Short hair can sometimes feel challenging to style. You may envy people with longer hair because they can tie their hair up and achieve many styles. But, you shouldn’t feel jealous since short hair comes with its own benefits, including tons of short hairstyles to mix up your look.
One of the greatest things about having short hair is that it requires less maintenance than long hair. Short hairstyles can also create volume and accentuate your facial features. There are many short hairstyles to choose from, including pixies, bobs, and beyond. We rounded up a few of our favorite short hairstyles to help you find your best look.
1. Curly Pixie
If your hair is naturally curly, then a curly pixie may work well for you. The pixie cut is a broad style with many ways to customize it. This pixie cut will allow your curls to shine. To elevate this look, you can use product to create sideburns that frame your face.
2. Long and Straight Bob (Lob)
A long bob is known as a lob in the hairstyling world, and a lob is a short hairstyle that works well for those who have mid-length short hair. A straight lob is a classic choice that allows you to experiment with various updos and down hairstyles. It’s also a great short hairstyle for round faces.
3. Curly Bob with Blunt Ends
You can create a funky, geometric cut by giving your long bob a blunt edged cut. When your curls are voluminous enough to have their own structure, cutting the ends at a hard angle will give your hair a triangle look that is fresh and modern.
4. Pixie Cut with Long Bangs
Another variation of the pixie cut involves keeping the back short, but allowing your bangs to grow out and frame your face on one side. You can customize your pixie cut by deciding how long you want your bangs to be and what shape you’d like your bangs to take. You can also add color to your bangs for additional depth and personality.
5. Buzz Cut
A buzz cut is a bold hairstyle that isn’t easy to pull off unless you are truly confident in your own skin. If you’re tired of dealing with your hair and want to try something out of the box, then a buzz cut will allow your natural beauty to pop. You can color your peach fuzz to make even more of a statement.
6. Loose Curls with Middle Part
A long bob is a chic and trendy short hairstyle, but adding your signature style will make your looks stand out. The middle part makes this curly bob more fashion forward and modern. If you’re looking for a change and want a hairstyle that stands out, then this look will do just that.
7. Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA)
The teeny weeny afro, also known as the TWA, is a popular short hairstyle, because it’s easy to maintain and it’s a great way to allow your natural hair to grow. If you want a hairstyle that keeps your natural hair healthy and virtually untouched, then a TWA will be best.
The undercut hairstyle is perfect for you if you want to try two hairstyles at once and also do something unique. With an undercut, your hairstylist will buzz the hair underneath the top layer of hair, so you can hide the shaved section. When you lift your hair up or put the top layer in a high bun, the shaved section will show and reveal an edgier look.
9. Bob with Bangs
You can never go wrong when you have a bob with bangs. This hairstyle is timeless and will look good on anyone. If your hair is short already or you’re considering going short, then the bob with bangs is a safe style that you can surely feel good about knowing it will be easy to manage and will work for any occasion.
10. Flipped Out Ends
A short bob with flipped out ends harkens back to the 1990s. Few people wear their hair with flipped out ends anymore, but this short hairstyle is still very attractive and can be revived! If you want to try something different, then this flirty look should be a contender on your list.
11. Pixie with Deep Side Part
Adding a deep side part to your pixie cut is the perfect way to create volume in your hair. With a deep side part, one side of your hair will stand up higher than the other side.You can let this side swoop down in front of your face in a dramatic bang. The other side can then remain short and trim.
12. Retro Curled Pixie
If you don’t have natural curls, you can add curls to create volume in your hair. Pin curls are a no-heat option, but you can also use a curling iron for a quick solution. This retro curled pixie is short, but sophisticated. When the curls fall out after about a week, you’ll still have a tousled pixie cut that is ready for work or play.
13. Bob with Loose Curls
Curls create natural volume, and short hair will make your curls look even fuller than if your hair was long and curly. A bob with loose curls is the perfect way to let your curls stand out. Your hairstylist can recommend the perfect products to keep your curls healthy with this look.
14. Modern Mullet
Most people don’t think of a mullet as a desirable hairstyle, but a modern variation of the mullet has made its debut with our favorite celebs. Although this short hairstyle isn’t for everyone, it might be worth trying if you’re looking for a style that not everyone has. Business in the front, party in the back…right?
15. Curly Updo
A curly updo is the best short hairstyle for you if your goal is to get your hair off your neck and protect your hair as you wait for it to grow out. You can add braids to this hairstyle to prevent breakage, and the curls on top will still provide a stylish look.
16. Ponytail Twists
For this hairstyle, you’ll divide your hair into sections and twist the sections before tying the ends. Once you have your twists, you can throw your hair up in a ponytail. The twists will make your ponytail look thick and curly while adding some pizzazz to your look.
17. Crown Braid
A crown braid is a short hairstyle that will work best for those with mid-length short hair. This updo will keep your hair protected from breakage and allow your hair to grow faster. If you have a special event coming up, a hairstylist can create this look for you. Crown braids look gorgeous with formal wear or day dresses.
18. Finger Waves
Finger waves originated in the 1920s but are still a popular style today. To achieve finger waves, you can use styling gel and a comb to create waves in the hair. You can also ask a hairstylist to teach you how to achieve this look so that you can do it yourself in the future.
19. Textured Long Bob
A textured long bob, or lob, is a fresh and fun look. If you want a bob that has more depth than the average straight hairstyle, then ask your hairstylist to include texture in your hair. Texture will add volume if you have thin hair and all it takes is some layering by your stylist and special texturizing tools. P.S. this is not a style you should try on your own.
20. Faux Hawk/Mohawk
A faux hawk/mohawk is a short hairstyle that you can achieve in a few ways. To create a mohawk, you can shave down the sides of your hair and leave the middle curly. You can also braid or pin up the sides of your hair to create a faux hawk that’s easy to take down. This hairstyle is full of personality and pizzazz!
21. Finger Coils
Finger coils are a great style option for short hair because you can do them at home or a stylist can do them for you. Once installed, they can last up to two weeks. To create this hairstyle on your own, you’ll need styling gel, a detangling comb, and your finger. Once complete, you should have bouncy and low maintenance coils.
22. Pixie/Bob Combo
If you can’t decide between a pixie and a bob, then there’s always the option of this pixie/bob combo. This short hairstyle lies somewhere between a pixie and a bob, and it frames the face well. With wispy bangs and some long layers, this style has texture and a great shape.
23. Voluminous Curls
Voluminous curls can make your short hair pop with personality. To add volume to natural curls, you can ask a hairstylist to recommend the right products to you. If your hair isn’t naturally curly, you can curl your hair using a large-barreled curling iron or using no-heat pin curls.
24. Tapered Cut
Tapered cuts are a popular short hairstyle for natural hair. With this cut, the back and sides of your hair will remain short, while you let the top of your hair grow out. This style is simple to manage, and it is great for any occasion. You can dress it up with earrings or keep it casual for school or sports.
25. Pixie Cut with Side Swept Bang
This pixie cut is a great style if you want to add volume toward the front of your hair. To create this hairstyle, your stylist will shorten the back of your hair and add layers to your bangs. This side swept look will give you a sultry look and bring attention to your eyes.
26. Bowl Cut
When you hear bowl cut, you may think of the bowl cut hairstyle from the 80s or 90s that was popular for many women and their children. The old version of the bowl cut probably wouldn’t pass as stylish, but today’s version is shorter, choppier, and more modern.
27. Low Bun
The low bun is one of the easier short hairstyles out there. No matter what hair texture you have, you can throw your hair into a low bun for any occasion. You can dress up your low bun with clips or other accessories for a special event or keep it simple for everyday activities.
28. Micro Braids
Micro braids can be a protective style for short hair when installed correctly. If your braids are too tight, they can damage the hair and hurt your scalp. But, if you take care of your braids, then theys can help your hair grow by preventing breakage. Micro braids also keep the hair away from your face and can last for weeks!
29. Half-Up Double Buns
Sometimes, it’s hard to decide whether to wear your hair up or down, which is why half-up, double buns come in handy. Wearing the top half of your hair in double buns is flattering for your face. Wearing the bottom half of your hair down allows your waves, curls, or straight hair to flow freely.
30. Curled in Long Bob
Earlier, we showed a bob with the ends curled out. You can achieve a different style by curling in your ends. Curling the ends in on a long bob is more common, and it gives off a clean and well-mannered vibe. If you want your hair to look like you just came out of the salon no matter what day it is, then curling in your ends can do that.
If you have short hair, then locs can be an interesting hairstyle to try out. Although locs can be difficult to get started, they are easy to maintain once you have them. If you’re interested in getting locs in your hair, remember that they are difficult to reverse. It’s also best to find an experienced hairstylist to help you start them.
32. Geometric Shave
A geometric shave is the perfect way to customize your hairstyle and add some of your unique personality. You can also let an experienced hairstylist choose the geometric design for you. Either way, having a shaved design in your hair will draw attention to your hair and transform your hair into a piece of art.
33. Twist Out
If you want bouncy curls, then a twist out is a great way to achieve that look. A twist out involves sectioning your hair off and dividing the sections into two strands each. You then twist the two strands together and leave the twists overnight. After taking out the twists, you should have bouncy twists that can stand straight up or fall to the sides, depending on your hair length.
34. Shaggy Curls
Shaggy curls add texture and volume to a classic bob or pixie cut. The best thing about this style is that you can wear it wet or dry and you’ll still look ready to go. If you want to get this look, you should go to an experienced hairstylist so they can use the proper texturizing tools.
35. French Braids
French braids will never go out of style! Once you learn how to braid, you can braid your hair anytime and feel ready for any occasion. French braids are a protective style, but they’re also a flexible style since you can take them out any time. The best thing about French braids is that they work on any hair texture and almost any hair length.
36. Double Buns
If your hair is long enough to put it in double buns, then this short hairstyle can be convenient and trendy. High double buns are often called space buns, and these have become a popular hairstyle that anyone can do on their own. If your hair is short, you can still put your hair in low double buns, which are cute and easy to throw up when running errands or going to work.
37. Accessorized Braids
Braids are great for short hair because you can incorporate accessories into the braid and add artificial length to your hair. Braids will protect your hair by preventing breakage and helping your natural hair grow. You can experiment with the color of your braids by adding colored yard, or you can customize your braids with beads and jewelry.
38. Afro with Laid Edges
Afros are a classically beautiful hairstyle, but you may want to bring attention to your face. You can use styling gel to lay down the edges near your face, which will give you a slicked back look, almost like wearing a headband. You can also achieve this look with hair clips or braids. This short hairstyle preserves your hair’s natural texture while keeping it away from your face.
39. Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are a short hairstyle that originated in southern Africa. Similar to the space buns hairstyle, this look has an out-of-this-world feel even though it was created centuries ago. This style can protect your hair from breakage if you wear it overnight. You can also let your hair out of the knots and you’ll end up with beautiful curls!
Unlike long hair, short hair is easy to maintain. There are many short hairstyles that create volume, add texture to the hair, and will bring out the beauty in your face. If you’re having trouble deciding on the best style, you can check out our community of stylists to find a short cut that suits you.