Long flowy hair like that of a mermaid has been the gender norm for years (and one that short-haired girls have been notoriously envious of), but for 2020, we’re looking to switch things up like never before! This year, we’re all about being playful with our manes—and if you’re used to super long length, what could be farther from your comfort zone than a very short haircut?
Looking for a few very short haircuts and hairstyles to try this year? From chin-length bobs to very short cuts for curly manes, keep scrolling for 28 of our favorite looks.
What is the best hairstyle for short hair?
Finding the perfect hairstyle is a lot like finding the perfect hair color—the hue that looks best on you might not necessarily work for your BFF. When searching for the best short ‘do always consider your face shape and hair type. Whether you have a round face, a square face, or a heart-shaped face, certain cuts can help to accentuate your best features. If you’re unsure what flatters you best, you can always look to your stylist for guidance!
What is a pixie bob haircut?
If you want to edge into a pixie cut without losing all of your precious length, you’ll love the pixie bob. This cut, also known as a long pixie, is typically shorter in the back while the strands at the sides of your face fall just above your chin.
What haircut is best for thin short hair?
If your strands are on the sparse side, you’ll want to avoid haircuts with tons of layers. Too many layers can make your thin hair appear even more so. Instead, opt for a uniform-length cut like a blunt bob, or if you want to add a few layers to your chop, ask your stylist for a stacked bob that creates the illusion of a thicker mane.
Does short hair make you look younger?
While very short hair has a reputation for being exclusive to the over 50 crowd, the trendiest short haircuts and styles can instantly make you appear more youthful. Looking for some inspiration to take to the salon? Keep scrolling for 28 of the best very short haircuts and hairstyles for 2020.
The Best Very Short Haircuts To Try
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Bowl Cut Pixie
You might get flashbacks to elementary school days when you think of bowl cuts, but this modernized look is nothing like the ones you wore back in the day. The refreshed version of this mushroom hairstyle is one of the trendiest looks of 2020.
Good hair day by @curtiscolorshair.
Looking to take your bob hairstyle to the next level? If you’re interested in testing out a look that really packs a punch, ask your colorist for a statement hue. A gorgeous haircut combined with a bright hair color is just what you need for 2020.
Good hair day by @sorayahstyles.
If you have curly hair, you’re going to want short hairstyles that still shows off your natural texture. Opt for a pixie with just enough length to let your curls shine! For the perfect curly pixie, work with a styling product like the Mizani True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Curl Gel to define and shape your curls.
Good hair day by @amburgerofhair.
The return of the mullet has been one of the biggest beauty trends of the past few years. Not ready for a complete return to ‘80s hair? With trendy colors and layers that fall a bit longer than those of a traditional mullet, your stylist can customize your look to create a more modern appearance.
Good hair day by @al_chabot.
Looking to play around with an edgy hairstyle without losing all of your length? Ask your stylist for an undercut just above the nape of your neck while leaving the hair on top of your head a bit longer.
Good hair day by @kittylane.
Shaved And Colorful
Good hair day by @adamciaccia.
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French Girl Bob
Who doesn’t love French girl hair? Just like French fries and pastries, Parisian-inspired short hairstyles are completely irresistible. If you’re ready to say “oui” to a French girl bob, ask your stylist for a chin-length, layered bob with full bangs.
Good hair day by @philipwolffhair.
Sleek, sophisticated, and razor-sharp, a blunt bob is a classic cut that isn’t leaving the limelight any time soon. Whether you pair your chop with a bold hair color or something a bit more neutral, a blunt bob is sure to make you stand out.
Good hair day by @anhcotran.
If a one-length cut isn’t for you, ask your stylist for a choppy hairstyle. Adding choppy layers to a lob haircut will give your strands instant, effortless texture.
Good hair day by @zachpaints.
Thinking of taking your undercut up a notch? Buzz away the back and sides of your hair while leaving a little length at the top for a more dramatic take on the look.
Good hair day by @headrushdesigns.
If you have fine hair that quickly falls flat, a stacked bob is a must-try to give your mane instant volume and fullness. The cut features a longer front with shorter, stacked layers in the back. Looking to amp up your volume even more? We recommend a volumizing shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shampoo and Conditioner.
Good hair day by @oluchizelda.
Faux-hawks are no longer the domain of middle school boys discovering hair gel for the first time. We like a sophisticated, grown-up version of the faux-hawk, one that plays with texture and length. For an added style statement, consult with a colorist who may be able to add an on-trend hue like copper to your ‘do.
Good hair day by @kendallthemasterstylist.
The ‘60s-inspired cut is a pleasantly retro look that we’re starting to see on social media for the first time. Instead of clipping your strands in the traditional manner, your stylist will lift sections of hair perpendicular to your face. Then, he or she will cut the sections at an angle. The result? Hair that’s shorter toward the neck, longer at the crown.
We’re all about including effortless layers whenever possible, so that makes a choppy short cut an obvious choice. Shaggy, feathered strands are back in style, creating movement while boosting volume at the crown. If you’re looking for an effortless, ‘70s-inspired style, short layers are the right decision. Just be sure to pick up a pair of bell bottom jeans, too.
The A-line cut is one you may remember from ‘00s pop stars. Instead of cutting your hair in a single length all around the head, your stylist will steeply angle the cut toward your face. The cut has two notable advantages over other short haircuts: It creates the illusion of a sharp jawline for those who’d like a little help and makes hair seem thicker than it is.
Good hair day by @pedro_plastic.
When it comes to short hairstyles, your brain probably jumps directly to your mother’s layered bob. Take a step back and opt for something that feels a little more youthful. The undercut introduces a shaved element to your look, taking short hair from “mom-friendly” to “art school chic.”
The Best Very Short Hairstyles To Try
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Deep Side Parted Bob
While we love deep side parts for adding instant volume, we adore the look paired with a sleek pixie. Since frizz and flyaways are a no-go for any sleek hairstyle, an anti-frizz hair serum is an absolute must. We recommend Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Mega Varnish Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. This product absorbs into hair and manages frizz and smoothness.
Good hair day by @adamciaccia.
Short hair and texture go together like bread and butter. If you’re looking to keep your hair out of your face or want to give your short chop a bit of edge, try styling a spiky pixie with tons of texture.
To keep your spiky ‘do in place all day long, apply a dime-size amount of the Redken Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Sculpting Hair Gel. This super strong hold hair gel gives a style the power to stay put with lasting control and serious shine.
Delicate Accent Braid
Braids often seem impossible to create with short hair, but there are plenty of plaited hairstyles that work perfectly for shorter strands. If you’re looking for a simple look to put your braiding skills to the test, opt for an accent side braid.
Good hair day by @thesaltybarber.
Side Swept Bangs
If full-on fringe isn’t for you, consider side-swept bangs. Side bangs can instantly soften your features and give your ‘do a more feminine look—plus, they’re much easier to style and maintain than full bangs.
Good hair day by @beautybynate.
Glass hair has been one of the biggest beauty trends of the past few years, and the sleek hairstyle is still making waves on the internet in 2020!
Good hair day by @iamtheresahayes.
Not totally ready for a big chop? You don’t need to part with all of your length. Instead, leave enough hair on top to be able to style a mini afro.
Good hair day by @amberdoeshairhtx.
Mini Half-Up Top Knot
If you’re at the awkward stage of growing out a short haircut, a half-up top knot is a simple and casual look that’s perfect for concealing uneven hair growth.
Good hair day by @andyjamespaints.
If your pixie cut has some length at the top, a modern pompadour might be perfect for you. Be sure to lock in your hairstyle with a strong-hold hairspray like the Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High-Hold Hairspray.
Good hair day by @makeupbyfrances.
Who says you need super long hair to wear effortless waves? Use a large barrel curling iron to create soft, piece-y waves, or go heat-free with a texturizing spray like the Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray for textured, beach waves.
Good hair day by @kycutwilson.
Wet hair, but make it fashion! The wet look might be a go-to look for Fashion Week, but the runway-ready ‘do is also easy to achieve at home. Before you try a wet look hairstyle, be sure to have a hair gel like the Matrix Vavoom Hold My Body Forming Hair Gel on hand to add definition, volume, and gloss.
Good hair day by @mariemaireal.
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