Short Haircuts for Women: 6 Hot Trends

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My Favorite Pixies, Shags, Bobs and More

Charlize Theron in a pixie, Kate Mara in a shag & Scarlett Johannson in an edgy pompadour. Photos by Getty Images

This year's hottest short hairstyles are edgier and more modern than in years past. Stylish looks include long bangs with shorter sides, mussy shags and long bobs and even the pompadour, which some of the hottest celebrities of today are pulling off.

If you're thinking about making the short hair plunge or just changing up your hairstyle, you may consider one of the 6 hottest short hair trends of the moment. They are (drumroll please):

  1. The pixie (but a modern version)
  2. The mussy shag
  3. The Pompadour
  4. The unstructured bob (still going strong!)
  5. Super-short, edgy cuts
  6. The demi-bob (also known as "the long bob" or the "lob")

In this photo gallery, I give you the full scoop on each trend, what face shapes and hair textures work best with them and I provide links to photo galleries showing each trend in much more depth. Plus, you'll find out the best hair products for each look.

Would Short Hair Suit You?

Short hair is so popular this year that several short haircuts also appear in my list of the 20 Hottest Hairstyle Trends of the Year. But which of these popular cuts best suit your face shape and hair texture? 

The great news is almost everyone can get away with a short hairstyle. Some styles work better with certain face shapes and hair textures. For example, your haircut should give you the illusion of having an oval face shape. So if you have a round face you'll want to elongate it, and if you have a square face, you want to soften your jawline.

Coco Chanel said it best in her famous quote, "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” Here's to life changes....

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The Pixie Hairstyle

Michelle Williams pixie haircut. Chelsea Lauren (l) and Frazer Harrison (r) for Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn was the original celebrity with pixie hair and Mia Farrow popularized the look in the 60s. In the past years, pixie hair has "cropped up" on a host of stylish singers and actresses including Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway.

While many pixies are traditionally short all over, the modern pixie tends to be choppy and texturized with longer bangs that give you a ton of styling options.

The Best Hair Texture for a Pixie

The pixie works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair. I find the pixie doesn't work as well on fine, straight hair because the hair falls too close to the scalp, looking a bit like a helmet. If you have fine hair, you may need lots of product to add body.

What Face Shapes Work With a Pixie?

The pixie works best on women with heart-shaped, square and oval faces. It's a good cut for women with round faces, too, just make sure to keep the bangs long and style them forward or up to create the illusion of length.

Best Hair Products for Pixies

A decent molding paste or wax can mean the difference between awesome hair and "meh" hair. I recommend ORIBE Hair Care Fiber Groom, buy it from Amazon.

You'll need a small plated flat-iron to tame your short hair. The BaBylissPro Nano Titanium 1/2" Mini Iron Blue is a favorite.

Get my full list of products for pixies in The Best Hair Products for Pixie Hairstyles.

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The Shag, Modernized

Getty Images

If you search for "shag hairstyles" on the Internet, what comes up is a lot of dated, rocker girl hairstyles with lots of layers. They remind me of 80s hair bands -- a sort of mullet hairstyle gone bad.

But the modern shag hairstyle doesn't resemble a mullet and shouldn't remind one of the 80s. What they have in common with those hairstyles of the past are mussiness, choppy ends, and layering. The modern shag, however, isn't quite as layered.

The beauty in the shag hairstyle is that it flatters all face shapes. To get that mussy, choppy look, you'll want to use a salt spray (try my homemade recipe) or texturizing spray and scrunch hair as it dries.

Best Hair Products for Shags

Shags are all about creating texture. Here are my favorites:

  • Bring out your natural wave with a sea salt spray spritzed onto towel-dried hair and then air-dried or lightly blow-dried. I recommend Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, buy it from Amazon.
  • My absolute favorite texturizing spray and the one I use on myself is ORIBE Hair Care Dry Texturizing Spray, buy it from Amazon.

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The Pompadour

Pink the singer. Getty Images

A hot hairstyle trend that is leftover from a couple years ago is the pompadour, also known as the quiff or the "fauxhawk." This hairstyle -- which usually features shaved sides and a puffy teased top that reminds me of a rooster's comb -- has become an enduring trend and the cool hairstyle of choice for singers Miley Cyrus and Pink as well as a host of other celebrities.

Who can wear this look? Anyone with guts, really. This cut is more about attitude than your face shape, according to stylist Matt Fugate to the Glo website. This cut works best on coarse, thick hair. Fine hair will just fall flat without the help of a ton of styling product. A good stylist is adept at funky hairstyles and knows to follow the shape of your head rather than just your face shape when cutting a short, edgy style.

Best Hair Products for the Pompadour

To get that roughed up look to stay, I recommend a molding paste. ORIBE Hair Care Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste, buy it from Amazon, is a great bet.

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The Bob, Unstructured

Emma Stone's graduated bob. Getty Images

The bob is a classic hairstyle that never goes out of style but this season's bob is mussy and unstructured and has a bit of edge to it. These tousled bobs all seem to end at the chin or just below it. Add in blunt bangs or fringe for a really edgy look.

So who can wear the bob? Anyone with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob. If you have a round face, a longer bob is a better option for you. As for hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair. I usually recommend women with super coarse or curly hair stay away from short cuts because curly hair tends to pouf out on you, but this gallery of short curly hairstyles proves the right short cut can work well on curly hair.

Best Hair Products for the Bob

For this roughed-up look, I always recommend salt spray. Try Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, buy it from Amazon.

If you have wavy or curly hair that you want to straighten, I recommend John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Crème, buy it from Amazon.

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Super-short, Edgy Cuts

Swedish singer Robyn. Robyn's Website

It takes guts (or what we call "chutzpah" here in New York) to get a super-short, edgy haircut (hello Miley Cyrus!), but as you will see from this photo gallery, the results can be very, very cool -- and even sophisticated.

Best Hair Products for Edgy Cuts

Edgy cuts require molding pastes and styling cremes. You can get good ones at the drugstore and don't rule out products formulated for men. I love American Crew Fiber Pliable Molding Creme For Men, buy it from Amazon

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The Long Bob, AKA The "Demi-Bob"

Model Jourdan Dunn. Samir Hussein for Getty Images

The long bob has been around for a few seasons and it's still just as hot this year but it has a new name -- the demi-bob. According to Vogue Magazine, which named the demi-bob a hot trend it's a bob that falls anywhere between the mid-neck and the shoulders. It's also been seen on many actresses and models this season as everyone seems to have gotten sick of their long, tousled waves at the same time.

Everyone looks good in a long bob so have at it, but be sure to abide by the rules of this haircut:

  • Longer bobs can be bland if too blunt. Stacked layers in the back with a bit of backcombing while styling add dimension. Add fringe or thick bangs for a real retro-70s look.
  • A bob can't be too layered, or it's not a bob. Gwyneth's demi-bob here was more edgy because the stylist thinned out the ends with scissors or a razor. But this year's bob isn't too blunt, either. Leave it wavy and mussed, blown dried under or flipped out 60's style.
  • The long bob works best on straight and wavy hair but it looks good on all hair textures (even curly). It's a versatile cut because you can wear it air-dried or flat-ironed.

Best Hair Products for the Demi-Bob

Bobs can be perfectly smoothed or roughed up a bit.

For a smooth hairstyle, you'll need 2 brushes, a round brush, and a flat brush to finish the look. I recommend the Luxor Pro Royal Citrus Thermal Ceramic Round Brush, buy it from Amazon and Sephora's Paddle Brush (buy it from Sephora).​