Short hairstyles for women have never gone out of style but short haircuts are having a bit of a moment this year.
Thanks to months of lockdown and a certain global pandemic, many of us couldn’t see our hairdressers for months. When hairdressers finally did re-open and the experts could get their hands on our lockdown locks, short hairstyles were requested to chop off months of untamed growth.
Searches for hairstyles for short hair, from long bob haircuts to super short pixie hairstyles, soared. But it’s not just practicality that has seen people opt for a shorter style.
Whether it’s on the runway or in a local salon near you, more women are forgoing their long, flowing locks and opting for chic and short ‘dos. Short hairstyles for older women have never been more popular – or looked chicer – like Helen Mirren’s, above.
Are you looking for a change? Whether you’re looking for short hairstyles for fine hair, thick hair, or just easy hairstyles for short hair that aren’t going to take long to wash and dry, we’ve got all the hair inspiration you need below. Plus, some top tips from hair experts around the UK on the best short hairstyles for women of all ages.
What hairstyle is best for short hair?
“After lockdown grow-out we’re seeing a lot of changes from long to short,” says Gary Ingham, stylist and owner of Gary Ingham Salons & Spas in North London. “There’s a big range, from skin-fades through to messy gents-style crops. Pixie crops – a la 1960s Twiggy – with length through the top are very ‘now’, as are bobs and graduated bobs but with waves and movement.”
What about short hairstyles for women over 50 or 60? You’ll be pleased to read that Gary that doesn’t see age as a barrier. “I tend to favour the classic short shapes, with a tweak for the individual touch, and that goes for all age groups,” he says. “I don’t think you can generalise for people’s age – these days it’s more about lifestyle and personality.” Well said.
What short hairstyles are good for my face type?
Going short can be daunting, especially if you’ve been wearing your hair long for years. But the trick to achieving your perfect cut is to find one that suits your hair and face type. Round faces look great with longer layers or graduated bobs. Square faces need extra height on top or length at the bottom to soften the jawline.
Many curly haired women think they can’t pull off short hairstyles, but a long bob or lob can be incredibly flattering on textured hair. Fine hair is perfect for a pixie cut. Straight hair? You can easily rock the heavy-fringe trend. If your hair is thick make your locks more manageable by getting rid of some length! The key is that once you’ve decided on a couple of styles you like find a stylist who knows how to work with your precious tresses.
While a short do requires more regular trips to the salon than longer hair (or you could follow these celebs and opt for a medium hairstyle), you’ll be surprised at how low maintenance short hairstyles can be. So, go for it!
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Our favourite short hairstyles for women
We have put together a collection of some of the best short hairstyles, so whether you have blonde hair, dark hair, curly hair or fine hair, there’s a short hairstyle to suit you.