Very short haircuts for women 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, really short hair for women has been reborn once more. The best hairstyles for super short hair include pixies, bobs, and undercuts.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of the hottest very short hairstyles for women.
Cute and Modern Disconnected Pixie
This ultra short cut is a new take on an old super short pixie. It was created by Mahri Jones, the owner of Parlor Salon in Richmond, VA. “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,” explains Jones.
When it comes to very short hairstyles, embrace your face first. Know who you are. Start with a longer version of this pixie haircut 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,” she adds.
Grey Pixie for Women with Thin Hair
Embrace a grey pixie for women with thin hair and look bold and stunning with grey tones. Not only does grey hair change the texture as we age, but it can also sit totally different from what your hair used to do. The grey adds dimension to the locks, giving you a flattering, full-of-life style. Play around with a fringe, which curves the forehead for an extra cute look.
Traditional Short Pixie with Edge
Give a short pixie an edge with the cropping in the nape and the texture. Just like this one, created by Lael Ann-Marie, owner of B•B Coiffure in Del Mar, CA.
“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,” explains Lael.
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 Super Short Hair with Fringe
This sexy short haircut oozes classic elegance with an edge. It was created by hairstylist Camilla Dobbie of Vancouver, BC.
“The fringe has been heavily texturized to softly frame and complement the bone structure. It’s also a super wash-and-go very short ‘do, so it’s perfect for a busy or active lifestyle,” explains Dobbie.
Products can be kept to a minimum for this pixie haircut. Your daily shampoo and conditioner, a light leave-in conditioner, and 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,” she adds.
Very Short Trendy Pixie for Straight Hair
A very short trendy pixie for straight hair looks incredible and shows off all your features. A short hairdo like this is for women who want to be trendy and put together without a lot of maintenance. That’s what makes it so easy to style! All it requires is a good texturizing product such as O’Doud’s Matte Paste. Women with curly hair may want to avoid hairstyles for short hair like this if the pattern is more than a 2C.
Michelle Williams Inspired Crop
Always on the rush? The cool pixie cut is perfect for that classic yet low maintenance short hair styles, and will look flattering on most face shapes!
The Shorter French Bob
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
Opt for a very short haircut with very short layers that are spunky and 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.
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 style as opposed to just “wearing” it is key. Very short pixie cuts take some styling with texture products such as clays and dry sprays to really show off each razor stroke.
Short Soft Curls
“This is a razor cut cropped style – not quite a pixie, as it has a longer, softer outline,” says stylist Amanda Sarah of Portland, OR.
“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. This cut is ideal for women with fine curls (or waves) who are looking to get more definition from their natural texture,” explains Amanda.
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 and Golden Highlights
This textured pixie with an undercut and golden highlights 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. It was created by hairstylist Andrea Aikens of Charlotte, NC.
“If you’re ready for a big chop, go for it,” says Aikens. “Consultation with your stylist is key. Be mindful you will have to get it cut more often to maintain your new short hairstyle. 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.
Very Short Sides with Round Layers
This super short haircut is a warm, soft, and very feminine look that empowers the woman who wears it. It was created and styled by advanced hair designer Minna Sarianna of Finland.
Creating a short, barbered look really elongates the neck and brings out an oval face shape.
This haircut is perfect for women with short hair and a busy and carefree lifestyle. The round layering gives you that head-hugging soft vibe 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 haircut. By adjusting the length of the sideburns and top/front area, you can tailor this very short women’s hairstyle to your liking and bring out your facial features even more. Life is too short for long hair, so opt for a feminine buzz cut,” explains Sarianna.
Funky Pixie for Women Over 40
A very short funky pixie for women over 40 is perfect as it offers plenty of movement and enough texture to support a soft or edgy vibe. The great thing about a short haircut is that it’ll significantly cut down your styling time. It’s a great option for a woman that struggles with time and style management. Another 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 every day.
Short Layered Crop with Textured Bangs
This feminine short hair cut is effortlessly chic and it was created by owner and stylist Danielle Easterling of Lanham, MD. “This is one of those short hair 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,” says Easterling.
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 a rounder face shape, make it give the front a fuller fringe to slim the face.
For relaxed hair, Easterling says to use a good wrap lotion like Nairobi Foam Wrap and wrap strips “so 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. Very short haircuts for women are great if they’re 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 pomade and finger styling.
Short Asymmetrical Cut
The short asymmetrical cut is a voluminous hair style that benefits thin, fine locks. This is a very short hairdo with lots of layers, adding an extra bounce to the result. Such a haircut for short hair looks way better with a piece-y definition. To achieve it, apply a volumizing mousse, then manipulate the strands one by one.
Short Cut with Long Side Swept Bangs
This short cut with long side swept bangs was created by hairstylist Julie Marie of Hollidaysburg, PA. “This extremely short hair looks different on everyone! You can style it many ways to look different from day to day,” explains Julie.
It doesn’t take much to style certain hairdos for short hair, so this cut is perfect for all women. Just a simple, messy blowdry and some pomade to control the hair is all you need!
Extra Short Blonde Hair
This extra short blonde hair for black women was created by hairstylist Kanetra Jones of Atlanta, GA. “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,” says Jones.
To maintain this very short length, have a regular stylist to treat your hair first because of the color. At home, a good product would be a foam wrap for that flattened sleek style, along with an oil or curl wax to finish the look after drying.
“When it comes to styling your extra short blonde pixie, try the Nairobi Foam Wrap, but when it comes to curl wax, they all pretty much get the job done,” says Jones.
This is a sleek short cut, so to maintain it utilize your regular stylist or barber for the cut.
Textured Cropped Choppy Pixie
Consider a super cute textured cropped choppy pixie to elongate your face. A line or slant from the bangs can balance out a square or round shaped face. With movement from the texture on top and disconnecting the bangs to allow extra length on a very short cut.
Edgy Silver-Gray Pixie Cut
If you love a balance of strong and soft then consider a very short edgy pixie. Because a shorter haircut exposes more of the face, be sure to discuss with your stylist to keep length and texture in your areas of concern when considering an on-trend silverish gray hair pixie.
Feminine Wavy Texture with Length on Top
A feminine wavy texture is a very short hairstyle looking great on a casual day out or a formal night out. This trend is for any girl or woman who wants easy and flawless styling while remaining chic and modern. Very short hair can always make use of a wavy texture. It creates definition, movement, and different styling options.