If you’ve been waiting for a sign to go shorter, this is it.

By Bella Gerard
Updated: March 09, 2018

So you’re no Rapunzel—but that doesn’t mean your hair can’t look fabulous! Don’t believe the myth that short hair doesn’t lend itself to styling; there are tons of cute options for cropped cuts. Read on for a few of our favorites, and don't forget to Pin them to recreate later when you finally take the plunge and get the big chop.

Beachy waves

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A little texture can keep a short bob from looking too prim and proper. Use a curling iron with a wide barrel, or one designed especially for waving like the Beachwaver Co. S1 Curling Iron ($129; amazon.com). If you’ve already got some natural body to your hair, sleeping in braids can give a similar effect!

Natural accessories

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Not into spending extra cash on hair accessories? Consider this an updated take on the “flower crown” trend. Accent your look with whatever works, like these natural flowers with a fun pop of purple. This is a perfect way to have a little fun with short hair on vacations or for photos—and white flowers look great with a wedding dress!

Hair cuffs

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Snapping on some hair cuffs is a great way to jazz up hair in seconds. Think of them as—quite literally—jewelry for your hair, and add a little or a lot depending on the look you're going for. Clamp these cuffs by Mudder ($7 for 50; amazon.com) over braids, dreadlocks, natural texture, or within your intricate updos, and have fun creating a different look every time.

Easy half-up

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A go-to style that never fails. Wear yours with messy waves for a casual look or with straighter strands for a put-together, polished vibe. Secure with bobby pins hidden under the hair (like above), or add a statement hair clip like this one by Ficcare ($36, nordstrom.com) to give the look some flair.

Short bangs

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The two haircuts women fear most: the big chop and bangs. Somehow, they manage to look fabulous together—and according to Emma Watson and Pinterest, short, French-girl bangs are in for spring.

All-over braids

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Brush up on your braiding skills for a look that screams cool. When you reach the end of each braid, secure with a small, clear elastic like these from ElasticU ($7 for 70; amazon.com).

Simple low bun

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Sweet, safe, and seriously stylish. If Meghan Markle can rock this look on the daily, why can’t you?

Tie a scarf

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Taking a scarf and tying it around your head can take seconds, but if you need a bit more help, there are tons of wrap-style headbands to help you get the look without the effort. The Aerie Gauze Twist Headband ($13; ae.com) would be a great finishing touch to any of the hairstyles on this list.

Half-up top knot

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Flirty and fun, the half-up top knot is the solution for short-haired girls with too much hair left at the name of the neck to commit to a full-on ballerina bun.

Super cropped

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Whether or not you go full pixie, going shorter than the classic above-the-shoulders cut makes a major statement. This lengthier look is made even cooler thanks to the trendy silver shade, but there are a million different ways to rock super-short hair for yourself—and they’re all insanely chic.

Slicked-back straight

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Tons of celebs have been seen rocking this look, and short hair makes it even easier, as there’s less to slick into place. A leave-in styler is your best bet for this look, such as Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream ($34; sephora.com). Slick hair back with hands for a messier look or a comb for added precision.