Craving a Big Change? 14 of the Best Short Haircuts for Women

In a hair rut…since last year? Try one of these short haircuts, which are refreshingly low-maintenance and super trendy to boot. Test the waters with a shoulder-grazing lob or dive right in with a transformative pixie. Here, 14 of the best short haircuts for women.

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1. J.lo's Layered Lob

Scared of scissors? A long, layered look will give your hair a bit of edge without the risk of an awkward growing-out period.

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2. Emma Stone's Rumpled Lob

Quite possibly the most low-maintenance cut ever (and one of the reasons why it's so popular), a piece-y lob actually looks better a little messy. Just add sea salt spray and air-dry.

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3. Rose Byrne's Asymmetrical Lob

It goes without saying that lobs are hot. The freshest take on the ubiquitous cut? Asymmetry. Have your stylist crop your hair shorter in the back and gradually longer in the front for a sharper look.

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4. Emma Watson's Choppy Bob

So you've eased into a lob and now you're ready for more. Try taking it up a couple inches and pair with a deep side part for a little more polish (and loads more volume).

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5. Leighton Meester's Blunt Bob

Or try a sleek, single-length look instead. We love how the Gossip Girl slicked it all back for a night on the town.

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6. Viola Davis's Bouncy Bob

How to get away with really good hair: Keep it curly and close to the chin for a foolproof fix against deflated strands.

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7. Vanessa Hudgens's French Girl Bob

What makes a bob French? A soft flip at the ends and bangs that just barely skim your brows.

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8. Mary Steenburgen's Full Fringe

Fact: Bangs make you look younger. Keep them at or below your brow line to prevent '80s flashbacks.

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9. Halle Berry's Fringed Shag

Looking for a low-maintenance style? A textured bob with longer fringe looks cooler, messier.

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10. Carey Mulligan's Grown-out Pixie

Somewhere between a pixie haircut and a bob (a pob?), Mulligan's cut is equal parts feminine and fun.

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11. Katie Holmes's Micro Bob

Just barely an inch longer than the aforementioned #pob, a micro bob is chic, sleek and easy to grow out.

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12. Kate Mara's Sweeping Pixie

Sweep it to the side. Rock a faux hawk. Rumple however you damn well please. The beauty of the pixie is that it's surprisingly versatile and always looks "done." (Just become best friends with a good pomade.)

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13. Rowan Blanchard's Piece-y Pixie

Blanchard's inspiration for this dramatic cut? Mia Farrow, Edie Sedgwick and Natalie Portman. The key is to keep the bangs short and slightly angled to frame your face.

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14. Samira Wiley's Curly Cop

Take a cue from Samira and cut the sides super short and leave a little more length up top for volume.

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