Modern, timeless and easy short hairstyles for grown-up women

Our pick of the best short hairstyles on the block!
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    Short hairstyles are having a bit of a moment. Whether it’s on the runway or red carpet, more women are forgoing their long, flowing locks and opting for chic and short ‘dos – like Helen Mirren’s, above – as well as bob hairstyles and pixie crops.

    What short hairstyles are good for older women?

    “After lockdown grow-out we’re seeing a lot of changes from long to short,” says Gary Ingham, stylist and owner of Gary Ingham Salons & Spas in North London. “There’s a big range, from skin-fades through to messy gents-style crops. Pixie crops – a la 1960s Twiggy – with length through the top are very now, as are bobs and graduated bobs but with waves and movement.”

    What about short hairstyles for 40+ women? You’ll be pleased to read that Gary that doesn’t see age as a barrier. “I tend to favour the classic short shapes, with a tweak for the individual touch, and that goes for all age groups,” he says. “I don’t think you can generalise for people’s age – these days it’s more about lifestyle and personality.” Well said.

    What short hairstyles are good for my face type?

    Going short can be daunting, especially if you’ve been wearing your hair long for years. But the trick to achieving your perfect cut is to find one that suits your hair and face type. Round faces look great with longer layers or graduated bobs. Square faces need extra height on top or length at the bottom to soften the jawline.

    Blessed with an oval face? Practically any short hairstyle will look fabulous on you, especially if you have a good hairdryer that will help create a salon-worthy blow-dry finish at home.

    Many curly haired women think they can’t pull off short hairstyles, but a long bob or ‘lob can be incredibly flattering on textured hair. Fine hair is perfect for a pixie cut.  Straight hair? You can easily rock the heavy-fringe trend. If your hair is thick make your locks more manageable by getting rid of some length! The key is that once you’ve decided on a couple of styles you like find a stylist who knows how to work with your precious tresses.

    While a short ‘do requires more regular trips to the salon than longer hair (or you could follow these celebs and opt for a medium hairstyle), you’ll be surprised at how low maintenance short hairstyles can be. So, go for it!

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    Our favourite short hairstyles for women

    We have put together a collection of some of the best short hairstyles, so whether you have blonde hair, dark hair, curly hair or fine hair, there’s a short hairstyle to suit you.