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
Short and tousled
Long side-swept bangs
Short side-swept bangs
Short bob with side-swept bangs
Short bangs, shorter sides
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. Check out this specific option:
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.
Our gallery features a good number examples for you to browse through and hopefully get some ideas. Please keep in mind the tousled look is more of a styling instead of a cut. In other words, you can style a bob cut in the tousled style.
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.
We include a massive gallery featuring examples of highlights in short hair. Check them out via the following link:
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.
To that end, we created an extensive short styles gallery featuring fine 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.
C. Short cuts by face shape
Another consideration when choosing a cut is your face shape. We have you covered. We offer galleries for each face shape and you can drill down to view only short or very short styles for any specified face shape.
This is our photo gallery featuring all kinds and colors and styles of short hairstyles for women. Includes short celebrity hairstyles.
Below is a list of face shapes including short hairstyles for round faces. Click the links to view the specific galleries for short styles.
D. Short by Color
Lastly, we feature thousands of hairstyles organized by color so you can get a sense of what your options look like in various colors especially if you’re considering a color change.
Because there are many color options for hair, the following is a convenient drop-down menu that will take you directly to the gallery specifically featuring a specific gallery.
Just click or tap the following button which will produce a drop-down menu.
We make it easy to search for different ages. Short haircuts for women over 50 and over 60 are very popular. You can check out our gallery of hairstyles for women over 50 here and short haircuts for women over 60 here.
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.