"Should I cut my hair?"
It's a beauty question we all ask ourselves cyclically: Every six months or so, some event happens in our lives that inspires us to go in transition mode, and we feel the itch to do something to our hair to match the change. But then we get cold feet. Because we remember that one bad pixie cut we had seven years ago. And we fail to go for it. Well, not this time…
There just so happens to be a slew of incredibly cool, badass, androgynous It girls whose buzz cuts, pompadours, and grown-out pixies give those of us with an inkling to go short no reason not to do it. We gathered our faves along with pro care and styling tips courtesy of Melanie Bolton and Trey Gillen to bring you the best of androgynous celeb-inspired hair inspo. Behold 20 of the coolest short haircuts in Hollywood.
Meet the Expert
Textured Pixie With Micro Fringe
According to Bolton, "There is nothing that compares to the right kind of pixie cut. This chic and timeless look is elegantly structured with micro fringe and highly defined texture to give it a 2020 meets 90’s vibe. This versatile cut can go from ultra-refined to free-spirited in seconds, with a quick adjustment to the length around the perimeter of the face."
She explains, "Short hair tends to get washed more, so it's important to infuse extra moisture to prevent it from looking dry and lifeless. A weekly conditioning mask like Flow 30 Second Treatment ($25) will deeply hydrate hair without weighing it down." To style, "Use a cream-based, medium hold texture product like Flow Touchable Texture Design Cream ($22) to define depth, add shine and create movement to help this look last all day."
Versatile and eye-catching, the undercut has become a favorite hairstyle among celebs who enjoy the element of surprise. "The undercut is basically what it feels like at the barber," says Gillen. "Clipper cut the back and sides and leave the top long and textures above the parietal ridge of the head (in other words, above the eyebrows)." He recommends, "Using Sachajuan Hair Wax Pomade ($28) to piece out the mane and smooth down the sides as the fade grows out."
Curly, Cropped Pixie
Logan Browning is a prime example of someone who knows how to work with, rather than against, their hair's natural texture. She plays with contrast by slicking back her hair on the sides to highlight length and beautiful, natural curls up top.
"The bowl cut is so trendy with an edge. A standout haircut," comments Gillen. Not to mention, it's also a great option if you're growing out your pixie. Depending on your mood, he says, "Wear it sleek and smooth to show the bulky round shape or tousled and textured to lighten it up. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo ($28) and Conditioner ($31) will provide just enough texture for any way you choose to wear this cut. Plus, the cold water algae in the shampoo provide strands with a great shine."
Fitness guru Bethany C. Meyers is something of a hair chameleon, but this dark buzz with a little volume on top is one of our favorite looks of hers, especially when paired with mile-long lashes and a classic red lip. "This super-cropped cut is all about fresh and now," says Bolton. "The sides, done with a number one blade are faded into short volume on top which frames the face beautifully while adding a punch of texture and attitude. This look provides playful dimension while conveying strength and simplicity."
She adds, "This style is all about volume and scalp health. Choose a system that provides weightless lift and while optimizing the scalp environment. Don’t forget to condition to replenish shine and moisture, especially for highly colored hair. Our pick would be Flow Limitlesslift Volumizing Cleanse ($25)."
Gillen preaches, "Lengthen out those sideburns!" As seen here, Rowan Blanchard's piecey, grown-out pixie is enhanced by longer sides. Gillen says, "This is an edgy trend that adds softness toward the face and gives a great editorial look. Piece it out and texturize the hair that frames your face with Sachajuan Moulding Spray."
(Note this product is currently unavailable. For something similar, we recommend trying Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $48.)
Rose "Bold" Buzz Cut
Bolton gushes, "This stunning rose bold buzz cut is nothing short of spectacular. This evenly cropped cut is the perfect playground for exploring creative color options like this beautiful shade. This look can be redefined by color as often as you choose, providing you with the ultimate freedom in style expression, which is so 2020."
In terms of care, "Maintaining creative color requires products that prevent color fade and dryness. Choose products that are sulfate-free, lightweight, and that enhance shine." She recommends, "Aquaoasis Hydrating Cleanse ($25) and Conditioner ($25) by Flow. To finish this look with umph, apply shine serum or lightweight oil to dry hair to enhance the metallic effects of rose gold. A great option is Flow H5 Concentrate Shine Serum ($24)."
Justin Bieber sported it a while ago but these days this 'do is a hot, androgynous haircut trend. This cut gives you a lot of fringe to play with and style in multiple ways. It kind of nods toward a bowl cut, but is heavier and shaggy on top," says Gillen. He adds, "Sachajuan Fibre Paste ($31) is a wonderful product for separation and definition of a moppy top."
Andy Warhol-esque Crop
"This soft, whispy cropped cut is a beautiful example of re-creating history," says Bolton. "While we’ve seen this cut evolve throughout the decades, its stunning all-over icy tone propels this look into the future. The volume achieved by lightening the hair gives this cut soft texture and an overall feeling of effortless chic."
She notes, "Ultra-lightened hair is very fragile, even when it’s short. It is important to choose care products that protect color and replenish moisture. We also recommend incorporating a leave-in detangling treatment to seal the cuticle and protect the hair while styling."
This look needs some style savvy. We recommend blow styling using fingers to create movement. Finish with a dry texture spray to add volume at the root where needed and to define detail around the face.
Pixie With Baby Bangs
Tessa Thompson proves that there's nothing to be afraid of when it comes to short bangs. Rather than go for a blunt finish, she ops for intentionally uneven ends. The effect is casually cool while the close crop keeps things chic and balanced.
Similar to the bowl cut, or rather, a volumized variation, Meagan Good is rocking a thick, mushroom cut here. Unlike the mushroom cuts that permeated the 90s, today's version feels up-to-date and modern thanks to subtle volume and texture. To replicate the look, begin by washing hair with a volumizing shampoo followed by a texturizing spray. We recommend Joico Body Luxe Shampoo ($34) and Bed Head Queen Beach Salt Spray ($12), respectively.
Iconic Buzz Cut
British model Adwoa Aboah was one of the first buzzcut icons of the 21st century that we were truly inspired by, and she continues to prove that no hair can be just as seductive and commanding as (if not more than) waist-length waves.
"An iconic buzz cut with a touch of color is a fantastic way to enhance facial features and reveal the real you," says Bolton. This look shows off the total style packaging, allowing make-up, clothes, and accessories to take center stage for expression. This look conveys confidence, authenticity, and strength which couldn’t be more 2020." For haircare and styling, follow the aforementioned rose gold buzz cut tips.
In Bolton's opinion, "There’s nothing more modern than the 2020 rendition of the classic pompadour. This timeless look can be styled in multiple ways, allowing for freedom of expression and style flexibility. Its adaptability and androgyny exude the quintessential essence of rebel and cool—just like it did in the 1950s."
She adds, "Since this is a look that requires some styling skills, we suggest using a volume powder, cream or mousse at the root and blow-drying the lengths in sections to encourage height at the front. Complete with a high-shine pomade or texture cream to slick lengths back, and finish with a dry texture spray at the root for added volume and control. Our product picks: Flow Boundless Body Plumping Lotion ($22), Touchable Texture Design Cream ($22), and Root Reboot Texture & Root Refresher Spray ($22)."
When referring to a short shag, Gillen says, "Think Pat Benatar, as her haircut has made a comeback." Here, Mica Argañarez gives us the curly-haired version, which adds movement and softness. "Super cool and easy for the summer, it's basically bed head made trendy," adds Gillen. "Use Sachajuan Hair Powder ($35) on dry hair to spike up the top and fluff out the shaggy sides.
Dancer Mette Towley first shaved her head at the request of Rihanna (and when Fenty's superhuman founder says jump, you ask how high). In the end, the platinum buzz looks stunning, allowing Towley's bone structure and dark eyes to speak for themselves.
"This gorgeous take on the classic buzz cut has a little extra texture and length at the top to provide lots of movement to the look," comments Bolton. This crop is slightly shorter on the sides and faded into the top length, which creates the perfect canvas for platinum blonde color. This look features length, texture, and movement allowing it to frame the face with a soft, yet poignant effect. To keep this platinum blonde color shining like a diamond, we suggest incorporating a weekly deep conditioning treatment into your care regimen. Flow 30 Second Treatment ($25) is a lightweight, color-safe option."
"The mullet is a super trending haircut for someone wanting a bold statement haircut," states Gillen. He suggests, "Modernize the look with baby bangs. Get down to 'business' with Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo which gives you great texture to highlight all the 'party.'"
Ruth Bell has let her strands grow out a bit since that traffic-stopping platinum shaved head she debuted in 2015, but we're living for this grow-out stage. Her boyish, choppy pixie is just textured and dimensional enough to look flattering on pretty much every face shape. In the words of Bolton, "There’s nothing sexier than a lived-in, grown out, woke-up-like-this pixie cut. Finished with strategically placed blonde baby-lights, this look further frames the face with brightness in all the right places."
She adds, "The goal with this look is to create movement and texture. We suggest blow-styling with a cream-based, medium hold texture cream, such as, Flow Touchable Texture Design Cream ($22) and finishing with a dry texture spray like Flow Root Reboot Texture & Root Refresher Spray ($22)."
Short, One-Length Crop
Jill Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Amazon series Transparent, chopped all their hair off and stopped wearing "glam" makeup in 2015 and has felt a sense of empowerment and relief as a result. That's one of the many cool things about inch-long hair: You don't have to style it at all for it to look instantly polished, especially when paired with a set of geometric glasses and a confident disposition.
Bolton agrees: "A one-length, cropped cut says everything about confidence. Super short hair like this makes an inch feel like a mile with minimal styling and an always-elegant finish. It is the perfect way to feature your style, makeup, and overall sense of self-empowerment."
A little bit of cream-based texture cream would be a great way to control frizz and add dimension to this look. In addition, it is key to keep this haircut fresh by getting regular touch-ups with your stylist.
"The Bieber"-Bowl Hybrid
This mashup of two styles already mentioned on our list—"The Bieber" and bowl cut—gives Jennifer Hudson the best of both worlds. To get her glossy tresses, apply a shine serum or dry oil to dry hair. Something like Flow H5 Concentrate Shine Serum ($24) will do the trick.
You can't very well put together an ode to androgynous hair without acknowledging Ruby Rose (she actually spilled us her secrets to making your look more gender-bending). This sleek, grown-out pixie looks equally chic, whether you slick it back or add some easy, sophisticated waves.
According to Bolton, "A grown-out pixie cut is the best of all worlds because of the many ways you can change up your look, the perfect expression for today’s changing world." Since this look requires the right care for your hair type and desired style, be sure to choose lightweight products such as Flow 30 Second Treatment ($25) that keep the hair hydrated and frizz-free. Also, regardless of the look you are going for, consider adding some volume at the root to keep lengths from falling flat. Apply a volume cream or mousse like Flow Boundless Body Plumping Lotion ($22) on wet hair, focusing on the root area before blow-drying. Style as your heart desires."