9 Short Edgy Haircuts to Inspire Your New Look (and a Tutorial!)

All Things Hair | 27 March 2017

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.

Winter can be the least appealing season of all—and most of us have got the schleppy looks to prove it. Between hiding out in cozy hoodies to bundling up in knitted beanies, the cold season affords us little to no chance of showing off new haircuts. That’s not going to stop us from getting our style in, however, as short edgy haircuts are definitely going to make a comeback this 2017.

Getting in on edgy short hair trends are a clever transitional look: Not only does this give us a much-needed style boost during the deadest of months, but 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 and trendy short hairstyles 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 a list of what’s hot on our radar this month. Scroll down for a list of short trendy haircuts we love:

9 Cool Hairstyles for Short Hair to Freshen Up Your Look

short edgy haircuts like the micro fringed bob
The micro fringe is the microtrend that made it big this season. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Micro-Fringed Bob

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 trendy short haircuts we’re spotlighting for right now. Keep your scalp refreshed (and your bangs clump-free) with a dry shampoo.

short edgy haircuts like a pixie mullet
Can’t choose? Wear both.

2. Pixie/Mullet

A pixie-mullet hybrid is probably one of the more daring additions to our list of cool hairstyles for short hair 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.

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

3.  Asymmetrical Blunt Bob

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). Style with some mousse or blowdrying foam such as Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Soufflé Mousse, or let it air-dry for a more natural tousle.

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

4. Modern Mushroom

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 short trendy 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. Style with some texturizing spray such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.

platinum bob short edgy haircuts
Up the ante on a regular bob with a show-stopping color.

5. Bleached Bob

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) gives you a totally unique, super standout look. 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!). Since bleach also tends to dry your hair out to a Whole Notha Level, it’s always a great idea to, one, keep the length short so your hair ends at its healthiest point; and two, invest in a protective spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Toning Protection Spray, to keep your orange tones at bay.

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

6. Bleached Undercut

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 New York Salon Care Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam, for definition.

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

7. Neon Mullet

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 look is 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.

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

8. Ducktailed Curls

Short trendy 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.

short edgy haircuts like a pineapple fade
Wear your curls up in a top knot and let them cascade freely from your ponytail. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Curly Fade

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 light-wearing option that’s great for all occasions. This classic look is especially fetching on ladies with thinner jawlines, and 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, and style this look with some leave-in conditioner, or a curl serum like Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Crème Serum.

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:

Tutorial: How to Style Today’s Short Hair Trends

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. To begin, wash your hair with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Shampoofollowed by TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Conditioner. This formula helps give hair body and texture before creating your look.

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, and 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.

Looking for more short trendy haircuts that are up your alley? Check out more short hair inspo here.

Include an "@" in email address
You have now subscribed to the All Things Hair newsletter.