Making the Chop? Try These 17 Cute Hairstyles for Short Hair

Written by Mane Addicts

Short hair, don’t care…right? That is, until it comes to styling your new less-than-shoulder-length cut. Finding the perfect way to wear a super cute crop can be a stress-inducing endeavor, in part because there are just so many options. But there’s no need to worry—pixies, bobs, and lobs can genuinely be the most low maintenance. All you need is a little inspiration, which we’re happy to help with. We narrowed down this season’s hottest short hair trends so you don’t have to. Check out our guide to some cute and easy hairstyles for short hair below!

1. Beach Waves

What pairs well with a blunt bob? Beach waves, of course. Whether you’re going for the barely-there bend of a straightener or the more defined curl of a traditional curling iron, a simple waved ‘do is a stunning hairstyle for short hair.

2. The Modern Diana

Princess Di took the feathered pixie and turned it into something transcendent. We’re loving a less put together, but still totally regal, version of her classic cut at the moment.

3. ’90s Baby Braids

Thin, face-framing braids are having one hell of a year. This ’90s revival trend really stands out on chin-length locks, making them a perfect short hair hairstyle for every hair texture.

4. Space Buns

Double buns are truly transformative and totally adaptable. No wonder space buns are so well suited for short hair. Leave them undone and messy for a laidback at-home look or opt for something more manicured and work-approved—it’s chic either way.

5. Blunt Fringe

Anyone can pull off shaggy curtain bangs, but blunt fringe really pairs best with something bob-length. These hard-lined bangs are envy-inducing for sure.

6. Major Volume

Short hair and high drama go hand in hand. Add some highly textured curls into a shoulder-length mane for the ultimate going out look.

7. Soft Shag

That’s right, short hair even looks amazing when paired with our favorite ’70s revival trend. Loose the length but keep the layers to rock this short shaggy aesthetic.

8. Center Part

The center part has dominated 2022—even when it comes to the short hair spectrum. The simple addition of a center part turns a lackluster bob into a minimalist masterpiece. Just ask Emma Chamberlain.

9. Glam Waves

Traditionally reserved for those with longer tresses, old Hollywood style strands actually work so well with a little less length. Case in point, Maude Apatow’s Venice Film Festival ensemble.

10. Mullet

We’re pleasantly surprised with the longevity of the modern mullet. Delightfully shaggy and fringe-forward, the mullet is one of the best hairstyles for short hair, no questions asked.

11. Sleek Pony

Thought ponytails only worked on a mid-to-long mane? You thought wrong. A teeny tiny low ponytail is always a great short hair hairstyle.

12. Wet Hair

Wet hair styles are a classic red carpet staple, and for good reason. There’s just something so chic about that freshly-showered aesthetic, especially on a chin-grazing cut.

13. Flipped Out

Upturned ends are an easy way to turn an otherwise boring bob into a serious show stopper. Everyone from Barbie Ferreira to Bella Hadid has tried this ’90s-approved aesthetic.

14. Messy Ponytail

Don’t get us wrong, we love a sleek ponytail look. But there’s something so cool about an undone messy ponytail when paired with a lovely lob.

15. Textured Bowl

We might be in the minority when we say we’re glad to see the bowl cut getting a second life. But with tousled texture and a little bit of wave, who wouldn’t want to wear this modernized mod moment?

16. Double Knots

A fun twist on the Y2K spiky buns trend, these double knots are so easy to create—yes, even on short hair. Simply section the top part of your hair and the bottom of your hair, twist, and secure.

Double knot hairstyle for short hair | Mane Addicts
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17. Hair Ribbon

This classic style is perfect for short hair. There’s something so ethereal, so cottagecore about a half-up half-down ‘do secured with a thin piece of ribbon. Of course, you could always go bold with your ribbon of choice—whatever you’re feeling that day.

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