It may be the ultimate edgy hairdo, but what if we told you that numerous stars (including Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron) have already experimented with short shaved hairstyles at some point, would you try it then? From bold buzz cuts to more subtle, undercut designs, there are numerous ways to play around with this fun and quirky trend.
Determined to prove that these styles aren’t just for the A-list elite (or the super brave among you), we took to Instagram in search of some more wearable everyday hair inspiration. Below, we’ve compiled our edit of the best looks, so if you’ve ever contemplated going short, there’s no time like the present.
Out of all of the shaved hairstyles you could go for, the buzz cut is definitely the most dramatic ‘do of all. While it’s not one for the faint of heart, it actually accentuates your facial features in a way that no other hair cut ever really can. Plus, having no hair left to hide behind (literally!) means that you’ll ooze confidence. Credit: @jessicatrdeer
If you’re someone who loves shaking up your look with colour, going short doesn’t mean giving that up. Choosing a hue that contrasts with your natural shade instantly creates a stand-out look and one that’s sure to have heads turning wherever you go. Credit: @elleestmimi
Editor’s tip: To keep your shaved hair looking uniform, try using a hair gel to smooth it down. Our favourite? The VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray, which gives the ultimate hold of a gel (without leaving sticky residue) with the convenience of a spray.
Grown Out Buzz
The best thing about a buzz cut? When it grows out, you can have it shaped to tailor your tastes. Credit: @kajzone
Long Hair Shaved Sides
Demi Lovato and Ellie Goulding have already rocked half shaved hairstyles in the past – and it’s not hard to see why! Allowing you to combine the toughness of an undercut with the feminine, face-shaping properties of sweeping bangs, we’ve become total undercut converts. Credit: @215yoga
Bob With Buzzed Temple
Mushroom Cut With Undercut
Forget everything you’ve heard about mushroom cuts (AKA the bowl haircut) — they’re actually an awesome way to show off a subtle undercut. Plus, it’ll give this throwback look a modern twist! Credit: @madeleineschoen
Editor’s tip: Want to recreate this choppy look? Then stock up on the TIGI S Factor Creamy Molding Wax. This product is great for adding definition and texture to your ‘do, without making it feel sticky.
Who said you can’t rock a shaved hairstyle with a ponytail? Add some extra dimension to your favourite hairstyles by rocking them with a subtle shaved back.Credit: @selenagomez
Hidden Design Undercut
Make a statement by playing around with fun shaved hair designs, like zig-zags or the arrowhead style above. The edge factor of your messy bun will be instantly elevated, plus you’ll be able to cover it up if you need to – bonus. Credit: @antoniofinest
Shaved Flower Hair Design
Like a tattoo, shaved hair designs all depend on what you feel comfortable with getting done. And, if you’re worried about your shaved hairstyle not looking feminine enough, you can always go for cute flower or star designs. Credit: @buzzcutfeed
Topknot With Shaved Hair
Long hair? There’s no need to feel left out of the shaved hair party, as they’re plenty of ways you can incorporate this edgy trend into your look. And, this Instagrammer’s long top knot and undercut style is a serious case in point. Credit: @saraurb
Half Shaved Hair
Shaving one side of your head will add a fun contrast to your hair. And, here’s the proof! Credit:@staygold31
Natural Hair Undercut
Looking for women’s shaved hairstyles for natural hair? Then take a leaf of this Instagrammer’s book and ask your stylist to shave in an undercut around your hairline. It will liven up your look while embracing your natural Afro texture. Credit: @frecklesandfros
Curls With Side Shaved Hair
Business on top, party underneath! Adapt the shaved hairstyle trend for a more office-appropriate environment with a mini undercut. As it’s so small, it’s a very low-maintenance style and it also won’t be as much of an issue during the awkward growing-out stage. Phew! Credit: @erikaasliva
Long Pixie With Shaved Nape
Slick Pixie With Side Shaved Hair
Looking for short shaved hairstyles for women that’ll work for the office? Prepare to fall in love with this sweet pixie haircut. Bonus points if you style your hair swept back, just like this.Credit: @topmerve
Quiff With Shaved Taper Fade
You can’t talk about shaved hairstyles for women without mentioning this popular look. Not only will copying this Elvis-inspired quiff and taper fade cut show everyone how well it looks on women, but it will also look super striking if you opt to team it with a silver-blonde hue. Credit: @autumnhartt
Editor’s tip: Want to recreate this voluminous look in the comfort of your home? Try using the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm. It’ll give you the volume you crave and help make your strands look thicker.
Use on damp hair, before blow drying, and use a vented brush to lift your strands as you dry.
Loose Curls With Side Shaved Hair
French Crop With a Shaved Undercut
Just because you’ve got a gorgeous shaved haircut doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with new colours. Make your look stand out with this fierce flamingo pink French crop cut, complete with a matching undercut fade.
Does the word ‘mohawk’ conjure up images of spiky-haired, leather-clad bikers? While it is one of the edgiest shaved hair designs, there are definitely more wearable ways to rock it, as the Instagrammer above proves. Credit: @whitney_wildone
Add detail to side shaved hair by accentuating your undercut with boxer braids, just like this Instagrammer. Play around with different braiding methods, like Dutch, fishtail or waterfall braids and you’ll never be short of styling ideas again. Credit: @sarahwillcutyou
Short Twists With Side Shaved Hair
Short natural shaved hairstyles like this one are effortlessly fierce and easy to manage (seriously, your morning routine will be cut in half!). Not only does this look do a great job of showing off this lady’s twisted hair texture, but it also looks ultra-chic with a red lip. Credit:@astoldbybrittanyd
Bun With an Undercut
You may think a messy bun isn’t that exciting but have you ever paired it with an undercut? Asking your hairstylist to cut in an undercut, dramatic or small, will give your look an unexpected edginess that’s far from boring. Credit: @manonlecor
Coloured Buzz Cut
Have you always wanted to dye your hair a crazy colour but never gone through with it? The best part about rocking short shaved hairstyles is that you can change up your colour with ease (how amazing is this Instagrammer’s green buzz?) and quickly grow it out if you don’t like it – no strings attached. Credit: @thegirlnamedwalter
Those not content with just any old undercut can also dye their undercut in a contrasting colour to the rest of their locks to make a real statement. Just think how many colour combinations you could try! Credit: @emmalottafun
Shaved hair designs allow you to get artistic with your look in a way that few other styles can. You can go simple with your undercut or showcase your creative side by getting a cool criss-cross design shaved in. Credit: @rlphair
If you’re looking for a short shaved hairstyle that works for formal occasions, you can call off your search. Everything about this wavy pixie is giving us 1920s vibes, from the vintage-inspired waves to the dazzling sheen, making it a perfect choice for your next soiree. Credit: @mayarosephillips
Editor’s tip: Use a small amount of the Alberto Balsam Wet Look Gel and a fine-tooth comb to add the finishing touches and give you a controlled, glossy finish.