70 Short Haircuts to Inspire You for the New Year

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If the question "Should I cut my hair short?" regularly pops into your head, then you've come to the right place. Short haircuts are fun, flattering, fashionable, and not to mention, incredibly versatile; you can play with texture, partings, accessories, and even add in braids to mix up your style. Basically, there is a dreamy short hairstyle for everyone.

To help you decide which is best for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite short-haired A-lister looks and called on stylists Gretchen Friese and Miles Jeffries for their industry insight. 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.

Click through the gallery below for the ultimate A-list short haircut inspiration.

Meet the Expert

  • Gretchen Friese is a BosleyMD stylist and certified trichologist. She has over 20 years of beauty industry experience and is based in Denver.
  • Miles Jeffries is a celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles. His A-list clients include Mariah Carey, Tinashe, Angela Bassett, and Sierra Capri, to name a few.

1. Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke
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It shocked fans everywhere when 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."

2. Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi natural curly bob
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Yara Shahidi's face-framing curls look incredible with this triangular bob. Timeless and carefree, Friese recommends applying an oil and smoothing product to wet hair to create control and separation. "Once the hair has air dried using a chopstick or pick the shape can be created by lifting the hair into place," she adds.

3. Halle Berry

short hairstyles: halle berry with curly hair
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Oh hello, shiny bob. Those with natural texture and volume will be able to get the most out of this cut and style, comments Friese, adding, "It is a great look for a number of face shapes including anyone with wide eyes and a strong angular face as well as those with round faces."

4. Irina Shayk

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

5. Jenna Dewan

short hairstyles: Jenna Dewan at Billboard Music Awards 2018
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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 eyeshadow too. To achieve this look, Friese instructs, "Using a large/extra large round brush, blow-dry the hair smooth on each side concentrating the heat down the hair shaft to reduce frizz and create shine."

If starting with fine straight hair using a root lifting product along with a volumizing product on the ends will help the style have longevity.

6. Dua Lipa

short hairstyles: Dua Lip Debuts Bob At Billboard Music Awards 2018
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If you struggle with clipping or tying your hair back, Dua Lipa's slicked-back bob is a perfect choice. "Straighter or straightened hair textures are key to creating polish and shine," notes Jeffries. "Maintaining this look sharp means staying on top of the haircut with appointments every five to six weeks," he adds

7. Kate Hudson

short hairstyles: Kate Hudson with short blonde hair
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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. 

8. Ruth Negga

short hairstyles: Ruth Negga with a short curly haircut
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Ruth Negga's haircut makes for ideal inspiration for anyone with naturally curly hair. 

9. Ciara

Ciara
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Ciara proves a simple baby fringe can make a short haircut look seriously cool.

10. Selena Gomez

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

11. Zoë Kravitz

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

12. Dilone

Short Hairstyles: Dilone short hair
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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

13. Katy Perry

Short hairstyles: Katy Perry's new short blonde look
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The side shave and the quiff are very reminiscent of Miley Cyrus. We love this hue and cut on Katy Perry.

14. Michelle Williams

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams with a gorgeous platinum blonde at this year's Oscars
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Michelle Williams is arguably the queen of the short haircut. Fortunately for us, "Pixies work with most hair textures and are very easy to style," comments Friese. She advises using a volumizing product like the BosleyMD BosVolumize Style+ Blow Dry & Styling Gel ($19) for fine hair or a smoothing/straightening product for coarse/curly hair.

15. Jourdan Dunn

Short hairstyles: Jourdan Dunn's short haircut suits a diamond-, oval-, heart- and square-shaped face? T
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Got a diamond-, oval-, heart-, or square-shaped face? Try a blunt bob like Jourdan Dunn's. According to Jeffries, "Keeping this style at chin-length to make it suitable for most face shapes as it creates the illusion of an elongated neck—who doesn't love that?"

16. Zendaya

Short hairstyles: Zendaya's bowl cut at the Met Gala 2016
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The bowl cut isn't a hairstyle that suits everyone, but Zendaya's gorgeous dark eyes really set this off. 

17. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks
 

If there's one thing we know about Tyra Banks, it's that she knows how to work all kinds of hairstyles. We can never forget this short moment. To get something similar, make sure you ask for longer layers in front.

18. Ruby Rose

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

19. Heewon Kan

Heewon Kan


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Heewon Kan's fringe is a quirky take on the short hairstyle.

20. Coco Rocha

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

21. Lupita Nyong'o

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

22. Amber Valletta

Short hairstyles: Amber Valletta's short hairstyle is with a long fringe and crop, great for square faces
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Actress Amber Valletta proves there's no haircut she can't pull off.

23. Nicole Richie

Short hairstyles: Nicole Richie with a chin-length bob, great for round and oval faces
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Not content with simply having super-short hair, Nicole Richie has also gone for that super-platinum blonde we love too. 

24. Kate Mara

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

25. Amandla Stenberg

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

26. Jessica Alba

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

27. Taylor Swift

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

28. Rihanna

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

29. Taraji P. Henson

Short hairstyles: Taraji P. Henson short curly cut
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Taraji P. Henson does volume right with her chic curly cut. 

30. Charlize Theron

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

31. Kylie Jenner

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

32. Solange Knowles

Short hairstyles: Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval- and square-shaped faces.
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From its mega volume to its light and airy texture, Solange Knowles's natural bob is hallucinating. The best part—apart from those baby bangs, of course—"It's also sustainable as it will continue to look good even when it's grown out," comments Jeffries.

33. Miley Cyrus

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

34. Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae short hair
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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. 

35. Viola Davis

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

36. Scarlett Johansson

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

37. Alanna Arrington

Short hairstyles: Liv Tyler was the queen of this look in the '90s
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Alanna Arrington inspires us with her model-off-duty, perfectly tousled curls every day. 

38. Alex Belle and Isis Valentino

Short hairstyles: Alex Belle St. Beauty
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We shot Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of the band St. Beauty for our Stranded hair series and have been admiring their stunning strands ever since. To get these modern yet traditional textured crowns, "Start by blow-drying hair with a paddle brush and then twisting hair into coils similar to Bantu knots at night. In the morning, it's up to you to either leave it or brush it out," instructs Jeffries.

39. Nina Dobrev

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

40. Edie Campbell

Edie Campbell short hair
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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. 

41. Roxxxan Conway

Roxxxan Conway

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

42. Lily Collins

Lily Collins
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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.

43. Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan short hair
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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.

44. Rowan Blanchard

Rowan Blanchard
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Rowan Blanchard stunned us with this beautiful, smoldering look at the premiere of HBO's Euphoria.

45. Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder in 2006
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With 90 and 2000s hair making a comeback, the style icons of the time are too—and whose short hair is more iconic than Winona Ryder? From loose, ear-length curls to this slicked-back look from the premiere of Eyes Wide Shut, she's done it all.

46. Aliet Sarah

Aliet Sarah
 

Model Aliet Sarah is known for rocking this super-sheared cut.

47. Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka at Coachella
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Kiernan Shipka's honey-blonde hair from Coachella 2019 accents her eyes, and the mid-neck length frames her face perfectly.

48. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman at TRL in 2006
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She stays with a more mature look nowadays, but Natalie Portman once rocked a rebellious-looking sporty pixie.

49. Tati Gabrielle

Tati Gabrielle at CFDA awards
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Tati Gabrielle's short hair and perfect finger waves took this look from the 2019 CFDA Awards red carpet from great to stunning.

50. Lana Condor

Lana Condor
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Lana Condor wears her hair in a perfectly-textured bob with a side part.

51. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union
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Gabrielle Union's fully-pulled-to-the-side 'do isn't for the faint of heart, but it's just as soft as it is edgy.

52. Erika Vendette

Erika Vendette
 

Asymmetry is a great way to add visual interest to a short cut. Here, stylist Erika Vendette has a bit of length and swooped bangs on one side, while the other side is shaved close to the scalp.

53. Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith
 

Jada Pinkett Smith's pompadour is extremely cool and fress. To land this look, "[c]oncentrating on volume and lift at the top and sleek smooth sides are key," says Friese. Use a root lifting product at the crown like Design.Me Puff.Me ($11) for volume and hold.

54. Irene Kim

Irene Kim
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Irene Kim's hair here is slicked back for an on-trend wet look. We love the blunt edges of her barely shoulder-grazing bob, as well as the eye-popping royal purple color.

55. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
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It was shocking when Jennifer Lawrence cut off her long locks; it was also part of a transition to a more adult sense of style for the actress. This wavy haircut will suit oval-, diamond-, or heart-shaped faces.

56. Amalie Gassmann

Amalie Gassmann
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Model Amalie Gassmann is utterly on trend, and her red bob with super short bangs is rocker-chic done right.

57. Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin
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Morena Baccarin showed off a wonderful way to wear curls when she cut her hair short to her chin—it's manageable, but doesn't reject the natural texture of her hair.

58. Maria Borges

Maria Borges at Cannes
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When Chopard had Maria Borges come to their dinner during 2019's Cannes Film Festival, the only thing more beautiful than the diamonds was her look. We love the cropped cut with tapered sides.

59. Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
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Anne Hathaway has proven over the course of her fame that she can rock pretty much any cut. But remember the brief period of time she sported a pixie? We do. And although her hair is gorgeous now, we do miss this look.

60. Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie at the SAG awards
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With her stunning blonde hair, Margot Robbie has created for herself one of the most recognizable images in show business right now.

61 . Liuxi Liu

Liuxi Liu
 

Liuxi Liu's uber short cut is mostly bangs, with a royal blue color adding a hefty dose of trendiness to a timeless look.

62. Ellie Delphine

Ellie Delphine
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Influencer Ellie Delphine shows off a street style-ready coiled crop. If you have curly hair, you can absolutely go short—just be sure you're seeing a stylist who specializes in your hair texture.

63. Tia Taylor

Tia Taylor
 

Playing with color can change the entire vibe of your cut. Gray hair with exposed roots makes for an edgy style.

64. Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley
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Although she may have started out on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, now Shailene Woodley is a heavy-hitter, acting in Big Little Lies alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. She cut off all her hair for an installment in the Divergent series, and while we love her with long hair, it was a fantastic look for her.

65. Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
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Demi Lovato's short hair is inspiration for everyone, everywhere, to put down their straighteners and pick up some texturizing spray.

66. Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung
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Alexa Chung has worn this wavy bob for so many years, it might as well be named after her.

67. Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale
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Lucy Hale's hair is always on point thanks to stylist Kristin Ess, and we can't help but love every new look.

68. Ashleigh Murray

Ashleigh Murray
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Speaking of Katy Keene stars, we can't help but love this dyed look from Ashleigh Murray.

69. Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard
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French actress Marion Cotillard is a vision in this slicked back, styled look.

70. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell
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We would be remiss not to put Naomi, queen of the hair switch-up, on this list.

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