Trendy short hairstyles: Top 10 looks of 2016 (according to Instagram)

Thinking of going short? Here's our pick of the best cool hairstyles for short hair from Insta (where else?). 

There really is no denying that 2016 is all about jumping on the #shorthairdontcare bandwagon. And the good news is, there are a whole host of trendy short hairstyles that will allow you to step into the new season in style! So, if you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and join the cropped hair camp, you’ll be pleased to hear that nothing’s off limits when it comes to nailing the ultimate short cut.

Are you looking for some trendy hairstyle inspiration for your short tresses? Then take a look at our-round up of some 2016’s most coveted, short trendy hairstyles according to Instagram.

Our favourite trendy short haircuts of 2016


Trendy short hairstyles from Instagram: Wavy bob ombre brown hair
Trendy short hairstyles: Wavy bob. Credit:

Wavy bob

Chic, stylish and playful, nothing screams 2016 like a wavy bob. Perfect for injecting movement, texture and volume into same-length cuts, a slightly wavy bob with very subtle layering, is a great way to embrace this season’s cropped hair trend – all without having to go too short!

If you haven’t been blessed with natural waves, don’t worry, simply use a curling tong to fake it ’til you make it! Credit: @salon_industry

Trendy short haircuts from Instagram: Woman with pixie crop brown hair and pink lipstick
Pixie cut. Credit:

Pixie cut

Over the years, the pixie cut has continued to dominate fashion runways around the world, so we really weren’t surprised when this statement look cropped up on our radar again this year.

What makes this cut so great, is that there are loads of different pixie hairstyles to try, from wavy to curly and even straight, to super short – you name it, anything goes!

Tip: This cut looks especially flattering on those with heart-shaped faces. Credit: @princessstiefel

Cool short hairstyles: Asian woman with slicked back bob brown hair
Slicked back bob. Credit:

Slicked-back bob

Cool, fashion-forward, and with just the right amount of edge, a slicked-back bob or lob is the epitome of understated glamour, not to mention being perfect for adding a hint of red carpet luxe to your everyday style. Credit: @annaembryyy

To achieve this look at home, get your VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray at the ready, and read our step-by-step tutorial on how to create an after-dark-ready slicked-back hair look!

Short trendy hairstyles: woman with classic blonde bob and highlights
Classic bob. Credit:

A classic bob

This is another cut shows no sign of going away anytime soon (not that we’re complaining). Teamed with subtle layering at the ends of the hair in order to round out the shape, a classic bob is a surefire to earn you instant style points this season. And to give your new look a big seasonal shake-up, try working in a few strategically placed highlights, to really make your bob pop!Credit: @audreyyybeee

Trendy short hairstyles: blonde bob with blunt bob fringe
Blunt bob. Credit:

Blunt bob

Edgy, stylish, and the ultimate high-fashion cut, if you’re brave enough to chop off your locks and embrace a bold blunt bob, you’ll certainly be in good company. A number of high-profile celebs and fashion icons have shown us how to nail this look this year, including Beyoncé! Well, if that’s not enough to convince you, we don’t know what will. Credit: @nickvickersnyc

Short edgy haircuts from Instagram: tanned girl with dark hair cropped very short
French girl pixie. Credit:

French girl pixie

There’s something so adorable and charming about the French girl pixie. With this in mind, it really should come as no surprise that it’s one of this season’s hottest, trendy short haircuts. And the best thing? It requires minimal styling in the morning. Score! Credit: @jssicaa1

Short trendy hairstyles: Wavy brown long bob lob
The lob. Credit:


The lob is basically a longer version of the much-loved bob. Taking us back to the ’80s, this cut looks great with any number of stylish fringes, too. Just make sure that your stylist cuts your bangs in full and blunt to create the ultimate high-impact finish! Credit: @megandiezsalon

Cool hairstyles for short hair from Instagram: woman with a blonde bob and deep side parting
Wavy bob with a deep side parting. Credit:

Deep side parting

If you want to add a new dimension to your short cut this year, but aren’t too sure on going all-out dramatic, we’d definitely recommend abandoning your natural parting in favour of an edgier, and more interesting, deep side parting. Yes, that really is it! Easy, right? Credit: @konstantinos_hair

Short trendy hairstyles: Blonde girl with ombre bob and lived in texture
Lived-in textures. Credit:

Lived-in textures

Who would have thought that bedhead hair is one of this year’s most popular trends, right? What makes this look so desirable, is that it looks great with all sorts of short hairstyles. From lobs and bobs, to pixies and crops – you name it, it will definitely work with some added texture. Credit: @brkhairdesign

Cool hairstyles for short hair: Woman with a sun-kissed textured bob
Textured bob. Credit:

Textured bob

If you’re looking to add effortless texture into your hair, we’d recommend using the Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray to achieve natural-looking waves. And did we mention, textures are a great way to add movement and shape to same-length locks? Yep, it’s true! Credit: @salsalhair

And if all these cool hairstyles for short hair weren’t enough to satisfy your needs, why not take a whirl around our Short Hairstyles page? You’re sure to find the cut of your hair dreams in no time!

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