As ‘90s hair trends continue to live rent-free in our minds (and on our heads), long lives the fluffy blowout reminiscent of our favorite rom-com queens of the era. But what if you have short hair? Can you sport a short fluffy haircut? The answer is yes! Done right, short fluffy haircuts are the epitome of cool, sexy girl-next-door.
If you’re having trouble picturing what we mean or don’t know what to ask for when headed to the salon, we’ve rounded up 35 short fluffy haircuts that will turn you into a ‘90s icon with just the snip of some scissors (and a trusted stylist, of course). Keep scrolling for more of the trend we can’t get enough of right now.
How can I make my short hair fluffy?
First things first, if you already have short hair, the right styling prep and products could get you the fluff you’re longing for from your blowout. Start by prepping your hair for styling with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner system like Biolage Professional’s Volume Bloom Shampoo and Conditioner (Pro Tip: After rinsing, try drying your hair upside down to create more volume at the roots.)
As far as actual styling, there are a few different ones you could choose from: blow-drying hair upside down, using hot rollers, or teasing your hair. Whichever method you choose, we recommend spritzing some Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wata Wave Texture Spray throughout strands after styling—and finishing with a flexible hold hairspray like Matrix Styling Fixer Hairspray.
What are short fluffy haircuts called?
Short fluffy haircuts go but a multitude of names. From a short feathered pixie to a below-the-shoulder lob, there are so many variations of styles that you can fluff to get the look. See some of our favorites below.
Fiery Copper Fluff
This color is fire, truly! Redken Shades EQ 06AA Bonfire and Yellow Kicker were used to create the bold hue of this bob that is only enhanced by the fluffy style.
We love the healthy-looking fluff of this blonde short cut! Maximize on body by finishing the look with a texturizing spray like Redken Dry Texture Finishing Spray.
This tiramisu shade is on trend this season mainly because its darker roots give you grace with maintenance without compromising on the blonde of your dreams. The fluffy haircut makes it that much more sweet!
Mirco Bowl Cut
Forget the kiddie bowl cut of the ‘80s and ‘90s because this modern bowl cut is much shorter, creating a micro-bangs effect. It’s also a great alternative to the ever-popular pixie.
Stay cool with a trendy fluffy haircut in a golden ash shade that leans into cool tones. Use a shampoo and conditioner like the Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo + Conditioner Duo to keep any brassiness at bay so all the focus is on your short fluffy haircut.
Shoulder-Length ‘90s Inspiration
These face-framing layers scream the 1990s and embody everything this list is about. If you don’t want to go too short, but are overdue for a haircut, save for your next salon visit.
Bob with a Slight Wave
An effortless French bob gets the fluffy treatment, and we are obsessed!
‘70s Feathered Bob
Think: the ‘70s feathered hairstyles we love from the era but short! You’ll exude all the supermodel vibes in this look.
Textured Modern Mullet
Shag is the OG fluffy cut, and we love the texture of this mullet. To replicate, prep hair with volumizing products before you even begin styling.
French Balayage Bob
You’ve probably seen the French bob everywhere these days, but keeping strands a bit messy and wispy will give a whole new life to this classic.
Platinum with Fringe
Fluffy fringe and platinum give the French bob a whole 2023 refresh.
Pushed Back and Fluffy
Tired of the middle-part vs. side part debate—opt for no part instead. Short, air dried hair pushed back looks ultra chic.
Shoulder-Length Wolf Cut
This wolf cut lands on the shorter side than what we usually see from the style, plus the added sombre effect makes it truly unique.
Undone, effortless, and fluffy is the way to shake up a bob for the new year. It screams, “I woke up like this…and I’m still fabulous!”
Sandy Brown Bob
Sandy brown is such an inviting color for a multitude of skin tones. Pair it with a short fluffy haircut like this, and you have a recipe for success—you’re welcome.
Fluffy Mohawk (or Faux Hawk)
A fluffy mohawk is a mohawk we love. Plus, if you’re too hesitant to take the plunge, there are plenty of ways to fake the look. Once your style is in place, use Matrix’s Builder Wax Spray to keep your mohawk fluffy and without a hair out of place.
Ash Blonde Lob
Shoulder grazing lengths combined with this ash blonde color should be on everyone’s hair mood board.
Espresso Fluffy Chop
When we see this fluffy espresso chop we just think shiny, healthy locks. Use a treatment like Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Treatment to reinforce weak hair bonds and repair damaged hair after coloring.
Bixie with Body
Gorgeous grit and tousled texture—we couldn’t put it any better! Matrix’s Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray is the secret ingredient to this bixie.
Natural hair beauties should hop on the cloud hair trend stat. If you’re not familiar, the name lends itself to the fluffy, cloud-like appearance of coils. Maintenance of this style is easier if you keep your hair on the shorter side.
This year is the year the side part makes a comeback. This fluffy ‘90s-esque bob is the perfect excuse to go full force side-part.
Proof that short fluffy hair stands the test of time because, ‘90s, where? These flipped-out ends take us back to the ‘60s, and we love it.
Once upon a time, this style might have been dubbed ‘the mom cut,’ but now that fluffy is in, we suggest you give mushroom fluff a chance.
The interesting shape of this short cut comes from the length of layers, making the hair appear stacked or wedged. Keeping your hair fluffy will create dimension and draw eyes to your quirky cut.
If you went pumpkin spice in the Fall, here’s your sign to combine your look-at-me color with a look-at-me cut like this fluff confection. The key to nailing the look is keeping your color refreshed between dye jobs, and we adore Pureology’s Color Fanatic Top Coat + Tone Copper and Red for this.
There’s no way we could have this list without a piecey pixie. Go extra fluffy on the side bang!
Pixie with Hard Part
Longing for an androgynous haircut with plenty of style? Try a fluffy pixie with a hard part. The addition of a hard part will help keep a polished appearance while not compromising on fluffiness.
Fine and Full
Fine hair will love the fluffy hair trend! We spy another deep side part for all the fluffy feels.
If your hair is showing damage from coloring, a fluffy cut is the perfect way to play into that. Sleeker strands can highlight damage, while feathery ends mask it.
Lots of layers give this short fluffy haircut its volume, and Mizani Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Mask gives layers lots of hydration with Cupuacu butter, argan oil, and honey.
Shag with Blunt Bangs
Here’s a style with the best of both worlds! Keep your short locks full of texture while styling your blunt bangs straight to show off the precise cut.
Who says you can’t have slayed edges and fluffy hair in one? We think this style highlighting baby hairs says it all.
The wind is not always our hair’s friend, but this mushroom lob on a breezy day is exactly what we want from a fluffy haircut.
Retro curls weren’t perfect, but full and fluffy. Ask your stylist for a cut that compliments a cute pinup style.
This iconic 1920’s hairstyle doesn’t need to be reserved for Halloween or special occasions. Just keep the style less structured by nixing any super-hold products and go for a fluffy flapper style.
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