If you've always wanted to go short—at least, with your hair—then may we present to you your window of opportunity. Because thanks to colder temps (which means fewer sweaty hair moments), styling a jaw-skimming cut just became easy. So to get you inspired to make the chop, and to help you figure out what the hell to do once you've gone short, we've hand-picked the 65 most inspo-worthy celebrity looks that will act as your spiritual hair guide.
Things Janelle Monáe is good at: Having excellent hair. And singing. And acting. And accessorizing. Okay, fine—she's good at everything, like amping up a basic pixie cut with a ton of short, choppy layers, and a few rakes of pomade for texture and hold.
It might seem counterintuitive to cut fine hair short ("I need all the hair I can get!") but take it from Stone—a cropped cut with long layers and heavy, swooping bangs gives the illusion of thickness, especially when you add in a few waves, too.
Know how to make an ordinary cropped cut look a little less, uh, ordinary? Throw in a bunch of asymmetrical layers, fade-buzz the sides, and make the whole thing piece-y and sculpturesque with a few dabs of styling cream.
Let us all bow down to these insanely gorgeous curls that manage to stay voluminous on top thanks to a smattering of short, graduated layers. For even more of a heart-shaped lewk, create a deep side-part over the arch of one eyebrow, like Bermannelli's.
A headband with bangs can veer into schoolgirl territory, but pair it with blunt microbangs, à la Mara's, and you've got a straight-up gamine look that feels both modern and retro.
Proof that black is never boring: Annie Clark's satiny, manicured bob. To get the same smooth, curved-under look, roll sections of damp hair around a medium-size round brush and pull taut while you blow-dry.
This "business at the bottom, party on top" style just goes to show that an unfussy top knot can transform any look, even on cropped hair.
The cool-girl model look is straight from the runways. If you have naturally kinky hair, it means brushing it up from the roots (the more height, the more power to you) and shaved on the sides.
Who actually ever got over these Sailor Moon hair buns? When you have ombre highlights, they look even cooler.
We're mesmerized with everything about this look, from the dress, to the lips, to the shimmery shadow that matches the frosty flapper cut (!!!) Platinum gals, save this to your Pinterest, STAT.
The new cool girl pixie cut is shorn on the sides with thick bangs at the front, and a mixture of dark and light tones.
Or, you could go the old faithful route with a classic Audrey Hepburn-esque pixie à la Winnie Harlow.
When your outfit and big earrings are taking center stage keep your hair swept up and curled to keep it out of your line of sight.
Zendaya's channeling '60s girl groups with this pretty, voluminous curly 'do that's all about the hairspray.
Musician Kacy Hill shows us the freshest way to break up a cropped bob: cropped, thick, and even bangs.
We can't tell what we're more into: the perfect beachy waves or the root-y platinum look this brunette model is going for.
Beauty PSA: Pastels and platinum hues are much easier to pull off for short-haired girls than long-haired ones—you avoid that whole mermaid thing.
The bold RiRi take on the bob involves midnight black strands and thick, in-your-face bangs.
One of the sleekest short cuts ever? Here, the supermodel shows us what it looks like when you ask your stylist to take your bob up an inch, cut slightly cropped side-swept bangs, and apply a super-conditioning hair mask.
One way to play with shorter strands if you have naturally curly texture: let it grow out at the front and have your stylist cut it closer on the sides. The tousled bangs will be worth the sweaty forehead situation in the summer.
In which Kristen Stewart convinces us that shaved, bleached hair is definitely one badass way to keep your head cool in the heat (now, if only we had her courage to go through with it).
The ideal light-as-air lob: one that's gently curled out at the ends and gets lighter toward the bottom for an ombre effect.
The flapper pin-curls of the '20s are still just as glamorous today, as shown by Loving star Ruth Negga at the Golden Globes.
Platinum-blonde Michelle Williams might be our favorite version of Michelle Williams, like ever; here her signature crop is flat-ironed like a satin sheet and tucked behind both ears. Sweet and chic.
Not your average pixie cut alert: if you're got a boyish shape like Halsey's, brush your bangs toward your eye-line if they're super-shorn instead of angling them back.
One of our favorite hairstyle chameleons, Sarah Paulson shows us how to rock visible roots without looking like you slept on a few colorist sessions. She incorporates the dual-tone color into her red-carpet style with a blunt cut and equally edgy waves.
Behold one of the sweetest pixie cuts we've spotted yet this year—a piece-y fringe masterpiece we're bookmarking for summer.
Here's simple cut that's instantly elevated by a little curl in the strands closest to the face. It's one five-minute curling iron trick that'll make a *world* of difference.
Everything about this look is pure magic, from the short, rounded curls to the shimmery cat eye 😍.
Curly haired gals, we've got you: use a diffuser when you're drying hair to boost volume at the rooms. Or, look for a half-inch curler if you want to create your own corkscrew curls.
A sweet layered bob that's just the right right length and style for angular faces. Pro tip: a little bit of waving action with a flat iron is the fastest way to nab this style if you've got straight hair.
The dip-dye highlights right at the ends of her hair add a perfect little pop of color to this wavy look.
Tuck or pin your hair behind your ears to fake a half-updo.
A classic mid-length bob for those who aren't quite ready to say yes when your stylist asks to "take it up a bit."
Stewart's the ultimate hair and beauty chameleon, and we're kind of in love with this completely slicked-back—but not greasy—straight-ironed style.
One way to keep things interesting when you're going short: tease it and curl it up into messy ringlets, like so.
The Stranger Things star may still be a tween, but she's already become a style icon of sorts for her super-short cut and her serious style chops.
All-over waves is the perfect way to dress up a straight-edge bob.
Saldana takes a vacation from her signature long locks with an elegant asymmetrical cut and a red lip.
Sarah Paulson showed us this week that she can pull off essentially anything—green sequins and all—and this slicked back, asymmetrical cut is no exception.
We love a good Taylor Swift bob, but this tousled style with feathery bangs is *everything*.
And her bestie's not so bad in super short locks, either. Here, she's wearing a flapper-esque French girl cut.
The Glee star keeps it simple and sweet with a light feathery bob with just the right amount of layered texture.
The star that made us all want to go out and request a pixie cut STAT keeps it interesting with plenty of layers and a wispy fringe.
Sometimes the sleekest bobs are the most simple—blunt and one length all the way around. Naturally a VS Angel knows best.
"Pixie cut" is way too sugary for this spicy look. More like: try-me-and-we'll-see-how-sweet-I-am cut.
The Goldilocks length—not too long, not too short—hits right between the shoulders and the chin.
Somehow she seems more Blair Waldorf with this slicked-back look, right?
One of our favorite Bey looks yet. The blunt ends and golden highlights give this bob a cool-girl flair.
A true bob, down to the subtle layering at the ends to round out the shape. Waves keep it from being too cutesy.
Exhibit A proves that a stick-straight finish looks just as good on short hair.
The queen of everything you're too scared to do, here with perfectly mussed-up French girl pixie inspiration.
That knowing "I'm growing out my pixie but you'd never know how awkward it is because my long sideburns are tucked behind my ears" look.
Depp keeps it classic with this elegant, ever-so-slightly rounded-at-the-ends style.
The OG pixie of the early aughts that make us think, "Well, growing out a shaved head isn't THAT bad, after all."
It's Elle Woods after she made partner! The cut itself is a little longer than what you see here—the curls bring it up about an inch. So, imagine a daytime look that's mostly one-layer and just baaaarely grazes the tops of the shoulders. And then curl the hell out of it for a retro moment like this.
Knightley often straight-irons her short bob, but we love the natural texture of this lived-in, wavy look.
A slightly wavy bob with a liiiiittle bit of layering to lighten up the ends = the ideal way to ease into short hair for longer-locked gals.
Make the most of uneven texture (hair that's flipping out too much at the ends or hair that's hanging too flat) by curling the ends with a barrel iron. The ends will wrap up loosely by the nape of your neck for a sophisticated old Hollywood look.
Nyongo's "short hair, don't care" look is the coolest of looks for summer.
Spritz some sea salt spray in your hair to achieve more natural waves like Miller's, and take a '20s spin on the bob by tucking one end behind your hair and securing with a pin, while letting the other strands blow in your face.
The expert layering and beachy texture keep this bob from falling flat.
This pixie style looks fresh on oval face shapes, especially if you opt for piece-y layers in your hair for greater texture up top. To get unruly post-shower hair to fall in line, work product like a mousse or paste through short hair before blow drying to avoid duck feather flyaways.
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