Thinking of Going Shorter? Here Are Celeb Hairstyles to Inspire You

Updated 10/02/19

Wondering if short hair is right for you? Fortunately, there's a genius trick to getting the answer (sans scissors). Plus, we've rounded up our favorite A-lister short hair looks to give you all the #shorthairinspo you desire. From Rihanna's bad girl bob to K.Stew's buzz cut, you're bound to find something that you'll love.

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Cara Delevingne

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

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke's '90s-Gwyneth Paltrow inspired cut
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Earlier this year, 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"

Rihanna

short hairstyles: Rihanna with bob
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Rihanna showed off a new look on her Insta Stories. Rather than her super long, swishy hair that's she been working for a while now, Rihanna instead wore a cropped bob—the perfect cut for summer.

Alicia Keys

short hairstyles: Alicia Keys with bob hair
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Alicia Keys

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

Irina Shayk

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

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.

Kelly Osbourne

short hairstyles: Kelly Osbourne Reveals Blonde Hair
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Kelly Osbourne ditched her lilac roots in favor of blonde, and it looks better than ever. Give your shorter hair volume with Orbie's Swept Up Volume Spray ($42) after you've washed and blow-dried it. 

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 eye shadow, too.

Dua Lipa

short hairstyles: Dua Lip Debuts Bob At Billboard Music Awards 2018
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Not only did she give a stand-out performance at this year's Billboard Music Awards, but Dua Lipa also rocked a slicked-back bob—and we're so here for it. It's the perfect look for when you want to upgrade your bob but struggle with clipping or tying it back.

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

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

Claire Foy

short hairstyles: Claire Foy with short brown hair and a quiff
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Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool.

Sam Rollinson

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 piece-y fringe frames her face. 

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. 

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.

Cara Delevingne

Short hairstyles: Cara Delevingne with a platinum blonde blunt bob
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During a Chanel show, Cara Delevingne showed off this incredible blunt platinum-blonde bob. This is making us want to reach for the scissors and bleach.

Kristen Stewart

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.

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

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. 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. 

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. 

Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson shows us how to own a buzzcut with this hair transformation. Think of the time you'd save getting ready in the mornings with this look!

Kristen Stewart

Short hairstyles: Kristen Stewart's short dark crop
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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 it to be long at the front.

Ruby Rose

Short hairstyles: Ruby Rose's slicked-back short haircut
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This unconventional cut, as seen on Ruby Rose, is easy to pull off when you've got an amazing face and incredible eyebrows. Make sure your brows are looking just as sharp.

Rooney Mara

Short hairstyles: Rooney Mara's take on the quirky fringe
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Rooney Mara's fringe is a quirky take on the short hairstyle.

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 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.

Victoria Beckham

Short hairstyles: Victoria Beckham with an short elfin crop, perfect for heart-shaped faces
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When VB went short, she really went for it. And we loved it. While her long hair is her signature look, we're still a fan of this pixie crop.

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.

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. 

Kristen Stewart

Short hairstyles: Kristen Stewart with long on front, short on back hairstyle, great for oval faes
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Here, Kristen Stewart gives us a lesson on how to do an updo when you have a shorter haircut. As you can see, she keeps the longer bits of the hair chin-length to frame her face. 

Kate Moss

Short hairstyles: kate moss with pixie crop
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When Kate Moss stepped out with this haircut in 2001, everyone went dashing 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. 

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.

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. 

Natalie Portman

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. 

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.

Michelle Williams

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams has opted for a bob hairstyle with a shorter fringe.
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Rather than a heavy fringe, Williams has opted for a piece-y, shorter look. She's also worked some texture through the ends for a less prim look than Swift's. Inject some texture into your bob with Unite Tricky Lite ($30), a hybrid hair spray and wax.

Lupita Nyong

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.

Emma Watson

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. Check out Dolce & Gabbana's gold-tone Swarovski crystal and faux pearl hair slide if you're feeling flush. 

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.

Emma Willis

Short hairstyles: Emma Willis's short hairstyle works for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Emma Willis's short hairstyle works for oval- and heart-shaped faces.

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.

Jessie J

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.

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.

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.

Solange Knowles

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.

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.

Anne Hathaway

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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Just like Cyrus's hair, Anne Hathaway's short haircut is longer on top. This gives her the flexibility to play with her parting and the texture to mix up her hairstyle on the daily. 

Edie Campbell

Short hairstyles: Edie Campbell has pulled the longer top lengths of her short haircut forwards to create the illusion of a deep, textured fringe.
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Here, Edie Campbell has pulled the longer top lengths of her short haircut forward to create the illusion of a deep, textured fringe. We're obsessed with this short haircut. Use a little of Ouai Haircare's Matte Pomade ($24) to create that piece-y texture.

Jennifer Lawrence

Short hairstyles: Jennifer Lawrence's wavy side parted short haircut will suit oval-, diamond- or heart-shaped faces
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A wavy side-parted short haircut will suit oval-, diamond- or heart-shaped faces.

Mia Wasikowska

Short hairstyles: Mia Wasikowska's sleek bob will suit oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces
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Mia Wasikowska's sleek bob will suit oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.

Carey Mulligan

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.

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.

Michelle Williams

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams' short blonde crop is the dream
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Williams knows that a jeweled headband is the easiest way to dress up a short haircut. From minimalistic to ornate, Net-a-Porter's headband selection is worth a look. 

Ginnifer Goodwin

Short hairstyles: Ginnifer Goodwin sports a jet-black crop
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Ginnifer Goodwin got the headband memo.

Mia Farrow

Short hairstyles: Mia Farrow's classic elfin crop is simply stunning
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Super short paired with lots of mascara is the trick to this elfin look.

Keira Knightley

Short hairstyles: Remember Keira Knightley's short cropped pixie 'do?
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The gentle highlights in Keira's hair give the short cut more depth.

Sienna Miller

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

Helen Mirren

Short hairstyles: Hellen Mirren rocks a crop and pink hair at the same time
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Want to go short and add a different color? Look to Helen Mirren for some hair inspo.

Liv Tyler

Short hairstyles: Liv Tyler was the queen of this look in the '90s
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On paper, a curled fringe shouldn't work, but in practice it's fabulous.

Lily Collins

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 like Swift, textured like Williams or style it with retro Marcel-esque waves for a party.

Winona Ryder

Short hairstyles: Winona Ryder's short chin-length hair is great for any face shape
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While this shot of Winona Ryder was taken in 2006, this is still giving us all the '90s feels thanks to the length of the bob and the choker. To re-create this look, you simply need to ensure your hair is chin-length and let it dry naturally for the true '90s-kid style. 

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. Recreate this at home by parting that center fringe slightly to the left. 

Tilda Swinton

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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