If you've been considering a major chop, summer is the perfect time to finally commit. Whether your hair is naturally curly, chemically permed, or regularly heat styled, a look that falls above your shoulders significantly cuts down on styling time (a real benefit when vacation season hits).
And the belief that a short style limits your styling options? That's totally false. You can stretch your short 'do straight, or slick your strands into finger waves or coils for more of a wet look. There's also versatility when it comes to the many cuts you can choose: The pixie (think: Halle Berry circa 2001) is a classic. There's the short bob, which is truly timeless. Or, you could go to your local barbershop for a fade.
Ultimately, the perks of rocking a shorter look far outweigh any cons. Just think of all the time you'll save getting ready each morning. Then, when you get an itch for longer hair, you can add inches with bundles or braids.
If you're still feeling anxious about taking the shears to your hair, we rounded up some celebrity inspiration to get the wheels turning. Ahead, find nine chic looks that prove short hair slays.
So, you want a short style that requires little maintenance but looks good with everything? Ask your stylist for a tapered 'fro. Leaving some length at the top gives your room to play with twist-outs and wash-and-gos, but having the sides and back of your head short keeps styling time to a minimum.
This side-swept look on Gabrielle Union, done by Larry Sims
, is a stunner. It's also a great style to keep in your screenshot folder if you're in the process of growing out a pixie cut, but not sure how to style it.
Speaking of pixie cuts, Ciara has been toying with short wigs as of late. We love that this one, styled by Cesar Ramirêz
, has a short fringe, too.
A short cut doesn't necessarily mean you'll run out of styling options. You can braid your strands into straight-back cornrows, and decorate them with gold clasps to mix things up.
Finger waves are one of our favorite short styles, because you can pull the look off with straight or curly hair (and a whole lot of mousse).
Jada Pinkett Smith
Instead of slicking your hair to the side, go for the faux-hawk effect by sculpting your curls upwards à la Jada Pinkett Smith. If you really want to emphasize your short cut, copy Smith's golden blonde color, too.
When Danielle Brooks chopped her hair last year
, she promised to serve different looks with her short hair, and she has delivered. We love this finger-coiled style with laid edges, which Brooks dubbed "The Million Curl March," and the addition of hair jewelry really makes this style stand out.
China Anne McClain
Bobs are bomb because you can wear them several different ways: You can style the cut bone straight or switch things up by adding a few loose curls. Save this pic of actress China Anne McClain on Instagram to use as inspiration before your next night out.