair
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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.

Carey Mulligan short hair
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Carey Mulligan

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.

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