30 Absolutely Perfect Short Hairstyles for Older Women

Who says you have to be young to have fabulous looking short hair? Age is just a number. Take a look at these hot short hairstyles for older women and be inspired!

Blue Steel Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Penny
Hairstylist @ The Young American Salon in Tustin, CA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would best describe this style as a blue steel, disconnected pixie. My favorite aspect overall would be the creativity and unique originality involved with the entire color and haircut process. This was her first appointment with me and she really gave me the green light to explore her requests.

Consultations with new clients who wish to explore “outside the box” usually takes me about 15 minutes so that we can really touch base on their hair history and possibilities. Also, it’s not very often that I get such requests from an Asian client above 40 years old.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

There are five products I highly recommend to maintain this style and hair/scalp integrity in between appointments. First, any client whose color service requires “on scalp” bleaching will definitely benefit from using an aloe vera aerosol spray. It is inexpensive and will help relieve any after burning sensation or discomfort.

My top pick for a protein-based shampoo is Melu by Davines, and a custom blue Fabuloso color conditioner by EVO to infuse pigment to your at-home color maintenance regimen. For styling, I’d use a few spritzes of Bona Fide’s texturizing spray before blow drying to give the hair a bit of grit. This step really helps prep the style so there is minimal use of pomade and heavy residue. Lastly, for thick Asian hair, I love Davine’s Strong Hold Dry Wax for longevity and texture, finishing with their extra strong hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut and color combination for clients who aren’t afraid of making a statement. It’s always wise to ask the client about their work environment, budget and timing to ensure that a “creative vivid” color/haircut service is right for them.

This particular style can be achieved on most hair types. We’re so fortunate that Olaplex’s technology has allowed more wiggle room to push the boundaries when it comes to aggressive color services. I believe that confidence is the main component for pulling off this hairstyle, or any hairstyle for that matter. Anyone, no matter your race, size, gender, and age would look great in this look as long as they feel it from within.

Carefree Pixie

Carefree Pixie hairstyleInstagram @attitudeofstyle

Q&A with style creator, Allison
Hair Stylist @ Tangled Up Hair Studio in Long Branch, NJ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look was is designed to be carefree and soft. My favorite thing is how it enhances her features  softly contours the structure of her face. The lines compliment the features.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Due to the natural texture and wave to the hair, this style is maintained with a light styling product for wavy hair similar to Redken’s Ringlet, Ouidad’s Texture Taffy or a sea spray. If the hair has natural wave or texture, no blow dry is necessary.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Due to the carefree nature of this style, cut and color, I find this is most flattering for women with naturally textured hair and sharp facial features. This look is no hassle, no fuss and always ready to go!

Low Maintenance Pixie

Low Maintenance Pixie hairstyleInstagram @hairbyvenina

Q&A with style creator, Venina Senn
Hairstylist @ Ambience Salon in Chilliwack, BC Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look to be edgy and low maintenance, but fun for all ages. My favorite thing about it would be that you can style it to look textured and messy or more flat and sleek.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this look colorwise, I would recommend using the Milkshake Silver shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner (loma Moisture Treatment is my favorite). I like to use the Evo Salty Dog Spray after washing and before the blow dry, though any texture/root lift spray would work. Once dry, if you are going for a more messy look, use the Joico Dry Spray Wax. If you are going for more of a flat look, I would just finish it off with some hairspray. Shaper Plus is my go to!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for all ages because it is fun and stylish, yet low maintenance. It works for people with very fine hair, but also thicker hair. My client in this photo has quite fine hair. Curly or straight works as well. You will get a slightly different look, but it still works!

It’s a great look for people who don’t have a lot of time in the morning to do much with their hair. All it needs is a quick blow dry and a little product, then you’re out the door! An oval or heart shape face is ideal, but I think with a little bit of confidence anyone can pull it off.

Spunky Pixie

Spunky Pixie hairstyleInstagram @courtgannhair

Q&A with style creator, Courtney
Salon Owner / Stylist @ Tribe Salon in Lebanon, MO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this look! For someone that’s busy, which this client is, it’s fairly low maintenance! From the color to the cut, style time is minimal and it’s super versatile. She can wear it this way or she can do a pompadour look that we have done in the past. There are lots of ways to play with this cut!

The rooted color let’s her go longer between sessions so she’s not in the salon every four weeks for a color. It’s young, it’s spunky, and it works well for her lifestyle!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

We used Kenra Dry Texture Spray to give her a piecey look, and some Puff Me for a bit of volume! I also used a little Chi Royal Treatment hairspray for some hold. I always recommend using Kenra Hot Spray for a heat protectant if she uses any tool with heat. She also uses Pravana Perfect Blonde shampoo once a week to keep up her color!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I usually suggest oval or heart shape faces if you are thinking about a pixie, but often it looks good on several face shapes! These cuts work best with medium hair. It’s great for a fast style that’s still trendy and you aren’t spending an hour on your hair in the morning. It’s  quick and fun, but still a put together look!

Easy to Style A-Line

Easy to Style A-Line hairstyleInstagram @hairbychelsea93

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Pritchard
Cosmetologist @ Hello Gorgeous Salon in Stillwater, OK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this cut is that it’s absolutely timeless! Even with all the constantly changing styles, this one never goes out. It’s such an easy-to-style, but edgy and fashionable look for women of all ages!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The best product I’ve found for long lasting, touchable volume is Moroccan Oil Root Boost. I just apply it lightly to the roots and use a round brush for extra volume while I blow dry. For heat protection (and since I live in Oklahoma, the humidity protection it provides is also a plus!), I always use Amika Style Shield right before I run the flat iron over the ends.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style definitely works better for people with fuller hair because it makes a beautiful stack. Although, with the right products and tools, it can be super cute on thinner hair also!

It is a great choice for moms who don’t necessarily have a lot time to do their hair, but still need a look to make them feel feminine. It’s also for the women who just want something fun and different! The best thing about A-line bobs is how many different ways you can cut/style it to flatter all the different face shapes.

Liberated Shag

Liberated Shag hairstyleInstagram @jemhair

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Erin Murray
Hair Artist @ Salon Edge of Yorba Linda in Yorba Linda, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is sassy, messy, fun and chic. My favorite part about it how it liberated her and it shows!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look is very low maintenance. The babylights brighten her color and emphasize the shaggy layers with some disconnected layers, especially around the face. I added a little spray wax to give it texture and hold. My favorite is Tricky Lite by Unite.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut on thinner hair with an oval, triangular or heart-shaped face. All lifestyles would be perfect for this look as long as the person is less detailed and more into the lived-in, undone, messy hair look.

Ageless Spunk

Ageless Spunk hairstyleInstagram @amandaculphair

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Culp
Hair Stylist/Artist @ Urban Oasis Salon in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as fun and spunky, something that says age is just a number and that every women has their own kind of sass.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I highlighted with Joico Blondelife and lowlighted her with a Joico Intensity mix of magenta and pink. When styling, I used the Loma Volumizing Mousse and round brushed her out.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I feel this style is completely ageless. Anyone can enjoy this look, but I mainly recommend it for anyone with really fine hair looking for a fuller look. The cut is definitely suitable for most face shapes and the pop of color is for a client looking to embrace their spontaneity.

Layered Bob With Waves

Q&A with style creator, Dorin Ben-Ami
Hair Colorist/Stylist @ Bohemian Organic Salon in Northampton, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a short layered bob with waves. My favorite thing about it is that it gave this particular client’s hair texture and body because she has very thin fine hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used mousse before blowdrying and a bit of dry hairspray at the end.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for many hair types. With this cut, you can use different lengths depending on client’s shape of face. For a round face, I make sure the length is slightly below the chin. For someone who has long and thin face, I try to keep the length at chin level. Overall, this is a really great look for many face types as well as different types of hair.

This particular look requires styling. The time of styling always depends on how thick the hair is.

Professional Chic

Professional Chic hairstyleInstagram @mkhairartistry

Q&A with style creator, Makela
Shift Manager / Hairstylist @ MK Hair Artistry in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is professional and chicm but can also be worn casually and edgy with little effort due to the fun texture! You can play with this style in many different ways.

My favorite thing about this cut and style is that it’s beautiful, weightless, easy to maintain, and very versatile.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate and maintain this look, I recommend blow drying with a brush or tilting your head upside down using a mousse or styling cream gel such as Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam or Fast Form.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The type of client I recommend this cut for is almost anyone! It takes little effort to maintain as long as you don’t mind regular visits to the salon between four to six weeks. This is a good option for anyoen with fine to medium hair texture. It is also good for anyone from a sporty lifestyle to a professional lifestyle. No matter what kind of life you lead, it’s simple to take care of and style!

Soft A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Cassi Moore
Licensed Cosmetologist / Salon Education Director @ Toni & Guy of Colorado Springs in Colorado Springs, CO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a soft A-line bob with minimal layering. My favorite part of cutting a graduated bob is the skill and precision it takes to create a beautifully balanced shape.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this style, I recommend TIGI Bed Head Small Talk as a wet product to thicken up the hair for a soft hold when blow drying. I also recommend TIGI Superstar Queen for a Day at the crown as a thickening spray mousse for added volume when round brushing. To finish the style, I recommend TIGI Head Rush for minimal shine and light separation.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and style is ideal for medium to fine hair textures. This cut will naturally build up weight in the crown best for creating volume and lift.

In this particular bob style, I have added a texturized fringe to bring a youthful feel to this classic shape. Bobs are minimal styling maintenance, but often require more frequent haircuts to maintain the shape.

Effortless Elegance

Effortless Elegance hairstyleInstagram @hair_by_jailynn

Q&A with style creator, Jai-Lynn Lewandowski
Hairstylist @ Front Street Hair Studio in Nelson, BC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a short, chic cut that has effortless style and elegance. My favorite thing about it is how it compliments the bone structure and head shape.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this look, use a styling lotion or cream that you like and rub it backwards through the hair when damp, then brush through and air dry or blow dry.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to a client with preferably thick, straight hair that doesn’t want to fuss too much with their hair but still loves style.

Layered A-Line With Lowlights

Layered A-Line With Lowlights hairstyleInstagram @hairbymemle

Q&A with style creator, Emily Patrick
Hairstylist @ Kiwi Salon in San Marcos, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a layered A-line with light stacking in the back. It’s very versatile because the client actually has gorgeous curly hair, so the layers help lighten up the curls. Believe it or not, we are trying to grow out her bangs.

This look gives her the freedom to wear her hair straight, curly, or put some fun twists into it (my personal favorite). The color I use is Wella. I love getting to place the lowlights! We add them for depth and dimension, mainly around the face.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I am a big fan of Unite products. I used 7 Seconds to start her off. It’s a great leave-in conditioner that’s not too heavy and has a U.V. and thermal protectant. I then sprayed Texturiza at her roots. It gives it this AMAZING fullness with a touch of grit. My favorite roundbrush a 1-inch Olivia Garden to finish out the blow dry.

One tip that I love is to round brush the entire crown forward. Once the hair and scalp have cooled off, flip back in sections and enjoy the volume and the beautiful swept bangs! Finally, a touch of Unite’s U-Oil is the perfect finish to bring out that extra shine. Once you are happy with how you have everything styled, I always set the style with Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Honestly, this cut can be worn by anyone. It works for the young blogger mom who is trendy and can play with pop colors or wants to be an all-over pink, and it also completely works for the older clientele that are more current and on trend.

It’s a fun style because it can be worn sleek and straight, messy and undone, or even curled to perfection. Any face shape can wear this cut. I feel like it really depends on where the front line hits the jaw that matters, but ultimately you can have fun with the angles and the layers with in the cut.

Do keep in mind shorter hair is more maintenance and does need to be kept up because it will fall out of shape faster than long hairstyles typically do.

Youthful A-Line

Youthful A-Line hairstyleInstagram @hairbybrittnei

Q&A with style creator, Brittnei Padgett
Master Cosmetologist @ Teal Monkey Salon in Anthem, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as a chic, easy, bouncy, voluminous and youthful haircut. My favorite thing about this haircut is how sassy but yet classy it can be. You can add texture to it to give it a piecy look, or wear it straight and more professional looking.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I used to achieve this look were Pai Shau Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner with Keratin and five different teas to help keep the hair healthy, strong and smooth, but not weighed down. I used the R+Co High Dive for vitamins and hydration, and the R+Co Chiffon mousse for volume at the root.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The clients that I recommend for this look are all face shapes besides round and square. My most favorite shape for this haircut would have to be a diamond shaped face. I would not recommend this haircut for people who are very thin in the front around their hairline or people who are thinning on the top of their head. You need the length in front to be able the to achieve this look. I would not recommend this on thin hair.

I feel like this hairstyle is very easy to do if you want to just wash it and go, round brush it under, or even put some curls in it. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who don’t like things hanging in their face or people who don’t like to wear their hair down as it doesn’t go in a ponytail very well.

Also, if you are one of those ladies that has long hair and find yourself putting it in a ponytail all the time, this could be a good option if you want something different and you don’t want to necessarily get rid of the length in the front. However, most of the time you have to style your hair, so no more ponytails!

I feel like any age can wear this haircut as it is very youthful. The bangs are very youthful as well. I chose this haircut for this 84 year old woman to make her feel young again. It worked because she was glowing!

Textured Bob With Soft Layers

Q&A with style creator, Karina Alexandra Furey
Senior Hairstylist @ Zenit Hairdressing in Picton, NSW


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe the look as a sharp but textured bob with soft layers to give the illusion of more volume.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Natalie Anne New Heights Dry Volumizing Powder on the roots to create more volume with a soft hold. Through the ends, I used the Natalie Anne Undone Perfection Dry Texturizing Powder which gives a soft hold but creates the soft movement of the layers. I always recommend this over hairspray because it has a better brush out affect.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to someone who doesn’t like to fiddle with their hair too much or has a busy lifestyle because you can toss your head over, use the recommended product, and walk out the door. I also find that it suits people with fine hair to give them more volume and movement and it helps not to weigh the hair down.

I highly recommend this cut for people with more of a oval or round face shape to give the more elongated look.

White Textured Graduated Bob

Q&A with style creator, Qasim Khawaja
Hairstylist @ Stonerose Hair Studio in Toronto, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a textured graduated bob with slight layering to create dimension and movement around the face, especially when the hair is pushed forward. The client wanted more volume and lift in the back, and I find this technique allows the client to achieve it.

I cut at a 45 degree angle to create the base, then layered the top and gave her an edgy fringe. After blow drying, I took out some weight by using a couple of texturizing techniques to create movement.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used two products to create this look. The first is called Black Caviar 12 in 1 Multi Action hair cream by Mon Platin. The second is called Young.Again by Kevin Murphy. I sprayed the Black Caviar hair cream into damp hair, combed it through, then rough dried to about 85%. I then took two pumps of the Young.Again, emulsified it in my hands, distributed it throughout the hair, then combed it through and round brushed it with a large round brush to give fullness and volume.

The reason I used the Young.Again oil in rough dried hair is because I find it if I use it in wet hair, it just slides right off. All the product ends up on the cutting floor instead of the hair itself.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I find this look to be very versatile so it can be warn by women of all ages. I believe a bob can be pulled off by anyone if the stylist is skilled enough to make it work for the person sitting in their chair. This particular bob looks best on thick, coarse hair because it gives that lift in the back and fullness all around.

It’s most flattering on a heart shaped face and on someone that has a narrow chin, but again, a skilled stylist should be able to create this look on any face. You can personalize the look with a full fringe or a side fringe to cater to the face shape. Young professionals or mature women love this look. I feel it empowers them.

Chic And Sporty

Q&A with style creator, Daniel Robb
Hairstylist/Colorist @ The Guest House Hair Salon in Sherman Oaks, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as chic and sporty, yet elegant. Its shape and ease of movement makes it a look that is very versatile.

My favorite thing about this style is that although it is short because of its layering and texture, a lot of movement and height can be created, allowing the client to transform this cut into different shapes. This gives them the opportunity to change their hair to suit their look for that day or evening.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I would first assess the hair type of the client. That said, I typically recommend a styling cream, a styling mousse and a light spray gel. The list is endless as the versatility of this cut gives the client the ability to create as much texture and body as they wish.

For even more texture, I suggest using a light spray wax. For more volume, a dry matte texture spray can be used. Of course, a hairspray to finish is always a must for that extra hold!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Because of the shape of the style (being that it has volume through the top and sides, yet is tapered through the neckline), this cut is wearable for most face shapes. The fact that it’s short and layered makes it easy to work with and style, as well as keeps it versatile. Most hair types will work with this look as well. Again, I find it to be an easy, elegant, and all-around universal look.

Eccentric Bob

Eccentric Bob hairstyleInstagram @andreabluerose

Q&A with style creator, Andrea Montoya
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ BlueRose Hair Studio in Albuquerque, NM


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is very eccentric. The layering on this bob haircut helps out with volume. My favorite part is that after I am done blow drying this style, I then do a fast blow dry to create more bounce. This shows the layers beautifully.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To create this exact style depends on the individual. If the person has thick hair, I recommend using MoroccanOil Smooth Lotion to blow dry and MorrocanOil Molding Cream to piece out the layers. If the person has fine hair, it’s best to use a volume mousse and  follow up with MorrocanOil Molding Cream.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut is really great for all women who don’t like to spend to much time on their hair. Any woman with any hair type can pull off this style!

Fresh, Flirty and Versatile

Fresh, Flirty and Versatile hairstyleInstagram @karlajeanstudio

Q&A with style creator, Karla Mironov
Owner / Stylist @ Karla Jean Studio in Charleston, SC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is fresh, flirty and versatile! I love how it accentuates her face and her profile. It’s uplifting and updates her whole look in just a few snips!

My favorite thing about this look is that she can wear it scrunched for a relaxed weekend look, or she can wear it smooth and elegant for a wedding or special event.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this look, I used SMOOTH.AGAIN leave-in smoothing treatment by Kevin Murphy. It is hydrating, smoothing and eliminates frizz, all while providing heat protection and creating a silky feel.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works best on fine to normal hair that’s not overly curly.

This cut can be easily modified for a variety of different face shapes since the length and the face-framing can be adjusted. For narrow faces, you might cut the hair at jaw-length to add visual width. For wider faces, you might shoot for shoulder length. This draws the eye downward and can also help those gals who have a softer jawline that they prefer not to highlight.

This look works great air dried on wavy hair for the easy going type! It also looks lovely on the socialite that enjoys a beautiful blowout.

Edgy Pixie

Edgy Pixie hairstyleInstagram @fadedfunkyfresh

Q&A with style creator, Sierra VanMichael
Stylist @ Van Michael Avalon in Alpharetta, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as an edgy pixie. My favorite thing about it is probably the versatility of this style. This picture only shows one of the many ways this cut can be worn. You can also push it forward and down for more of the classic pixie look, or style it all up toward the center to make a fauxhawk with it.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I like to blow dry the hair using Aveda Thickening Paste to expand the hair strands. Really work it through the root area for some good lift. I like to follow that with Aveda Texture Tonic after the hair is dry to rough it up a bit more then mold into place.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

To me, this look is all about personality. You just have to rock it and know that you’re going to look like a badass while doing so! That is what short hair is all about.

This cut takes minutes to style, so if you don’t like spending that hour or two on your hair in the morning, this look would be perfect for you. The only thing is that you have to be willing to come get it trimmed every four to six weeks to keep it in the perfect shape.

I highly recommend this cut for anyone with confidence or if you are looking for a boost. Start chopping!

Versatile Bob

Q&A with style creator, Joey Fletcher
Hairstylist @ Salon Volo in Kenneth City, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as versatile. The underneath is disconnected, so there is no trouble with uneven hairlines or those fine unruly hairs found in the nape.

This look can be styled smooth, curly or textured. I recommend this look for people with medium to fine hair with medium density. Thick and coarse hair is ok, but may need to be cut differently.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The recommended products depend on how the client chooses to wear their style. For texture, use Redken Full Frame 07 with Redken Wax Blast 10. For smoothness, use Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 with Redken Quick Dry 18.

For this look in particular, I used the new Redken Glow Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. For styling, I used Redken Pillow Proof Cream with Redken Glow Dry Serum.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style offers not only a wide range of styling options, but also a large selection of color options. This look is perfect for anyone who wants a style with multiple options and manageability.

Relaxed But Stylish

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Baker
Stylist @ Element 5 Salon in Charlotte, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is classic with a bit of fun and sass! I love it because it is easy to maintain while looking both stylish and relaxed.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend using a light texture spray/volumizing spray while the hair is wet to give it some grit and texture. After the blowout, I used a 1-inch curling iron to give a bend to the hair and finished off with a light workable hairspray for hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for low maintenance clients with a fine to medium hair type. Dimensional hair is best to show more of that textured look. It styles quickly and easily for people who live a busy lifestyle. You do not have to try too hard to make this style look great!

Classy Pixie

Classy Pixie hairstyleInstagram @treschichair_

Q&A with style creator, Tish Cotton
Stylist @ Garnish Hair Studio in Raleigh, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look was created specifically to fit this client’s personality. It’s a very sleek, sassy and classy pixie. The warm tones and dimensional blondes complement her complexion and beautiful freckles.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

She maintains this soft look with a combination of products from R+Co, Kevin Murphy, and Davines. She uses R+Co’s Gemstone Shampoo and Conditioner, along with Kevin Murphy’s Smooth.Again for her set and blow dry. Her finishing product before her flat iron is Davines Oi Oil.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to a client that maintains a type of smoothing treatment such as a GK Keratin treatment and/or a relaxer. Women with any face shape can rock this style as long as they have the confidence.

This pixie is perfect for the woman who wants to take less than 30 minutes to style her hair each day.

Elegant Graduated Bob

Elegant Graduated Bob hairstyleInstagram @mmeire_alb

Q&A with style creator, Meire Albuquerque
Hairdresser / Color Correction Specialist @ Salon Aveda London in London, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a bob cut with graduation that is both elegant and modern. It will never go out of style. It’s a great look for independent, strong and confident women who don’t want to settle for “grandma’s hair.”

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I always recommend products that help give volume and body and a pomade to finish the cut. Try products that enhance the natural texture and use a leave-in product to protect from heat styling.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is classic and feminine. The bob cut never goes out of style, and with different techniques, becomes more modern. This cut looks good on all women. I

t can be worn straight when you want the face to appear thinner. If the face is already thin, just create layers. Talk with the client so you can adapt the cut accordingly.

Timeless With a Twist

Q&A with style creator, Starla Lisa Musgrove
Hairstylist @ LoneStar Salon in Tumwater, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look at timeless and stylish, but with a twist due to the edgy color. The silver gloss color and root shadow effect give the style an updated and modern feel. My favorite thing about this look is how effortlessly stylish it is.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this color, I recommend L’Oreal Professional Color Corrector for Blondes. It protects your blonde highlights from brassiness with the anti-yellow Vitamino Color A-OX Color Corrector Blondes Cream. Your blonde haircolor is corrected and any yellow highlights are neutralized, leaving behind a pure cool blonde. Really any silver correcting shampoo/conditioner is crucial.

For styling, L’Oreal Professional Liss Unlimited Double Serum is everything! It provides protection from frizzy hair and flyaways. With a formula enriched with Pro-Keratin, Evening Primrose Oils and Kukui Nut Oils, the Liss Unlimited Double Serum works to give the hair a sleek and softened finish, while blocking humidity as well.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this for is someone who craves a stylish look but a simple styling routine. The color is fairly high maintenance, so making sure their timeframe and budget allows them to keep this up is important.

I love this haircut because it flatters so many face shapes with minor personalized tweaks to balance any shape. This cut looks amazing when styled straight, wavy or curly!

Asymmetrical Flair

Q&A with style creator, Bekki Engquist-Schroeder
Owner and Licensed Cosmetologist @ The Spa at Wynie Mae’s in Vermillion, SD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as playful and modern. My favorite thing about this cut is the smile she gets having it.

The asymmetrical shape adds an element of flair that compliments her natural color, texture and personality.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Regular trims are important. She comes in every three weeks for a reshaping. We use AVEDA Phomollient, then blow dry and finish with a dab of AVEDA Defining Whip to piece out her fringe and add some more texture without adding shine or weighing it down.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ageless. It works best on someone who is on-point with regular appointments as it requires regular upkeep. It is not matronly, yet short enough that it is easy to style. So often as we age, hair gets shorter because it is easier to manage. This cut lets that short hair be more expressive.

This can be a wash and go style if desired. Coarse hair would be a good candidate for ease of styling, and those with fine hair will find they need to use more product to get the same look.

I think confidence is key. If you feel confident, you look confident and you can pull off any hairstyle. Find a stylist you connect with, talk about your day-to-day routine and remember…it is your hair! You aren’t defined or locked in to any parameters when it comes to expressing yourself through your style.

Soft Shag

Soft Shag hairstyleInstagram @ruthdstylist

Q&A with style creator, Ruth Dahlen
Stylist @ Simply Divine Studio in Bend, OR


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a variation of the classic shag with soft, undone texture. I love that you can achieve lots of volume and body with this cut and that you can easily take it from rocker girl to classy.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used a volumizing mousse at the root and blow dried it in with a round brush, focusing at the crown to get plenty of volume.

I then took Kevin Murphy’s Doo.Over and sprayed the mid lengths and ends to get a separated look. This look is all about the texture and I like to amp it up. Doo.Over is perfect because it has the texture of a dry shampoo with a touch of hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a great cut for clients with fine hair who want body and fullness. The airy layers are also a great complement to square jawlines.

Triangular Bob

Triangular Bob hairstyle Instagram @nikoliverani_

Q&A with style creator, Niko Liverani
Hairstylist @ Rush Hair in London, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This haircut has been made by utilizing the triangular bob technique. I personalized the line in order to give a short and sharp shape on both sides, which is the part that I absolutely love. It gave me the freedom to enhance my client’s features.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This haircut will sit this way for at least five to six weeks, therefore if the client would like to maintain a straight hair line, it wouldn’t need any particular recommended products.

However, if she wants to play with this style, a clay wax product is actually able to create movement in order to achieve a funky modern style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for people who want to give a firm shape to their features. It would suit all of those who have slim and gentle features. I wouldn’t suggest it for those who have thick hair, but rather for those who have shockwave strong features as it would drastically expose their cheekbones and jawline structures.

This look matches perfectly stylish people involved in fashion. In my opinion however, it is very versatile as it can fit in formal environments.

#28 Stacked Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This stacked, chin length bob has a textured cut with medium length layers. Side bangs and a blonde streak in the front help add interest and drama.

Stacked Bob with Bangs and HighlightsStyle by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Stacked Bob with Bangs and Highlights Front ViewStyle by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Detangle hair and part to the side once out of the shower.
  2. Blow hair dry with a medium-sized round brush. Bevel ends under while drying to create that flipped under effect.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth hair out when it’s completely dry.

Recommended Products:

Redken Glass is a light serum that you can apply to wet or dry hair to smooth and protect your hair strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are best for a chin length bob. Thin to thick hair is great and the straighter your hair is naturally, the better.

Tip:

Adding short layers at the neck like this hairstyle shows is great for hot summer months. Hair is shorter at the nape so you feel cooler.

#29 The Perfect Part

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hairstyle has a tapered neck that blends up to short volume enhancing layers at the top. The front is kept longer for a stunning side bang that frames the face beautifully. This look is very soft and wearable!

Perfect Part Pixie with Long BangsStyle by Tracy Stoddard, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Perfect Part Pixie with Long Bangs Side ViewStyle by Tracy Stoddard, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. When just out of the shower, use a comb or your fingers to create a deep side part and arrange hair in the way you wish it to dry.
  2. Let hair air dry or use a blow dryer to remove moisture.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth out bangs and front pieces to add shine.
  4. Grab your favorite styling aid to add texture and polish off your look.

Recommended Products:

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Paste is a great product to define your layers without making it stiff.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This super flattering hairstyle is great for round or heart shaped faces, and perhaps even slightly oval shaped faces. All hair thicknesses will work, but straight to wavy hair is best.

Tip:

If bangs seem to bother you when you’ve had them in the past, opt for short bangs above the eye or longer ones that you can easily tuck behind your ear.

#30 Sweet Sophistication

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This side swept, curly bob is super cute and a great idea for a more formal short hairstyle.

Sophisticated Wavy Short Brunette CutStyle by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Sophisticated Wavy Short Brunette Cut Side ViewStyle by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Section up half of your hair so you can access the bottom half of your hair easier.
  2. Grab a 1-inch curling iron and curl the under part of your hair.
  3. Drop down the top section of hair and continue curling until your entire head of hair is curled.
  4. Use a flat iron to smooth bangs over to the side.

Recommended Products:

Lock in your look but keep it soft and flexible with Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray. It smells great, too!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would be flattered by this curly classic. Any hair thickness would work for this style and straight to slightly naturally curly hair would work as well.

Tip:

Add a fun, colorful flower to your hair for an outdoor event.

Short hair can look fresh, sophisticated and sexy at any age. Work with what you’ve got and rock one of these amazing short hairstyles.