26 Short and Edgy Haircuts: Embrace a Bold and Rebellious Style

The short hair trend is very popular right now. There are many different styles for shorter hair. The ever-popular “bob” (which is still the most popular this year) can be paired with other cool styles like pixies or sleek mushroom cuts. These short hairstyles are all edgy and bold, and they can be tailored to suit any hair type. We’ve selected 26 examples of short and edgy hairstyles that are worth considering.

Waves that are Easy to Use

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This wavy, effortless bob is a great example of how “less is more”. For hair that is straighter, use a texture spray to add movement and enhance the texture.

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Modern Bowl

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The “bowl” haircut from the mid-90s is back with a new reverence. This retro hairstyle has a sleek, glossy finish and delicate, choppy ends.

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Piecey Pixie

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The classic style of pixies is short. The timeless style can be made more versatile by choosing piecey ends or fringe.

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Airy Pixie

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Sabrina Elba’s version of a pixie has a fringe at the front, and more length towards the back. This is a stylish, sophisticated style that’s perfect for someone with the chicness of S’able Labs’ founder.

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Curls Galore

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If you have curly, tapered hair, leave some length at the top to let your natural texture really stand out. Scrunch your hair in Oribe Curl Gelee (44 dollars) and apply a hair gel with a soft grip. You can use a diffuser for curls that are set and volumized.

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Retro Remix

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Karrueche’s modern haircut is a mix of several decades. Her hairstyle combines pincurl sideburns with 1920s blunt bangs and the softest, most wispy shullet ever.

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Styled pixie

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A pixie is perfect for thick hair. This short, stylish haircut is simple to maintain and style. The shorter haircut may require more frequent trimming, but it won’t take long to sit in the chair.

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Blunt Pixie

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A hard-edged haircut is, to put it mildly, daring. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the hair chameleon Doja Cat. Give your short hair a brushed-out, jagged look in the front to add some edge.

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Bouncy Blowout

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A shorter haircut can give a more voluminous, fuller look. The bouncy blowout fits into the classic bob shape but the contrast of the extra-long side fringe makes this style stand out. This volumized bob can be achieved in a short time by using a hot-brush on shorter hairstyles.

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Micro Bob

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The micro bob will enhance your cheekbones and jawline. It will also highlight the shape of your eyes, lips, and eye shape. The high-up crop is daring and bold. Add a baby bob to the look for a bolder finish.

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Plopped Bob

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Finding the right drying method is key to styling wavy hair. This method will scrunch and dry your waves. This look is all about embracing your natural texture, and letting waves fall wherever they may.

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Retro Waves

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You can play around with your style in an edgy and fun way by keeping the extra length at the top of your pixie. It’s easy to recreate these brushed-out, retro waves. Use a root-lifting product and a heat protector to blow dry your hair. Be sure to use either a brush, or your fingertips to lift the roots as you dry. Use a hot roller or a curling iron with a 1-inch barrel to move small sections in an angled fashion. Once the waves have cooled, you can brush them out until they form a retro wave pattern.

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Effortless Pop Pixie

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A punk-rock haircut is edgy. R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste (29 dollars) will give you a look that says “I woke this way”. It absorbs the natural oils and gives your hair some grit.

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Angelic Accessories

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The shorter the length, the more edgy it becomes. Add a bejeweled or delicate headband to balance out the look. Janelle Monae shows us how to accessorize her pixie.

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Sassoon Swoon

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The British hairstylist Vidal Sassion was responsible for the popularity of this style in the 1960s. The bob was revolutionized by his geometric shapes and heavily-angled cuts, like the one Zendaya wears.

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Choppy layers

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Add choppy layers for a more dramatic pixie. This gives the hair a lot of volume and movement. It’s a great way to highlight your layers and length by leaving the sideburns longer.

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Natural Shape

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Amandla Stenberg has gorgeous coils, so styling is not necessary. You can achieve the same look by using an edge control on your front hair.

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Natural Bouffant

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The bouffant is a classic hairstyle. The style is made more powerful, modern and edgy by using textured hair. Lupita Nyong’o’s sculpted hairstyle is a good example.

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Buzz Cut

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You can go bold in many ways with your buzzcut. Addition of designs and playing around with the parting will help to break up your fade. It is easy to maintain, and you only need to visit your barber regularly.

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Volumized Pixie

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A volumized pixie is fun and fresh. Use volumizing products such as the John Frieda Volum Lift Air Whipped Foam (12 dollars) when blowing out your hair to get the best results.

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Finger Waves

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Zendaya has a stunning version of finger waves. Check out this guide on how to create finger waves for short hair.

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Undercut Bob

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Undercuts can add a unique edge to any style, but they pair well with a bob. Let the undercut show and experiment with the gradient fade to amp up your cut’s coolness factor. Bring this picture of Taraji Henson as inspiration to your appointment.

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The Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn’s hairstyles and haircuts are timeless. The transformation she made in Roman Holiday where she shaved her hair to a feminine pixie is still admired. The soft bangs have become synonymous with the actress.

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Modern Shullet

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This is not a shag or a mullet. It’s more of a shullet. This cut’s signature shape is sculpted by heavy face framing layers. Straighter hair can benefit from razor cuts to give it that modern, imperfect edge.

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Lasting Waves

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Here, it’s all in the texture, shine, and motion. Sarah Murdoch’s bob has a glossy finish, and the curves in her hair create a look that is effortless. The side part that is over-directed adds the finishing touch.

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Modern Side Sweep

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The side-swept bangs look has been around for ages, but using your entire bob length to create a side-swept style is much cooler. Curling the ends will give you a little flip when you sweep your bob across. Use a matte pomade with the heat from your blowdryer to keep the hair in position.

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