17 Short Hairstyle Trends for Women in 2021

November 17, 2021

There’s no denying that short hairstyles are extra trendy in 2021. Whether it’s a vintage pixie cut or a sophisticated lob, the urge to chop off your strands for a new look is hitting clients hard this year. This is especially true as the summer season comes to a close and people head to the salon to discuss the newest styles for fall and winter with their trusted stylists. Fortunately, there are now more options available than ever before when it comes time to help your clients decide which of these short hairstyles is right for them. 

In this article, we’re revealing 17 must-have haircuts and short hairstyles (including some color trends) to recommend to your clients. Keep scrolling to learn more about the top hairstyle tips according to age, thickness, and how to turn your clients into Insta-worthy hair models that effortlessly attract new clients into your salon!

 

Short Hairstyles for Fine Hair

If your hair is very fine, it doesn’t automatically mean that your hairstyle options have to include expensive or time-consuming hair extensions. Pixie cuts, tousled boyish cuts, and short bob hairstyles are just a few of the hugely popular and flattering options available for fine hair. Here are our top recommendations:

1. Vintage Pixie

To create a gorgeous vintage pixie cut, simply create a side part and take the longer bangs to the opposite side, with the sideburns’ ends thinned out like those of the neck. This will leave many layers on top (without removing too much) in order to add volume. Although pixie cuts can complement many different types of hair, this short hairstyle is usually best-suited for clients with round faces.

 

 

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2. Classic Bob

The classic bob is by far one of the best hairstyle options for adding volume, especially when layered well at the nape (a must if you’re working with bangs). A touch of babylights added to the top of the hair is the perfect technique to help make the hair appear more voluminous and full of body.

 

 

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3. Tousled Boyish

Next up, is the popular tousled boyish hairstyle. To achieve this look, keep the front and the bangs longer—starting the gradient very short at the nape and at the sides. Next, add plenty of layers to the top and finish by styling this look with waxes or clays, such as Style Masters™ Creator Matt Clay™.

 

 

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Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair

There’s no reason to shy away from short hairstyles just because you have thick hair. With the right cut, a short hairstyle can work beautifully on thick hair. Here are just a few ideal options to recommend to your clients with thick hair:

4. Pixie Bob

As you can probably guess, the eye-catching pixie bob haircut is a mix of two trendy short styles. This haircut is created by combining a classic bob style—which is layered and features a strong gradient—with very pronounced side bangs. The length of the bangs will vary from person to person. If your client has a wider forehead, it’s advisable to always include bangs with this style for the most complementary result.

 

 

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5. Choppy Bob

In this case, you’ll want to combine a very choppy bob with a classic bob in order to lighten the volume and avoid giving an overly rounded shape to the client’s head. For an even more stunning result, you can also create a balayage effect with this hairstyle and shape it using Style Masters™ Creator Fiber Wax™. This sculptured hair wax creates beautifully textured looks, with 24 hours of strong hold and a natural-looking finish (without adding weight or residue).

 

 

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6. Pastel-Colored Pixie

For short hair fans looking to add some color to their style, we have the pastel-colored pixie! To create this look, keep both sides (at mid-length) and the nape very short, working the entire top part back towards the longer bangs. This results in a daring, playful look. Finally, continue to apply bleach and tone to your desired result with Color Excel Gloss by RevlonissimoTM.

 

 

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Short Hairstyles for Young Girls

For young girls, the ideal hairstyle should be something that allows them to have fun, while also looking stylish and on-trend. For these clients, try some more daring cuts and decorate them with braids, beautiful ponytails, and colorful accessories. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

7. Chin-Length Bob

The chin-length bob is a half-bob hairstyle that is a little looser at the nape. This style can be created by taking the length all the way to the chin. It’s perfect for younger clients in search of a fresh, youthful look, and is easy to maintain while it grows out.

 

 

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8. Short, Rounded Bob With Bangs

The short, rounded bob with bangs is next on our list. This hairstyle is a very short bob cut all the way to the ear. It always features fail-safe straight bangs, which are a must when highlighting happy, youthful faces!

 

 

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9. Short Boyish

And to round out our list of short hairstyles for young girls, try a short boyish haircut. This style is created with a short pixie on the sides, and very pronounced side bangs on the forehead. It is most definitely a daring cut, but very easy and sophisticated at the same time. It’s a great fit for bolder young clients looking to be the hair sensation of the season.

 

 

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Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40

Turning a new decade is the perfect time to switch up your style. For clients over 40, this often means daring to ask their stylist for an on-trend short pixie hairstyle. Below are a few hairstyle recommendations not to be missed when helping guide clients over 40 who want to avoid some of the more cliché or potentially “boring” options:

10.   Blond Bob

Taking the plunge into a shorter hairstyle can be a big leap for your clients, at any age. Add a new lightened color on top of a layered round bob, and you have the golden formula for a gorgeous hairstyle recommendation for your clients over 40. For qualified color professionals, it’s effortless to perfectly adjust the hair shade as needed to fit each client’s personality.

 

 

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11.   Asymmetrical Pixie

To master the asymmetrical pixie, start by choosing which side is best for adding a part and bangs, then cut the opposite side and the nape shorter to create asymmetry on that side. This will instantly rejuvenate the look and create a bold, edgy statement.

 

12.   Trendy Long Bob

Always effective and forever in style, the trendy long bob is the longer variation of the classic bob. This is done by cutting the hair to shoulder-length (although it’s always recommended to go shorter than this length when possible) in order to add more softness to the style. The length will graze the collarbone, creating a result that is much more elegant and sophisticated. Finally, add curtain bangs for the ultimate final touch to this look.

 

Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Age is just a number, and the following short hairstyles prove just that! We all deserve fabulous hair at any age, whether you have curly, straight, or wavy hair. Here are some short hairstyles for women over 40 that are versatile, low maintenance, and easy to style:

13.   Light Lob

Taking inspiration from the classic long bob, the light lob always makes a great recommendation for clients over 50. Begin by keeping the length at the collarbone, and adding an ombré effect to the top. Remember to keep the darkest tone on the sides and the nape area.

 

 

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14.   Bob With Micro Bangs

For a short bob with micro bangs, cut the client’s hair to the jaw and add very short one-inch bangs. This is one fresh look that’s full of personality!

 

 

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15.   Classy Pixie

This short hairstyle creates an elegant twist on the standard pixie haircut by keeping the hair natural and highlighting curlier strands to create volume on top. For clients that already have gray hair, keep it white and shiny for a flawless result.

 

Short Hairstyles for Women Over 60

At this new stage in life, your clients’ hair deserves the perfect style to enhance their natural beauty. Short hairstyles are often recommended for clients over 60, as they look very natural and are easy to style. These hairstyles bring freshness to clients over 60 who are ready to change up their look:

16.   Curly Pixie Bob

The curly pixie bob is a very youthful style. It accentuates and livens up natural curls, as well as the natural color of the client’s hair. The side strands should be kept longer and the nape very short. You can refine this haircut with side bangs to give the final look an extra special finish.

17.   Super Short Pixie

To ace that super short pixie look, you’ll need to use a trimmer. This extra-short style is for those clients who want to take a risk and step out of their comfort zone. To achieve this hairstyle, you’ll want to do the nape and sides at mid-height, with a perfectly sculpted gradient. The scissors will help take care of the top, making it very short, and completing this memorable style.

 

 

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Want to learn more about hairstyles for short hair? Discover more of the latest Revlon Professional trends and tips in this article: The Best Bob Hairstyle for Your Face Shape.