Top 100 Short Hairstyles for Women

By on October 5, 2013
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The start of a new year is the perfect time to mix things up and change your look. Make fabulous by finding a fresh new hairstyle to suit your unique personal style. Whether you’re updating your current short hairstyle or cutting your hair short for the first time, you’re sure to find a look you adore in our Top 100 Short Hairstyles for Women. Choose from cute pixie cuts, daring close cropped hairdos, edgy bobs, and short romantic curls to reinvent yourself. With 100 hairstyles to choose from, in all styles and many gorgeous colours, you are guaranteed to find the perfect hairstyle to start new year off with a bang.

1. Anne Hathaway Short Hairstyles: Platinum blonde pixie crop with soft side-swept bangs 

Since parting with her long locks for the movie Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway has embraced her short hair and briefly rocked a platinum blonde pixie cut. She’s since gone back to brunette, but we think she looks equally gorgeous as a blonde. If you’re brave enough to cut your hair this short and  try a drastic colour change, find a hairdresser you trust and go for it!

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2. Emma Watson Short Hairstyles: Sleek faux bob with a side parting

Gone are the days of Harry Potter and her wild head of frizzy curls – actress Emma Watson is all grown up, and stunning with her polished bob.  Her “faux bob” is achieved by tucking long hair underneath itself so it appears shorter – clever! Understated and flattering, this hairstyle is easily manageable with a supply of smoothing anti-frizz serum.

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3. Rita Ora Short Hairstyles: Blunt bob with long side-swept fringe

British singer Rita Ora sports a  blunt bob that frames her face beautifully. This simple and classic hairstyle keeps the hair all the same length, and it can be tweaked to suit any face shape. However, this sleek hairstyle grows out quickly, and you should visit a salon every 4-6 weeks to keep your bob in perfect shape.

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4. Rihanna Short Hairstyles: Close-cropped hair with short soft waves 

Hair chameleon Rihanna seems to suit every hairstyle and every hair colour, and over the years she’s delighted fans and the paparazzi with her every-changing personal style. Here she has closely-cropped black hair with short sides and subtle soft waves on the top. This short hairstyle opens up her face and allows her stunning natural beauty to shine through. An effortless and feminine ‘do, it’s perfect for summer.

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5. Katy Perry Short Hairstyles: Electric blue angular bob

Katy Perry is another songbird who loves to experiment with different hair cuts and bold hair colours. She looks amazing with this bright blue angular bob which complements her sea-green eyes. This hairstyle works particularly well for round faces, as it creates the illusion of a longer, more oval-shaped face. As for choosing a new, bright colour – ask your stylist to choose a shade that complements your skin tone.

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6. Carey Mulligan Short Hairstyles: Wispy romantic bob

The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan looks ethereal with her soft and wispy blonde layered bob. This hairstyle is great for thin hair, as it creates subtle volume and gives hair great texture. It’s also a very feminine style which softens facial features and gives your look a romantic touch.

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7. Vanessa Hudgens Short Hairstyles: Voluminous tousled bob

Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical left her long curly hair behind and opted for a bouncy, tousled bob. This is a gorgeous hairstyle for thick hair, and it also works particularly well for naturally curly or wavy hair. For a night out, you can use a curling iron to give your tousled bob extra vivacity.

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8. Kelly Osborne Short Hairstyles: Edgy mini-mohawk

Daughter of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne has recently reinvented herself as a fashionista. Her jet-black mini-mohawk suits her alternative and edgy look, and the glossy waves of hair atop her head add a touch of glamour. This hairstyle is very versatile, and can be adjusted for any occasion – be creative and have fun with it!

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9. Emma Watson Short Hairstyles: Cute cropped pixie cut

Emma Watson’s super-short pixie cut is sophisticated and classic, and a bold step forward towards a more mature and confident personal style. This hairstyle can also be surprisingly feminine and very flattering for oval, square, and heart-shaped faces. As your hair grows out of a pixie cut, embrace the opportunity to experiment with many different short hairstyles.

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10. Hayden Panettiere Short Hairstyles: Angular asymmetrical bob 

Hayden Panettiere, actress from sci-fi series Heroes, rocked her angular asymmetrical bob with a side-swept fringe. Shorter at the back and longer in the front, this hairstyle is very flattering for round faces. The side-swept fringe further elongates a rounder face,  and elegantly softens features.

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38 Comments

  1. Kamri Rowlings

    March 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I love #2 and #22.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 1:06 am

      Thank you for the feedback, Kamri! I am glad to see that you enjoyed the article!

  2. Rita

    May 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Rachel McAdams’ hairstyle is so cute. I’ve actually always wanted to try a short hairstyle myself as well, but so far I haven’t dared to go through with it.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 1:10 am

      You have to be careful with super short hair. If you get a pixie hair cut, it will look amazing and take forever to grow back. Rachel McAdams’ cut is so cute that you should go ahead and risk it. :)

  3. Priyanka

    May 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Such a Very Beautiful and Different Short Hairstyle Look. Emma Waston and Rihanna is Very cute Collection on every Pictures.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 1:14 am

      I agree. They both have very beautiful, cute hair cuts. I wish that it was possible to use the same stylist as the celebrities–I would kill for their hair!

  4. whitney

    May 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Nice hairstyles, will tell my stylist to come check this out.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 1:18 am

      Thank you for sharing HerInterest with your stylist, Whitney! If you have problems describing a specific cut, you can always bring the pictures from this article to the salon with you.

  5. Erica

    May 2, 2014 at 2:44 am

    A lot of these are super cute but I think it all depends on your face shape. I know I could never pull off anything shorter than shoulder length. The shaved head is cool, but not something I could do. I really like Anne Hathaway’s cut with her brunette hair, she looks super pretty with that style.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 1:56 am

      You are right. The cuteness of any cut will really depend on how your face is shaped. If your face is shaped wrong for the cut, it will end up looking terrible. Anne Hathaway, for example, can pull off a lot of great cuts because of her thin, heart-shaped face and large eyes. I am not sure if I could pull of some of the same cuts though!

  6. Angela

    April 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Having just moved to a tropical country, humidity is wreaking havoc on my long tresses. I’ve not been blessed in terms of face structure and have used long hair to frame my face. Now I see a few short face framing hairstyles I quite like, especially Katie Perry’s electric blue one, Hayden’s and especially Kelly Clarkson’s. Good tips about highlights too! Looks like I’m off to the salon!

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Humidity is truly the worst! It seems like your skin is drenched in sweat the moment you walk out of the door. Plus, your hair ends up going wild instantaneously. I am happy to hear that this article will help you navigate through the unenjoyable parts of living abroad. Enjoy life in another country!

  7. Shelley dudley

    April 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Carmen, you have put together a great list here. This provides women with an excellent list to choose from. Anne Hathaway looks so great in her Platinum blonde pixie crop with soft side-swept bangs. This will be excellent for ladies who want to look smart in a gorgeous outfit. Carey Mulligan Short Hairstyles can be seen as a variant of Anne’s hair do, adding a bit of more flair. Do you want know my pick, I’ll choose Keira Knightley Short Hairstyles: Long pixie cut with shaggy bangs, it rocks.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:03 am

      I agree, I think that Carmen did a really great job. There were so many different styles available, and they were all completely adorable. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed them as much as we did.

  8. Tara

    April 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I have worn my hair short for about 5 or 6 years now and I love it. Short hair is comfortable, and it doesn’t take long to get ready in the morning. The one thing that I don’t like is that I always get the same haircut. With this fantastic list, I’ll have plenty of alternatives to choose from when I get my next haircut, I’m kind of leaning towards Emma Watson’s cut. Thanks, great job on the list.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:24 am

      That is such a long time to wear your hair short! I bet you saved a ridiculous number of hours over the last six years by not having to really style your hair. Are you going to cycle through the cuts on this list and keep your hair short? Or will you end up taking the risk and going through the awkward growing out phase?

  9. Anne

    April 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I envy anyone who can pull off a short haircut…so much easier to take care of! Looking at this list though, there are definitely some bobs I might try out next time I head to the hairdressers. Katherine Heigl’s hair styles rock…so pretty and feminine! Now, if only the rest of me could look like her after.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:29 am

      Short hair is much easier to take care of, but you really miss out on a lot of the different hair styles that you can do. I had short hair for years, and I was unable to do curly styles or even basic ponytails. You can definitely enjoy some of the styles on this list. If you are afraid to switch to shorter styles, there are always some HerInterest blogs about medium length and long hair.

  10. Norah R.

    April 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    The Textured blunt bob of Lily Cole is definitely my favourite short Hairstyle.I have a round face shape and I strongly believe it will make me look pretty. It’s simple and practical :-)

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:31 am

      Finding hairstyles is easy, but finding the right hairstyle for your facial shape is really difficult. I am glad that you are smart enough to look for a simple, practical style that suits your face. Enjoy your new cut, Norah!

  11. Lisa

    April 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

    This post comes at a good time for me. I especially love Kelly Clarkson’s hair style. You see, due to a chronic illness, I’ve lost some hair and now some of it is growing out.

    Although I have always been a long haired girl, the list of examples here have inspired me to go short, not just because it’s easier to manage and is fresh, it also will help me deal with the lost of my hair and help me gain my confidence again!

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

      Switching from being a long-haired girl to a short-haired girl is never simple. Luckily, you now have 100 different styling ideas that should help you ease into the transition. Also, you should check out the article that we have on medium-length hairstyles. In a few months, you may start to need those ideas as well!

  12. Purvi Kantariya

    April 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    When I saw the hair style of Jessie J Short Hairstyles (21), it scared me.
    I love the emma watson’s short hairstyle (2) and scarlett johnsson short hairstyle (11). I also like the katy perry’s short hairstyle but with black color not with blue.. :p

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:37 am

      If Jessie’s hairstyle scared you, you should definitely try one of the other ones, Purvi! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed at least some of the styles on this list!

  13. Elisha

    April 22, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I agree! This list should be used by salons! My salon never has any good photos to look at prior to my appointment and many of these are timeless cuts that will never go out of style. I have always loved Victoria Beckham’s cuts but if I was brave enough, I would love to try Jennifer Lawrence’s!

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:41 am

      You are completely right! Whenever I go to the hair salon, they always have hairstyles from the last decade. It seems like those books are never updated! I feel like hairstylists should just use photos from celebrities to create a folder of the latest cuts. That would make their job easier.

  14. Christine

    April 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I pinned #30 to my daughter’s Pinterest board. She’s getting married this fall and is looking for a shorter, spunkier style than her shoulder-length one. I think this would be awesome with her tiara and veil. Plus she has the same color hair color and face shape as Rihanna, so it would fit her well. Adorable!

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:42 am

      Will she be getting the shorter style before or after her wedding? I love that she will be using a tiara. They are so much fun to wear! Thank you for your feedback, Christine, and tell your daughter congratulations on her nuptials!

  15. Lynn

    April 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Wow – salons need to keep this list handy to show clients! Even though I could never go as short as a pixie cut, some of these are really cute! My favorites are #18 Rachel McAdams, #64 Jessica Biel, #66 Cameron Diaz, #96 Mandy Moore and all the Katy Perry styles. These are all in the fairly short/close to medium length styles, which is the shortest I have gone.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:45 am

      Pixie cuts are so adorable, but they are a pretty intense decision. Once you decide to grow out the pixie cut, you have an extremely awkward time period while your hair grows out. During that in between time, your hair styling choices will be drastically limited.

  16. Jane White

    April 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for these recommendations. You have listed a lot of styles here that would accommodate all classes of women, from the corporate working mother to the baby care giver. It’s all about the looks, once the hair is perfectly done, we have the perfect looks. If you ask me, I’ll go with number 14 when going to work and number 18 when I am on vacation.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Our writers work really hard to produce interesting, unique content. I think this article was more than successful. There were so many interesting ideas and pictures that it would literally take a lifetime to try out every style. We also have a couple of articles with ideas for medium and long hair, so you have other choices as well. Enjoy!

  17. Brittney

    April 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    It is obvious why celebrities use professional and experienced hairstylists. Their hairstyles are fantastic. My personal favorite is Taylor Swift’s hairstyle because I have similar curly hair and similar color of hair. Plus it really suits her face. By the way Mila Kunis looks beautiful no matter which hairstyle she tries!

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:53 am

      You are absolutely right! I wish that hair styling was an elective in high school or college. Really, it would have been more useful than some of the classes we had to take in high school. I agree with you completely about Mila Kunis–she really does look good in all of her styles.

  18. Melissa

    April 16, 2014 at 3:29 am

    This is an awesome list of short hairstyles. Short hairstyles can never get outdated due to the fact that most of the women prefer having short hair as it is easy to handle and take care. Moreover, if you are getting late then it just takes a few seconds to comb short hair in comparison to the longer ones.

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:54 am

      I am glad that you enjoyed this list. Although long hair is often prettier, short hair is so much more fun and convenient. With short hair, you can literally splash water on your hair and comb it to get it to look okay.

  19. Libby Wilmont

    April 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    These hairstyles are AWESOME! By far Rhianna and P!nk’s styles are the most edgy, fun, playful of them all! Wish I could count on a hairstylist to pull them off! Goodness knows I wouldn’t be able to afford whomever their hairstylist is – but I have some good ideas to attempt!

    • web admin

      April 8, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Rhianna and Pink seem to change their hairstyles everyday. Really, I cannot even count the number of haircuts, styles and colors they have had in the last decade. If I had the money, I would join you in trying out some of the playful styles on this list.

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