Thinking Of Going Shorter? Here Are 60+ Short Hairstyles to Inspire You

Updated 04/14/19

So you've decided to go for a short hairstyle. Yep, you've finally decided to take the plunge. But which crop are you going to choose? A great place to look for short-hair inspiration is your favourite 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.

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There is a dreamy short hairstyle for everyone, and some of our favourite 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 without ever looking like a "soccer mom." 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.

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short hairstyles: Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

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

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"

short hairstyles: Rihanna with short bob


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 this hot, sticky weather.

short hairstyles: Alicia Keys with bob hair

Alicia Keys

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

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 new choppy bob and fringe combo at the Dsquared2 Milan S/S19 fashion show. We love this daring new look on her. What do you think? Do you think it's real or just a very good wig? Come tell us in The British Beauty Line.

short hairstyles: Kelly Osbourne Reveals Blonde Hair

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne ditched her lilac roots in favour for blonde, and it looks better than ever. Give your shorter hair volume with Orbie's Swept Up Volume Spray (£39) after you've washed and blow dried it. 

short hairstyles: Jenna Dewan at Billboard Music Awards 2018
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Jenna Dewan

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 centre part. Oh, and we love her yellow eye shadow, too.

short hairstyles: Dua Lip Debuts Bob At Billboard Music Awards 2018
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Dua Lipa

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.

short hairstyles: Kate Hudson with short blonde hair
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Kate Hudson

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

short hairstyles: Ruth Negga with a short curly haircut
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Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga's haircut makes for ideal inspiration for anyone with naturally curly hair. 

short hairstyles: Claire Foy with short brown hair and a quiff
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Claire Foy

Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool.

short hairstyles: Sam Rollinson with a super short bob
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Sam Rollinson

Sam Rollinson shows how a micro bob can look seriously cool, plus the piece-y fringe frames her face. 

Short hairstyles: Selena Gomez shows off wet look bob haircut on Instagram
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Selena Gomez

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. 

short hairstyles: Zoe Kravitz with short blonde hair at the 2017 MET Gala
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Zoë Kravitz

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.

Short hairstyles: Cara Delevingne with a platinum blonde blunt bob
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Cara Delevingne

During Chanel's most recent show, Cara Delevingne showed off this incredible blunt platinum-blonde bob. This is making us want to reach for the scissors and bleach.

Short Hairstyles: Kristen Stewart with a no.1 haircut

Kristen Stewart

One word: wow. When Kristen Stewart unveiled this look, we realised that this was the haircut she's been looking for her whole life. Tempted by a buzz cut? We reveal all you need to know

Short hairstyles: Katy Perry's new short blonde look
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Katy Perry

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.

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams with a gorgeous platinum blonde at this year's Oscars
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Michelle Williams

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 favourite. 

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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Kate Hudson

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

Short hairstyles: Kristen Stewart's short dark crop
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Kristen Stewart

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.

Short hairstyles: Ruby Rose's slicked-back short haircut
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Ruby Rose

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.

Short hairstyles: Rooney Mara's take on the quirky fringe
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Rooney Mara

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

Short hairstyles: Coco Rocha with a blunt, '90s style fringe and a chin-length bob
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Coco Rocha

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.

Short hairstyles: Victoria Beckham with an short elfin crop, perfect for heart-shaped faces

Victoria Beckham

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.

Short hairstyles: Amber Valletta's short hairstyle is with a long fringe and crop, great for square faces
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Amber Valletta

Actress Amber Valletta proves there's no haircut she can't pull off.

Short hairstyles: Nicole Richie with a chin-length bob, great for round and oval faces
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Nicole Richie

Not content with simply having super-short hair, Nicole Richie has also gone for that super-platinum blonde we love too. 

Short hairstyles: Kristen Stewart with long on front, short on back hairstyle, great for oval faes
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Kristen Stewart

Here, Kristen Stewart gives us a lesson on how to do an up 'do when you have a shorter haircut. As you can see, she keeps the longer bits of the hair chin-length to frame her face. 

Short hairstyles: kate moss with pixie crop
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Kate Moss

When Kate Moss stepped out with this haircut in 2001, everyone went dashing to the salon. The beauty about this look is that it hasn't lost its power and it's as chic and modern 15 years later. 

Short hairstyles: Kate Mara's is perfect for oval-, heart-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.
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Kate Mara

Kate Mara's short hairstyle is perfect for oval-, heart-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Jessica Alba's is one of our favourites and also not too dramatic
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Jessica Alba

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. 

Short hairstyles: Natalie Portman's cute crop is a great look for oval-shaped faceds
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Natalie Portman

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. 

Short hairstyles: Taylor Swift's bob is great for square-, diamond-, oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's bob hairstyle is great for square-, diamond-, oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams has opted for a bob hairstyle with a shorter fringe.
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Michelle Williams

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 (£8), a hybrid hair spray and wax.

Short hairstyles: Lupita Nyong'o suits oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o's short haircut suits oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Emma Watson's super short haircut looks great with this comb accessory.
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Emma Watson

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 (£1700) if you're feeling flush. 

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.

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

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

Short hairstyles: Jourdan Dunn's short haircut suits a diamond-, oval-, heart- and square-shaped face? T
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Jourdan Dunn

Got a diamond-, oval-, heart- or square-shaped face? Try a blunt bob like Jourdan Dunn's.

Short hairstyles: Jessie J's short and texture haircut is perfect for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Jessie J

Jessie J's short, textured haircut is perfect for oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Charlize Theron's short, side-swept cut suits heart-, diamond- and oval-shaped faces.
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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron's short, side-swept cut suits heart-, diamond- and oval-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Kylie Jenner's sleek bob will suit round-, oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.
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Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner's sleek bob will suit round-, oval-, square- and diamond-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval- and square-shaped faces.
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Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles's short hairstyle will suit diamond-, oval- and square-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Miley Cyrus's chic short hairstyle is ideal for oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus's chic short hairstyle is ideal for oval- and heart-shaped faces.

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

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. 

Short hairstyles: Edie Campbell has pulled the longer top lengths of her short haircut forwards to create the illusion of a deep, textured fringe.

Edie Campbell

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 (£16) to create that piece-y texture.

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

A wavy side-parted short haircut will suit oval-, diamond- or heart-shaped faces.

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

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

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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Carey Mulligan

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.

Short hairstyles: Scarlett Johansson's short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.
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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson's short hairstyle will suit oval- and heart-shaped faces.

Short hairstyles: Michelle Williams' short blonde crop is the dream

Michelle Williams

Williams knows that a jewelled 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. 

Short hairstyles: Ginnifer Goodwin sports a jet-black crop
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Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin got the headband memo.

Short hairstyles: Mia Farrow's classic elfin crop is simply stunning
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Mia Farrow

Super short paired with lots of mascara is the trick to this elfin look.

Short hairstyles: Remember Keira Knightley's short cropped pixie 'do?
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Keira Knightley

The gentle highlights in Keira's hair give the short cut more depth.

Short hairstyles: Sienna Miller looks incredible with a pretty elfin crop and a long fringe
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Sienna Miller

The fringe on this is a cute way to do the super-short crop.

Short hairstyles: Hellen Mirren rocks a crop and pink hair at the same time

Helen Mirren

Want to go short and add a different colour? Look to Helen Mirren for some hair inspo.

Short hairstyles: Liv Tyler was the queen of this look in the '90s
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Liv Tyler

On paper, a curled fringe shouldn't work, but in practice it's fabulous.

Short hairstyles: Lily Collins has a classic flapper-style bob
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Lily Collins

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.

Short hairstyles: Winona Ryder's short chin-length hair is great for any face shape
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Winona Ryder

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. 

Short hairstyles: Nina Dobrev debuts shorter hairstyle at Oscars After Party
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Nina Dobrev

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 lesson in how to work a side-fringe. Recreate this at home by parting that centre fringe slightly to the left. 

Short hairstyles: Tilda Swinton has a chic slicked over quiff and a short back and sides cut
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Tilda Swinton

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. 

Next up! Try these eight five-minute hairstyles for short hair, and shop some of our favourite haircare products here.

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