There are plenty of reasons to love short hair: it’s super chic, gives a fresh, youthful vibe, takes less time to dry and style—the list goes on. But on days when you find yourself stuck on a hairstyle rut, remember this: your hair may lack in length, but there’s certainly no reason for it to lack in style. As with everything else in life, a little creativity goes a long way. Long locks may have an advantage because there’s more inches to work with, but there will always be a lot of ways you can style a crop, too. Just take a look at the cute hairstyles for short hair we put together to prove our point. You may like to wear your hair short for no-fuss styling, but there will be moments when you’d want to go for something a bit fancier, or at least something that says “today is special.” To kickstart your imagination, or just give you a few styles to copy, we present to you…
Cute hairstyles for short hair
1. Braided half-up bob
Who knew you would do a beautiful braided hairstyle like this with short hair? This works perfectly with a bob cut. No, you don’t have to dye your hair pink (although this shade is so yummy you might want to!), the style is pretty enough add life to your looks, natural color or not.
Just take small sections of hair from the area just above your ears, create two braids on each side, and put them together with an elastic or bobby pins. To add grip to your strands and make it easier for you to braid them, mist the sections you’ll be braiding with TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray.
2. Wavy bob with hair clips
The hair clips trend isn’t going away any time soon, and there are so many types and shapes to choose from. You can even mix and match different hair clips if you want a playful and cute hairstyle for short hair.
3. Slicked back pixie
This hairstyle is just so fashionable we want to run to the salon and get a pixie cut, ASAP! It’s a simple and easy hairstyle but it’s oozing with so much appeal. To get this look, blow dry, brush back, and spritz hairspray, focusing on the top part. Then, before the hairspray dries, comb (not brush) it back, separating small sections of hair with the teeth of your comb. Smoothen the sides, keeping them close to the scalp, so they’re flatter than the top part.
Editor’s tip: We’re loving TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray for hairstyles that need help in staying in place. Its lighweight formula won’t make your hair sticky and stiff. It’s also humidity-resistant so your hairstyle will definitely last long.
4. Fringe twist
Got an asymmetrical cut that’s super short at the back? No problem, work your magic at the front! Create a side part, get a section of hair near the hairline and twist it all the way to the side. Secure with bobby pins and you’re done!
5. Twin fishtail braids for short hair
Spending a day of fun outdoors? Put your lob or medium bob in twin fishtail braids, and you no longer have to worry about getting your hair messy. Now, you’re free to run around, ride a bike, or eat ice cream in the park with your friends.
6. Waterfall braid
Up for a romantic look that would have people staring at the back of your head all day? Then do a wavy waterfall braid that’s all kinds of perfect! This look is ideal for dreamy occasions like weddings, proms, and dates, but if you want to wear it as an everyday hairstyle, you can tone down the fancy by keeping your locks straight instead of curling them.
7. French braids
The photo shows a bride, but this hairstyle works for casual, laid-back looks, too. It even makes for a cute work-out ‘do because it effectively keeps the hair away from your face and neck. This style is made up of a bunch of French braids placed on different parts of the head, so if you haven’t mastered the art of French braiding, watch our tutorial here and practice!
8. Chunk Dutch braid
Got a medium bob or shoulder-length hair? Put it up in a chunk Dutch braid if you want to feel presko on a hot and humid day.
9. Half up French braid
Make your half updo more interesting by creating a French braid. This is great for medium bobs and shoulder-length hair, especially when you’re busy and you want to get strands off your face.
10. Bob with headband
You gotta love these cute hairstyles for short hair, but if you happen to have long hair and still trying to decide whether or not to make the cut, check out these questions you need to ask yourself before you head to the salon and chop your hair off!