Long gone are the years of seeing flowing, enviable locks dominate the red carpet. Adorned by celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Khloe Kardashian, shorter strands and cropped 'dos have had their moment to shine in 2018. If you're keen to trade your lustrous locks for a shorter 'do, it's not too late to get on board with only the hottest beauty trend of the year and discover the life-changing power of a hair chop. From sleek and smooth to tousled and textured, we've compiled the ultimate A-list short hair inspiration that will convince you to finally take the plunge and never look back.
1. The Uneven Lob
Not too keen on a drastic chop? Or maybe you’re looking for a fresh yet easy way to style up your locks when they're in that awkward in-between length? Introducing the uneven lob. Perfectly versatile, the uneven lob is a textured, shoulder-grazing hairstyle that is suitable for all face shapes. The tousled choppy lengths create an effortless, low-maintenance look that can either be dressed up or down.
2. The Blunt Bob
If you’ve been waiting for a sign to go shorter, this is it. A blunt bob is a great way to make a bold statement as it gives sharpness, definition and the illusion of thicker hair. Most blunt bobs are worn straight to emphasise the sleek texture and precision of lines however that doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up from time to time with some beachy waves.
3. The Concave Bob
The asymmetrical bob has been around for years however it wasn’t until Victoria Beckham stepped out with her famous ‘do that this classic hairstyle spiked in popularity. Fast forward more than 10 years later and we’re still just as obsessed with Posh Spice's angled bob, proving just how iconic the style really is. This ear-grazing style is choppy perfection, with an edgy side swoop that looks ultra-chic and sexy.
4. The Pixie
A pixie haircut is the ultimate short hairstyle for those who aren’t afraid to go ultra-short. Simple yet striking, pixies are universally flattering for all hair textures and are particularly suitable for straight hair.
5. The 70's Swoop
This 70's look is elegant and feminine and relies on layers and flippy ends to help create extra volume. The heavy side-swept bangs frame the face and accentuate facial features and angles perfectly.
6. Bob With Bangs
Nothing says iconic like a vintage bob paired with modern bangs. When paired with a fringe, this cropped cut appears eye-catching and incredibly chic. While a full front fringe appears the most striking, you can also consider opting for a side fringe for a softer style.
7. The Textured Lob
Beauty icon and hair muse Jennifer Lopez is no stranger to shorter tresses, proving that short hair can be just as versatile as longer lengths. Lopez added long bangs and layers with feathery ends to her lob for added texture and movement.
8. The Chopped Bob
Subtle waves in a short cropped bob cut give the illusion of width which makes this hairstyle ideal for long and oblong faces. This above-the-chin look is effortless and natural and is great for those who are keen to experiment with their length.
9. The Angled Bob
The ’90s inspired sculptural bob is dramatic yet edgy as it barely skims the shoulders and sits just above the chin. This sleeker-than-ever, face-framing cut has become popular among a batch of celebs including Dua Lipa, Kim Kardashian, and Lucy Hale.
10. The Balayage Mid-Length Lob
Ciara shows us how to pair balayage and a mid-length lob the right way. Whether it's soft and wavy or sleek and straight, this look is sultry yet never appears overdone as it features dark roots and subtle blonde highlights around the face and towards the ends.