Because who better to look to for inspiration than the stars of the red carpet?
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. Hairstyles for short hair can completely change the way you look (and feel for that matter).
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.’
The good news? Any face shape can pull off a shorter hairstyle. ‘Face shape isn’t key for this style but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape, says Sam Burnett, owner of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council member. ‘For example, round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’
Finding the idea of an extreme cut even more alluring? You can take these incredible short celebrity hairstyles straight to your hairdresser’s.
Hairstyles for short hair on round faces
Blunt-edged, square bobs really suit a round face, as they give spherical face shapes more structure. ‘If a bob is your choice of style, go a few inches longer than a traditional bob to balance the roundness of the face,’ advises Sam. But if you want to go shorter, pick choppier straight layers to complement your face structure.
Need more inspiration? Check out our guide to the best hairstyles for round faces to help you pick a style.
Celebrity inspiration: Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lawrence
Hairstyles for short hair on oval faces
Luckily for you, this is the most versatile face shape, so the world is your oyster when it comes to hairstyles for oval faces. ‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ advises Sam. ‘This will determine the style, shape and length.’ Your stylist can advise you on the best style for your hair’s texture but, generally speaking, frizzier or curly hair
Celebrity inspiration: Gina Rodriguez and Gemma Arterton
Hairstyles for short hair on square faces
The angular jawline that characterises square faces is softened with a rounder short hairstyle – whether a full 60s cut like Jennifer Hudson, above, or a pixie crop with feathered layering. Meanwhile longer bobs with graduated round layers below the jawline also soften your angles. For more tips and tricks on hairstyles for square faces, see our round up of the best.
Celebrity inspiraton: Jennifer Hudson and Evan Rachel Wood
Hairstyles for short thin hair
A layered bob or crop helps to add the appearance of volume to finer short hairstyles – actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Gemma Arterton have both had layers added to the tops of their hairstyles for a fuller look.
Celebrity inspiration: Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence
Hairstyles for short layered hair
Both a bob with longer, chin length layers or sweeping feathered layers à la Jennifer Lawrence add lift to the hair. As Sam points out, the shape of the layering depends on your face shape; round faces look best with square layers, and vice-versa.
Celebrity inspiraton: Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Hudson
Hairstyles for short curly hair
Naturally curly hair looks great in a bob or lob, as does wavy hair that’s heat styled for added texture. Square faces can be softened by using the tucked behind one ear trick, while round faces are defined with blunt edged curls cut just underneath the chin. See our round up of the best curly hairstyles for more hair-spiration.
Celebrity inspiraton: Sienna Miller and Gina Rodriguez
Hairstyles for short hair with bangs
No doubt about it, fringes are back with a, err, bang. The short, fringed style of the moment is feathered full bangs with a crop; less harsh than a full fringe but with a similar overall effect.
Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Hudson, Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence
Scroll through our round up as we chart some of the best A-list hairstyles for short hair below.
Zoe Kravitz's sharp jawline and cheekbones are perfectly accentuated by her mega short crop.
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.
Layered crops can be styled for any face shape, and Jennifer Hudson has since grown hers out into a flattering '60s style rounded bob, which perfectly complements her square face shape.
Evan Rachel Wood's known for pulling off a her short hairstyles with aplomb - and her slick blonde quiff is no different. So. Cool.
Gemma debuted her new pixie crop at the British Independent Film Awards in London
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.
For a vintage look, style your lob with tonged waves and a side parting à la Gina Rodriguez.
Short hairstyles don't come cooler than Lupita Nyong'o's super-styled locks. The 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.
Her signature style for a few years now, Michelle Williams' blonde super-short crop has gradually got lighter – now icy platinum blonde.
Kerry Washington recently upgraded her blunt bob to one with sharp bangs, and we love how it complements her heart-shaped face.