Short hairstyles for women have never gone out of style but they are definitely having a bit of a moment this year.
Thanks to months of lockdown and a certain global pandemic, many of us couldn't see our hairdressers for months. When hairdressers finally did re-open and the experts could get their hands on our lockdown locks, short haircuts were requested to chop off months of untamed growth.
Searches for hairstyles for short hair, from long bob haircuts to super short pixie hairstyles, soared. But it's not just practicality that has seen people opt for a shorter style.
Whether it’s on the runway or in a local salon near you, more women are forgoing their long, flowing locks and opting for chic and short 'dos. Short hairstyles for older women have never been more popular – or looked chicer like Helen Mirren’s, above.
Are you looking for a change? Whether you're looking for short hairstyles for fine hair, thick hair, or just easy hairstyles for short hair that aren't going to take long to wash and dry, we've got all the hair inspiration you need below. Plus, some top tips from hair experts around the UK on the best short hairstyles for women of all ages.
What hairstyle is best for short hair?
"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 women over 50 or 60? 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.
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.
Not far off 70 yet Isabella still looks amazing, in part because of her beautiful skin and high cheekbones, which help her carry off this slightly touseled shorter style.
Phoebe Waller Bridge
Go for the Fleabag star's iconic slicked back look for an easy-to-manage, classic short hairstyle.
Actress Jada's blonde locks look bold and modern. The longer side fringe offsets the close shorn sides for a fresh, contemporary feel.
Channel edgy looks from the early 90s with this androgynous crop. Ask your hairdresser for slighty longer ends and a longer, asymmetrical fringe. This style looks great on dark, glossy hair, so go a shade darker - if you're feeling brave! Add a youthful edge to your crop with a long, side-swept fringe. Keep the back of your style short to make sure you are showcasing your new fringe.
Here, the comedienne's swapped her longer locks for a short, slicked-down pixie cut that looks both smart and sophisticated.
Grow one side of your hair down to give your crop a more modern look. Adding a long fringe and some top layers is a great way to shake up your style.
Perfect for accentuating small features, a sweeping 60's style crop is the ultimate new season update. Blow dry with a paddle brush for added shine, and be sure to keep on top of the cut with regular trims.
Adopt an androgynous style like this rock-star quiff, to shake up your look at your next big event. This quiff hairstyle will work fabulously on long crops. Simply blow dry your hair back and up towards the crown, using hairspray to hold your new style in place all night. Hair by Rush
The celebrated Taiwanese actress and star of 'Eat Drink Man Woman' looks super chic in this striking lightly-slicked-back bouffant hair do.
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla sports the timeless classic look with her short hair, and it's a great look for an older woman. Sitting just above her shoulders and styled in loose curls, it's easy to maintain and style too.
Sigourney has always worn a bob well and here is no exception. Cut just above the shoulder, with a long, soft side fringe, the style is ideal for an actress of Sigourney's level of sophistication and class.
Emmy Award-winning actress Samira Wiley's close side crop do is accented by a head of curls – the result is sexy and stylish.
As sported by model Chrissy Teigen here, a short bob can look amazing - especially when it's styled correctly. Keep it thick and choppy down the sides with a splash of highlights through it to elevate the look.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis has rocked the tight short crop for years, and it's one of the best, low-maintenance styles out there! Keep it longer on top with shorter sides, and embrace the grey too.
Style your short mane with a sweeping fringe like Emma here, which can brilliantly soften a crop. Mimic Emma's look with varying colourways too - a lighter blonde in the front and a darker colour in the back can look fabulously chic!
Helen Mirren is the queen of short hairstyles, and has been able to regenerate her look over the decades. The layered, choppy fringe with the side parting is bang on-trend, and her white hair always helps to look any cut look fabulous.
Line of Duty's Vicky McClure's cropped hairstyle is a modern take on the classic cut. We love the highlighted quiff on the top with the short sides. While it looks great, it's also easy to manage with a blow-dryer and a regular trip to the hairdressers.
For the older woman a volumised crop can be the perfect cut - just like Kris Jenner. She's kept it short but thick and choppy on top, with some soft wisps falling across her face - and it's incredibly youthful and stylish.
Judy Murray's short hairstyle is a classic cut, that won't date over time or go out of style.
Looking to change your look up? Go bold and opt for a deep red hue. We love a bright copper or magenta red to add colour to mature skin and brighten features.
Anne Hathaway, queen of the pixie cut, was the perfect example of how a shorter hairstyle can work for thicker hair but still look slick and chic.