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.
Meet the Expert
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.
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 chin-grazing bob. "[Her] super chic triangular curly bob is timeless and carefree," comments Jeffries.
To get her look, he adds, "Start with a great preparation by forming defined curls on wash day and you are bound to have lust-worthy curls on day two and three. Keeping this style at chin-length makes it suitable for most face shapes and it creates the illusion of an elongated neck—who doesn't love that? It's also sustainable as it will continue to look good even when it's grown out."
Oh hello, shiny bob. Halle Berry looks stunning with this short, curly cut.
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?
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.
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
Ruth Negga's haircut makes for ideal inspiration for anyone with naturally curly hair.
Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool.
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.
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. Tempted by a buzz cut? We reveal all you need to know.
The side shave and the quiff are very reminiscent of Miley Cyrus. We love this hue and cut on Katy Perry.
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.
Got a diamond-, oval-, heart-, or square-shaped face? Try a blunt bob like Jourdan Dunn's.
The bowl cut isn't a hairstyle that suits everyone, but Zendaya's gorgeous dark eyes really set this off.
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.
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.
Rooney Mara's fringe is a quirky take on the short hairstyle.
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.
Actress Amber Valletta proves there's no haircut she can't pull off.
Not content with simply having super-short hair, Nicole Richie has also gone for that super-platinum blonde we love too.
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.
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.
Taylor Swift's bob hairstyle is great for square-, diamond-, oval-, and heart-shaped faces.
Rihanna's bob hairstyle suits round-, oval-, square-, heart-, and diamond-shaped faces.
Taraji P. Henson does volume right with her chic curly cut.
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.
Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval-, and square-shaped faces.
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. Check out Dolce & Gabbana's gold-tone Swarovski crystal and faux pearl hair slide if you're feeling flush.
Viola Davis's rounded afro pairs perfectly with her wash-and-go hairstyle (and looks so elegant with her off-the-shoulder dress).
Scarlett Johansson's short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.
Alanna Arrington inspires us with her model-off-duty, perfectly tousled curls every day.
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. "Alex Belle and Isis Valentino look like royalty with these modern yet traditional textured crowns. They're sculptural yet touchable and effortless," says Jeffries.
He adds, "As far as hair type, curls and coils are going to be your best friend in order to achieve the volume that is key to this style. Start by blow-drying the hair with a paddle brush to get a good stretch, and then twisting the 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—we love the versatility."
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.
Want to go short and add a different color? Look to Helen Mirren for some hair inspo.
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.
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.
Speaking of iconic short hair, is there anyone whose short hair is more iconic than Twiggy's?
Kiernan Shipka's honey-blonde hair from Coachella 2019 accents her eyes, and the mid-neck length frames her face perfectly.
She stays with a more mature look nowadays, but Natalie Portman once rocked a rebellious-looking sporty pixie.
Tati Gabrielle's short hair and perfect finger waves took this look from the 2019 CFDA Awards red carpet from great to stunning.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Lana Condor wears her hair in a perfectly-textured bob with a side part.
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.
Halsey changes her hair often, but we're partial to this messy style that's as slick and wild as she is.
How could we write an article about short celebrity haircuts and leave out Pink? Her pompadour is legendary, and she's rocked it for so long it's almost synonymous with her name.
Sarah Paulson's hair here is clearly freshly cut, and it shows just how beautiful an even, recently done cut can be.
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.
Julianne Hough is on the cusp of every trend, and her shaggy bob with bangs is rocker-chic done right.
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.
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.
With her stunning blonde hair, Margot Robbie has created for herself one of the most recognizable images in show business right now.
Although she wears her hair longer now, we'll always have a soft spot for Aubrey Plaza's bob with bangs.
Comedian Cameron Esposito's flipped-over undercut is stylish and edgy.
Equal parts fashion, music, and soccer royalty, Victoria Beckham is a queen in all aspects, and her slicked back hair was about as boss as they come.
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.
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.
Speaking of Katy Keene stars, we can't help but love this dyed look from Ashleigh Murray.
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.