Welcome to our main short hairstyles and cuts for women page.
Below you can access our many galleries by cut, style, length, face shape or color.
Long bob with waves
Side-part curly bob
Long side-swept bangs
Short side-swept bangs
Short bob with side-swept bangs
Short bangs, shorter sides
Bob with Bangs
Lima strutted the runway with this blunt bob style with eye-skimmer bangs during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 held last September 11, 2014.
The talented actress was at the Monster Jam Celebrity Night last January 16, 2016 in Anaheim with a rocker chic ensemble and a casual tousled side-swept blond bob hairstyle.
Bob with Sweet Side-Swept Bangs
Last September 9, 2009, Malin Akerman was at the HBO Post EMMY Party held at the Pacific Design Center. She wore a simple blue silk dress and a blond bob hairstyle with sweet side-swept bangs.
Fresh Tousled Bob
Actress Freida Pinto attended the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park last May 30, 2015 in Jersey City with a fresh green summer dress that complements her short tousled bob hairstyle.
Classy Vintage Curl at the Bottom
Freida Pinto looked absolutely stunning with her swirly highlighted bob with a slight vintage nod at the US Premiere of “Desert Dancer” during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 27, 2015.
Iconic Bob with Bangs
Jessie J went with this iconic look of straight raven bob with bangs paired with her black outfit last November 3, 2013 during the BBC’s The Voice UK Launch Photocall.
Sleek Short Bob
During the WE Day California 2017, the singer wore a green casual outfit with this straight and sleek, short bob hairstyle parted at the center.
Tousled and Wavy Bob
Mila Kunis was at the Third Annual VH1 Rock Honors The Who in Los Angeles last July 12, 2008 in a brilliant white outfit with sequins. This pairs well with her wavy and highlighted bob hairstyle and sexy smoky eyes.
Simple and Casual Bob
Mila Kunis wore her long bob hair in a simple and loose casual style at the Zoe Saldana Star Ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles.
Sleek and Chic Bob
The gorgeous Salma Hayek showcased her sleek and chic center-parted brunette bob for the DORA THE EXPLORER’S 10th Anniversary Book Reading held on March 2, 2010.
Straight and Highlighted Bob
Last May 23, 2017, Salma Hayek was at the 70th Anniversary Gala for the Festival de Cannes. She was sporting a long bob hairstyle that is elevated by the highlights and her bright dress.
Short Blonde Waves
On March 11, 2018, Paris Hilton attended the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Forum in Inglewood, USA in a gorgeous red dress and her short blonde waves side-parted.
Platinum Blond Bob Hairstyle
The talented actress rocked a sexy, choppy bob with a deep side part for her platinum blonde mane at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.
Blond Bob with Side-Swept Bangs
Cameron Diaz was a graceful goddess at the premiere of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” with her chic and tousled bob hairstyle incorporated with side bangs last May 14, 2012.
Slick Side-Swept Bob
Gigi Hadid sported a stunning white outfit with her short bob hairstyle with highlights at the 2015 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 22, 2015.
Side-Swept Short Hair
Emilia Clarke at the Los Angeles premiere for “My Dinner With Herve” at Paramount Studios.
Side-Swept Undercut Short Hair
Miley Cyrus was at the premiere of “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 27, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was quite sexy in her black outfit and side-swept short undercut hairstyle with highlights.
Side-Swept Slick Short Hair
Miley Cyrus wore a smart casual outfit incorporated with a black net scarf at the Elton John Oscar Party 2015 at the City Of West Hollywood Park on February 22, 2015, in West Hollywood, CA. She paired this with bold red lips and a slick blond side-parted short hairstyle.
Short Wavy Bob
Selena Gomez was at 2018 WE Day California held at The Forum in Inglewood, USA on April 19, 2018. She was lovely in her simple black outfit, make-up and short wavy hairstyle that frames her face.
Slick Low Bun
On February 24, 2019, Emma Stone wore a lovely detailed sequined dress that went quite well with her slick and neat low bun hairstyle at the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.
Slick and Elegant Curl
On May 2, 2016, Emma Watson attended the Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She wore an elegant and fashionable black and white outfit that she paired with a short half-up hairstyle with a curl at the tips.
On June 11, 2017, Scarlett Johansson wore a Michael Kors Collection outfit when she attended the Tony awards 2017 at Radio City Music Hall. She paired this with simple make-up and side-swept and highlighted upstyle.
Highlighted Brush Up
Scarlett Johansson wore a stunning colorful shiny dress that complements her figure and brushed-up pixie hairstyle that makes you adore her eyes at the premiere of “Ghost In The Shell” on March 29, 2017, in New York City.
Highlighted Undercut Pompadour
Scarlett Johansson was at the 89th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February 26, 2017. She looked absolutely stunning in her floral pink sheer dress and her tousled upstyle with a slight pompadour look.
Flippy and Spiked with Wispy Bangs
Halle Berry was at the premiere of SWORDFISH in New York on May 11, 2001. She came wearing a black sexy outfit to go with her flippy spiked short hair with short wispy bangs.
Slick and Vintage
Cara Delevingne attended the “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” World Premiere on July 17, 2017, in Hollywood, CA. She was quite fashionable in the metallic futuristic dress that she paired with a slick side-parted bun hairstyle with a sandy blond tone.
Straight Bob with Side-Swept Bangs
Rihanna wore a simple yet stunning champagne-colored dress with her short raven bob hairstyle with long side-swept bangs at the CIPRIANI Wall Street Concert Series to Benefit US Fund for UNICEF in New York on October 09, 2007.
Natalie Portman was quite stunning in her simple gray dress and side-swept pixie hairstyle with subtle highlights at the V FOR VENDETTA Premiere, Jazz at Lincoln Center Rose Theater in New York, NY on March 13, 2006.
Tousled Wavy And Loose
Cara Delevingne was quite cool in her dark gray leather jacket and edgy black outfit to match with her wavy, loose and highlighted sandy blond hairstyle with a slight side-swept finish at the Suicide Squad film premiere on Aug 03, 2016, in London.
Margot Robbie flaunted her side-parted blonde tresses with subtle waves and dark roots at the 90th Annual Academy Awards held last March 4, 2018.
Kate Hudson was at the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held at the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, USA on October 14, 2017. She came wearing a lovely striped pink strapless dress, floral earrings and a short spiked pixie hairstyle with a raven tone.
Tousled and Wavy
Kate Hudson was at the 2nd Annual Girl Up #GirlHero Awards on October 13, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA. She came wearing an elegant green dress with subtle patterns paired with a wavy sandy blond hairstyle that has an irregular length.
Tousled and Wavy Raven
Actress Vanessa Hudgens attended the ‘Spring Breakers’ photo-call at the 69th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2012, in Venice, Italy. She looked positively charming in her embroidered outfit, brilliant smile and short, tousled raven bob hairstyle with a wavy finish.
Slick and Side-Swept Raven
Demi Lovato’s short raven hair was tossed up for a tousled side-swept finish to match with her black outfit at the WE Day California held at The Forum in Inglewood, USA on April 7, 2016.
Blond Vintage Curls
Actress Reese Witherspoon was at the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 28, 2012, in Washington, D.C. She wore a black dress that went well with her pregnant belly and vintage blond curly half-up look that has long side-swept bangs.
Brunette Straight Bob
Jessica Alba wore a stylish and fashionable white short dress that she paired perfectly with a shoulder-length straight bob hairstyle that has subtle highlights when she attended the world premiere of “Little Fockers” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 15, 2010, in New York.
Below you can view specific types of short haircuts and styles.
A. Short by Style (Specific Galleries)
1. Bob Cuts
What is a bob cut?
This straightforward look includes the hair being cut into a straight horizontal line all around the head at about jaw level, and typically includes bangs, or a fringe, across the forehead. It wasn’t considered fashionable for women until the 20th century when the first world war caused women to work in manufacturing, but today it has remained one of the most popular styles for short-haired women.
Here’s an example:
2. Pixie Cuts
This iconic and impressively short hairstyle was first made popular by the famous Audrey Hepburn when she began to sport one back in 1953 during her film Roman Holiday. Today, it remains one of the most popular, yet dramatic, choices that a women can choose, and often it is paired with a new and vibrant color that is added to the look.
Example of pixie cut:
3. Short Cuts with Bangs
There are many types of bangs to choose from for short haircuts. Here’s just one example:
4. Short with Layers
One doesn’t typically equate short with layers because there’s not a lot of hair to layer, but it is done and may be a cut worth considering. In fact, many bobs have layers which can be a fabulous look (and is quite popular).
Because we have a massive databased of hairstyles, we make it easy to filter out this type of cut.
5. Short, tousled styles
If you like the casual look, consider the tousled cut, which is done and styles for short hair as well. Personally I’m not a huge fan of the tousled look, but for the right person who wants to give off a more casual look, a tousled styling can work well for them.
6. Short with Highlights
Highlights are very popular, especially for women whose hair is going gray. In fact, the highlight effect is so subtle these days, it looks natural. I do like highlights in hair because the various shades add texture to a cut which more of then than not looks good.
7. Asymmetrical Cuts
If you have a boxy or square face, you can soften the lines of any hair cut by adding asymmetry to your cut, which gives some interesting definition to your features.
No matter what cut you choose to make with your hair, going short is guaranteed to be a game changer, and this new and lightening look will give you a boost of self-confidence and excitement when planning on going out for the day.
Example of a short asymmetrical cut:
8. Buzz Cut
Check out our gallery of women with buzz cut haircuts here.
B. Short Styles by Hair Type
1. Short Haircuts for Thick Hair
Many women with thicker hair go for a shorter style. In fact, short works regardless of hair type really. To that end we have a dedicated photo gallery featuring short styles for thick hair.
2. Short Haircuts for Fine Hair
Some women with fine hair insist on shorter cuts because they find longer hair difficult or too timely to style each day. While short often has prep time, really fine hair can be difficult for longer hair.
Short is a common length for people with curly hair, but requires some skill to do well. Be sure you attend to a skilled hairdresser so that the cut looks good.
Coily hair can be super cool and it’s often shorter. Our short, coily gallery includes some examples that may be a bit longer than our other galleries because we want to give you ideas of potential styles to choose from. I think many of them look terrific.
Wavy bobs and even wavy pixie cuts are common. It’s not too many people have poker-straight hair; most have some wave to it which makes our gallery featuring wavy, short cuts very popular. Check it out.
Our final hair type gallery features straight hair examples. While naturally occurring poker straight hair isn’t super popular, the fact is many women straighten their hair for the sleek look it gives and therefore our gallery includes a ton of examples for you to check out.
Short Styles and Maintenance
Short hair is often chosen as a brilliant way to create dramatic change in your personal style, but still more women choose to cut their hair short because it is far less maintenance to keep looking styled and beautiful on a daily basis. For this reason, short hair is incredibly popular for new moms and busy career women, so they can spend their mornings on other important parts of their life that is taking up more and more of their time.
Short Women’s Hairstyle Popular Options
There are quite a few short hairstyles that women can choose from if they want to go short, and the exact style should be carefully chosen to suit that person’s unique face shape and features for the best overall look once the haircut is complete. Women can choose between a bob cut, a shingle bob, cropped hair, a pixie cut, or any of the above variations cut into a dramatically asymmetrical style.
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