16 Stylish Hairstyles and Haircuts to Consider in 2021

Searching for short haircuts for women? 2019 is all about the short ‘do. Here's our top edit. 

We’re calling it: short haircuts for 2021 are going to be one of the most notable hair trends of the year. Since virtually every girl has dreamed of trying out one of the many short haircuts for 2021 there are out there, we know that this look isn’t going away anytime soon. But it’s also a challenging one to figure out. Whether your heart is set on getting a trendy choppy crop or a sassy lob or even the blast-from-the-past mushroom haircut, it can be really hard to decide on a short cut to get! To help you out, we’re sharing a collection of some of the best 2021 short hair trends you should consider. Here’s to keeping it short and very sweet…

1. Asymmetrical Bob with Dramatic Part

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Take things to this side with this modern cut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Sophisticated with a distinctly modern edge, the asymmetrical bob is cut slightly longer at the front, with a subtle – but noticeable – graduation to a shorter back. This style is off-duty and red carpet-ready, what more could you want from a short haircut?

2. Super Sleek Bob

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Sleek styles are bound to turn heads. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

As many of us have seen on the big screen and on Instagram, many of our favorite and fashion-forward celebrities are advocates of this super sleek, straight bob haircut that perfectly epitomizes 21st-century sass. The key to achieving this polished look is to go for a blunt cut (i.e. keeping the same length throughout). Try it with an ombre effect for a more head-turning outcome. Smooth out your short bob with a serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum, for a frizz-free finish.

3. Romantic Pixie

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2021 Short Hair Trends: Romantic pixie. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This softly tousled crop is great for those who want a more romantic, feminine version of the uber cute pixie. If you’ve been rocking a long ’do forever, but find yourself thinking about all the gorgeous super short haircuts for 2021, this style is a good compromise length-wise. Plus, it works well with a side or center parting.

4. Wavy Lob

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Upgrade your lob with a trendy wave. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Often worn softly parted to one side, the effortlessly feminine wavy lob has garnered quite the A-list following. Deemed one of 2021’s most fashionable lengths, the low bob boasts plenty of advantages: it’s easy to maintain and style, not to mention it’s ideal for round and square face shapes, too.

5. ’70s Shag

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Retro hairstyles are always a good idea. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The shaggy ’70s-inspired shaggy bob started to re-trend in 2018. Its popularity continues to soar as the cool girls of fashion have all followed suit and made the shag their own. And while we love it for scoring extra à la mode points, this sexy, low-maintenance hairstyle is also ideal for those who want to embrace their natural textures, or are trying to grow out their hair with minimum hassle.

6. Buzz Cut

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Dare to try the buzz cut this year? Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We’re not gonna lie: this cut is not for the faint-hearted, but if liberation is what you’re after, the buzz cut could be your ticket to freedom. It’s also a great one for black women looking to embrace/transition back to their natural texture.

7. Geometric Afro

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Short hairstyles 2021: The geometric afro. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

An eye-catching hairstyle that’s perfect for those with curly hair, and ladies who are currently sporting afros but want to change it up for an even more statement-making look, try an angular afro. For a dramatic effect, cut the edges extra blunt. Now that’s what we call a fierce new look!

8. Choppy Bob

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Short haircuts for 2019: Short choppy bob. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

With a slightly longer, more piecey fringe and choppy textures to frame the face in the most modern manner, think of this cut as a sexier, sassier, less severe version of the classy bob. After washing, consider rough-drying hair to enhance natural looking texture and lock it in with a hairspray like Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.

9. Bowl Cut

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The bowl cut is back and better than ever. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Power to the bowl cut! This look is back and better than ever in a modern iteration that’s on-trend and super cute! Take cues from your face shape on this one where you can opt for a full-fringe or trendy micro fringe.

10. Mullet

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Rock out with a mullet in 2021. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another retro revival that we are pretty psyched about is the ever-awesome mullet. Taking cues from the ’80s, this shag/mullet hybrid is heavy on layers and volume that is sure to turn heads. Add this look to your short hair 2019 list.

11. Wavy Bob

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Embrace the frizz with this on-trend look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, you’re probably familiar with the struggle of getting short haircuts for 2021 that are meant to be styled straight. Once the humidity hits your hair, your straight strands start to shrivel up. For the colder months, you can do a few things. You can opt for switching up your hair care routine by implementing products that fight frizz. Or you can just go with the frizz because frizzy hairstyles are totally a trend these days!

12. Blocky Bangs

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Cute hairstyles 2021: Short bobs and bangs are a winning combo. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re a fringe gal, consider getting a full-on blunt bang instead of your usual layered look. It’s a great way to refresh your ‘do if you’re looking for short hairstyles for women in 2020/21; it also spotlights great cheekbones and doesn’t get in the way of a computer screen or an important face-to-face meeting. Surprisingly easy to style in the mornings, the blocky bob has a wash-and-wear quality as it’s short enough to fall properly into place without much ado.

13. Blunt Bob

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A longer fringe can be tucked to the side at any time. Photo credit: Dvora

A soft, blunt bob that’s mostly one-length is not only on-trend for short haircuts for 2021, it also looks crisp and professional—no wispy layers are there to get in the way of getting the job done. It can also be easily upgraded for your face shape with some long bangs, which can provide a bit of swing and can also be swept to one side to change up the look here and there. Flyaways are the main concern of this style as they deter from the overall shape of the bob, so keep them at bay by using some serum to keep strands sleek and shiny.

14. Concave Bob

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The concave, or inverted bob is a feminine shape that’s so on-trend for 2021.

The inverted shape of a concave bob, which allows its layers to hug the neckline, gives a soft, even subtly sexy vibe that’s still appropriate for the workplace. If your hair type is straight or can easily be blown out, this might be a great hairstyle if you’re looking for short hairstyles for women that are feminine yet no-nonsense. Ask your stylist for a bob that’s slightly stacked or higher in the back (it helps give that under-curl), and longer layers towards the chin, which can be swept to one side or even worn with a center part.

15. Springy Curls

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Short hair and curls do work!

A curly bob looks absolutely chic (and super fresh!), especially when cut in a blunt style right around ear-length. It respects your natural texture, but the blockier ends give it some weight and structure at the bottom. Think wedge-shaped: A slightly triangular shape balances out any pouf at the top while giving it a more modern feel too. To style, make sure that you have a curl-defining mousse, such as the Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse, scrunched on the lengths while drying with a diffuser, helps give your ringlets definition.

16. Tapered Afro

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A defined afro is a great way to embrace your natural, short hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Afros, when trimmed into a tapered shape (i.e. narrower towards the nape) are one of the trendiest short haircuts for 2021 these days and is one of those short hairstyles for women with natural hair that respects their texture. Unlike the springy bob, which needs more weight towards the ends, the tapered afro leaves the heft on top, or near the crown, to give it its shape. This look shines when optimally moisturized, so coating hair with some serum to calm down any frizz is crucial, particularly on freshly-washed days.




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