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 expert stylists 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.
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.
Click through the gallery below for the ultimate A-list short haircut inspiration.
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."
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.
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."
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?
Center-Parted Round Bob
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.
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
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.
Ruth Negga's haircut makes for ideal inspiration for anyone with naturally curly hair.
Ciara proves a simple baby fringe can make a short haircut look seriously cool.
Wet-Look With Side Part
Upgrade that lob with a slicked-back wet look like Selena Gomez. While hair is still damp, part it to one side and comb through it with a gel, and allow to air dry.
Ask your hairdresser for longer layers so you can transform your look from day to night with products.
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.
One word: wow. When model Dilone unveiled this look, we saved to our favorites immediately.
Shaved Sides With Length on Top
The side shave and the quiff are very reminiscent of Miley Cyrus. We love this hue and cut on Katy Perry.
Pixie With Bangs
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.
Beachy Waved Bob
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?"
Upgraded Bowl Cut
The bowl cut isn't a hairstyle that suits everyone, but Zendaya's gorgeous dark eyes really set this off.
Pixie With Long Bangs
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.
Short With Texture
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.
Heewon Kan's fringe is a quirky take on the short hairstyle, which is somewhat like a bowl cut, but with two different lengths — on the ends and on the bangs.
Blunt Bob With Bangs
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.
Lupita Nyong'o's short haircut suits oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Slight Side Part and Ear-Length
Actress Amber Valletta proves there's no haircut she can't pull off.
Loosely Wavy Bob
Not content with simply having super-short hair, Nicole Richie has also gone for that super-platinum blonde we love too.
Side Part and Tousled
Kate Mara's short hairstyle is perfect for oval-, heart-, square-, and diamond-shaped faces.
We love Amandla Stenberg's honey-hued cropped cut and mini curls.
Ombré Lob With Texture
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.
Bouncy Bob With Bangs
Taylor Swift's bob hairstyle is great for square-, diamond-, oval-, and heart-shaped faces.
Blunt Bob With Center Part
Rihanna's bob hairstyle suits round-, oval-, square-, heart-, and diamond-shaped faces.
Short With Volume on Top
Taraji P. Henson does volume right with her chic curly cut.
Short With Waves
Charlize Theron's short, side-swept cut suits heart-, diamond-, and oval-shaped faces.
Kylie Jenner's sleek bob will suit round-, oval-, square-, and diamond-shaped faces.
Natural Bob With Baby Bangs
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.
Swooped Back and Short
Miley Cyrus's chic, short hairstyle is ideal for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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.
Viola Davis's rounded afro pairs perfectly with her wash-and-go hairstyle (and looks so elegant with her off-the-shoulder dress).
Short with Volume and Side Part
Scarlett Johansson's short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Sexy Bob With Bangs
Alanna Arrington inspires us with her model-off-duty, perfectly tousled curls every day.
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.
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.
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.
Buzzed With a Bright Hue
Want to go short and add a different color? Look to Roxxxan Conway for some hair inspo.
Retro Waved Bob
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.
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.
Rowan Blanchard stunned us with this beautiful, smoldering look at the premiere of HBO's Euphoria.
Waved Bob With Headband
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.
Textured, Grown-Out Pixie
Model Aliet Sarah is known for rocking this super-sheared cut.
Pinned-Back Wavy Lob
Kiernan Shipka's honey-blonde hair from Coachella 2019 accents her eyes, and the mid-neck length frames her face perfectly.
Sporty and Styled Pixie
She stays with a more mature look nowadays, but Natalie Portman once rocked a rebellious-looking sporty pixie.
Finger Waved Pixie
Tati Gabrielle's short hair and perfect finger waves took this look from the 2019 CFDA Awards red carpet from great to stunning.
Blow-Dryed Lob With Waves
To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Lana Condor wears her hair in a perfectly-textured bob with a side part.
Slicked Side and Asymmetric
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.
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.
Long Pixie With a Blowout
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 ($24) for volume and hold.
Slicked-Back and Dyed
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.
Center Part With Texture
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.
Blunt Lob With Fringe
Model Amalie Gassmann is utterly on trend, and her red bob with super short bangs is rocker-chic done right.
Air-Dried Lob With Layers
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.
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.
Pixie With Length on Top
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.
Lob With Tousled Texture
With her stunning blonde hair, Margot Robbie has created for herself one of the most recognizable images in show business right now.
Dyed With Eye-Sweeping Bangs
Liuxi Liu's uber short cut is mostly bangs, with a royal blue color adding a hefty dose of trendiness to a timeless look.
Pixie With Natural Length
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.
Ombré Natural Pixie
Playing with color can change the entire vibe of your cut. Gray hair with exposed roots makes for an edgy style.
Slicked and Center-Parted Lob
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.
Demi Lovato's short hair is inspiration for everyone, everywhere, to put down their straighteners and pick up some texturizing spray.
Lob With Curled Ends
Alexa Chung has worn this wavy bob for so many years, it might as well be named after her.
Lucy Hale's hair is always on point thanks to stylist Kristin Ess, and we can't help but love every new look.
Long Pixie With Natural Curls
Logan Browning's natural curls make her pixie look almost waterfall-esque.
Asymmetric With a Side Part
French actress Marion Cotillard is a vision in this slicked back, styled look.
We would be remiss not to put Naomi, queen of the hair switch-up, on this list.
How often does short hair need to be washed?
Provided your hair isn't very greasy, you should be able to get away with washing it every 2-3 days. Remember that you can always use a dry shampoo in between washes, to sop up any excess oil.
What products do I need to invest in if I have short hair?
How often should I get my short hair cut?
That depends on exactly how short it is. A buzz will need to be maintained with a trim every couple weeks, but a bob or lob can go longer (even 6-8 weeks).