56 Stunning Short Hairstyles For Women In 2021

Written by Anjali Sayee

Short hair is trending! And when I say ‘short,’ I mean really short hair. Since androgynous hairstyles are becoming more and more popular now, it comes as no surprise that many women are opting to cut their hair short. If you are feeling particularly brave and want to chop your tresses off, here are some short hairstyles that you can check out before you head to the salon.

56 Stunning Short Hairstyles For Women In 2020

1. Pulled-Back Bob

Pulled-Back Bob


Sometimes, a small pull can go a long way in terms of a hairstyle. Whenever you leave your hair loose, keep pulling it back with your fingers. If you want a slick look, tease your hair at the crown and apply some styling gel to it. Then, comb it back to finish off the look.

2. Long Bangs Pixie

Long Bangs Pixie


Long bangs look super cool. If your face is too wide or angular, long bangs will draw attention away from it. It also adds a lateral focus to your face, accentuating your eyes. Long bangs make your face look longer as they streamline your jawline.

3. Spiky Mohawk

Spiky Mohawk


The mohawk is one of the best coolest punk looks that you can sport. Apply some hair gel or mousse to create the mohawk. If you want a messier look, use your fingers to style it in spikes.

4. Full Mohawk

Full Mohawk


If your short hair is growing out, opt for the classic mohawk. Simply apply some gel or mousse to your hair and lift it up with your fingers. You can also use a comb if you want to add some defined lines and make hairdo look chicer.

5. Cool-Up Pixie

Cool-Up Pixie


If you already have a pixie cut, here’s one way you can jazz it up. You’ll need some mousse and hairspray to achieve this look. Apply some mousse to your hair, lift it with a round brush, and blowdry it in place. Then, spritz on some hairspray to set the ‘do in place.

6. Sculpted Pixie

Sculpted Pixie


Rowan Blanchard shows us how to rock the red carpet with short hair with this gorgeous look. This sculpted pixie hairdo is achieved with the help of some steel clips, a curling iron, and lots of hair gel.

7. Baby Bangs Bob

Baby Bangs Bob


Baby bangs make a bold style statement, so it cannot be sported by the faint-hearted. So, get them only if you want to go for a really fierce hair look. Morena Baccarin sported this look with aplomb by keeping the rest of her simple and unstyled.

8. Layered Pixie

Layered Pixie


Layers look stunning on brown hair. This summer, opt for a dark shade like a rich mahogany brown. Go for a pixie cut with heavy layers. Trust me, your hair will look stunning in the sun.

9. Cutesy Pixie Cut

Cutesy Pixie Cut


When in doubt, go with a pixie cut. This cute pixie cut works for women of all ages. The sharp layered bangs draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones.

10. Classic Short French Bob

Classic Short French Bob


Audrey Tautou looks so pretty in this short French bob. It’s messy and perfect for all seasons. The layers add to the messy vibe of the look while balancing her face shape beautifully.

11. The Audrey

The Audrey


Audrey Hepburn turned heads when she cut her hair short for The Roman Holiday. It is a firm fan favorite to this day. The small layers add depth and thickness to the hairstyle, and the bangs frame your eyes perfectly.

12. Short Upturned Pixie

Short Upturned Pixie


Charlize Theron is a Goddess when it comes to hairstyles. She’s one of those women who look good in just about every haircut. Unless you have a thin face, I wouldn’t suggest you try this upturned pixie look.

13. Wavy Bob

Wavy Bob


This is a 90s-inspired hairstyle that you just need to try out if you are in the mood for a short haircut. This wavy bob is super short on one side and slightly longer on the other. The best way to style it is in a deep side parting.

14. Auburn Mohawk

Auburn Mohawk


Ruby Rose never goes wrong with her style. You can style this auburn mohawk in spikes to draw attention to your facial features. The spikes add a vertical focus, which accentuates your nose and jawline.

15. Heavily Layered Pixie

Heavily Layered Pixie


Pixies have always been stylish. They are chic and work no matter what the year or season. But if you really want to take your hairstyle up a few notches, opt for a heavily layered pixie. Feather out the layers to make your hair look thicker.

16. Sleek Pixie

Sleek Pixie


Part your hair on one side and comb it down with lots of hair gel. This hairstyle will flaunt the thickness of your hair while adding some style to the overgrown pixie cut. I love the “wet” look of this pixie.

17. Bleached Blonde Pixie

Bleached Blonde Pixie


Anne Hathaway is a stunning brunette, but blonde looks good on her too. If you have been a brunette your whole life, take a cue from Anne and go blonde. It’ll add life to your pixie cut.

18. Glossy Pixie

Glossy Pixie


Michelle Williams is the poster child for short hair. She looks so good with it. The baby bangs cover just enough of her forehead to make sure it doesn’t look too big. Blonde hair tends to reflect light better. Pick a blonde shade that goes with your skin tone.

19. Long Side Pixie

Long Side Pixie


Sometimes, a comb can be a girl’s best friend. If your pixie had feathered layers and it’s now grown out, you can backcomb it to add some style. To keep it in place, spritz on some hairspray all over your locks.

20. Neat Pixie

Neat Pixie


This hairstyle is very edgy. The best thing about this slicked back look is that it makes you look sophisticated. It also adds texture and depth to your hair without having to try too hard.

21. Brushed-Back Bob

Brushed-Back Bob


The big question is, how do you get your hair to look this shiny? The answer: coloring it blonde, of course! To make it look more intense, go for a champagne gold blonde shade. If you have a square or diamond face shape, this will soften those sharp facial outlines.

22. Faux Side Cut

Faux Side Cut


I really like this pixie with a sidecut. But if you look closely, you can see that Scarlett hasn’t really shaved off the side hair. It’s simply gelled down with a thin comb. You too can recreate this look for your next night out easily.

23. Long Center Cut

Long Center Cut


Scarlett Johansson shows us how to flaunt overgrown hair. Slick down the sides and let the top be messy. Add some shine with the help of some mousse and tousle your hair with your fingers.

24. Curly Mohawk

Curly Mohawk


Blonde hair and curls create an ethereal hairstyle. There are many ways to achieve these curls, both with and without heat. You can use a curling iron or hot rollers. You can also sleep on damp, pinned curls.

25. Silver Pixie

. Silver Pixie


Silver hair is all the rage right now. It speaks of maturity and intelligence. So this year, opt for the silver fox pixie to blend age and style gracefully. It’s to make some heads turn.

26. Curled Quiff Pixie

Curled Quiff Pixie


Victory rolls are very vintage and punk. They look chic and edgy, especially when you style them on short blonde hair. Instead of multiple victory rolls, why not go for just one big one?

27. Messy Curled Mohawk

Messy Curled Mohawk


Add a light pink shade to your blonde locks to bring some life and color to your hair. Style the top of your undercut in curls. This will make you look like a queen. Once you curl your hair, mess it up with your fingers to make it look natural.

28. Sharp Auburn Pixie

Sharp Auburn Pixie


Auburn can add tons of texture and dimension to your hair. This means that it makes your hair look thicker and deeper than it is. This auburn pixie sported by Kate Mara is perfect for anyone who does not like spending too much time on styling their hair.

29. Short Blunt Pixie

Short Blunt Pixie


Blunt haircuts are tricky. This is especially true for short hair. So, take a page out of Zoe Kravitz’s lookbook and go for a simple blunt pixie cut. This will draw attention to your face and accentuate your features.

30. Wind-Swept Pixie

Wind-Swept Pixie


Wind-swept hair is art in itself. If you have long hair, you know how messy it can be. But, the wind favors short hair. This is why overgrown pixie cuts look incredible when they are wind-swept. Just make sure to spritz on some hairspray before you head out.

31. Long Layered Bangs

Long Layered Bangs


Instead of going for an all-out contrast, consider this lovely light blonde color blend. The honey blonde highlights blend effortlessly into the lighter blonde tips. They also frame your face beautifully.

32. Pulled-Back Highlighted Bob

Pulled-Back Highlighted Bob


Gelled back hair looks are great, but what about volume? Jennifer Lawrence gives us a solution. Apply lots of mousse to your hair and tease it in the front to add height. Neatly arrange the top of the hair, then brush it back with your fingers.

33. Pointed Cut

Pointed Cut


If you’re petrified of coloring your hair but want to try something new, opt for highlights. Contrasts always grab attention, so go for a sandy brown or blonde top layer that will contrast well with your dark tresses. It will create a dimensional look that makes your hair look thicker.

34. Messy-But-Cute Pixie

Messy-But-Cute Pixie


See how pretty Lena Dunham looks with this cut? Simply allow your pixie to grow out. Then, part it on one side and mess it up with your fingers. Make sure your pixie cut has blunt ends as it will help frame your face.

35. Blonde Layered Bob

Blonde Layered Bob


Analeigh Tipton looks super cute with this heavily layered bob. The layers and bangs draw attention to her facial features. The blonde brings out her eye color really well and shows off her cheekbones.

36. Side Buzz Cut

Side Buzz Cut


The buzz cut was big back in the ‘20s and ‘30s. It’s now making a joyous comeback among women. How brilliant is that! Katy Perry flaunts the modern buzz cut with baby bangs like a boss.

37. Ashy Bob Pixie

Ashy Bob Pixie


Cara Delevingne isn’t one to shy away from risky haircuts. She slayed with this short ash bob look because she has got the perfect face shape to flaunt this hairstyle. If you have a rounder face, I suggest getting longer bangs.

38. Close Shave

Close Shave


I have these moments when I just want to shave off all my hair. Though I haven’t tried the closely shaved look, it’s on my list. Kate Hudson pulls off this hairstyle effortlessly because of her slender face shape.

39. Dark-Rooted Pixie

Dark-Rooted Pixie


If you have fine hair, opt for this stunning pixie. The dark roots make Kate Hudson’s hair look thicker. The tips are cut thin, which makes the rest of her hair look thicker. It also draws attention to her jawline and cheekbones.

40. Forward Pixie

Forward Pixie


Elsa Pataky is gorgeous. This short pixie cut only enhances her facial features. This is because of the forward bangs. Her hair in the front is pushed forward, which covers her forehead partially. If you have a large forehead, try this look.

41. Moussed-Back Hair

Moussed-Back Hair


Need to jazz up your regular pixie or bob cut? Go the Hollywood way with some mousse. Apply mousse to your hair and comb it back. The mousse will keep your locks looking slick and in place for a long time.

42. Defined Pixie

Defined Pixie


Getting highlights near your face has many face-framing attributes. The blonde highlights soften your facial outline. This means if you have wide cheeks or a sharp jawline, these highlights can subdue the harshness.

43. Two-Toned Pixie

Two-Toned Pixie


Kristen Stewart is the queen of pixie cuts! She knows how to rock a new pixie with style. Just create a stark contrast by getting thick chunks of your brown locks blonde. With the help of a brush, some mousse, and a blowdryer, lift your hair to recreate this flawless look.

44. Bleached Blonde Short Crop

Bleached Blonde Short Crop


Kristen Stewart was always known for her long brown locks. Then, she stunned us with this hairdo. She rocks the cropped hair look like a badass. The bleached blonde color makes her eye color pop.

45. Contrast Pixie

Contrast Pixie


Brown and blonde have always been placed at odds with each other. Why not combine the two and get this stunning contrasting pixie? The dark roots and light ends add some dimension to your hair, making it look thicker.

46. Lifted Pixie

Lifted Pixie


If you have a wide or angular face, take some hairstyling inspiration from Kaley Cuoco. The layers at the top are cut so as to add height to her pixie. It makes her face look longer and leaner.

47. Silky Balayage Pixie

Silky Balayage Pixie


When you have light brown hair, adding some blonde to the mix can give you a whole new hair color like this surreal blend. While dyeing your hair, add more dye to the roots and lessen it as you reach the ends. This will give you some dark-rooted dimension.

48. Short ‘Fro

Short ‘Fro


I absolutely had to add the classic short ‘fro to this list. It looks so effortlessly beautiful! Lupita Nyong’o’s hair has been stretched here instead of the coils being defined. It adds some great volume to this hairstyle.

49. Chiseled Afro

Chiseled Afro


I love how Lupita Nyong’o always keeps her hairstyles fresh and edgy. Lupita’s hair here is still in an afro, but it’s has been cut short on one side. This adds a chiseled feel to the classic African hairstyle.

50. Designed Undercut

Designed Undercut


This undercut has taken my breathe away. Danai Gurira shows us how you can do more with your undercut with this look. Get an intricate design shaved on the sides to jazz up your buzz cut. Trust me, it’ll not disappoint.

51. Undercut With Mohawk

Undercut With Mohawk


Danai Gurira slays in this mohawk undercut hairdo. Instead of defining her curls, she has stretched them out to make the mohawk longer. What’s even better is that it’s paired with a gown and not leather pants!

52. Elfian Pixie

Elfian Pixie


This sharp pixie look is one of the most sought-after hairdos of the decade. It’s got style and edge while staying true to the elfian pixie look. But, this look will work only with thick hair.

53. Highlighted Pixie

Highlighted Pixie


If your short hair is growing out, trim it to a slick bob cut. Then, add some strawberry blonde highlights and let it shine. The best thing about having grown-out hair is being able to add layers to your cuts. The layers, though gelled back, add a nice contrast when highlighted. Don’t forget to comb down those long side-swept bangs!

54. Light Bangs

Light Bangs


If you had bangs with your pixie cut, they’ve probably grown out faster than the rest of your locks. They also get greasy faster. Try this light bangs look so that they look fresh even when they start growing out.

55. The Bowl Cut

The Bowl Cut


The bowl cut has always been considered uncool, but Zendaya is here to change that. She sported this iconic cut with dark roots and sandy blonde hair. Try this look is you are feeling especially brave.

56. Long Golden Pixie

Long Golden Pixie


Revamp your pixie cut with a blonde makeover. Go for a light ash or white blonde shade. If you have hazel eyes, the golden tips are sure to bring out the golden flecks in them. This hair color goes really well with neutral-toned skin.

Those were our picks of the best short hairstyles! Everyone associates short hair with strength and a badass attitude. Why do you think that is? Comment below and let us know!

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