From mullets to pixie cuts and everything in between, short crops, especially androgynous haircuts are huge for this year. We love the look of short styles that don’t subscribe to what’s hot, or even what’s considered feminine or masculine.
Thankfully, we live in a place and time where there are virtually no limits to the androgynous hairstyles or cuts anyone can wear.
These feminine/masculine hairstyles can be seen in a variety of different looks including mushroom cuts, buzz cuts, undercuts, shags, and more! All styles are very creative and allow you to express yourself while eschewing traditional gender roles.
Keep scrolling to check out our fave androgynous haircuts that are sure to inspire your new look this year:
Androgynous Haircuts For ALL
1. The Afro
Afro hairstyles are actually quite low-maintenance in hot weather. Most importantly, not many looks can boast of such a rich cultural identity and look equally hot yet unique on both guys and girls.
For those just starting to wear an afro, you can ease your way into the look by starting with a more tapered variation, or a smaller baby ‘fro, called the Teeny Weeny Afro. Be sure to use some hair gel, like Dove Amplified Textures Define N’ Moisture Styling Gel, to smooth out any wayward strands.
2. Top Knot
Buns are gender-neutral and if you have short hair that’s long enough to tie up into a top knot, this is your new go-to style. This über-democratic look has been around for centuries for both dudes and dudettes, and with good reason: It kept your hair out of your face in crucial times.
This look is extremely easy to achieve—all it takes is an elastic and hair that’s at least four inches long.
3. The Shag
Some call it looking pretty in punk; we just call it a great idea. Shedding its dated reputation, the shag has been making rounds this year in an updated, less messy version of its self.
Blended layers and seamless bang area have taken the place of zigzaggy ends. Now rockstars of all hair types can partake in the light, swingy silhouette of this cut, which borrows the flattering look of long layers but in a shorter version.
For androgynous haircuts like the shag, be sure to have some Suave Captivating Curls Mousse Cream on hand to help you to hold and define your waves.
Probably the most misunderstood look of our generation, the mullet. This style is back with more blended layers at the backside.
Modern versions now boast of a pretty cute, fringe—instead of that weird-looking buzz cut—up top. The sides are also more rounded and thinned out with scissor-shearing rather than clippers. This is a relatively unique, top-heavy look, which means round, triangle, and heart-shaped faces look best with this style.
5. Bowl Cut
That infamous apple-shaped cut of our childhoods has come back to haunt us all, but in the best way. This cycle’s version comes with more nuanced details, which can mean more point-cutting for the guys near the hairline and sideburns, or soft fringe detailing for the ladies.
6. Short, Fringy Mushroom Cut
If you have curly hair, try out this extra short mushroom cut. This cut could be ideal if you want a cut that’ll allow you to style your hair every now and again. It’s also a great option if you’re seeking more volume and thickness to your hair.
7. Long Pixie
If you want to make your pixie cut have the look of androgynous short hairstyles, try shaving down the sides. This gives your cut a little more edge, taking the feminine sweetness out of your pixie cut. You could go all in and do a pixie with a total undercut too. Style the longer, top part of your hair with Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick for moldable hold with some perfectly undone texture.
8. Long Buzz
Buzz cuts have become one of the most popular androgynous short hairstyles. First, with the help of a friend and a set of clippers, you can totally do this cut at home, which is also super helpful because it saves you money and time on upkeep. Secondly, these cuts can be worn really short or slightly longer, depending on how you want to wear your hair.
9. Curly Top Crop
For a super curly short style, try out androgynous hairstyles like this curly crop! It’s similar to how the long buzz looks on straight hair while keeping your gorgeous spirals intact.
10. Parted Bob
Those with longer hair can also rock androgynous haircuts like this bob. Consider getting a bob that focuses on one length that falls right by your cheekbones. Opt for a ’70s middle part for a style that’s a quasi-blend of masculine and feminine.
11. Choppy Bob
Turn a classic blunt bob into an androgynous hairstyle by asking for a layered look. The choppiness will add an extra edge to the bob.
Spiked styles are a great way to make a statement when you’re sporting a cropped style. Use Suave Max Hold Sculpting Gel to create this androgynous style. We love this gel because it’ll give you the long-lasting hold you’re looking for, without weighing your hair down.
13. Long Pixie Cut With Bangs
Maybe you’re growing out a pixie cut, or you don’t want to commit to an extremely short style? Try a longer pixie cut with bangs!
14. Curly Pixie Cut
If you have naturally curly hair, a short style like this can actually make your hair appear bouncier and less weighed down. Show off your curls by keeping the front section a little longer than the rest of your hair.
15. Short and Natural Style
Having a short style like this is a great option when you want a low-maintenance style or you’re starting to transition to your natural hair.
16. Swept Back Pixie Cut
A short, swept-back style is a great way to show off an androgynous look. Start by asking for the sides of your hair to be a shorter length, and then tell your stylist you want the enter section longer than the rest. To create the swept-back look, use TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Boost Hold Level 3. This hair spray will lock your style in place without leaving your hair crunchy.
17. Completely Buzzed Style
Keep your androgynous haircut short and sweet with this bussed style!
18. Front Flipped
Add a twist to your short ‘do by flipping up the front. Start by blow-drying your hair with a diffuser in an upward motion. To lock the style in place, use Suave Max Hold Sculpting Gel.
19. Shaved Side
Want to be daring? Keep one side of your head cropped at an angled bob and then shave the other side for an androgynous look.
20. Shaved Undercut
Want a head-turning androgynous style? Opt for this shaved undercut. Once your pixie cut is all set, ask your hairstylist for a shaved look starting just about level with your ear. If you’re feeling daring. you can even have a pattern shaved into this section!
21. Pixie Cut with Baby Bangs
Looking for a unique hipster-inspired look? This pixie and baby bangs androgynous haircut combo is the perfect option!
22. Slicked-Back Androgynous Haircut
If you have an overgrown pixie cut or you just don’t feel like dealing with your hair during the day, slick it all back! Use TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Gel to keep your hair back and in place all day.
23. Androgynous Haircut: Low Ponytail
Whether you’re male, female, have short or long hair, a low ponytail can be worn by anyone. This is a classic style that can be easy to do when you’re in a hurry or create a sleek look for a put-together style.
24. Androgynous Haircut: Pink Side-Swept Style
Why not go all out with your androgynous haircut and style? This bold pink side-swept look is great for anyone who wants to make a statement with their hair.
25. Dreadlock Undercut
Sometimes you just need a change. If you have dreadlocks and want to switch up your style, try pairing them with an undercut.
Whether you want to try an undercut or a new short fringe, an androgynous haircut is a perfect way to switch up look for this year!