A Southern woman knows her way around the hair salon. She’s well versed in which highlights, products, and tools are required to prep her strands for every occasion, from afternoon teas to holiday soirées—because our hair is the ultimate accessory, after all. We’re masters of knowing just the right time to swap our pearls for tasteful diamond studs and, similarly, determining the precise moment when it’s time to shake up our signature hairstyle with a little refresh. From super pixies to shoulder lengths, these short hairstyles are perfect for women of every age and style looking to revamp and revitalize their tresses. We focused on classic haircuts that not only work for different textures, but also maintain a timeless appeal that will only get better with age. (Like us, of course.) These short haircuts will change the game for younger and older women alike, since we’re all in this together. Get ready to find your new signature look.
Lobs have been going strong over the past few years, and we can’t complain. The effortlessly stylish cut lets you customize with layers and bangs in infinite ways. This shoulder-length version gets movement and personality from mid to long layering.
Soft Modern Shag
This soft approach to the modern shag features blended layers, but keeps the short, flippy ends and bangs of the original cut. Go for a side part, it complements more face shapes than one down the center.
You really can’t go wrong with a classic bob at any point in your life, with any face shape. The minimal, face-framing layers of this cut work great for straight and wavy hair. Curly hair ladies might find they need a bit more layering.
Short Stacked Bob
This chin-grazing style uses side-swept bangs and stacked, short layers in the back to give major volume and body. We love the placement of caramel balayage highlights throughout the chestnut hair.
Layered Shoulder Length for Curly Hair
Layering is the key to making any medium to long length curly hair work in your favor. It gives much needed shape and helps with curl definition.
This sleek, sophisticated look is a classic choice and works super well for straight hair. The heavy side sweep on the crown helps give it personality and style.
Full bangs are like a chameleon for your style. They can instantly update your bob, lob, or even medium to long hair.
The pixie cut is perhaps our favorite classic cut for those who aren’t afraid to go ultra-short! While we find this style to be universally flattering for all textures, it works great with this thick, straight hair. A little pomade lets you give some lift to the short bang area.
We’re seeing a lot more of the rounded bob this year, and we’re loving the chic factor it gives. Angled, rounded edges on a largely layer-free cut lend an air of sophistication and elegance.
Side-Swept Medium Length
This elegant feminine look makes us swoon every time. It looks amazing on thick hair, and the layers and heavy side-swept bangs frame the face perfectly.
Side-Swept Bob with Bangs
This glam hairstyle lets you ramp up the volume and personality with deep side-swept bangs and curved ends. We love this warm caramel tone too!
An edgy pixie takes your classic style to the next level with choppy layers and, if desired, side-swept bangs like these. It gives some sassiness to the ultra-short look.
If you have thinner hair, go with a layer-free style to enhance the look of thickness throughout. This lob-length is a crowd-pleaser every time.
Curly Super Pixie
For ladies with tight curls, we love a super short pixie cut that lets your texture show in a totally different way. It takes the most minimal styling, which—as all curly-haired ladies know—is the stuff of dreams.
Lots of Layers
These swept back layers catch the light, showing off the brown and blonde tones.
Let your texture loose in a lightly layered bob. A simple switch to a center part will channel curly haired Meg Ryan.
This flippy hairstyle doesn’t go light on the sass! The mega amount of layers, complete with bangs, lends a timeless appeal to this cut that makes it easy to style. Hairspray is definitely your friend with this one!
This style lets you enhance your curls by going short and layered. It’s a traditional silhouette that won’t ever go out of style.
For fine-haired ladies, this wispy cut will give you breezy movement. Plenty of layers and elicate bangs give an effortless touch that can go from day to night without added styling.
Classic Shoulder Length
This shoulder-grazing style goes minimal on any layering, letting the classically curled ends stand out.