We know it’s hard to let go of the long hair you’ve been holding onto for so long. Hair is such a hard thing to get the courage to change. For many of us, it’s a part of our identities, and the thought of chopping off our long, luscious locks seems terrifying. A major switch-up in the hair department requires you to muster up the confidence to actually do it. If you’re thinking of cutting your hair, you’ve probably perused countless inspo images and still can’t quite picture exactly how you’d look in that hairstyle. But that’s the beauty of it, you have to just do it.
Short hair gives you such a vibe—think: sexy, cutting-edge, fun, and bold. Celebs left and right are surprising us with hair transformations. They’re stepping onto scene rocking everything from cool pixies to layered lobs. If you’ve been thinking about going for the big chop, it’s your time. Short hair will never get old.
Not sure where to start? Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler, who has worked with everyone from Jessica Alba to Kate Upton, weighs in on a few of his favorite looks. "With short hair, it's all in the attitude and how you decide to wear it," says Butler. Below we're showcasing flawless styles fit for every texture that you’re going to want to screenshot and send to your stylist ASAP. Scroll on for some serious short hair slayage.
Ready to start all over? Like the rest of the world, we're so into Kristen Stewart's shaved head. You'll look like a bonafide beauty in this cutting-edge style. If you're trying to let go of chemically processed hair, severe breakage, or simply want a big change, a buzz cut might be your best option.
This classic pixie cut is timeless. Janelle Monae is known to take her cuts a step further by adorning them with beautiful accessories.
You might not be ready to chop off all your strands, and that's totally okay. Katy Perry's modern take on the classic pixie shows off spikey layers and tapered sides.
When in doubt, go for a glamorous pixie like Winnie Harlow. Achieve this look with a 1/2-inch wand to create soft curls.
Cara Delevigne and Zoe Kravitz's pixies are Butler's favorites. "Powerful and platinum—this is a bold statement choice that's definitely not for the timid," says Butler. With pixies, you don't have to bid adieu to your childhood favorite headband. We're loving Cara Delevigne's chic choice here.
Can you even handle all of this beauty? Zoë Kravitz is a vision with this golden blond textured pixie. Elevate your cut by experimenting with different hair colors.
Loose and imperfect barrel curls will give you a flawless, I-woke-up-like-this vibe. Add dimension to your lob with a large curling iron. Run your fingers through your curls for an effortless look.
A cut that's just below the chin and right above the shoulders is the perfect length for a lob. "Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have that collar-bone-sweeping–length bob that looks so fresh and cool," says Butler. "Keep the layers long, and this will give your hair movement and sass. I like to add a little Got 2be POWDER'ful Volumizing Styling Powder ($9). Just sprinkle a bit in and move it around with your hands; your hair will have all the volume you'll need to get you through day and night. For Hadid's style, use a bristle brush paired with a pomade to slick the front of your hair down. Bump your ends like Bella Hadid for a touch of elegance."
Want a non-surgical face lift? Get a face-framing lob. Tousled waves are always a yes. Like Kendall Jenner, tuck one side behind your eye to add more dimension.
Curly girls, we've got you covered. A little frizz isn't bad with short curly styles; it adds volume as you can see from Julia Garner. Just be sure to massage a good curl defining cream from the root to the tip of your hair to give your ringlets longevity throughout the day.
Lupita Nyong'o champions embracing your natural texture in the most beautiful way. Shorter cuts give you more freedom to play around with protective styles.
"Bobs are what's happening right now because they're cropped, short, and versatile," explains Butler. "Always keep your hair in great shape with GLISS Extra Volume shampoo and conditioner ($23). It's a great everyday shampoo and keeps your hair at its best." Delve into the sexier side with a bone-straight blunt cut like Karlie Kloss.
Taylor swift is proof that bangs and bobs pair so well together, especially with slightly rounded ends.
Fact: Rihanna can do no wrong, and she was most certainly winning with this sleek, chin-length bob. Get that sheen-like glow by adding a dollop of hair oil.
Kylie Jenner went for a super-slicked-back bob at the 2017 Met Gala. To tame your flyaways, tie your hair down with a silk scarf for 10 to 20 minutes.
A simple, swept-back bob is so flattering. Emma Watson is completely owning this timeless look.
Jourdan Dunn is serving in her slightly asymmetrical cut that adds an unexpected dimension to her bob. Adding highlights in a few shades lighter than your natural hair color will accentuate the cut even more.
These old Hollywood brushed-out curls are giving Lily Collins the ultimate vintage vibes. To keep the bend of your waves, spritz your hair with an extra-hold spray.
To re-create Olivia Culpo's lived-in waves, texturizing spray has to be your star product. Loosely separate your hair into sections, and spray your strands from the roots to the tip.