Androgynous haircuts are typically short hairstyles worn on women. The term androgynous is relatively new and has become popular due to the rise in gender-fluidity and genderless beauty. Neither masculine nor feminine, celebrities like Tilda Swinton, Ruby Rose and Cara Delevingne are often spotted championing the style with short cropped haircuts.
From buzzcuts to short cropped styles, see the androgynous haircuts we’re loving, below.
Long Pixie with Side Fringe
The pixie crop is one of the most well-loved short androgynous haircuts for women. Combining stacked layers at the nape of the neck with flattering, longer layers on top, it’s a great gateway style for those looking to dip their toes into the world of androgynous hair! Credit: @bobbiemlong
We’re loving how this blondie has added subtle pastel highlights to her pixie cut for an added girly twist. If you’re tempted to try out this style for yourself (we don’t blame you!), check out our pink hairstyles and shades piece for the ultimate pink hair inspo.
Short Back and Sides
Looking for badass androgynous haircuts to toughen up your look? Let us introduce you to the iconic short back and sides. It definitely takes a confident woman to take on such a daring look, but we’re sure you’ll agree that the results are totally worth it!
Editor’s tip: Loving this look? If you do decide to take the plunge we recommend investing in a flexible pomade or wax, such as the VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax. It will help to keep your longer layers in check without leaving your hair feeling sticky or stiff.
Danny Zuko Hair
Channel Danny Zuko vibes with this swept-back style for the perfect androgynous haircut. Credit: @brittenelle
Love the look of androgynous hair but fear that it’s not compatible with naturally-textured tresses? Boyish cropped cuts are actually ideal for those with natural waves, as they help to add shape and movement for a soft, yet still androgynous look.
The Side Sweep
Katie Holmes ditched her long locks in favour of this cropped style, but she proves that this look can still be very glam. Work a little volume into the back section of your locks to achieve a more voluminous effect.
The high contrast of bleached blonde and dark roots/undercut makes it look very punk. Perfect androgynous haircut for fans of ‘This is England’. Credit: @rommel.anna
The Rockabilly Quiff
If you’re the kind of person who really loves your hair to be the focus of your look, then this bold quiff hairstyle is one of the boyish looks that’s sure to get the thumbs up! It’s high impact, super stylish and has been endorsed by none other than the Queen of androgynous hair herself, Pink.
Dreadlocks with Undercut
Try adding wraps around your dreadlocks for a fun and unique finish to your androgynous haircut. Credit: @depthgod
Scared to try out a short cut because they’re too edgy? Well, if you thought that androgynous hairstyles can’t be sleek and chic, think again! Credit: @josi_urban
For truly androgynous haircuts, you can’t go wrong with a short and choppy faded haircut. To really make your ‘do pop, play around with contrasting hair colours for an eye-catching, unique hairstyle! Credit: @paultatel
Short and Choppy
Ask your stylist to leave a little length at the sides for you to play around with, but make sure your fringe is kept short to take the ‘ultra-feminine’ edge off the look. Add in plenty of texture for a look that’s totally wearable.
When it comes to gender-neutral hair ideas, the undercut has long been one of the most popular styles. And undercut fans like Ellie Goulding and Sophie Turner have shown us that this is a look that even the girliest of girly girls can get on board with.
Didn’t imagine you would ever utter the words “a short side sweep please” to your stylist? Well, we’re about to change the game.
This ‘do is one of our favourite androgynous haircuts, as it has a little extra length to play around with. The best part is, the side-swept ‘do is incredibly flattering and promises to update your look in a whole new, edgy way.
We’re loving how Carey Mulligan has embraced the trend and given her retro-inspired quiff a red carpet-worthy makeover, pulling it all together by teaming the look with wavy textured locks.
Ombre Faux Hawk
Leading the way in the androgynous haircuts movement, it’s only right to look to Kristen Stewart for hairdo ideas!
As a big fan of laid back, achingly cool looks, we’re particularly keen on Kristen’s latest – the ombre faux hawk – perfect for those who don’t want to fully commit to chopping off their locks!
Undercut with Shaved Design
Get creative with your undercut by asking your barber to shave some fun designs into your hair. Credit: @ylenia94riniti
Traditionally seen as a way for balding men to conceal their hair loss, in recent years the comb over has had a bit of a style revival.
Editor’s tip: Applying a few drops of the TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum to your hair before combing through will help to give your look a flyaway-free finish, while also providing plenty of shine.
Shaved Buzz Cut
Feeling fearless? More and more women are breaking down the beauty boundaries this year by opting for shockingly short androgynous haircuts, like the female buzz cut.
Shaking off the stereotype that super short hair is strictly for men, we’ve been won over by how incredibly classy and elegant it can look. Dress it up with a pair of designer sunnies and you’ll be looking oh-so-fashionable!
Have you heard? The shag cut that first became famous in the 1970s has been given a 21st-century makeover!
Incorporating a full head of layers of varying lengths for a lived-in, dishevelled effect, it makes for one the most flattering androgynous haircuts for women of all ages.
Editor’s tip: Blessed with natural curls? Scrunching a pump of hair mousse like the VO5 Curl Defining Mousse through damp hair before styling will help to define your natural waves and fend off frizz.
This chic, cheekbone-skimming style complements your facial features and it’s also a great one to consider if you have thin hair and find that longer styles less flattering.
It would be a crime to talk about androgynous hairstyles and not mention the mushroom cut!
Similar to the bowl cut, this rounded style incorporates short, choppy layers to create the illusion of a fuller ‘mushroom’ shaped top, making it a great style for those looking to add body to short locks.
The Modern Mullet
Are you currently in that awkward in-between stage of growing out your hair? We’ve all been there, but thankfully there’s another retro style revival coming to the rescue…
Reverse your judgement of the mullet, because this modern version incorporates the same shorter front and side layers as the original ’70s style, but the layers at the crown are cut into a more tousled style for an up-to-date look.
Undercut and High Bun
Looking for one of the edgiest androgynous hairstyles about? Then this undercut and high top bun combo could be just what you’re after!
We’ve seen the rise of the man bun, but this ‘do takes the look to a whole new level, making it a gender-neutral style that anyone can rock! Ask for the sides to be faded, but keep the length on top for a totally hip look.
Short and Spiky
Kate’s short and spiky tresses are a long way away from her usual tumbling, golden locks, but we think that’s she’s totally nailing this short and spiky mini-quiff ‘do.
Create plenty of volume with a helping hand from your hairdryer and some mousse, then a good spritz of hairspray should keep everything in place! Some floral power earrings and a striped gown wouldn’t be a bad idea either – just a thought.