Stars with Short Hair

From Natalie Portman to Halle Berry, see which pixie-cut-lovin' leading ladies dare to chop it all off.


October 21, 2010 4:00 PM
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Carey Mulligan

Although the British actress donned long locks for her breakthrough role in the critically acclaimed An Education, she's been famously leading the charge for short hair in Hollywood with her close-to-the-scalp layered crop 'do.
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Halle Berry

Perhaps more cutting-edge than her revealing red carpet gowns are this star's many variations on the pixie haircut. Having braved the super-short 'do for decades, she's truly a short hair icon.
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Emma Watson

After playing the same role — as inquisitive Hermione Granger — in eight Harry Potter movies over the span of a decade, it's no wonder the young actress opted for a major makeover when she wrapped the final installment.
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Kirsten Dunst

The actress — most often seen with blonde, beachy waves — occasionally spices things up and gives herself a bob of blonde, beachy waves.
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Victoria Beckham

The former Spice Girl is all about the stylishly snipped 'do. Blunt cuts, angular lines, and spiky styling are some of her trademarks.
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Rachel McAdams

The Mean Girls star may experiment with hair color — we haven't forgotten her controversial pink highlights from back in 2007! — but she rarely experiments with length. That is, except for this brief stint with a cropped brunette cut.
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Ashlee Simpson

This month, the singer chopped off her two-tone chocolate brown hair, and in exchange, she debuted a platinum-blonde super-short, side-swept 'do.
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Hilary Swank

The Oscar-winning star first cut her hair for her 2006 role in Boys Don't Cry. Despite publicly worrying that she'd be "stuck in this, like, somewhere-in-between-boy-girl" cut, she made the look work for her.
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Katie Holmes

Much like her pal Victoria Beckham, Mrs. Cruise's look has come a long way. After happily ditching her plain, off-center part from her Joey Potter days, she has experimented with bobs and bowl cuts, unafraid to make bold statements on the red carpet.
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Jessica Alba

Most of this star's red carpet moments showcase luxuriously long locks, but every once in a while, she proves that she can pull off a short 'do like the best of them.
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Keira Knightley

The British beauty swore by her short-and-sweet locks when she rose to instant stardom after the 2002 hit, Bend It Like Beckham.
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Michelle Williams

The famously shy actress made a big statement when she debuted a cropped, bleached cut at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Although no stranger to short hair, this short-in-back, long-in-front style is new for the Blue Valentine star.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal

The indie actress knows how to keep things simple. That's likely why she has stuck by her retro look — an effortless coif of wavy, chin-length locks.
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Natalie Portman

The oft-short-haired actress actually prefers being bald. After shaving her head for V for Vendetta in 2006, she said, "After all the crazy hairstyles I had to endure for the Star Wars films, it's quite liberating to have no hair."
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Ditching her ultra-feminine long locks for a more extreme, high-fashion cut — a buzzed base with side-swept layers dyed in two-tone hues — helped propel her image from pop culture darling to a serious R&B singer.
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Sienna Miller

The British actress first put her hair on the chopping block back in 2005 for her role as Andy Warhol's tragic muse Edie Sedgewick in Factory Girl, but has gone back to the look a few times since.