From the iconic cuts right through to the latest crops from Hollywood's finest, we've rounded up the best of the best short hairstyles to help you find the right one for you.
As the saying goes, when a woman cuts her hair, she’s about to change her life. And whether that applies to you or not, cutting all your hair off can be life changing. Short hairstyles can completely change the way you look (and feel for that matter). So, get a cut that suits you and your lifestyle. It’s absolutely essential.
A few of us have been scarred by visits to the hair salon, which can make taking the plunge that much more difficult. But, with the right stylist and inspiration, you’ll walk out with a smile on your face.
‘If you feel nervous about going for a dramatic change, you’re not alone’, says celebrity hair stylist Orlando Pita. ‘I had been trying to get Karlie Kloss to cut her hair for ages and when she finally did do it, she loved it!’
So why is it so hard for us to choose between short hairstyles and find the right one? ‘I think sometimes women can’t picture themselves with a short hair cut if they have had long hair for a long time’, says Orlando. ‘It’s good for people to cut their hair. I get bored with long hair and I like showing alternative styles.’
When you change your hair, change your wardrobe too. It’s a good excuse. That’s not saying you have to alter it dramatically. But, you’ll notice things that didn’t suit you once before, might actually work a dream when you get the chop. A backless dress teamed with a pixie crop looks simply stunning. On the other hand, a shaggy ‘do can add a certain magnetism to any style.
‘I love the idea of wearing an evening dress with a hair cut, rather than a hair ‘do,’ says Orlando. ‘It updates your whole look, because you wear your hair cut, rather than the style wearing you.’
Finding the idea of an extreme cut even more alluring? You need to check out these incredible short celebrity hairstyles…
Kelly Rowland looked super sleek with her new short bob on the red carpet of the GQ Awards.
Kristen Wiig’s hair just keeps getting shorter and shorter, and we’re loving her latest pixie crop.
Khloe Kardashian went to the chop again… and we love it!
Ariel debuted a very Kylie Jenner-esque short, straight, sleek LOB.
K Stew knows how to work textured hair, long and short. We love this!
She even looks good with a bowl cut. This style is taking us back to our emo days and we’re loving it!
Scarlett wore her hair slicked back at a party in LA.
Jennifer Hudson showed off her freshly cropped locks with a choppy and weighted fringe at a L’Oreal fundraiser in LA.
Scar Jo proved that having short doesn’t mean you have to compromise on volume. We love this flicked over look.
Fact: Kristen Stewart was born to have short hair. Every time she steps onto a red carpet, she manages to do something different with her bob… and here you were thinking you ‘can’t do anything with a short hairstyle’.
If you were as obsessed with The Night Manager as we were, you probably also lusted over Elizabeth Debicki’s – AKA Jed’s – gorgeous short locks. The actress sported the ultimate glam look while at the show’s premiere in April 2016.
Having grown out her pixie crop, here Kate Mara works a stylish bob, looking amazing at the launch of the Dior Cruise Collection 2017 at Blenheim Palace in May.
Elsa Pataky’s cute pixie crop is a super-easy style to achieve – sweep the hair from one side at the back of the head and tease it round the front as a fringe, using any natural curl as a feature.
Ruby Rose stunned at the GLAAD awards in April 2016, wearing her signature short locks in braids and donning a green dye-job to boot.
Short hairstyles were everywhere in the ’90s – and the elfin Winona Ryder led the way. And it’s still just a brilliant cut.
Kristen Stewart’s haircut signalled a real move on from her Twilight days. The cut was edgy, grungy and so very indicative of the fact she had finally her found her style and was totally owning it. Her hair on the Chanel catwalk in July 2015 kept that edgy feel but a neat tuck at the back made it look utterly chic.
The pixie crop is undoubtedly a brave hairstyle and one that can look truly stunning – if you have the bone structure to carry it off. Case in point: Mia Farrow in 1966.
The pixie crop was the hit hairstyle of the late ’90s and early ’00s – Kate Moss, as always, had her finger right on the pulse of the moment.
Jennifer Lawrence really can pull off almost any hairstyle. In 2013 she chopped off her long locks and hit the red carpet – looking as stunning as always.
The Brit model led the way in the ’60s with her amazing hairstyle – side-swept at the front and boy-cropped at the back. And it’s still so contemporary…
Liv Tyler’s short hairstyle is another one of those iconic ’90s looks that’s still amazing today. Definitely one to save to the camera roll.
Emma Watson went for the chop almost as soon as her Harry Potter days were over but it’s her short hairstyle updos that we really love.
Audrey Tautou is THE master of the pixie crop. It would make sense for her delicate elfin features to be framed by none other than a perfect brown elfin crop (though we did like her 1960s-styled hair in Coco Before Chanel).
After years of sporting a blonde pixie crop, reigning queen of short hairstyles Michelle Williams is currently growing out her elfin style. The actress had embraced her length with longer, sideswept layers on one side and short hair underneath.
Maggie Gyllenhaal proves short hair is more versatile than you might think, seen here wearing her brunette locks in toussled waves for her turn on the red carpet.
Anne Hathaway worked a toussled, freshly chopped look at the Interstellar film premiere in LA. We love the glamorous side-parting and the gentle messy waves that sit beautifully against Anne’s porcelain skin.
Look to Sienna Miller to see how to wear your short hair this year. The actress walked the Evening Standard Theatre Awards Red Carpet in a stunning Burberry gown with a short, tousled do, and looked totally amazing.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Kristen’s latest hairstyle, you have to admit that she aced summer make-up at Paris Couture Fashion Week. Switching her usual heavy black kohl for brown shadow and matching liner was a nice summer touch compared to her usual grungy style.
Jennifer Lawrence looked incredible stepping out to promote her latest film, the hotly anticipated and long overdue release of Serena. We love the way J-Law has grown out that chic pixie crop, styling her warm blonde locks in an of-the-moment side-parting with some glamorous waves.
Out in LA, Lily Collins works a subtle side sweep that flatters her delicate features.
Rachel McAdams hits the premiere of Aloha in LA with her short crop parted to one side.
Lena Dunham has taken to Instagram to reveal a daring, SUPER short pixie crop and we love it. Bucking the softer, textured long bob trend, Lena proves once again that she’s ahead of the pack and doing her own thing. Mia Farrow, eat your heart out.
Cheryl Fernandez Versini debuted her new retro-inspired bob on Instagram, and we think she has never looked better. Top marks on the daring red hair hue, too.
Stepping out on the red carpet to promote her latest film, Love Rosie, Lily Collins went for old school Hollywood glamour, rocking her short hair in a stunning wavy ‘do. We love this chic look and the subtle side parting gives this classic look a modern twist. Top marks for the deep berry lip hue, too.
One our favourite short hairstyle converts is catwalk model Karlie Kloss who went for the chop to create a fresh and youthful look, and never looked back. Short hair never looked better.
Rita Ora is forever updating her ‘do, and this wavy Marilyn-style could well be her best yet.
Jennifer Lawrence made a bold beauty move when she opted for the crop late last year. She’s since rocked a series of super-cool short hairstyles on the red carpet – from elfin to tomboy – but we like her sleek Golden Globes style the best.
Ashlee Simpson has tried all manner of short hairstyles in her time, but the singer’s blonde fringed ‘do was one of our favourites.
Short hairstyles don’t come cooler than Lupita Nyong’o’s super-styled locks. The 12 Years A Slave Actress has rocked a series of crops since stepping into the limelight, with her stylist Ted Gibson creating short hair hit after hit. Our favourite? Her MTV Movie Awards quiff.
Sienna Miller may have been faking a short style with her faux crop, but we’ll definitely be channelling her new ‘do for our next night out.
In December 2015, Rita Ora departed from her usual long, flowing locks and stepped out with this cropped, grungy ‘do.
Shailene Woodley caused quite a stir when she rocked a series of short hairstyles on the red carpet earlier this year. While we love the actress’s cute pixie crop – chopped for an upcoming film role – Shailene took a while to come around, even admitting she cried as her long locks were lopped off. Luckily she soon settled into to the look – and we’re glad, because it’s gorgeous.
British beauty Karen Gillam was oh-so-bold when she shaved her head completely for a role. Since then, the actress has been out and about sporting a series of short hair looks, including her latest elfin crop.
She may have chopped her locks for a role in Les Mis, but Anne Hathaway loved her short hairstyle so much she has kept it ever since. The close cute frames her tiny features, while the colour accentuates her porcelain skin.
No time to spend on styling your tresses? Look to gorgeous Girls star Lena Denham – and her roughly chopped pixie crop – for the ultimate low maintenance short hairstyle. Simply wash, rough dry, and go.
Up and coming Hollywood starlet Emily Browning sports one of our favourite short hairstyles of the year. Her subtle pixie crop highlights her killer cheekbones, while the fringe softens her elfin features. Gorgeous.
Anne Hathaway’s had so many fabulous short hairstyles since chopping off her locks for a role in Les Mis, that we just can’t limit ourselves to just one. The actress played colour comedienne for an appearance at the Met Ball in 2013, sweeping her new blonde ‘do to one side to add volume and height. Sizzling.
Emma Watson waved goodbye to Harry Potter heroine Hermione by swapping her girlie locks for a grown-up cropped ‘do when they filming finished in 2010. As her short hairstyle grew out, Emma softened the look with a side parting, light layers and a feathery fringe.
Lily Collins proves that short hair is anything but ageing, opting to keep her short locks messy and toussled, adding extra cool points with an of-the-moment side-parting.
Charlize Theron was top of the crops when she debuted a dramatic pixie cut on the Oscars red carpet. The blonde beauty, who reached for the scissors for a 2010 film role, has since experimented with a series of short hairstyles, but her feature-enhancing peroxide blonde crop remains our all-time favourite.
Evan Rachel Wood’s known for pulling off a her short hairstyles with aplomb – and her slick blonde quiff is no different. So. Cool.
Leigh Lezark’s sleek black bob perfectly frames her delicately featured face. Though she sometimes wears her neat short style with a more textured feather, we love it here at the Chanel show.
Marion Cotillard created a fab faux bob from her short hairstyle for a red carpet appearance, rolling her short locks in at the nape and finishing with a strong side parting and classy side clip.
Michelle Dockery’s rich brown short bob was given tonnes of texture with soft tousled waves during the 2013 awards season. A top look to try for occasion dressing.
Having grown out her edgy peroxide crop, Charlize Theron favours a more sleek, groomed ‘do. Simply sweep to the side and smooth flyaway ends with serum to recreate her red carpet-ready look.
Cropped and curled, smooth and straight, or grown out in a bob, we’re yet to see a short hairstyle that Evan Rachel Wood can’t pull off. The actress worked a modern take on the Marcell wave at the Oscars in 2014, styling her jaw-length, layered bob for maximum Old Hollywood glamour.
Rihanna’s come a long way since hitting the scene as a fresh-faced teen with long flowing locks and she made her boldest move yet when she chopped it all off. She’s yo-yo’d between long and short but we definitely love this elfin style.
Kayley Cuoco branded her short new ‘do ‘the best decision I ever made,’ after swapping her should-length locks from a cute pixie crop. After deliberating over short hairstyles for quite some time, the Big Bag actress revealed: ‘This haircut was big for me. I cut off like 10 inches and I love it. I haven’t had my hair short in over 20 years so I needed a change.’
If you’re looking for inspiration for healthy, easy to manage short hairstyles or short haircuts, take style ideas from New Girl starlet Zooey Deschanel’s glossy, jaw-grazing bob.
Is it just us, or is Sharon Stone looking amazing right now? The Hollywood icon has rocked a a series of short hairstyles over the years, but we reckon her messy blonde crop, shown off on the Cannes red carpet in 2014, looks as good – if not better – than ever. Gorgeous.
Pixie Geldof was born to have short hair. While we loved her as a blonde, her closely cropped dark short hairstyle looks oh-so-gorgeous.
Natalie Portman has pretty pixie features that soften this short hairstyle no end. Having grown out her G.I Jane crew cut, this short hairstyle suited her beautifully.
Chloe Sevigny makes us wish we were ‘that cool’ with her androgynous short hairstyle. She pulls off an effortlessly chic short style that curls behind her ears and stops just short of her nape. Gorgeous.
Fashionista Miroslava Duma styled her sleek short style into perfect 40s style curls for a recent red carpet appearance. Gorgeous.
Leigh Lezark glams up her glossy jet black bob hairstyle with red lipstick and a leather dress. Such a sophisticated short hairstyle.
Model Edie Campbell’s short hairstyle nails that just-got-out-of-bed nonchalant feel. Too cool.
Showing off a closely shaved cut on one side, Coco Rocha rocks a signature long-on-top look for a high fashion rocky red hair ‘do.
It’s probably fair to say that Agyness Deyn sparked a new lust for cropped ‘dos as soon as soon she burst into the fashion consciousness in 2007. Her blend of beauty and boyish-cutey has had girls everywhere – stars and non-celebrities alike – scrambling for the scissors.
January Jones channels old school glamour with a short style and added bounce. She rolls giant curls into her cropped lengths to achieve a vintage look.
Short hairstyles look great roughed up. Try a crop like Mia Wasikowska’s blonde hair ‘do and give it some real texture with styling wax.
Leading lady of the moment, we’ve fallen head-over-heels for Mia Waiskowska’s chic short style. Loose, laid back, and just a little undone, the actress rocks the blunt bob and choppy fringe with aplomb.
Carey Mulligan’s cropped hair has always looked amazing but we think her deeper colour change made it even better.
Model Saskia works her short pixie crop at the screening of Mademoiselle C. We love the short blunt fringe which perfectly frames her striking features.
Edgy actress Chloe Sevigny rocks a bravely short bob at the Orange Is The New Black premiere.
Looking cute with her short curly style, Lily Cole’s red hair looks effortlessly gorgeous. Showing off the true strength of her hair, Lily’s style is thick and lustrous at the tips.
Short hairstyles don’t come much cooler than Emily Weiss’s effortless platinum blonde ‘do. Chopping her crop just below the chin, she leaves her short hairstyles naturally wavy and messed up.
Blonde model Jessica Stam shows us you CAN wear head bands as an adult, as she teams it with a low maintence short hairstyle and an all-black outfit to Fashion Week.
Beautiful actress Natalie Portman opts for a poker straight style as opposed to her usual red carpet updos at the ‘Thor’ premiere. We love the glowing ombre tones.
Misoslava Duma’s pretty little bob is a signature accessory with her impressive wardrobe.
Rocking a short bob, Rosamund Pike wears a blunt crop to create bigger volume below her ears.
Queen of short hairstyles, Michelle Williams has long favoured an elfin look for her locks.
Carey Mulligan may have been forced to go for the chop, after a severe dye session left her locks ruined, but she rocked the pixie short haircut with serious style.
Hermione, who? As filming of Harry Potter finally came to an end in 2010, Emma Watson managed to well and truly distance herself from the character that brought her fame, by chopping off her signature long hair – and describing it as ‘the most liberating thing ever.’ Short haircuts don’t come better than this…
Not for the faint-hearted, Natalie’s cut-to-the-head crop is a bold move, that’s for sure. But there’s no denying it really sets off her stunning features and huge, chocolate-brown eyes. The bravest of short hairstyles.
No-one does beachy Californian waves better than Cameron Diaz. Her current blonde crop is worn in natural messy waves and in a side parting for that nonchalant bed head look. Short hairstyles have never looked better.
If your after short hairstyles with texture, look no further than Keira Knightley’s current ‘do as inspiration. Totally easy to wear, Keira’s short hair is worn in a side parting and with natural tousled waves for an effortlessly good look.
Choppy, surfy-style cuts inspired by Dianna Agron are creeping up our favourites lists. With a messy fringe and some lighter layers at the back, Dianna shows us a style that’s easy to achieve and even easier to maintain.
Emily Blunt’s sleek and straight short hairstyle is the epitome of glossy chic. Take this picture to your hairdressers to recreate her classic short hair.
Rooney Mara may be wearing her short hair up, but there’s still lots to inspire you here. From the short length and jet black shade to the severe high fringe at the front, this ‘do screams different.
A crop devotee, Cate Blanchett regularly returns to super short hairstyles.
January Jones’ short hairstyle is so sleek. Still in a side parting, the Mad Men star’s short hair has a bit more length so can be easily styled between poker straight and wavy.
Mia Wasikowska’s short hairstyle is the ultimate in non-fuss short hair. Simply style in loose tousled waves for that natural feel.
Kate Moss chopped her locks into a super-short pixie back in 2001. She totally pulled off this short-at-the-back, long-at-the-front short haircut that showed off her picture-perfect face.
Sienna Miller turned Sixties siren when she chopped her tresses into a pixie crop to play Edie Sedgwick in 2007’s Factory Girl. One of the short hairstyles we’ll never forget…
Firmly cutting all ties with that Dawson’s Creek role that found her fame, Katie Holmes chopped her signature long locks into a short hair crop with eye-grazing fringe in 2008.
La Beckham caused a sensation when she ditched her bob for an achingly gorgeous – not to mention extremely daring – short hair crop, which she revealed (front row, of course!) at the Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2009 fashion show in September 2008.
Super-short crops have become a favourite look for the songstress, typically bold in colour and with plenty of edginess. Short hairstyles have never looked fiercer.
In 2004, Keira Knightley opted for a super-short crop and looked exquisite with honey-hued highlights, which framed her flawless face perfectly.
The original pixie pioneer, Halle Berry made women the world over reach for the scissors when she chopped off her locks – and simultaneously catapulted to the top of every sexiest woman list going.
French beauty Audrey Tautou rarely lets her tresses grow far beyond her ears. The chicest of short hairstyles.
In 2003, Kirsten Dunst ditched her long blonde locks for a daring boyish crop. The girl can definitely carry short hairstyles….
Rooney Mara’s sleek jet black bob is our current hair obsession. The side parting may look severe at first, but we think it would suit most face shapes for a change from centre parted short hair.
One of the most daring short haircuts to grace our line-up, Ginnifer Goodwin debuted a shaved-side style in 2010, with a long eye-skimming fringe.
Sarah Harding has made the crop her signature ‘do, since bursting onto the music scene as one fifth of Girls Aloud. Although she’s dabbled with colour and a little extra length, she’s regularly returned to her favoured short hair pixie chop.
Ditching the long tumbling locks that became her signature as she shot to fame as Heroes’ Claire, Hayden Panettiere debuted a nape-grazing new short hair look in April 2010.
Supermodel Linda Evangelista caused quite a stir when she debuted a elfin crop back in the Nineties, prompting a generation of stylistas to reach for the scissors.
The lovely Kylie Minogue really can pull off any look, and has tried most short hairstyles….
Mad Men starlet Elisabeth Moss transformed her locks from from a shoulder length brunette style to a choppy blonde crop, complete with a sweeping fringe. Peggy Olson would be proud…
Scoring a second mention thanks to her dedication to cropped ‘dos, when Rihanna first ditched her long locks in 2008 she opted for a soft short haircut with long side-swept fringe.
An iconic Nineties hairstyle, Demi Moore’s boyish short hair crop was the ‘Rachel’ of its time.
While she rocked the world with her Blonde Ambition tour in 1993, Madonna matched her tresses to her tour title, with an uber-short platinum crop. One of our most memorable short haircuts.
Surely one of the most iconic cropped hairstyles, Mia Farrow has inspired generations of short hair devotees with her daring cut.
Winona Ryder was the late Nineties queen of the crop, when she opted for an elfin new look. Short hairstyles were here to stay.
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