18 Best Very Short Haircuts for Women This Year

Super short haircuts for women

Very short haircuts are a constant source of inspiration and empowerment. Today, many varieties of the classic short ‘dos (pixies, bobs, and more) are coming back with a vengeance and even shorter than ever.

Between unconventional styling, and a touch of bold color to boot, short hair has been reborn once more.

Here are the hottest very short haircuts for women right now.

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Modern Disconnected Pixie

Modern Disconnected Pixie hairstyle
Instagram @mahrithemaven

Q&A with style creator, Mahri Jones
Owner @ Parlor Salon​ in Richmond, VA

What’s great about this look?

This ultra short cut is a new take on an old pixie. Contouring the cut along the head is consistent with a pixie, but it’s more disconnected. This is definitely a tribute to a classic Mia Farrow cut.

What’s your best advice for it?

Embrace your face first. Know who you are. I recommend starting with a longer version of this to get used to it. If it feels too short a few inches long, then you know this is going to be too short for you.

Beyond a light leave-in conditioner after washing and a texture paste, there is really no styling needed.

Traditional Pixie with Edge

Traditional Pixie with Edge hairstyle
Instagram @laelannmarie

Q&A with style creator, Lael Ann-Marie
Owner @ B•B Coiffure in Del Mar, CA

What’s great about this look?

Give a short pixie an edge with the cropping in the nape and the texture.

Your very short crop should be tailored to your specific bone structure, features, hair texture and hair type. These things are key when cutting short hair, especially pixies.

What’s your best advice for it?

There is a perfect short haircut for everyone, and the key to it looking great on you is it being tailored to your unique bone structure, features, hair type, and texture.

Most overly short hair is not wash and go, but because of the length, it will take minimal styling. Make sure you have at least 10-20 minutes to devote to styling. All of this should be taken into consideration when making the pixie plunge.

Sexy Short Hair with Fringe

Q&A with style creator, Camilla Dobbie
Hairstylist @ Civello South Granville in Vancouver, BC

What’s great about this look?

This sexy short haircut oozes classic elegance with an edge. It is sophisticated, but rebellious.

The fringe has been heavily texturized to softly frame and complement the bone structure. It’s also a super wash and go look, so it’s perfect for a busy or active lifestyle.

What’s your best advice for it?

Products can be kept to a minimum for this look. Your daily shampoo and conditioner, a light leave-in conditioner and a shaping wax, cream or pomade to finish the style are all you need.

This cut is best suited for a confident woman with fine to medium hair texture, medium density, and a straight to wavy hair type.

Women with fine to medium curly hair can rock this too, leaving it a bit longer and less texturized to prevent frizz and accommodate shrinkage.

Trendy Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Laura Wheat
Hairstylist @ Old Town Ladies and Gents in Evansville, IN

What’s great about this look?

This trendy short hairdo is for women who want to be trendy and put together without a lot of maintenance.

What’s your best advice for it?

This is a great haircut for women with fine, straight hair. That’s what makes it so easy to style! All it requires is a good texturizing product. I used O’Doud’s Matte Paste.

This cut and style look great on oval and heart face shapes. If you’re feeling fancy, some winged eyeliner and red lips would absolutely complete the package!

Michelle Williams Inspired Crop

Michelle Williams Inspired Crop
Instagram @hairbystudioplayleena

Always on the rush? The pixie cut is perfect for that classic yet low maintenance look, and will look flattering on most face shapes!

The Shorter French Bob

French Bob
Instagram @localhoneybehr

This extra short crop is so cute and posh! Get ahead with a short ‘do that will leave you looking fresh, modern, and effortless in all seasons.

Very Short Layers

Short Layers
Instagram @v.mo.hair

Q&A with style creator, Vanessa Moser
Master Designer @ Pump Salon in Cincinnati, OH

What’s great about this look?

This very short haircut with very short layers is spunky yet feminine. A feather razor can be used to cut the entire thing which adds so much texture and creates feminine, wispy lines, especially around the hairline.

What’s your best advice for it?

This cut is mostly for an oval, square, or heart face shape. This is a very short pixie, so it bares all. Confidence in “rocking” this look as opposed to just “wearing” it is key. This look takes some styling with texture products such as clays and dry sprays to really show off each razor stroke.

Short Soft Curls

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Sarah
Stylist @ New Vintage Beauty Lounge in Portland, OR

What’s great about this look?

This is a razor cut cropped style – not quite a pixie, as it has a longer, softer outline.

The shape of this very short cut offers ease of styling and is still versatile enough to tuck, part, push back, or enhance the volume of the curls.

What’s your best advice for it?

This cut is ideal for women with fine curls (or waves) who is looking to get more definition from their natural texture.

Styling is as simple as layering your salt spray of choice and a texture appropriate curl cream to suit your unique curl pattern, drying by hand with diffused air, scrunching, finger coiling, and molding it to suit your look.

Textured Pixie with Undercut

Signature Pixie
Instagram @aaaerdna.hair

Q&A with style creator, Andrea Aikens
Hairstylist @ Theory Salon in Charlotte, NC

What’s great about this look?

This textured pixie is a fun & playful way to incorporate and utilize new growth to your advantage. It helps with creating depth and dimension while giving you a fun/edgy cut in between color services.

What’s your best advice for it?

If you’re ready for a big chop, go for it! Consultation with your stylist is key. Be mindful you will have to get it cut more often to maintain your new look. Pixies are versatile meaning anyone can have it it just takes the right style of cut for each person. Depending on the desired look, you can enjoy low maintenance styling or really get into your style with a blow dryer and Denman brush working it in all directions for volume and movement.

A workable styling paste will be your best friend. For a messy/undone look I like to use a dry texturizer.

My go-to paste is Davines Finishing Gum. It defines texture, is lightweight, with a medium hold so creating your own style is attainable without any sticky or greasy residue.

For dry texturizer, Davines wins again. Their ‘This Is A Dry Texturizer’ gives piecey full-bodied look. This product has hold without weighing the hair down.

Very Short Sides with Round Layers

Empowering Round Layers hairstyle
Instagram @minnasojakka

Q&A with style creator, Minna Sarianna
Advanced Hairdesigner @ QTime Hair Design in Helsinki, Finland

What’s great about this look?

This super short haircut is a warm, soft, and very feminine look that empowers the woman who wears it.

Creating a short, barbered look really elongates the neck and brings out an oval face shape.

What’s your best advice for it?

This look is perfect for women with short hair and a busy and carefree lifestyle. The round layering gives you that head-hugging soft look which is very versatile. All you really need is a good texturizing wax, smoothing cream, or serum (depending on your style of choice) and you’re ready to go.

Most of us can pull off a short, round layered look. By adjusting the length of the sideburns and top/front area, you can tailor this look to your liking and bring out your facial features even more. Life is too short for long hair.

Versatile Pixie for Women Over 40

Q&A with style creator, Kate Engelman
Hairstylist @ Stranded Beauty and Barber in Chicago, IL

What’s great about this look?

This very short pixie haircut is perfect for women over 40 as it offers plenty of movement and enough texture to support a soft or edgy look.

This extra short cut accentuates the facial features. If you have a very balanced face shape this cut helps to show off your jawline and cheekbones.

A great pixie really opens someone up and allows you to just enjoy the person’s appearance!

You can wear this as a very soft, natural look or spice things up a bit and separate it with product.

What’s your best advice for it?

The great thing about a really short haircut is that it will significantly cut down your styling time. It’s a great option for someone that struggles with time and style management.

When styling, I recommend blow drying to help with direction and movement. Add some texture or styling cream like Lock & Loaded Grit Transforming Cream. It provides great shine and easy manageability. You’ll want to make sure you’re using a product that will hold all day and have medium to heavy shine.

The good thing about shorter haircuts is that most hair types can benefit from them. Just be cautious of extremely curly hair as it can pose issues when trying to smooth the hair for styling.

Short Layered Crop with Textured Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Easterling
Owner & Stylist @ Danie Nikol Beauty Bar in Lanham, MD

What’s great about this look?

This feminine short hair cut is effortless chic. This is one of those cuts can easily go from work to night out with the girls. This cut is also ageless and works well with fine to medium textures.

It is very low maintenance and this length of pixie looks good on any face shape because the razor cut gives it a softer finish.

If you have rounder face shape, make it give the front a fuller fringe to slim the face.

What’s your best advice for it?

For relaxed hair, I suggest a good wrap lotion like Nairobi Foam Wrap and wrap strips s you can mold the hair and go under the dryer. Once it’s dry, take a small amount of the TGIF Wax Stick and rub it through the hair. Then, take a small flat iron and curl the hair for texture and shine.

This is a great style for all textures. It is great for women who are on the go but want a style that stands out. Make sure you keep up with your haircut every three weeks. On fine hair, all the hair will need is a pomade and finger styling.

Pixie Cut With Movement

Q&A with style creator, Oliver Kelly
Stylist in Asheville, NC / Los Angeles, CA

What’s great about this look?

A choppy haircut on very short hair is often created with a razor, shears, and blending shears. This allows movement within the hair no matter what angle we were looking from.

With her shorter fine hair, you could achieve a soft framing fringe with staggered bangs using a matte product like a sea salt spray, or create defined pieces all throughout the hair using a product like styling paste.

What’s your best advice for it?

This is a great short hairdo to concentrate a sea salt spray or R+Co Badlands dry shampoo paste near the scalp and texturize with fingers for a softened texture with slight volume.

For a more choppy appeal, you could use styling paste and your fingers to piece out the hair, focusing on the fringe and top for extra pieces popping. This is also a cut that can be utilized for a slick pixie using pomade.

This cut gives height and also width with a slight volume. Notice the sides are not shaved but instead left wispy for softened edges and a slight widening effect for her slender face shape.

Short Cut with Long Side Swept Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Julie Marie
Hairstylist @ Vivid Hair Design in Hollidaysburg, PA

What’s great about this look?

This extremely short hair looks different on everyone! You can style it many ways to look different from day to day.

What’s your best advice for it?

It doesn’t take much to style it so it’s perfect for everyone. Just a simple, messy blowdry and some pomade to control the hair is all you need!

Extra Short Blonde Hair

Versatile Edge hairstyle
Instagram @_kstylz

Q&A with style creator, Kanetra Jones
Hairstylist / Cosmetologist @ Precise Cuts Barber & Beauty Salon in Atlanta, GA

What’s great about this look?

This haircut and style is very edgy and trendy from color to cut. It can be versatile as well because the cut can be worn spikey or flat. In today’s society, we all like trendy and versatile!

What’s your best advice for it?

To maintain this look, have a regular stylist to treat your hair first because of the color. At home, my go-to product would be a foam wrap for that flattened sleek look, along with an oil or curl wax to finish the look after drying.

I recommend the Nairobi Foam Wrap, but when it comes to curl wax, they all pretty much get the job done.

This is a sleek short look, so to maintain I would definitely say to utilize your regular stylist or barber for the cut.

Textured Cropped Pixie

Textured Cropped Pixie hairstyle
Instagram @studio_wolf

Q&A with style creator, Lindsay Wolf
Color & Blonding Specialist @ Studio Wolf in Portland, OR

What’s great about this look?

This very short cut is a textured cropped pixie. It is ideal for the removal of heavy hair with a focus on the shoulders, neck and facial features.

What’s your best advice for it?

Adding a purple color really makes the cut pop and gives the whole look an element of individuality.

To help maintain this style at home, I recommend Oribe Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste for shine, definition, and touchable hold. For upkeep of color in between services, I recommend washing hair in COLD water only and using a color-depositing shampoo like Viral Extreme Purple Colorwash.

This hairstyle is ideal for girls who are looking for something stylized and fresh, but without the time-consuming efforts of having to style it every day. It’s truly a wake up and go cut!

Not Your Average Pixie Cut

Q&A with style creator, Cara Mio Robinson
Hairdresser @ Fruition Hair Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia

What’s great about this look?

This shorter haircut is definitely an edgier variation of a pixie because it has both masculine and feminine elements to it. It has a tight clipper fade through the back and sides and the top is soft and textured as a pixie cut should be.

What’s your best advice for it?

To ensure ease of styling for this look, I recommend starting with a lightweight shampoo and conditioner such as the Kevin Murphy Angel.Wash and Rinse. To add lightweight and malleable texture that’s not going to flatten the hair, Shu Uemura’s Clay Definer is amazing.

This cut would suit most hair textures and densities, however, I would avoid this cut on wiry coarse hair as it will be much harder to get that soft texture through the top.

This haircut suits all face shapes because the top section and fringe can be styled in any way. For example, if your client has a narrow face, flatten the top down with less texture. If your client has a rounder face, give the illusion of length by pushing the top section back off the face like a quiff.

Feminine Texture

Feminine Texture hairstyle
Instagram @stevie.hairdo

Q&A with style creator, Stevie Cook
Hairstylist @ Bella Gia Salon & Day Spa in San Diego, CA

What’s great about this look?

This very short hairstyle is soft, feminine, and obviously low maintenance.

This cut makes use of wavy texture to create dimension and different styling options.

What’s your best advice for it?

This haircut on very short hair is for any woman who wants super easy and flawless styling while remaining chic and modern. It is only for those who want to increase their confidence and not hide behind their hair!