If you think having short hair is limiting when it comes to styling it, we’re here to prove you wrong.
Whether you’ve always preferred your hair short and are just looking for ways to switch things up, or just recently got a major haircut and have no idea what to do with it (we get it — blunt bobs are having a moment right now, but how do we style them?), believe us when we say that having curls and waves that are shorter than shoulder-length, or just grazing the tops of them holds many opportunities.
We’ve done the research. While scouring the internet for the prettiest short hairstyles, we couldn’t help but stop and stare at the ones on our favorite celebrities. Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved-on-the-sides mohawk in its new shade of blond had us speechless. Tinashe’s shoulder length layers with straight bangs and Danai Gurira’s picked out afro — courtesy of her hairstylist, Vernon Francois — have both made their way into the save folders of our Instagram accounts. Hannah Bronfman’s gilded braids by her go-to stylist Nikki Nelms is the perfect look for festival season whether your decide to add the flecks of gold or not.
We’ve also come across face framing braids, natural hairstyles that allow your texture to shine, and prettiest pixies (both curly and straightened). Some styles look as though they take just a few moments to do, while others require a little more moxie (and the help of your favorite curl cocktail), but it’s safe to say that if you’re looking for a new way to style your hair, you have options.
With the many looks out there, we can’t help but be inspired. Ahead, see our picks for the prettiest hairstyles for short hair this season.