I Know You're Stylish If You've Swapped Your French Bob for This Trending Cut

If you've landed here, you're probably considering getting a very short hairstyle. Perhaps you already have a bob hairstyle and are ready to go shorter, or maybe you have longer hair already and want a bigger haircut transformation. You might even have a short haircut already but just want to switch it up a little.

Either way, changing your hairstyle can really exciting, but also a little daunting if you're not sure where to start. This is why I've rounded up some of the chicest very short hairstyles for women (read: anything above the chin) that I've seen as I've been scrolling on Instagram. These cuts are so stylish that they're making me consider calling my hairdresser and going for the chop myself.

What to Consider Before Getting a Very Short Haircut

@greceghanem with a short choppy bob

(Image credit: @greceghanem)

If you're considering a very short hairstyle for the first time, Philipp Haug, former London Hairdresser of the Year co-founder of Haug London Haus, has some advice on starting your short hair journey.

If you have a longer hairstyle at the moment, Haug recommends opting for a bob hairstyle first to ease you in. “We definitely see clients try a bob first to give them the confidence to go even shorter, and we’ll be seeing a lot of shorter cuts this year," he says. "Last year we were inspired by Gigi Hadid’s micro-fringe and mid length haircut in the Miu Miu campaign, and since she proved that shorter is chicer by chopping her length off into the iconic bob cut, we’ve noticed the Gigi effect in-salon," says Haug.

“What sets it apart as a statement style is the length grazing the jawline—gone are the days of shoulder-length long bobs, now it's all about a style that sits higher off the shoulders, as seen all over the red carpet at the Oscars on Sydney Sweeney, America Ferrera, Carey Mulligan and Florence Pugh," says Haug.

Loïcka Grâce with long pixie haircut

(Image credit: @thevisuelofgrace)

There are also plenty of very short hairstyles for women that aren't just bobs. From pixie cuts to the mixie haircut and the bixie cut, there are so many cropped hairstyles to suit your hair texture and personal style. So what are the short hair trends we’ll be seeing next?

1. The Mixie

Taylor Hill with mixie haircut

(Image credit: @taylor_hill)

"The mixie haircut is a unique blend of a pixie cut and a mullet," says Haug. "This style combines the soft, textured, feminine essence of a pixie cut with the edgy flair of a tail peeking out from behind the ear, creating a catwalk-inspired look that exudes a high-fashion vibe."

2. Invisible Fringes

America Ferrera with short haircut at the golden globes 2024

(Image credit: @americaferrera)

Another easy way to switch up a very short hairstyle is with a fringe. "America Ferrara at the Golden Globes looked so pretty and fresh with this style—the bangs are almost the same length as the cut and can be tucked behind the ears and blended with the lengths," says Haug. "This is a super-relaxed way to embrace the short bob trend without committing to a sharp fringe."

3. Hair Accessories

Short hairstyle with hair accessories at Versace Spring/Summer 2024

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Hair accessories are one of the easiest ways to instantly elevate your very short hairstyle with minimum effort. "Versace started the trend for spring/summer with the cutest mini headbands and bows attached to clips in sorbet-sweet shades like lemon sherbet and candy pink, and the trend has continued at fashion shows, on celebrities and with influencers ever since," says Haug.

"On short hair, work with smaller fabric bows and stack them along your hairline, gently bending your hair to follow the shape. Two placed one on top of the other is very on-trend for short hair."

Ready for some very short hairstyle inspiration? Scroll ahead for the sleekest styles I've saved.

Very Short Hairstyle Ideas for Women

1. Buzzcut

Marisa Martins with cropped buzzcut haircut

(Image credit: @_marisamartins_)

A buzzcut creates such a sleek silhouette.

2. Slicked Pixie

Alyssa Coscarelli with sleek pixie haircut

(Image credit: @alyssainthecity)

A pixie cut with a slightly longer length is perfect for creating a slicked-back style.

3. Bantu Knots

Zoe Kravitz with Bantu knots

(Image credit: @nikkielms)

I'm obsessed with this Bantu knot-inspired style on Zoe Kravitz.

4. Choppy Pixie

Alyssa Coscarelli with choppy pixie

(Image credit: @alyssainthecity)

Choppy layers instantly give a pixie cut loads of volume and texture.

5. Wavy Bob

Franny with curly bob

(Image credit: @frannyfyne)

Jaw-skimming lengths are great for letting natural texture shine as well as curling or straightening—so versatile.

6. Sleek Bob

Rochelle Humes with short bob haircut

(Image credit: @rochellehumes)

I love the sleekness of this blunt bob cut, which is just long enough to still be tucked behind the ears.

7. Braided Bob

Zoe Foster with braided bob hairstyle

(Image credit: @iamzoefoster)

Why not experiment with braids at a shorter length? This style is so chic.

8. Bob With a Fringe

Amy Julliette Lefévre with bob haircut and fringe

(Image credit: @lefevrediary)

A fringe always looks amazing on shorter haircuts.

9. Braided Bob With Beads

Léna Farouil with braided bob with beads

(Image credit: @lenafarl)

This shorter braided style is elevated with beads at the end.

10. Natural Texture

Léna Farouil with natural hair texture

(Image credit: @lenafarl)

Short hairstyles are ideal for styling your natural hair texture.

11. Pixie With Choppy Fringe

Taylor Hill with pixie haircut

(Image credit: @taylor_hill)

A pixie haircut always makes hair look thicker.

12. Long Pixie

Loïcka Grâce with long pixie haircut

(Image credit: @thevisuelofgrace)

A longer pixie cut allows you to create incredible volume and body.

13. Bowl Cut

Loïcka Grâce with bowl haircut

(Image credit: @thevisuelofgrace)

The bowl cut is back, and how stylish does it look?

14. Jaw-Length Bob

Amalie Gassmann with cropped bob

(Image credit: @amalie_gassmann_)

A blunt bob that just skims the top of the jaw is a really elegant haircut.

15. Mixie Haircut

Jen Ceballos with mixie haircut

(Image credit: @endlesslyloveclub)

This is inspiring to take the plunge on a mixie haircut.

16. Bixie Haircut

Pixie Lott with bixie cut

(Image credit: @pixielott)

How to Style Short Hair

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.