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ByLouisa Marshall/March 15, 2021 11:56 am EDT
What are the best short hair styles of 2021? Raise your hand if you've thought about the arduous task of washing your hair, only to say to yourself, "I'm just going to cut all of it off." We've all been there, when we just can't look at a curling wand one more time. So why not take the plunge and get a short hair cut?
With short hair comes a little bit of fear — is it going to look good with my face shape? Do I have the texture for short hair? What if I absolutely hate it? These are genuinely good questions to ask, because not every short hair style should be treated equally. Some people just know that a bob haircut would make them look like Lord Farquaad, others know that a mullet style would just be bad on every level.
If you're feeling a bit lost when it comes to short hair, don't worry: weuncovered every stone to figure out what the best short hair styles of 2021 are. So get ready to show inspiration photos next time you're in the salon chair, because one of these best short hair styles of the year is for you.
The short-styled mullet is going to be all the rage in 2021
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You heard it here: the mullet is the look for 2021. We're not kidding, the Billy Ray Cyrus look is making a huge comeback thanks in part to his daughter — we're looking at you, Miley Cyrus — and the versatility of the look. "The modern mullet is only going to get bigger in 2021," said Tony Copeland, British Master Barbers Alliance's co-founder (via The Guardian) and he's right. The mullet has been popping up everywhere, with pop culture icons and musicians adopting the look. Figures like Rihanna, Troye Sivan, Maisie Williams, and Billie Eilish have all rocked the mullet lately. In fact, the Google search "how to cut a mullet" grew by 1,124 percent during the coronavirus lockdown.
So what is it about this look that's garnering so much positive attention? Hair stylist Sally Hershberger told Allure that the look is really flattering to the face, since the style creates face framing locks. Fellow stylist Bryce Scarlett echoed the sentiment, saying that a "less severe version" of the mullet is a great way to evoke the '80s without going full David Bowie.
Be inspired by the Parisian look in 2021 with this short hair style
We all wish that traveling was an option, and if we could choose one place to go to, it would be Paris. The lights, the Eiffel Tower, the fashion, the food — Paris screams magic, there's no doubt about it. But with travel still limited in 2021, the closest thing you can get to Paris is a short haircut inspired by the city — and it won't disappoint.
As noted by Who What Wear, the extra short bob hair style will absolutely take over in 2021. It's sleek, sophisticated, easy to maintain, and just has that element of Parisian chic that we all want. The extra short bob is very versatile, too. You can opt for a straightener and give it that polished look, or you can leave it to air dry so your locks look soft and casual.
French hair stylist Rudy Martins told Who What Wear that most French girls had this exact hair cut when they were young, and it's making a major comeback. "While the cut has a sweet and innocent touch, it's also innately cool without trying too hard," Martins explained.
Go for a huge switch up in 2021 and opt for a trendy pixie cut
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The pixie cut is timeless — and it just so happens to be one of the best short hair style options for 2021. As noted by Allure, the trendy pixie cut for the year exists somewhere in between super short and grown out; the "brow-grazing length" is taking the world by storm and it's really not hard to understand why. "The pixie is forever a classic because there are so many variations," hair stylist Jasmine Ashley shared. "Most clients are going less 'bangy' and more flirty short cuts with a flare."
Fellow stylist Glenn Ellis said that the low-maintenance aspect of the pixie cut is another reason for its soaring popularity, because where there's a pixie, there's no blow dryer."All my clients call this the 'wash and go' haircut because you can leave the house with it wet and it dries perfectly on its own," Ellis said. Sign us up. But be forewarned, the pixie could have lasting impacts on your makeup and earring selection, because according toHarper's Bazaar, the pixie cut demands to be shown off.
This short, classic Hollywood hair style is for you in 2021
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Sometimes you need a short hair style that's in between shoulder length and pixie cut; not everyone is ready to take a pair of clippers to the back of their neck so quickly, so if you're feeling a bit hesitant about short hair, this is the look for you. According toWho What Wear,old school '50s hair is making a huge comeback in 2021. It's trendy, it's timeless, and it's evocative of Old Hollywood. Who doesn't want that?
This short hair style does come with a little more maintenance than others, but that's ok if you're willing to go for the look. And don't be overwhelmed either, because while you'll have to bust out your curling wand, the look is easier to create than you think. As noted by Refinery29, you'll want to start by sectioning off your hair before using a one inch barrel curling iron. Curl your hair towards your face, spray it with some hairspray, then let it fall into place. Once you've made your way around the entire head, brush out the curls and style accordingly. Don't worry, you got this.
A short textured bob is the perfect hair style for 2021
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Not all bobs are created equal — it's the rule of thumb when opting for a cropped look. As noted by Elle, the blunt, choppy style bob is in, and although it got its start on the hair style scene in 1909, it's still just as relevant as ever. If you think that a bob is for you — but the Parisian look isn't your vibe — opt for the "blunt and bouncy" bob that features a "deep sweep." We'll explain.
This style "can hit at the jaw or longest mid-neck depending on how brave you are and the texture and density of your hair," hair stylist Sunnie Brook Jones told Allure. The crop look also will give you that flirty energy only a bob can, while also not making you look like Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka. Stylist Clariss Rubenstein also told Allure that people going for this look should go for a "heavy weight line" at the ends of the hair. "It should be nice and blunt at the bottom," she revealed. Elevate this look with some bangs or even just your natural hair texture, and you'll be set for 2021.
If you're really feeling bold in 2021, turn heads with a buzz cut
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This short hair style really takes some guts, but we think everyone should give it a go at least once. As noted by Glamour, the buzz cut is in for 2021 because of its ability to highlight gorgeous bone structures that are often hidden away by a ton of hair. Celebrities like Halsey, Tiffany Haddish, and Ruby Rose have all opted for the look, and they all look stunning. Hair stylist Derick Monroe told Allure that opting for the buzz cut is a great way to bring an edginess to your look "without having to worry about the maintenance that comes with color and blowouts."
But with this ultra-short look comes with some necessary maintenance. Monroe said that even though you have super, super short hair, your scalp and roots still need attention. "Condition the hair and scalp as though you have a full head of tresses so that as your hair grows out, it will be well-nourished," he continued. So don't think that luxurious hair products are only for those with a ton of locks. Every scalp needs nourishment and care.
Chin length hair is all the rage for 2021
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When it comes to short hair, the slightest centimeter of hair or change in layering can make all the difference. There are a couple different options: the Parisian bob, the blunt cut, the buzz cut. But if you're wanting to switch things up for your hair, while still keeping it on the longer side of short, go for a chin length look in 2021.
According toRefinery29, celebrities like Nicole Scherzinger and Yara Shahidi have rocked the look — often known as a "lob" — and it's not hard to understand why: chin length hair has a lot of versatility. It can be super structured and neat, or it can highlight the hair's natural texture. Philippe Depeyrot, the co-founder of Salon Bisoux in Washington, D.C., told Allure that the look is one of his favorites because it not only works for people with a lot of hair, but that it's a great go-to if your hair's volume is thin."It's great if you have fine hair because it gives the illusion of fuller hair," he explained. "It's also very versatile because you can make it edgy or classic and it works with a fringe."
The short bob is getting a revamp in 2021
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Here's where things get really interesting when it comes to what particular bob you choose for 2021. If you really want to shake things up and go for a look that's daring and new, go for the asymmetrical bob.As seen on celebrities like Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson, the asymmetrical bob is a great twist on a classic look, and it's sure to make you and your hair stand out from the crowd."This cut works for all face types," hair stylist Philippe Depeyrot told Allure. "It has been a really popular cut. I did two different versions of this cut today alone."
Fellow hair stylist Andrew Fitzsimons echoed the sentiment, saying that the asymmetrical bob is not only popular because of its cut, but because of its versatility. "The great thing about bobs ... is that they look good on a variety of hair types and textures," he shared. "The asymmetrical bob is cut shorter in length in the back and longer in the front — or, for an edgier look, longer on one side than the other." So if edge is your thing, this is the look for you.
A casual short hair style with cute bang detailing is the perfect choice for 2021
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If you really want to switch things up for your hair in 2021, go for a short hair cut with bangs. Bangs are not like they were when we were '90s kids wearing turtlenecks and ill-fitting jeans, but are the perfect addition to any short hair cut.
According toGlamour, celebrities like Ciara have opted for the look, and actresses including Kat Graham have pulled the style off effortlessly. And we promise you that bangs won't do you dirty, nor will they look like you cut them yourself with a pair of scissors. All you have to do is go to a stylist.
According to celebrity hair stylist Marcus Francis and Virtue brand ambassador and stylist Nicola Clarke, a short hair cut and bangs "go together like coffee and oat milk." They told Byrdie that the look "works great if you've got thick hair — wavy or straight — since it will remove some weight and add movement." They also said that they are very into "how both bob and bangs work together to frame the face gorgeously." So you heard it here. Get bangs.
Want to get rid of most of your hair, but not all of it? The "big chop" trend in 2021 is for you
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This was a term that we weren't even familiar with, but now we feel enlightened. If you're wanting to get rid of your hair but just can't seem to pull the trigger, then the "big chop" is for you. "The one thing that many folks are looking forward to doing is cutting off some hair," hair stylist Christin Brown told Allure. "Whether it's going from long lengths to a shag or even a pixie, people are ready to let it go."
And how are they doing that? By getting the "big chop," a look that's longer on the top and tapered down on the sides and back.It's a perfect in-between look if you're not ready to commit to a pixie or a buzzcut, and according to Brown, it looks great on everyone. "A nice amount of my clients this year went with big chopping their hair to either a pixie or a tapered look," she added. "Both look incredible ... and [are] so liberating." Brown's warning? Work with a stylist to create the best look for your face shape.
This short style is very glam and editorial, perfect if you want to make a statement in 2021
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When you flip through fashion magazines or scroll through Vogue's Instagram, it's likely that you've come across a slicked back short hair look. Described as "editorial," the slicked back look is daring, bold, and very expository — nothing highlights your face or bone structure quite like short hair that's perfectly glued down to your head (don't use Gorilla Glue, though).
As noted by Who What Wear, the slicked back short hair look — that's been seen on a number of celebrities, including Halsey — is in for 2021, and it's really not hard to understand why. The look is not only "so low effort," but it's both edgy and sophisticated. There's certainly an air of "don't mess with me" with slicked back hair, and we love the look, to be honest.
Thinking that this is the short style for you? Then opt for a couple products suggested by Vogue. The matte pomade from Ouai has been used by the likes of Bella Hadid to create the slicked back look, and the Oribe gel serum is another good go-to.
The best upcoming short hair trends for 2021 are the blunt cut and the messy, curly shag
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The rest of 2021 is looking like it's going to be the year for short hair. Whether you want to go for the blunt cut — whichGlamourcalls the effortless look that's perfect if you want to tuck your hair behind your ears — or the messy, curly shag look, there are a lot of short hair options. We personally love the curly, messy shag that's taking 2021 by storm. The style is perfect on a lot of levels — the effortless vibe, the volume, the bangs — it's a win.
Hair artist Kari Bennett told Byrdie that celebrities including Alanna Arrington and Zendaya have pulled this look off so well, and it's sure to make a splash in 2021. "I've seen some amazing curly hair shags that are very soft and wispy," Bennett said. Her trick? "Make sure you dry it thoroughly — to keep volume at the scalp — and use your styling product to show off the texture."
If you're not convinced that short hair is for you, just remember: no more dry shampoo.
What is the most popular short haircut for 2021? ›
Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair
- Pixie Bob. As you can probably guess, the eye-catching pixie bob haircut is a mix of two trendy short styles. ...
- Choppy Bob. ...
- Pastel-Colored Pixie.
Short bob. The short bob haircut is a modern and relaxed version of the bob cut and the long bob cut. This is the perfect 2022 short haircut for women who enjoy sophistication and elegance. The Short Bob is a short cut cut at the nape with longer sides, the hair is a little lower than the ear.What is the best short haircut for a 55 year old woman? ›
An undercut pixie is one of the best age-defying short hairstyles for women over 50. Tousled long pixie hairstyles have this youthful appeal and sassiness females over 50 are looking for. Sweep the bangs to any side for a chic effect.Is short hair still in style 2022? ›
People will also be ditching a lot of length, according to Los Angeles-based hairstylist Erinn Courtney. "The types of hairstyles I predict will be big in 2022 are short cuts — anything from chic bobs to big chops," she tells Allure.What length of hair is in for 2022? ›
Long layers and volume
"Things are going from really short shags and mullets to mid-length haircuts," she said. Expect to see '90s-inspired long layers and stylists focusing on adding more volume while keeping the hair length intact.
"My favorite 2022 fall cut is a bob, but make it braids," says Los Angeles-based stylist Erinn Courtney. "There's so much you can do with this style, like wearing it half up and half down, or leaving tendrils out.
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"Medium, one-length haircuts will be trending for summer 2022," Hurtado predicts. Why is the simple style coming back? She explains, "They're low maintenance, not too long and not too short, and you can still put your hair up."Which hairstyle makes you look younger? ›
Loose waves are more younger-looking, while straight hair can be aging. Play around with face-framing layers to give your hair some softness and movement. Layers can also make your hair appear to be more luscious and healthy. Parra recommends asking your stylist for perimeter layers that are cut in a straight line.What is the new hair color for 2022? ›
Red may be the biggest hair-color trend for fall, but it's no one-shade pony. Here, five ways to go crimson this season.
Does longer hair or shorter hair make you look younger? ›
The decision about locks for a youthful appearance is more about style than length. As a result, whether or not you choose long or short hair, your hairstyle determines if you look older or younger with your hair. Essentially, there are shorter hairstyles that give you a more youthful appearance.What is the best haircut for a 70 year old woman? ›
A textured short pixie cut is one of the best hairstyles for women over 70 because it boosts volume and is easy to style. It's the perfect go-to hairstyle for women with thin and fine tresses.What color hair makes you look younger? ›
Caramel, honey, gold, copper, and strawberry give a healthy brightness that makes us look and feel younger. (Framing your face with lighter shades draws the eye away from any complexion concerns, as well.)Why do older ladies have short hair? ›
Hair gets thinner with age, meaning that for many women having long hair can actually make them appear more aged than short hair does. And also long hair takes a lot more maintenance which many older women simply don't want to be bothered with anymore.What styles are coming back in 2022? ›
Fall 2022 is bringing back long cardigans, chunky cardigans, oversized sweaters, biker boots, mini pleated skirts (they were out of style for summer), slip dresses, plaid, baggy cargo jeans, oversized jackets and low waist.Does short hair make you look younger? ›
The majority opinion is that short hairstyles make you look more youthful! And specific haircuts work magic on round, oval, and long faces. With that said, another key is applying the right makeup and hair color. Often, aging hair is dull, so adding some color can boost its appeal.What is the easiest short haircut to maintain? ›
Of all the short haircuts to consider, the easiest to maintain is actually a textured long bob—also known as a lob. As the style grows out, the long layers won't fall awkwardly and will naturally shift into a mid-length look. "Adding in layers is an easy way to keep a look fresh," says Reed.What hairstyle is in for 2023? ›
Haircut trends for 2023 are: Buzzcut haircut. Short bob haircut. Undercut haircut.What is the hair color for fall 2022? ›
Copper hair can be the perfect option for autumn, with its shades echoing the hues of orange sunsets and that perfect lighting of golden hour. "The copper hair trend exploded after Kendall Jenner's Prada autumn/winter 2022 show appearance and generated 123 million views on TikTok," says the experts at Hey Discount.What hair Colour is in for autumn 2022? ›
“A big trend we will see in the autumn months is rich hues of warm blonde, brunette and caramel with dimension,” says Dom Seeley, International Creative Director at ColorWow. “Gone are the days of one tone brunette or blonde – expect more of an amber bronzed brown for autumn, we've seen this with Beyonce recently.
What are the colors for the fall 2022? ›
According to this season's street stylers, the best fall fashion colors in 2022 are bright and beautiful, from head-to-toe oranges and zesty lime greens to classic autumnal browns and grays.Which month is best for cutting hair? ›
It's literally the perfect, most divine timing to go for something you want, especially anything related to the self. The entire month of April is the best time of the year to get your hair cut in 2022!When should you not cut your hair? ›
Significantly, the ban applies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. In addition, on auspicious days like a festival or Puja, you should not cut hair.Are pixie cuts in for 2022? ›
The new pixie is one of the trendiest haircuts for Spring/Summer 2022. The modern version of it is characterized by volume and length that aim for a sense of naturalness, as though it were a grown-out version of a once intentional haircut. If you want the perfect '90s Winona Ryder vibes, this is the haircut for you.What should I do with 2022 hair? ›
The biggest color trend for 2022 just might be going back to your natural roots and letting your real hair color shine through. “It's universally flattering and super-easy to maintain by visiting your colorist to boost the shine by applying a gloss,” says Du. “This works with all hair types.”What is a Bixie hairstyle? ›
A bixie cut is a short haircut with a mix of elements from both bobs and pixie cuts (hence the blended name). The basic shape of bixie cut is short, usually around ear length or slightly longer, and features tapered ends to remove bulk and weight for a sleeker profile.What makes a woman looks younger? ›
These findings indicate that women who look young for their age have large lips, avoid sun-exposure and possess genetic factors that protect against the development of gray hair and skin wrinkles.How can I look 10 years younger? ›
Skin brightening treatments, like Microdermabrasion, Light Peels, Micro Laser Peels, or the Clear & Brilliant Laser treatment all help patients to look 10 years younger or more, with just a few treatments. These treatments can be used in order to combat the signs of aging in the face, such as: Wrinkles. Age spots.What hair color makes you look older? ›
If your hair is too light—think platinum blonde—it can look white or silver at first glance. When in doubt, go a shade or two darker to avoid looking washed out. Overly orangey or reddish undertones in your hair color can be aging and may make your color look damaged.What is the most attractive female hair color? ›
Blonde is Crowned the Sexiest Hair Colour of 2021!
When asked which hair colour they think is sexiest, almost a third of people said they have no preference. However, of those who did have a colour preference: Most say that blonde hair is the sexiest (31.5%)
How should a 70 year old wear her hair? ›
- Posh Braided Low Bun. ...
- Midi Bob With Layered, Flipped Ends. ...
- Sleek and Sassy Side-Swept Pixie. ...
- Short Layered Bob With Blunt Bangs. ...
- Razored Bob With Bangs and Face-Framing Layers. ...
- Swoop Bangs With Boosted Volume. ...
- Root Volume With Bangs and Flipped Ends.
Opt for a Bob
Bobs are styles that sit just below your chin. This hairstyle can immediately make you feel and look younger by removing length and weight from your appearance! The shorter cut can lead to healthy hair as you remove any split ends. This cut will frame your jawline and bring a youthful look to your face.
A cropped cut can be a way to show the world how strong you are. "A woman with short hair is perceived as confident — not having to hide anything,” says Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, author of “Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior – Anytime, Anyplace.”Do men like short hair? ›
Short hairstyles stand out from the rest, so men tend to always notice them. From what we've gathered online, many men that have a preference for women with short hair, said that short hair is not as common as long hairstyles, which makes it special.How can I look good at 60? ›
- 7 Anti-Aging Tricks that Every Woman Over 60 Should Know. ...
- Wear a Genuine Smile. ...
- Spend Time with Young People. ...
- Burn Fat the Old Fashion Way – By Walking! ...
- Embrace Your Passions. ...
- Stop Helping the Clock by Smoking and Spending Time in the Sun. ...
- Give Your Skin What it Really Needs – Water and Nutritious Food.
Short hair with glasses creates a stylish look—no one can deny that. There are tons of styles that look good with short hair and eyeglass frames! Pixies, bobs, shaggy crops and shaved haircuts, you will definitely find the best option for you.What color hair should a 70 year old woman have? ›
Silver, ashy, blond, and platinum are indeed the most popular hair color choices for women over 60. And with good reason! Instead of coloring to hide your grey hair, you can choose to embrace it.Does a pixie cut make you look older or younger? ›
While pixie cuts can look adorable, if they're cut too short, they can make you look far older than you actually are.Which haircut is trending now in 2021? ›
The short shag or “shaggy bob” fuses our client's two loves into one: a bob/lob length and a shaggy cut. It requires taking the choppy layers shorter but keeping that volume at the crown and undone texture throughout the ends—the fundamentals of the classic shag haircut.
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- Blunt Ends. kahhspence. 111K followers. ...
- Crimped Waves. ryanrichman. Los Angeles, California. ...
- Purposeful Roots. claytonhawkins. ...
- Long Layers. hairbyadir. ...
- Natural Curls. larryjarahsims. ...
- Natural Hair Color. harryjoshhair. ...
- Long Bangs. chrisappleton1.
Is long hair or short hair in style 2022? ›
"Medium, one-length haircuts will be trending for summer 2022," Hurtado predicts. Why is the simple style coming back? She explains, "They're low maintenance, not too long and not too short, and you can still put your hair up."What is the best haircut for a 65 year old woman? ›
A medium-length shag is the best haircut for older women in their 60s with wavy hair. It looks flattering with the bangs and would allow someone to appear a decade younger. This chop is most ideal for wavy locks, too. The shag has layers that can enhance the movement of medium hair.What are the 2022 hair trends? ›
- Mushroom Brown Hair Color. joyfff. ...
- Throwback Buns. haileybieber. ...
- '90s Layered Cuts. khloekardashian. ...
- The Bob. jourdandunn. ...
- Money Piece Highlights. bellahadid. ...
- Just-Right Hair. traceeellisross. ...
- Hair Contouring. ...
- Sleek & Glassy Styles.
The majority opinion is that short hairstyles make you look more youthful! And specific haircuts work magic on round, oval, and long faces. With that said, another key is applying the right makeup and hair color. Often, aging hair is dull, so adding some color can boost its appeal.Is a pixie cut good for older ladies? ›
Pixie styles are a modern and contemporary way to wear your hair when you're over 60. Actually, pixies look great at any age. These super short cuts are excellent for thick or thin hair, and you have more styling options than you probably think.What does a pixie cut say about a woman? ›
Fast-forward to the 1950s, and the pixie cut as we know it today—though not quite as short—was born. Popularized by the actors Audrey Hepburn and Jean Seberg, who boldly rejected the long waves and coifs of their silver-screen counterparts, the pixie became a symbol of nonconformity and empowerment.What is the most popular short haircut for 2022? ›
- Curly Gray Tapered Hairstyle. ...
- Curly Gray Tapered Hairstyle. ...
- Messy Curly Hairstyle. ...
- Two-Tier Choppy Bob. ...
- Short Blonde Hair with Dark Nape. ...
- Classic Short Haircut. ...
- Short Pixie Hair. ...
- Platinum Blonde Short Hair.