Ever get the urge to just chop your hair off? It sure is tempting, not only for a bold new look, but also to switch things up in an otherwise monotonous lockdown. Whether you're looking for something soft and short, a choppy pixie crop or just lifting your bob a few inches to lobe-length, lopping the lot away can feel utterly liberating – like shaking off the weight of a heavy year (we're speaking about you, 2020). Even better, it can release you from tedious blow-drying and styling, too.
Both long-term converts and new-comers can benefit from something more drastic, since short cuts are as versatile as they are easy to maintain. Plus, they're easier to pull off than you'd think, once you find the right shape for you... In fact, there's nothing like pruning back layers of hair to help open up your face and make the most of your features – hello there, cheekbones.
Ahead of the hairdressers reopening, it's well worth considering all your options and getting an idea of the type of crop that could work for you. You could dip your toe in with a slightly longer length chop – like a lob, or the short (but not too-short) collar-bone bob.
If you want to take it up a notch, you could take the French bob we've been eyeing up all summer for a spin. It's short, it's flirty and it's made for low-maintenance styling.
Or, if you fancy something both badass and feminine, Zoe Kravitz's softly chopped crop is rebelliously relaxed but still statement-making. Ditto, the curly chop rocked by one of our fave hair crushes, stylist Rachel Renae Paz, who's taken her own hair from ultra short back down to her collarbone and killed every single length in between. And Rowan Blanchard's nape length page boy cut dusts the style off and gives it a new, alluring revival.
Then of course, there's the buzzcut. Maria Borges' delicate rendition opens up her face to show off her elegant bone structure. And Tiffany Haddish looked incredible at last year's People's Choice awards.
As for what makes the cut for you, the best way to find your new short hairstyle is to pick a look you'd love to copy. Then, consider whether it would work on your shape face and hair type. If you're still unsure, take a picture to your hairdresser, ask them what might be possible and get their recommendations on how to tweak it to work best for you.
We've picked out the coolest short hairstyles from our favourite catwalk shows, Instagram ladies and celebrity faces. Have a browse, screenshot and get inspired by these short haircuts ahead of your next salon visit...
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