Short hair is back! Flatter your features and slim your face with a new short hairstyle!
Short hair never goes out of fashion. Why? Because short haircuts often take little styling but suit all hair types – even fine hair if you keep your layers longer at the front. Sweep hair to the side, slick it back or brush it forward for a flattering finish that the A-listers would approve of!
Plus short hair is a great way to slim your face and chisel your cheekbones! Celebrities such as Helen Mirren, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway all look fabulous with short hair because it compliments most face shapes and defines their features.
Some of the best advice for fine thin hair? Short hair is also great if you want to boost fine, thinning hair too. By keeping the front section of your hair slightly longer and your layers at the back shorter, you can ruffle your hair up to give it instant volume and bounce! Easy!
What’s more you don’t need to buy a million products to look after short hair – mousse and wax are your best styling friends! In small amounts add some mousse to wet hair and blow-dry for texture and volume, or use the tips of your fingers to add wax to dry hair for movement.
Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect example of short hair chic! She adds instant height by blow-drying her hair back but keeps it really soft and pretty by tonging in some soft movement too. This style works for days out or nights out! What’s more it will slim your face thanks to the height of the style. Win, win!
Some of our favourite celebrity short hairstyles…
To give your crop a modern update, style the front section away from your face for a soft look like Emma Willis.
We love Helen Mirren’s natural tousled bob. A slightly longer fringe is perfect for adding volume and texture.
Anne Hathaway has grown out her short layers into a sweeping side fringe that looks chic and elegant.
Queen of the crops Charlize Theron channels Hollywood glamour with a styled back fringe that really opens up her face.
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s super short pixie cut wins maximum style points. The key to making this length work for you is to add in some texture on top to stop it looking too flat.
If you want to update your style for summer, then take inspiration from Halle Berry’s pretty crop. Choppy layers teamed with a feathered fringe help give instant height.
Brushing her cropped hair forward to replicate a retro bowl cut, by keeping the fringe choppy Jessie J stops her hair from looking too boyish.
Texture always works well on cropped hair and Judi Dench’s choppy pixie cut is a shining example! She proves you don’t need a fringe either.
Growing her hair back after shaving it all off for a film role, Karen Gillan’s deep side parted crop and gorgeous auburn colour looks chic and sleek.
You don’t need a fringe or layers to flatter your face, just follow Jennifer Hudson’s crop that’s feathered around her hairline to frame her features.
Jennifer Lawrence’s pixie cut is growing out. The actress has teased it back, giving it plenty of height.
Viola Davis’ short hair looks extremely glamorous with some retro waves added in.
Is Portia de Rossi getting hair tips from Jennifer Lawrence or vice versa? Come your hair back and secure with hairspray for this easy style.
Crops don’t mean you can’t take on aspects of an updo! Anne Hathaway has has grow her hair out on top so she can plait it and create the illusion of longer hair – clever!
Not sure how to wear your short hair? Copy Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and add a hairband. Easy peasy.
Bette Midler’s looks seem to be defying time! Blonde highlights and gentle curls are key components to this anti-ageing hairstyle.
Kristin Chenoweth’s sweeping fringe really frames her face. This is a great way to wear hair that hasn’t quite reached bob length.
Charlize Theron oozes glamour with this sleek short hairstyle. Tuck your hair behind your ears and let your earrings do the talking.
To get Helen Mirren’s textured bob, towel-dry your hair before applying Naturtint Styling Mousse and combing through. We love!
Just in time for the release of The Hunger Games, Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence chopped off her long locks into a textured pixie crop.
Jennifer Hudson’s sleek new look is sophisticated and sexy and proves that short hair can be super glam.
Wow! Pamela Anderson rocks an undercut and deep side part, she looks edgy and youthful. We approve!
Anne Hathaway’s gamine haircut is making us extremely envious. We love her messy short ‘do.
Doctor Who actress, Karen Gillan, might have shaved her hair off for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy but her shaven red hair looks feminine and striking.
If you have a square face shape like Coco Rocha keep the front sections of your crop longer to balance it out and soften your features.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has completely transformed her look by changing her hair colour from a deep brunette to a creamy Champagne blonde, perfect for summer!
Actress Helen George shows off her wearable crop that has a long side-sweeping fringe which stops her cut looking too boyish.
A cool platinum blonde, Miley Cyrus’ demonstrates how the crop can work on women of every age.
Grow out your crop like Jessica Stam for this longer, pretty style.
Undercuts sound like they should just be for the boys but Alicia Keys’ bouffant crop suits the style brilliantly. Great for afro or naturally curly hair.
Blow-dry back the front section of a pixie crop for this fashionable finish like Jessie J.
Kate Silverton proves a ‘bowl’ cut can look stylish! This is great cut for thick, straight hair.
This super short bob looks incredible on model Naomi Campbell – it’s a fab way to grow out your crop.
If you’re looking to hide any frown lines follow in Helen Mirren’s footsteps and ask your stylist to cut in a layered side fringe – it’ll help hide any tell-te signs of ageing.
We love Pixie Geldof’s tousled style, great for weekends.
Smoothing her hair behind her ears but leaving the ends to peek out at the back, Chloe Sevigny’s fringeless crop and deep side parting looks sleek without being severe.
A graduated fringe that’s softly feathered gives Anne Hathaway’s crop a pretty feminine finish that’s effortless and laid back.
Judy Murray works the classic crop matching her off-centre parting with a short, back and sides that flatters her smaller features.
Glee actress, Jane Lynch plumps for lots of textures, layers and curls for a roughed up look that shows off the different tones of blonde in her hair.
Pairing her crop with a full fringe but layering it into the nape of the neck stops Helen Mirren’s style turning into a bowl cut.
Proving you can still go short if you have curly hair, Meg Ryan chooses a long crop with shorter layers at the front to frame her face and balance the waves either side.
Texas lead singer Sharleen Spitari forgoes lots of short layers in favour of eye-length feathering that suits her round face shape.
Ruth Langsford’s crop is soft and flattering and by tucking it behind her ears and flicking out the ends, it shows off her fringe and cheekbones to best effect.
Miley Cyrus shows how undercuts can really work on cropped hair. Pile your hair to one side when you want to show it off or part it the other side when you don’t!
Halle Berry keeps her layers longer at the front and shorter at the back to give her short hair height and body. The subtle lowlights create an extra 3D effect too.
We love Maggie Gyllenhaal’s side parted pixie cut. Not only does it flatter her dainty features, she proves that short can be feminine and sexy.
Mad Men actress, Elisabeth Moss, lets her hair fall naturally to the curves of her that shows off her multi-tonal blonde colour a treat.
Olivia Colman’s natural wave adds texture and height to her crop while the slightly longer length on one side slims and elongates her face.
Cropped hair can be at it’s most versatile when the sides are kept super short and the top sections are left long.
She might have had her hair shaved off for charity but it looks like Jessie J is following in Sinead O’Connor’s footsteps and sticking to her buzz cut for now. Bold and beautiful.
For anyone worried about a lack of volume in short hair, look to Sharon Osbourne and her signature cherry red crop.
She’s often spotted with her hair styled into retro waves and crazy coiffs but Emeli Sande’s crop works equally as well when it’s simply brushed forward and to one side.
Kim Kardashian’s mum, Kris Jenner, adds a feathered fringe to her jet-black crop that’s anti-ageing and sophisticated.
Dying her hair a rocky bleach blonde, Anne Hathaway instantly updates her short crop giving it a fresh new feel for summer. Striking!
Alicia Keys also chooses colour to inject some fun into her short hair with a slice of red through her black side sweeping crop.
Anne Hathaway brushes the bulk of her hair forward to create a soft, blunt fringe that looks ultra feminine and draws attention to her eyes.
She might be used to wearing big wigs as Lady Mae in Mr Selfridge but in real life Katherine Kelly prefers to keep her hair short, wearing it in a neat crop.
Charlize Theron’s crop really is wash and go. All she needs to do is run some wax through the tips and ends for a ruffled, everyday look.
Chopping off her length into a short, textured pixie crop, Audrey Tautou leaves her layers to naturally flick out for a relaxed finish.
Lisa Maxwell’s curled under crop shows that you don’t have to have really short hair on top to work a short hair look!
Smoothing her top-heavy crop into a side parted, tucked under crop, Dannii Minogue’s style is sophisticated and suits heart and oval face shapes.
Working the elfin crop, Ginnifer Goodwin isn’t afraid to keep her hair super short.
A great way to glam up short hair, copy Michelle Dockery and part your hair in a deep side parting before waving the end sections to add some volume to your style.
Michelle Williams’ pretty pixie crop is cut shorter underneath so she can move the longer layers around the top sections and alter her style every day of the week.
American actress, Lena Dunham opts for a choppy crop with shorter layers through the top sections to give her hair lift and height through the crown.
We love Frankie from The Saturday’s bouncy full bodied crop. The side parting and root boost makes it look grown-up and glossy.
She’s had long, curly, straight and short hair and for 2013 Rihanna has returned to her chic and edgy crop. Do as she does and use wax to add definition to a short fringe.
Chloe Sevigny’s short hair lies halfway between a bob and a crop. Copy her and leave your hair to wave naturally for added texture.
Sharon Osbourne rarely strays from her cherry red crop. Ensuring her hair falls just next to her eyes subtly draws attention to her cheekbones.
You can’t go much shorter than Charlize Theron’s shaved head but if you’re brave enough to do it, we say why not!
Anne Hathaway has gone for the chop! Her short style compliments her oval face shape and would look great slicked to one side or messed up
Emma Thompson looks great with a jaw-length rounded cut. The side-sweeping fringe is a great extra
Add shorter layers into your short cut to give it a new look instantly
Try Carey Mulligan’s short layered blonde crop. Flattering for all face shapes
Short rounded style by Rae Palmer is ideally for thicker hair types
A soft, side swept crop, Michelle Williams’ short, feathered fringe keeps her hairstyle looking feminine and pretty.
Jane Fonda adds height and volume to her short hair with plenty of flicked-out layers and texture at the root.
Shaggy blonde layered crop by Rae Palmer
Allowing her hair to fall naturally in different directions, Halle Berry’s relaxed, laid-back crop works just as well for the red carpet as it does for every day.
Suave slicked back crop by La Biosthetique
Jamie Lee Curtis chooses short sharp layers to ensure her crop sits close to her head while her different tones of grey add depth and dimension to the cut.
Soft spiky brunette crop by Ken Picton
Glossy cheekbone skimming crop by Hooker and Young
Textured plantinum blonde bowl crop by Rae Palmer
Red and black layered crop by Sassoon