9 Short Edgy Haircuts to Upgrade Your Look in 2021

Our favorite edgy short hair trends are nothing less of head-turning. Find out how lopping off a few inches can whip your style back into shape for the months ahead.

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Getting in on the short edgy haircuts trend is a clever transitional look: Not only does this give us a much-needed style boost during the deadest of months, cutting your hair short also refreshes your strands and frees them of damage of seasons past. Goodbye frayed, staticky ends and dry lengths that bore the brunt of a brick-cold winter! Fresh, cool,  different hairstyles for short hair also keep you directional under all those layers—super crucial, if you ask us!

From micro-fringed bobs to pixie mullet hybrids, we give you 9 short edgy haircuts that are hot on our radar this month. Scroll down for a list of short trendy hairstyles we love.

1. Micro-Fringed Bob

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The micro fringe is the microtrend that made it big this season. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Either you got on the baby bang trend, or you vehemently didn’t—such was the polarizing effect of one of last year’s most-buzzed-about looks, which quickly made its way onto celebrity foreheads everywhere. We editors like to call it the dark horse of the year, most of all because it was unexpected, but also because we never thought we’d consider a little upgrade such as a half-bang to be a great look refresher. To those of you looking to give a new twist on an old look (or if you’re simply sick of those neither-here-nor-there bangs), a micro bang paired with your regular layered/stacked bob is a fun upgrade, and definitely one of the short edgy haircuts we’re spotlighting for right now.

2. Pixie/Mullet

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Can’t choose? Wear both.

A pixie-mullet hybrid is probably one of the more daring additions to our list of short edgy haircuts to try this year: Nothing screams Manic Pixie Dream Girl more than a look that’s as quirky as it is high-fashion. It’s confident yet low-maintenance (much like the protagonist it inspires) and doesn’t require more than a monthly trim to remain on-trend.

3.  Asymmetrical Blunt Bob

short edgy haircuts such as an asymmetrical bob
Try out a long/short crop. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

A bob that’s askew always deserves a second look, and with the addition of some cool, floppy, blunt bangs, this look takes things to a higher level. The bluntness of the bang frames the entire face, while the lopsided edges offer a unique take (and flatter a thinner jawline as well).

4. Modern Mushroom

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A mushroom haircut, or bowl cut, flatters oval, heart-shaped and reverse-triangle face shapes the most. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Rocking a rough-and-tumble bowl cut, updated with textured sides and a wavy fringe, is a total It girl move during the winter months. These trendy short haircuts, which have more of a rive gauche feel, feature a blockish silhouette (that actually sits well with your hats and other head accessories) while the thicker fringe area won’t get lost or stringy under your dad caps.

5. Bleached Bob

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Up the ante on a regular bob with a show-stopping color.

Not your average bob, a platinum blonde bob haircut is sure to set you apart from the pack. While everyone else went the darker route this winter, trying your hand at a super-light shade (quite literally nothing is lighter) is one of the totally unique, super standout trendy short hairstyles. The shade is also easier to maintain in the colder months, as there’s less risk of brassing this color out via a pool or beach (unless you jet away to a tropical isle over the holidays—in which case, go on with your bad self!).

6. Bleached Undercut

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Tough and edgy, a bleached undercut is not for the faint of heart (or for those afraid of touchups). Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

For those confident enough to rock it, a bleached undercut is the epitome of Cool Girl Style. Worn in a volumized pompadour fashion, it’s a crisp, clean look that earns every second look thrown its way. As high impact as it is high maintenance, short edgy haircuts like these are dependent on the help of a blowdryer and some mousse, like Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam, for definition.

7. Neon Mullet

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A neon-tinged mullet is a throwback to the classic days of punk and disco. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Can you say pretty in punk? Although undeniably out there, a mullet hairstyle that’s dipped in mermaid and neon hues such as pink, teal and gray definitely boasts a more feminine spin. This funky-fresh trendy short hairstyles are equally at home in the club as it is on the runways. So if you’re a dancing queen eager to strut your stuff, this might give you just the right amount of swag without overpowering your features.

8. Ducktailed Curls

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A ducktailed look was a popular men’s hairstyle during the 1950s. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Modern short haircuts with bangs made into a Victory roll at the front and a ducktail at the back (a.k.a. tapered to a letter “v,” reminiscent of a duck’s booty) are a throwback to a popular look back in the ’50s. Big with the neighborhood greasers or hot-rod gang members, ducktailed hair was achieved by slicking back both sides of the hair with pomade or gel (try it with TRESemmé TRES Two Mega-Firm Control Gel) and rolling over the fringe to flop forward on the forehead, for that telltale Teddy Boy look. Recreate this look today with some gel on the sides and a more natural-looking front.

9. Curly Fade

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Wear your curls up in a top knot and let them cascade freely from your ponytail. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

For curly or natural-textured gals, a curly high-top fade, or a short cut that confines curls to the top of the head, is a cool hairstyles for short hair that’s great for all occasions. This classic look is especially fetching on ladies with thinner jawlines. It also gives good contrast to women with soft facial features. Ask your stylist for a look that tapers towards the neck so it’s more manageable.

Want to learn how to spiff up your trendy short haircuts? Good news: Almost anyone can pull off a trendy, directional look with the proper styling tricks and tools. Here’s a simple and easy way to style your favorite short edgy haircuts at home. Read on for an easy-to-follow guide:

styling short edgy haircuts
Channel your inner rocker vibe with a bold, airy look.

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

For this look, it’s all about achieving a light, fluffy and feathery hair texture.

Step 2: Create your texture.

There’s no edge without loads of texture. Take a finger-swipe amount of Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream and rub it on your palms before applying to your hair. Work the cream through while sculpting your strands into a voluminous and spiky look. Add more product as needed. No need to worry about a greasy texture since this formula has a matte finish.

Step 3: Blow-dry your hair.

Use a blowdryer on a warm setting and with the concentration nozzle attached to dry and set your style. For more texture, rough-dry hair by working your fingers through the roots as you dry. Lift roots upward to help enhance volume if you’re aiming for a look with more lift. Before finishing your style, set blowdryer to cool to seal down the hair cuticle and to help prevent frizz.

Step 4: Set your style.

To complete your look, lock in your short, edgy look with some hairspray, we love Bed Head by TIGI Maxxed Out Massive Hold Hairspray. It gives you lots of shine and is strong enough to withstand bitter winter winds.

Are you thinking about trying out one of these short edgy haircuts? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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