30 Celebs and Fashion Girls Who Are Making Me Want to Chop Off All My Hair

When it comes to my hair, I tend to fluctuate between two lengths: just above my shoulder or just above my boobs (both technical terms). Yet there always comes a time with both lengths when I start to feel like I want to either chop it all off and start again or indulge my inner Rapunzel and grow it out super long.

Right about now, I'm at the chopping-it-all-off stage, mainly down to the fact that I'm seeing cool, short hairstyles pretty much everywhere I look, and I know I can't get it right now. Yes, short hair is definitely trending, and I want in. However, ahead of booking in, I think it's best I start to garner some expert advice on potential styles.

"Short hairstyles are on-trend at the moment," confirmed Neil Barton, Goldwell ambassador and owner of Neil Barton Hairdressing. "Other than the bob and the pixie cut, there are a few other short hairstyles, and this includes the lob—perfect for those who can't decide whether to keep their length or go shorter. Another short hairstyle that I love is the buzz cut."

If you're also toying with the idea of going for the chop after weeks and weeks of growth, I've rounded up some of the best short-hair inspiration around for you to feast your eyes on. Whether you're dreaming of a brunette blunt bob or a soft blonde bob, there's a style out there for you. Similarly, if you have hit a certain age and feel fed up of managing long lengths, a short cut could be the perfect option.

Keep scrolling for all of the ways women are wearing bobs, lobspixie cuts and buzz cuts right now. Plus, I caught up with some hairstylists for expert tips on how to decide which style is best for you, what to ask your hairdresser and how to care for and style your shorter strands.

The Bob

Short, wavy hair + fringe = the formula for cool-girl hair.

Probably the most classic short hairstyle, a bob is a one-length cut that typically sits around jaw level. Although, it can be as short as ear length and as long as just above the shoulder. It's a great place to start if you're venturing into short hair for the first time. "There are so many bob variations with a style to suit everyone's face shape," said Barton. "Round faces should try to opt for a long bob that goes past the chin, [which is] also great for heart-shaped faces, as well as heavy, chin-length bobs, which can balance out the face and look particularly great when worn tapered or with a side fringe. For long and oval face shapes, precise and blunt bobs are fantastic and enhance a strong jaw."

Saoirse Ronan
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Saoirse Ronan with bob

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Worried that a bob might be too high-maintenance? A middle parting teamed with a natural, gentle wave makes for the most laid-back of styles.

Fearne Cotton
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Fearne Cotton with new bob

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Fearne took the plunge and chopped her long hair into this cute, curled bob.

Lily James
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Lily James with blonde bob

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I'm all kinds of obsessed with Lily's fresh blonde chop.

Jourdan Dunn
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Jourdan Dunn with bob

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Beach waves add plenty of texture to Jourdan's mid-length bob.

Lucy Boynton
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Lucy Boynton with bob

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Switch to a side parting and add a hair accessory to channel Lucy's blonde bob.

What should you ask your hairdresser when going short? 

"As well as face shape, it's also important to speak to your hairdresser about the right short haircut for your lifestyle," explained Carly Price, partner at Muse of London. "If you don't have a lot of time to style your hair, you should opt for something a bit more low-maintenance that will not need to be styled every day with styling tools (or that won't require as regular trims if you're always busy and on the go).

"Texture is another thing to consider when going shorter. If you have fine hair, what works for you may not work for those with thick or curly hair, and it's important for your hairdresser to find a cut that will work for your hair's texture. Those with curls may find that their curls will go springier and will pop out and not be as loose as they were before being cut."

The Pixie

Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Cara Delevingne with pixie cut

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Cara Delevingne embracing the bleach-blonde pixie cut.

Shorter than a boba pixie cut is when hair is cut short at the back and sides of the head and tends to be longer on the top. Its most popular incarnation is when a sweeping side fringe is cut into the style, similar to Cara's, but it also looks amazing with a micro-fringe. "Pixie cuts can make a round face shape appear rounder," advised Barton. "I always recommend teaming them with a side fringe to avoid this. Heart-shaped faces suit pixie cuts well and can go pretty short at the back, [while] long face shapes should pair this look with a side parting or some waves to give the look width and balance or should try adding layers for softness."

Zoë Kravitz
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Zoe Kravitz with pixie cut

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Obsessed with Zoë's super-short crop and barely there fringe.

Charlize Theron
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Charlize Theron with pixi crop

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Opting for a super-swept-over style makes for the perfect evening look. 

Jada Pinkett Smith
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Jada Pinkett Smith with pixie cut

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Jada keeps her hair closely cropped at the sides to let her sun-streaked lengths shine on top.

Emilia Clarke
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Emilia Clarke with pixie cut

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Emilia's sweeping fringe and warm blonde colour tick all the pixie boxes.

Tia Ward
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Tia Ward with pixie cut

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A soft, wispy fringe balances how cropped this cut is at the back.

Ellie Nesmon
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Ellie with pixie cut

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Keeping her curls short at the back and sides and long on top allows Ellie to create a cool pixie effect. 

Zendaya
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Zendaya with pixie cut

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The feathered fringe and bright blonde colour lend a '70s vibe to Zendaya's pixie cut.

The Lob

Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Kim Kardashian with lob

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Kim's ultra-shiny lob is so glossy that you'll need sunnies to look at it.

Effectively a long bob (hence its name), a lob typically sits just above the shoulders or at shoulder level and is the same length all the way around. A safe bet if you're thinking about going shorter, the lob looks good on just about everyone. "When Kim Kardashian decided to get her hair cut into a super-sleek lob, this [style] went crazy," said Price. "In spring, shorter hairstyles become more popular, as clients start to think of hairstyles that will be a bit more low-maintenance for them in the warmer weather and allow them to get rid of excess weight in their hair."

Selena Gomez
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Selena Gomez with lob

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Keeping things sleek, Selena's centre-parted, polished lob is the stuff that hair dreams are made of.

Ada Oguntodu
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Ada Oguntodu with braided lob

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Ada opts for lob-length braids with cool-girl grey ends.

Ashley Graham
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Ashley Graham with wavy hair lob

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Ashley's side parting, slick roots and relaxed waves give her lob a majorly glam vibe.

By keeping her fringe a little shorter at the front, Sade creates a really relaxed, low-maintenance take on the lob.

Kelly Eastwood
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Kelly Eastwood with lob and bucket hat

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Could there be a better 2020 hair combo than a tousled lob and a leopard-print bucket hat?

Margot Robbie
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Margot Robbie with lob

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Short hair doesn't have to be severe. Just curl the ends under like Margot to soften your lob.

How easy is it to maintain short hair?

"Short haircuts are great for those who like a low-maintenance look that requires minimal effort and styling," said Suzie Mcgill, international artistic director and Schwarzkopf UK ambassador. "You can simply add some texture spray to your hair, such as a salt spray, and you're good to go. However, you'll need to be aware that your hair may not be able to fit into a ponytail or a bun. Another thing to consider is your hairdresser." There's no scraping up your hair to disguise greasy roots, so you might find that you need to wash your hair more regularly. 

The Buzz Cut

Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Keke Palmer with buzz cut

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Feeling bold? Match the colour of your buzz cut to your lipstick like Keke Palmer.

Traditionally speaking, a buzz cut is definitely the most extreme style of the short-hair world. However, cool girls are taking the plunge in droves, and there's something about this closely cropped style that looks so chic. "This hairstyle is definitely not one for the faint-hearted and is best suited to those with oval face shapes," said Barton. "This hairstyle is very cool and edgy, and I love how it's now more feminine than ever before. More and more women are embracing this statement look."

Adwoa Aboah
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Adwoah Aboah with buzz cut

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Adwoa's cool-girl buzz cut lets her piercings do the talking.

Kristen Stewart
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Kristen Stewart with buzz cut

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A soft, fuzzy crop keeps K-Stew's buzz cut feeling fresh and elegant. 

Kate Hudson
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Kate Hudson with buzz cut

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Kate Hudson took the short-hair plunge for a film role, but this chocolate-coloured crop looks amazing on her.

Marisa Martins
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Marisa Martins with buzz cut

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Marisa's minimal style complements her short style perfectly. The pillar-box red lip is the icing on the cake.

Evangeline Lilly
Best Short Hairstyles for Women: Evangeline Lilly with buzz cut

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Teaming her 'do with a red lip, Evangeline Lilly proves that a short, brunette buzz cut is one of the chicest styles around. 

Shop Products for Short Hair

A light dusting of this not only helps to diminish greasy roots but also gives a big hit of volume. 

Nourish dry ends and make bobs seriously sleek with this super-hydrating mask. 

Add some depth to your pixie cut with this texturising paste. 

It's likely that with all of the excess styling and general exposure, your scalp is feeling a little worse for wear. This treatment helps to reduce flakiness, soothe irritation and reduce greasiness.

Ideal for those with drier hair, this texturising spray contains argan oil to help nourish strands without forgoing refined texture.

This shampoo is ideal for those needing to inject their strands with moisture and shine but who don't want to add any extra weight. 

Keep your scalp in tip-top condition with this exfoliating scrub.

This is one of the very best hair products out there, even if just for the smell alone. 

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