60 of the Best Women's Short Hairstyle Ideas

Short hair don't care.

Rihanna

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Wondering if short hair is right for you? Fortunately, there's a genius trick to getting the answer (sans scissors).

We spoke to the experts to round up our favorite A-lister short hair looks (to give you all the #shorthairinspo you desire) and determine a few styling tricks. Whether your hair is naturally textured, or usually falls pretty flat—we've got you covered with the short hairstyle that will best suit you.

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Keep scrolling for 60 of the best short women's hairstyles.

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Deep Side Part With Texture

short hairstyles: Cara Delevingne
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Technically, Cara is growing out her super short hairstyle—but we're obsessed with her side-swept bob. If you're currently growing out a pixie crop, let Cara be your inspo.

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Asymmetric With a Slight Undercut

Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson has given us several aspirational short-hair looks, but this asymmetrical crop with a shaved side is one of our favorites.

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Classic Ear-Length

Emilia Clarke's '90s-Gwyneth Paltrow inspired cut
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When Emilia Clarke went for an almighty chop, she revealed her inspiration was Gwyneth Paltrow's infamous '90s cut. She wrote on her Instagram, "Me: I’m thinking when Gwyneth and Brad had the same haircut. @jennychohair: I got ‘chu."

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Fluffy Pompadour

Alicia Keys

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Oh, hello, shiny pompadour. We're used to seeing Alicia Keys with long braided hair, but we're very much enjoying this cropped 'do.

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Wet-Look Bob

Short Hairstyles: Irina Shayk
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Irina Shayk stepped out with a seriously daring choppy bob and fringe combo at the Dsquared2 Milan S/S 19 fashion show. We love this fierce look on her.

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Tousled and Short

Kerry Washington

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This windblown crop of Kerry Washington's is giving us serious just-got-out-of-the-convertible vibes.

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Wavy Mohawk

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Kelly Osbourne's signature lilac roots make quite the statement when styled in a wavy mohawk. Give your shorter hair volume with Oribe's Swept Up Volume Spray ($42) after you've washed and blow-dried it. 

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Curly Pixie

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. "If you have curly hair, rock your natural texture," advises Heath. "I love R+Co COOL WIND pH Perfect Air-Dry Crème ($32) to help the hair air dry. Work with your texture, rather than fighting it."

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Center-Parted Bob

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 eye shadow, too.

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Wet-Look Lob With Side Part

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.

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Styled Pixie

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. 

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Bob With Short Bangs

Short hairstyles: Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval- and square-shaped faces.
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Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval-, and square-shaped faces. According to Grenia, the key to a similar style starts in the shower. "Prep curls using a hydration boosting shampoo and conditioner (I love IGK Thirsty Girl Anti-frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, $27) and for best results, leave the conditioner in the hair for an extra five to ten minutes, brush well and rinse. Using a microfiber towel, gently squeeze excess moisture from the hair." Allow to air-dry and you're golden.

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Side-Parted and Short

short hairstyles: Claire Foy with short brown hair and a quiff
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The Crown's Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool. And might we add, her bejeweled top pulls the entire look together in a rather regal way.

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Bleached Pixie

short hairstyles: Zoe Kravitz with short blonde hair at the 2017 MET Gala
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Zoë Kravitz proves how striking a pixie crop could look, especially when it's super blonde. Note the mussed-up texture, which makes it look both effortless and cool.

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Blunt Bob With Bangs

short hairstyles: Sam Rollinson with a super short bob
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Sam Rollinson shows how a micro bob can look seriously cool, plus the piecey fringe frames her face.  

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'90s Short With Bangs

Keke Palmer pixie with baby bangs

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If you think short hair and baby bangs don't mix, check out Keke Palmer's pixie with a petite fringe and think again.

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Long Buzz

Short Hairstyles: Kristen Stewart with a no.1 haircut
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One word: wow. When Kristen Stewart unveiled this look, we realized that this was the haircut she's been looking for her whole life.

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Chic Bowl Cut

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. 

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Undercut With Swoop

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, but that's not a bad thing. We love this hue and cut on Katy Perry.

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Blunt Lob With Side Part

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.

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Pixie With Texture

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. This platinum crop, which she debuted at the Academy Awards, is a stunning iteration of her shorter 'dos, and it might well be our favorite. 

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Pixie Afro

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.

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Avant-Garde Buzz

Danai Gurira buzz cut

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Here's how to own a buzzcut: project confidence by drawing even more attention to the style with buzzed-in designs on one side of the head.

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Blunt Bob With Texture and Bangs

Yara Shahidi

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If you're after something universally flattering, look no further. Yara Shahidi's curly bob hairstyle suits round-, oval-, square-, heart- and diamond-shaped faces.

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Spiky Pixie

Eva Marcille short blonde hair-single process color

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The best way to rock a short crop is to add product and spike the hair sky-high. To get something similar, make sure you ask for it to be cut long at the front, so you have length to play with.

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Center-Parted Wavy Lob

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. Got some texture to work with? Don't be afraid to play with it. "There are so many great products that enhance your natural waves or curl while preventing frizz," Heath says. "You can use a product like R+Co. MOON LANDING Ant-Humidity Spray ($33) on your curls once they are dry, too."

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Slicked Back With Volume

Short hairstyles: Ruby Rose's slicked-back short haircut
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As seen on Ruby Rose, this unconventional cut is easy to pull off when you've got an amazing face and incredible eyebrows.

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Blown-Out Pixie

Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson keeps it short, spiky, and chic with this pixie cut. Use some hair pomade or texturized cream to keep the front piecey-looking.

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Super-Blunt Bob

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 different hairstyles 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, too.

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Slightly Side-Parted Bob

Short Hairstyles for Older Women Side-Parted Bob Regina King

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We can feel ourselves growing more sophisticated just by looking at this sleek bob on Regina King.

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Natural Pixie

Lashana Lynch short curly natural pixie

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A slightly longer pixie allows you to show off your natural texture (just be sure to use a smoothing cream to keep the hair well-hydrated).

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Center-Parted and Ear-Length

Hikari Mori

Hikari Mori is the first person to make us swoon over this haircut since Shawn in Boy Meets World.

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Long Pixie

Short hairstyles: kate moss with pixie crop
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When Kate Moss stepped out with this haircut in 2001, everyone dashed to the salon. The beauty of this look is that it hasn't lost its power, and it's as chic and modern today as it was then. 

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Buzzed on the Sides

2Cynthia Erivo at the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet
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This short platinum shave has been Cynthia Erivo's signature look for a while, and we can certainly see why.

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Tousled Pixie

Short hairstyles: Natalie Portman's cute crop is a great look for oval-shaped faceds
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Remember when Natalie Portman shaved her head for her role in V for Vendetta? While the star was growing her hair back, she also ended up with this gorgeous pixie crop. 

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Pixie With Length

Halle Berry 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room
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Halle Berry rocks a seriously punk-rock fringe in the front of her short, angular 'do.

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Chin-Length Bob With Heavy Bangs

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.

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Natural and Classic

Viola Davis at the ELLE's 19th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration - Cocktail Hour
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We love all of Viola Davis' hair looks, but her natural curls with a subtle red coloring are always a highlight.

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Accessorized

Short hairstyles: Emma Watson's super short haircut looks great with this comb accessory.
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Even a super-short haircut like Emma Watson's can take an accessory. A small decorative comb is an easy way to elevate your look.

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Middle Part With Fluffy Texture

Beyonce at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals
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Queen Bey has been wearing her locks long for a while, but let's not forget this great honeyed bob moment. If you have natural curls, try air-drying hair to achieve this look. "Using a towel, begin ‘scrunching’ hair to compress and encourage the natural curl pattern," advises Grenia. "Where desired, pick up 1-2 inch sections, twist hair in the natural direction of the curl, and gently compress. This is a great way to even out curl pattern and add texture to areas where hair may naturally be straighter."

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Combed Forward Pixie

Short hairstyles: Jessie J's short and texture haircut is perfect for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Jessie J's short, textured haircut is perfect for oval- and heart-shaped faces. And we just love this blonde hue against the singer's skin tone.

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Straight Up and Styled

Leslie Jones

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Comedy queen Leslie Jones' pompadour is equal parts cool, quirky, and trendy.

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Side-Part With Slight Waves

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.

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Old Hollywood

Rihanna

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Rihanna's classy 'do is giving us major Old Hollywood vibes a la Mia Farrow. Perhaps it's the straight across baby bangs?

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Tousled and Short

Short hairstyles: Anne Hathaway's short haircut is longer on top. This gives her the flexibility to play with her parting and texture.
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Anne Hathaway's short haircut is longer on top, which gives her the flexibility to play with her parting and the texture to mix up her hairstyle on the daily. 

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Side Part With Length On Top

TMorena Baccarin at the TNT/TBS Broadcasts The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet
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Morena Baccarin shows us how to pull off the perfect pageboy cut while still keeping things feminine.

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Chin-Length

Short hairstyles: Mia Wasikowska's sleek bob will suit oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces
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Mia Wasikowska's side-parted bob looks soft because the unfinished ends balance out the sleek texture.

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Classic Blowout

Camilla Belle

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Camilla Belle's curled bob is a great example of retro-inspired without feeling dated.

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Short With a Single Braid

Short hairstyles: 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.
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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.

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Blown-Out and Slicked Back

Demi Lovato

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Long layers, slicked back like Demi's, are a chic style for any occasion.

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Short With a Headband

Short hairstyles: Ginnifer Goodwin sports a jet-black crop
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Queen of the short haircut, Ginnifer Goodwin got the headband memo.

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Side-Parted With a Retro Twist

Jessica Alba at Movieline's Hollywood Life 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards - Arrivals
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Jessica Alba's wavy, tousled chop is effortlessly chic, especially with her honey blonde color.

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Razor-Cut Ends

Rita Ora 2015 Grammy

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Rita Ora's shaggy, front-combed pixie is making us re-evaluate our relationship with the term "combover."

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Bang-Length

Short hairstyles: Sienna Miller looks incredible with a pretty elfin crop and a long fringe
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The fringe on Sienna Miller's cut is a cute way to do the super-short crop.

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Asymmetric With Natural Texture

Amandla Stenberg


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Amandla Stenberg's natural curl pattern gives way to the prettiest, face-framing spiral bangs.

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Bob With a Blowout

Short Hairstyles for Black Hair Blown-Out Bob Gabrielle Union

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We're loving the ease of Gabrielle Union's blown-out bob and swept side bang.

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Air-Dried and Short

Thandie Newton textured pixie

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If you're into just-rolled-out-of-bed hair, Thandie Newton's textured pixie will be right up your alley.

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Retro Bob

Short hairstyles: Lily Collins has a classic flapper-style bob
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Lily Collins knows how versatile a bob is. Wear it sleek, textured, or style it with retro Marcel-esque waves for a party.

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Bob With Subtle Beach Waves

Ciara

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Calling all beach-wave lovers: Ciara's deep side part is the ultimate way to show off that texture.

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Longer on Top

Short hairstyles: Tilda Swinton has a chic slicked over quiff and a short back and sides cut
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Trust Tilda Swinton to go for something a little more left field. This quiffed short crop is made all the more dramatic by the shade of bold blonde. 

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