48 Short Haircuts to Inspire You for the New Year
So you've decided to go for a short hairstyle. Yep, you're finally going to take the plunge. But which crop are you going to choose? A great place to look for short-hair inspiration is your favourite short-haired A-listers (including, as you might have guessed, Cara Delevingne—you'll see her new side-swept bob when you scroll down). Once you've deciphered which short haircut you love and which is likely to suit your face shape and hair texture, you can take a picture to your hairdresser so you don't end up in a Friends Dudley/Demi Moore situation. In the hair world, the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" is spot-on.
There is a dreamy short hairstyle for everyone, and some of our favourite celebrities prove it. Maybe it's a pixie crop as worn by Scarlett Johansson (who, if you remember, once had long hair, too) or something closer, such as Lupita Nyong'o's 'do. Perhaps it's a bob as seen on Jourdan Dunn, Rihanna, and Michelle Williams, who have all rocked the look. Or maybe (just maybe) you're keen to pull a K.Stew and go for a buzz cut. There are so many short hairstyles and haircut ideas to draw on. And of course, short hair can be incredibly versatile; you can play with texture, partings, accessories, and even add in braids to mix up your style from day to day.
If the question "Should I cut my hair short?" regularly pops into your head, then why not go for it? You can find the aforementioned short hairstyles (and more) as well as the face shapes they suit in the gallery below. Or if you have thick hair and you're not sure if it will suit you, you can check our gallery of the best short haircuts for thick hair as well. Click through the gallery below for the ultimate A-list short-hair inspiration.
Earlier this year, Emilia Clarke went for an almighty chop, and we love it. She revealed her inspiration was Gwyneth Paltrow's infamous '90s cut, as she wrote on her Instagram, "Me: I'm thinking when Gwyneth and Brad had the same haircut. @jennychohair: I got 'chu."
Yara Shahidi's face-framing curls look incredible with this chin-grazing bob.
Jenna Dewan has had short hair for a while, but at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, she revealed an even shorter, sleeker bob complete with a center part. Oh, and we love her yellow eye shadow too.
Not only did she give a standout performance at this year's Billboard Music Awards, but Dua Lipa also rocked a slicked-back bob, and we're so here for it. It's the perfect look for when you want to upgrade your bob but struggle with clipping or tying it back.
Claire Foy proves a simple quiff can make a short haircut look seriously cool.
One word: wow. When model Dilone unveiled this look, we saved to our favorites immediately. Tempted by a buzz cut? We reveal all you need to know.
Think you can't embrace braids with short hair? Think again. Here, Mulligan has used a small fishtail braid to pull the hair off her face. Clever.
Supermodel Maria Borges rocks her natural curls in a cropped cut with tapered sides.
We love Amandla Stenberg's honey-hued cropped cut and mini curls.
Alanna Arrington inspires us with her model-off-duty, perfectly tousled curls every day.